Once the student begins their practice of the Original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu they will learn all of the many different areas like learning the many evasions sets, poison hand striking sets, soft and hard ward offs, blocks and deflections, kicking methods and joint locking techniques and throws. Some students will spend many years simply learning these many different areas and sadly never achieve the opportunity to combine all these areas together in a multitude of fighting techniques. My teacher Master Chee Soo would call this method of combining all the different training areas together as “Three Star Principle” ( San Xing Yuan ) which ment defend, attack and counter attack or attack, defend and counter attack.
Thre true skill for any student of the Original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu is to naturally flow from striking to kicking to a fast effective takedown in a numerous amount of variations which allow the student to adapt and change their fighting techniques to overcome any situation that confronts them. If you are still learning a particular Feng Shou-Gongfu style from a teacher who does not allow or know how to combine the poison hand striking methods with various kicking techniques either defensively or offensively for example, the chances are your teacher has not been taught how to apply “Three Star Principle” and properly you will spend your training time going over the same subjects, but never have the opportunity to develop your Feng Shou-Gongfu to a very practical and effective internal martial art.
One particular training method that I teach to my students to help them connect their striking and kicking methods together is an exercise what I have termed as a ” Three Star Flow Drill”. The training partner will attack with a series of strikes in a particular order, the student will then use a variety of wards off and evasions to defend the training partners attacks, but will immediately counter attack back with a series of striking and kicking techniques which must naturally flow spontaneously. This exercise will teach the student to react and respond naturally without even thinking. But obviously it is completely upto the student to add variety to their counter attacking techniques and to not respond with the same fighting technique all of the time.
It is only when you can spontaneously and naturally flow with your internal martial art and react and overcome a situation using your Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu techniques combined together can you say that you are skilled in this unique Chinese internal martial art.