Oftentimes we think the complex something is, the more effective it is.
This is absolutely false!
As my Sifu used to say, “After 30 years of practicing Kung Fu, doing fancy moves, tornado kicks and strikes that could take out a group of people – the most effective move is still the simple straight punch”.
The above outlines that in a real street fight, fancy moves will not defend you – but a solid straight punch will.
Perfect the simple, make it strong, and the complex will evolve around the simple.
But – flashy moves are cool. They seem like they might be more effective. But often they lack power.
A student from another school came in and demostrated his school’s kung fu form. My Sifu watched politely. I thought the form looked ok. Sifu smiled, thanked him, and he left.
After, Sifu asked us “Did you notice how weak and powerless his form was? He was dancing, not fighting. There was no power in it.”. That made me realize that although the form looked complex and artistic, it lacked any type of real effectiveness.
It’s fine to practice an art for the sake of the art form. But if you want to practice Kung Fu for the self-defense aspect, then learn to generate power in the simple moves first.
Start by throwing 300 punches, every day. Don’t hyperextend your joints though – this means when you throw the punch, your elbow joints don’t straighten all the way and put any type of strain on the joint. Be powerful, punch through your imaginary opponent, but don’t overextend. Throw 100 high, 100 medium and 100 low punches.