Handedness in kung fu

Master Adam Hsu demonstrates "Sun Emerges From Clouds," the opening and closing pattern of Tantui. This pattern is only performed on one side in the classical set. Image taken from www.adamhsu.com

Master Adam Hsu demonstrates “Sun Emerges From Clouds,” the opening and closing pattern of Tantui’s solo sequences. This pattern is only performed on one side in the classical set. Image taken from http://www.adamhsu.com

In many kung fu sets, one hand is emphasized in attacking an opponent (the “emperor hand”) while the other is emphasized in defending or taming an opponent (the “minister” hand). ┬áThere are several reasons for why the majority of kung fu sets are not ambidextrous.

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Training of the hand

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The hands of an Iron Palm master. Yikes! Image taken from http://www.taoistmasterblog.com/

Ever heard the phrase “Iron Palm” or “Cinnabar Palm” in kung fu? Curious what kung fu people do to train their hands? This post’ll give you a brief introduction to a collection of training methods known as “training of the hand.”

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