Within the Original Feng Shou-Gongfu system as taught by the LFIAA under the guidance of Laoshi Keith Ewers there are three fighting forms that are taught 1). Poison Hand Stiking Form ( Du Shou Da Shi) , 2). Active Mist Defence Form ( Huo Yun Tang Shou Shi), 3). Balanced Fist Form ( Ping Quan Shi).
This blog will look at the Feng Shou-Gongfu “Active Mist defensive Form” Huo Yun Tang Shou Shi. These are a series of short forms that develop fast double deflective/ward off techniques alongside various striking techniques. The aim is to develop the Feng Shou-Gongfu practitioners defensive skill and awareness to defend against both high and low attacks that are both simultaneous in their attacks against striking and kicking techniques . As the saying goes ” if you have confidence in your defence, then you can focus on attack”
Each of the particular Active Mist Defensive Forms move in three directions and what is performed on one side of the body is repeated on the opposite side. So they develop each individual’s balance, concentration, timing, precision, Co-ordination and continuity of movement. Each of the Active Mist Defensive Forms combine fast and slow actions, the defensive actions are performed fast, while the attacking actions are performed slow. As the emphasis is on developing the individuals defensive skill.
Once the Feng Shou-Gongfu practitioner has become familial with a certain Active Mist solo Form. He or she will then turn it into a two or three person application form. Where you have to defend against two training partners who are attacking you with striking and kicking techniques at various angles and heights and you have to use double ward offs using just the one hand or arm to defend against their attacks.