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Evasion exercises

Evasion does not mean running half a mile away from the source of trouble, and nor does it mean putting your hands over your ears and your head into the sand; it means that by moving lightly and swiftly away from the angle of attack, the blow, strike, kick or weapon thrust will miss its objective. In so doing you will have placed yourself in such a position that you are able to strike back instantly, with accurate precision and complete awareness of the immediate situation, yet still retain a perfect balance.

This is where the constant practice of the stances comes in very useful in both your attack and your defence, for they will take you in reach or out of range depending on the attitude that you wish to adopt at the time, and based upon your own immediate reaction. But everything will depend on your own personal versatility, including the knowledge and experience of evading an attack through the correct movement of your legs, body and even your head. This is where your experience of learning to move from one stance to another will be valuable and create the wonderful foundation on which to build the vast field of the Feng Shou evasion techniques.

One of the golden rules of our evasion exercises is that whilst you may move out of the way of an attack, you should also try to ensure that at the same time you are in range of your opponent with your own striking units so that you are able to counter. However, this will depend upon the circumstances at the time, and of course, it may not always be possible. However, you will appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of each situation as your own experience increases through your own personal training. So ensure that you practise constantly and continuously. It is no good training intensively for seven days, then laying off for a month: it is much better to set aside regular days and times each week, so that your training can be kept up regularly. Then you will obtain the maximum benefit from your regular practice and dedication.

Whilst you can practice the moves in front of a mirror at home, it will be much better to practise with a friend, or join a Feng Shou club, if there happens to be one in your locality. But remember, whenever you practise our evasions, that you should always try to be out of range of your opponent's blow, yet you should always be in range with one of your own weapons. This is very important and one of our golden rules. There are three main evasion exercises or forms in the art of Feng Shou.

These are:

  1. The Clock Face (Chung Mien)
  2. The Tea Cup (Ch'a Pei)
  3. The Five Lotus Petals (Wu Lien Huapan)

Each one has a completely different routine, and each conforms to certain principles which will enable you to defend yourself from varying angles of attack, once you have learnt to do the sequence or routine movement of each exercise.

It is essential however, that you practise these exercises constantly, day in and day out, because evasion should be your number one priority whether you are weak or strong. In the soft arts of China, and our Feng Shou art is possibly one of the softest of the soft, the high speeds that are maintained throughout give you very little time to stop and think. Reactions must be spontaneous and the movements have to be very fast indeed and executed instinctively. Practise slowly in the beginning, and in so doing ensure that your balance is as perfect as you can get it, that you maintain your weight on the correct leg, and keep your body upright without tension or stiffness. Always keep your hands in an 'on guard' position so that they can be used, if necessary, within a split second.

Whilst these can be practised on your own it is most essential to have a friend or partner with whom you can practise because it is important that you react correctly, and also you will get used to a hand or fist coming directly at your face or your body. This will not only get you accustomed to being under attack, even though you and your friend will be working in a friendly harmonious atmosphere, but helps you to appreciate the angles of the blows, and increases the speed of your thought, reactions, and physical movement.


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The Taoist Art of Feng Shou Hand of the Wind kung fu

by Chee Soo

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