To become proficient in the Chinese Internal Martial Art Original Feng Shou-Gongfu ( Hand of the Wind Boxing) system means that you must develop fast evasive footwork that allows you to easily escape your opponents aggressive strikes and kicks by dodging past them. The main concept of the Internal Martial Arts and especially so within the practice of the Original Feng Shou-Gongfu is that you must use “Softness to overcome Hardness”.
This means that we do not use “Strength against Strength” as the strongest of the two opponents will win, whereas, learning to use your opponents balance, aggression, strength against themselves means that it’s down to how you use your tactile and evasive footwork skill that allows you to overcome the stronger more aggressive opponent. This means that the weak can overcome the strong, the smaller, thinner individual can overcome the much bigger, heavier individual, plus age does not limit you to use your skill to defend against a much younger individual.
The Original Feng Shou-Gongfu system involves a tremendous amount of various footwork exercises that teaches the practitioner to develop a high level of agility, plus cardio fitness and stamina. The ultimate aim of an Original Feng Shou-Gongfu practitioner is to be able to ” Constantly Change Direction” at any moment placing themselves in the most advantageous positions like either side of the opponent or behind them, where the practitioner can then counter back with fast, powerful and effective offensive techniques.
To effectively develop the skill to ” Change Direction” quickly, means that the Original Feng Shou-Gongfu practitioner learn how to subtly transfer their centre of gravity by sightly shifting their body weight from one leg to another without being to obvious to their opponent. This then allows the practitioner to develop their agility to change direction, but they must still maintain their “Rooted Stepping” ( Gen Bu) their foundation with the ground so as to maintain balance and to give power to their defensive and offensive techniques. Another aspect to developing your agility to shift your body weight from side to side to evade or dodge, is that the practitioner must also learn how to raise and lower their centre of gravity skilfully to allow them to perform kicking techniques and still maintain their “Root” or foundation with the ground.
This is why the practitioner of the Original Feng Shou-Gongfu spends many hours practicing both solo and two-person exercises that develops their evasive footwork to a high level of proficiency. Thus allowing them to bring their Chinese Internal Martial Art to life in a practical and effective way that develops their confidence, fitness, health and wellbeing.