SKD Learning Routine

We don’t have forms in SKD. We have drills.

Our drills can be organized into a sequence for daily training to ensure that we do not miss out on working on an essential drill.

This is an example of a single handed drill :-

This part illustrates what our learning routine looks like :-

This comes from the last part of the learning routine. The expecation is that the learner will be able to move like fast flowing water while attacking powerfully like a tiger.

Tai Chi Form Applications

In this video I am explaining where some of our SKD applications come from :-

Our Yang style Tai Chi form can look simple and non-aggressive.

However, a lot of applications are concealed within the unassuming movements.

In this video I point out how the movement of Single Whip and Cloud Hands are applied.

Cracking the Whip

In Tai Chi we stress control of the vertical axis because it is one of the more important keys in allowing us to rotate and move about quickly without losing our balance.

In this video from this week’s SKD Zoom class I explain this principle :-

When we use the vertical axis in conjunction with other principles we can turn quickly to get our circular strikes out like cracking a whip. This video illustrates this point :-

Axe Chopping Principle

In this week’s SKD I delved into the principle of axe chopping to deliver a strike.

Interestingly, in a non-mainstream Wing Chun that I learned we have a punch called Tup Chui which is literally Hammering Punch in which the punch is not straight out but delivered in a downward curving manner. My final Wing Chun teacher also punched in this manner and he is able to punch really fast and powerfully using this process.

I had also encountered this way of punching in the Biu Jee form of the Ip Man style when my senior taught me this version from one of Ip Man’s lesser known disciple. This punch is performed at the end of every section.

The video below is an introduction :-

Here is where I mentioned the axe chopping in relation to Xingyi’s Pi Quan :-

In SKD this is how we use arm swinging to develop the chopping power :-

To be able to apply the chopping strike we use Tai Chi principles to learn how to relax and control our arm and body acting in concert to deliver the strike.

The arm-whole body movement is my adaptation of Grandmaster Wei Shuren’s Step Back Repulse Monkey from his 22-form. The arm rolling into backfist movement is the final movement in Repulse Monkey.

Relaxing from Swinging

When you have practiced arm swinging for a few months your arms will become relaxed, like a whip.

When your arm is relaxed you can move it like a fish moving its tail as it swims. Apply the principle to the use of a straight sword and you have a flowing cut.

Hazardous Practice

When we swing our arms as part of a strike there is a method behind the madness.

You don’t anyhow swing your arms because you risk hitting yourself if you swing it wrongly as Paul did when he hit himself in the groin.

We have a way to prevent accidental hits to the groin as explained in Clip 15. That’s why its important to pay attention to the basic processes of each strike so that we don’t hit ourselves especially when the hands are swinging fast.

Using Arm Swinging

There is a logic and strategy behind arm swinging as the foundation for learning how to strike.

Swinging the arm is natural for most people. All it takes is a shift in paradigm and anyone can use arm swinging as the foundation for developing circular strikes.