What are the “traditional hands”? (流星拳)

10 Mar

As I am about to launch an instructional program specifically to train a new generation of Lion’s Roar martial arts instructors. I have stated that the training will include both the “traditional hands” as well as the “modern structure”. This blog is designed to explain this designation a bit more completely.

fighting stance

Over the years, I have found that it is easier and more functional to introduce beginning students first to a “fighting stance”. Some have objected to this, because this structure to them is too much like “kickboxing”. In one sense, I can state that this is a form of “expedient means” (an examination of which can be found by clicking HERE). More directly, I can simply that that over a period of more than 20 years I have proven that this is the method by which you produce functional fighters.

th wheel body

Traditional Lama Pai begins with instruction in the side stance (横弓步) and turning the body (車身). This allows for the use of the hips and shoulders to generate power and conforms to the strategic idea of “stretch the arms out while keeping the body away” (手去身離).

th kahp choih

The first techniques then taught in Lama Pai, taught within the framework of the side stance and turning body, are the “shooting star fists” (流星拳). The include overhands, straight punches, uppercuts, and hooks; that is techniques also found in “kickboxing”.

th pak yik paau

Some of Lama Pai’s basic strikes may seem “different” than standard boxing, such as the “wing flap” (扑翼拳). That perception is however based upon shallow understanding of western boxing. The “wing flap” indeed exists in boxing traditions as well.

th chyuhn choih

Regardless, I have found over the years it easier to differentiate between teaching within the “modern” context of the “fighting stance” and the more “traditional” context of the side stance and turning body. But rather than referring to it as “shoot star fists” I have simply called it “traditional hands”.

th jyu geng paau

The differences are really superficial. As soon as we introduce footwork to the “fighting stance” students learn the “v stepping” known traditionally as the “seven star stepping” (七星步法).

side stance

I am about the start the new program. If you are in the New York tri-state area or think you’d relocate to take this opportunity, feel free to email me at INFO@nysanda.com

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