Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu or “Hand of the Wind Boxing” has its own unique style and characteristics that make it stand alone alongside the other traditional Chinese Internal martial arts. When I first started to learn Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu the emphasis of maintaining its soft, flowing, fast, changing of techniques and direction was constantly being expressed upon each individual.
As my teacher Master Chee Soo would always mention that Feng Shou Quan -Gongfu gets its name from emulating the “Wind” which is a Daoist attitude of studying nature and trying to connect and understand how it can be used to nourish life (yang Sheng). Because the Wind can sometimes be like a gentle breeze and sometimes as strong and has devastating as a tornado. This gives the practitioner of Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu another Daoist perspective of balancing the opposites of Yin & Yang or soft, hard, slow, fast etc Another aspect of the “Wind” is that it can suddenly change direction from blowing directly towards you and then quickly changing its direction to come from another angle. Hence, another characteristic of what an original practitioner of Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu should be expressing within their own individual style.
Over the many years I have seen this unique style of Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu be slowly eroded with many so-called teachers adding in a kick boxing style, where students spar with gloves and foot pads. Which limit and diminish the over all style and techniques of the original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu. But one of the most worrying aspects is of certain teachers turning Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu into an extended version of the Li style Taijiquan and letting it become a form of exercise for fitness and not internal martial art.
The original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu is both defensive and offensive and must combine striking, kicking, joint locking and throwing techniques, while maintaining its own unique style and character.