Basic training in kung fu

Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit corrects a student's stance. The horse riding stance is the most important exercise in all of kung fu. Image taken from www.shaolin.org

Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit corrects a student’s stance. The horse riding stance is the most important exercise in all of kung fu. Image taken from http://www.shaolin.org

I put a discussion forward to the G+ Martial Artist community back in 2013 May asking about the basic training done in their various arts. I opened the discussion with the following remarks:

Hey folks, I’ve been having a lot of conversations this past week about basic training and applications. In your arts and schools, what do students practice to get basic application and sparring skills at the most basic level? What sorts of skills are students expected to get down before moving on to more specialized or advanced skills and sets? 

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Your favorite martial arts exercise?

My sitaigung (grand-grandmaster) Ho Fatt Nam practicing One Finger Shooting Zen, the force training exercise that he emphasized above all others. Image taken from www.shaolin.org

My sitaigung (great-grandmaster) Ho Fatt Nam practicing One Finger Shooting Zen, the force training exercise that he emphasized above all others. Image taken from http://www.shaolin.org

I posed the following question to the G+ Martial Artists forum: What is your favorite exercise or genre of exercise in your art(s)? 

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Developing and exploding force in kung fu

Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit teaching the horse riding stance, perhaps the most important and fundamental exercise in all of kung fu. Image taken from www.shaolin.org

Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit teaching the horse riding stance, perhaps the most important and fundamental exercise in all of kung fu. Force must be developed before it can be used for combat. You wouldn’t try shooting an empty gun, would you? Image taken from http://www.shaolin.org

A discussion on the G+ forums back in 2013 May led to the subject of fa jing, or “exploding force.” This is the usual term used by kung fu practitioners to describe manifesting their force in various ways, usually an explosive or powerful strike.

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