Most martiail arts systems mainly teach there students to strike and kick only using their hands and feet, some martial arts teach how to use elbows and knees. But very few teach how to use their shoulders (Jian) and hips (Gua) to also be used as weapons, in the Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu system a skilful practitioner is taught to use all main areas of the body like the fingers, palms, fists, forearms, elbows, shoulders, head, hips, knees and feet as weapons hence the whole body becomes a fist. Obviously if you practice a martial art as a sport then you will be guided by certain competition rules and it can shape what particular tools you can use, whereas, if you practice a martial art as a self defence system that covers all situations then you must develop your martial art to adapt and change to any circumstance, meaning all areas of the body must be used to defend and attack with.
It is important that the practitioner of this Chinese internal martial art Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu learns to not only use their hands and legs to attack with they must also learn how to use others parts of their body like the head,shoulders and hips to be used in combination alongside the hands and feet. True skill in Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu is the ability to attack with any part of the body which will make it differcult for your opponents to be save at any fighting range against you as you are able to strike close in as well as long. The next stage is to then combine all the areas of your body that can be used to attack with alongside your joint locking and throwing techniques making all areas of this fascinating internal martial art come together.
Today many students of this unique martial art only concentrate on developing their hands and feet as weapons and do not look towards employing others areas of their body like the head, hips and shoulders. My teacher Master Chee Soo would always emphasis that a practitioner of Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu must be spontaneous and naturally flow and adapt to any situation and to do this the practitioner must be able to use all areas of their body to either defend or attack with.
The Chinese call the use of the head, shoulders, elbows as the upper seven stars methods “Shang Qi Xing Fa” and the waist, hips and knees as the lower seven star methods “Xia Qi Xing Fa”, both the upper and lower seven star methods are part of the Original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu system but very few practitioners are aware that they exists and only a few have developed true skill in their full useage. Once a practitioner combines both the upoer and lower seven stars alongside the use of their hands and feet as weapons they will become very formidable practitioner of the Original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu.