Chu Gar Feeding Hands
The most important aspect of training
The Chu Gar style is a complete system and is very dangerous. You learn to fight for self-defense in a short time of training. It is an Internal style capable of delivering internal force similar to a bent spring that has explosive power when released.
Although, recognized as an infighting system with the ability to explode power in any direction from short distances, the style's method also extends the arms longer than most northern styles by constantly rounding the back and stretching the arms, shoulders and rib cage and by shifting body angles for extension. Hence, the ability to use explosive force at short and longer than usual distances.
Basic training of this style consists of following the guiding principles such as float, sink, swallow and spit; (hunch back) rounding the back like a woven rice strainer; legs must have the ability to leap like a frog and maneuver like a tiger; not T stance, not 8 stance; punch straight from the heart and standing beggar style with open hands.
The most important aspect of training is known as two man feeding. Feeding hands is the constant teaching of feeling and sensitivity, yielding and redirecting incoming power with mantis hand methods and simultaneously striking back with explosive force.
Chu Gar pugilism is from an upright position, never too low to impede response and speed. Using mantis feeling hands, the Chu Gar boxer closes the gap, crosses the bridge, feels his opponents power, yields, then with the weight of the whole body and explosive internal spring force destroys the opponent within one exchange that doesn't stop until blood is drawn! Within three steps one sees red (blood), is the saying.
The most important aspect of Chu Gar boxing is feeding hands between the teacher and student. This is a kind of "push hands" as in Taichi but in Chu Gar follows different patterns with a different emphasis. It develops, in the student, a pent up spring force in the lower abdomen which can be suddenly released as explosive power. When feeding hands, the emphasis is never lose control of the opponent; as long as you can feel him you can control him. This is known as making a bridge. If a bridge exists go on top of the bridge. If you are under the bridge return to the top. If no bridge exist, make a bridge. Feeding hands results in a fast and lively power which can change quickly.
Learning the Chu Gar style is like learning to drive a car. You learn how to steer, how to brake, how to accelerate, etc. and in the beginning each is a task which needs concentration. But, after a while, you perform all the operations of driving without conscious effort. So it is when learning kungfu. You learn the footwork, mantis hands, feeding hands, forms, etc. until you perform the movements shifting weight side to side, forward and backward while employing the lightning fast hands of catching, holding, clasping, spearing, pressing, flicking, slicing, chopping, hooking and poking with exploding fingers without conscious effort!
Photo: Brothers Chiu Sifu and Kong
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