LFIAA Original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu “The Gathering or Snake Stance” (Tun Bu Shi)

When I was studying the Original Hand of the Wind Boxing (Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu)  under my teacher Master Chee Soo  he would mention that the presumed fighting stance held was a Snake Stance (She Shi) with the body weight being held fifty, fifty between the both legs. This ment that the individual held a double weighted stance (Shuang Zhong  Shi) which does not allow the practitioner of Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu  the ability to move quickly in any direction without having to do a slight readjustment of their body weight. Obviously the both feet must not be in alignment with each other as this will limit the practitioners ability to remain on balance, plus it limits their ability to reach as they will have limited waist mobility.

Within the Original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu  as taught within the LFIAA by Laoshi Keith Ewers the students are taught to stand in what is known as a Gathering Stance (Tun Bu Shi) with the body weight held in a 70-30 weight ratio with a distinction that the front leg is empty and the back leg is solid (Qian Xu Hou Shi Can Xiang Yi). This allows the student to move easily to either dodge or to move to attack using strikes or kicks etc. Usually the front guarding hand is held out in front to cover any blows that are directed towards your head and chest, whereas, the rear guarding hand is held below the elbow of the front arms elbow and is used to protect  against any blows directed towards your abdomen or groin area.

There are many names given to the Original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu fighting stance such as the “ready stance” or the “snake stance” or the “on guard stance”. As already mentioned Laoshi Keith Ewers  likes to call it the “Gathering Stance” as you are gathering your energy, concentration, thoughts, strategy to respond to your opponents attack and begin to change and adapt your fighting methods o overcome the situation. Moving into the Gathering Stance (Tun Bu Shi) can happen at any time during a physical confrontation it can be taken after you opponent as delivered a series of attacks and you have had to defend and the both of you take a short pause before you engage with each other again. Or you have delivered a fatal series of blows and you resume your Gathering Stance taking a short pause to see if you need to continue to defend yourself.

Obviously you only move into the “Gathering Stance”  when you know for definite that there is going to be some kind of aggressive confrontation with one or more opponents. As the fighting stance that you move into is giving a signal to your opponent that you are ready for the confrontation, you must make sure that your defensive stance has closed off any gaps that your opponent can deliver any blows towards, usually this means covering your centre line as most attacks are directed straight at you. Within the Original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu as taught by Laoshi Keith Ewers the hands and arms defend against any blows that are directed towards the head and body, while the les and feet defend against any low line attacks I recited towards the les and feet.

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