LFIAA Original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu “The Three Methods of Foot Flow Training”

The kicking techniques that are taught within the “Original Hand of the Wind Boxing” ( Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu) come under the heading of “Foot Flow Training” (Jiao Lian Gong) a term that was used by Master Chee Soo  to express the large variety of kicking methods that are used alongside the striking (Da), joint locking (Na) and throwing (Shuai) Techniques that make up this unique Chinese internal martial art. Within the LFIAA style of the Original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu that is taught by Laoshi Keith Ewers there are three training methods that are taught to students when they begin to learn the foot flow training methods.

The first training method of the many kicking techniques that are taught to students is called “Basic or Foundation Foot Flow Training” (Jiben Jiao Lian Gong) this is we’re the student combines stepping methods alongside their kicks, usually more steps than kicks and performed with no hand methods (Shou Fa), presently there are still many teachers of the Original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu who are currently still only teaching this very basic method of the Foot Flow Training  to their own students. Not allowing their students to develop and progress their kicking skill to a much practical, effective method of self defence.

The second method  of Foot Flow Training that is taught by Laoshi Keith Ewers to his students is known as the “Intermediate or Middle Level” (Zhong Fa Jiao Lian Gong). This is were students learn to combine both defensive and offensive hand methods (Shou Fa) alongside their kicking techniques, usually at this level the stepping methods turn into kicking techniques, which again can be used either defensively or offensively, so there are no steps only kicks, which can give this level of Foot Flow Training a very cardiovascular workout for the students as it is a very full on practice for every student to develop their own  agility, co-ordination, flexibility, speed, power, accuracy, and rhythm.

The third method  of Foot Flow Training that is taught to the students of the LFIAA Original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu system is known as the “Transforming Level” (Hua Fa Jiao Lian Gong). This is were the student can now either uses a step or turn the step into a defensive or offensive kick allowing the student to have greater flexibility In being able to hide their kicks, plus it can give the student different rhythms and speed of being able to deliver faster kicks were they can use the step to get closer to their opponent to effectively use their many kicking techniques alongside striking, wrestling or throwing tmethods.

It has now been over twenty years since the death of Master Chee Soo and it is obviously now down to his senior students to take on the responsibility to maintain the development of the Original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu into the future. This means that some things have to be added too and some things have to be  changed to keep this Chinese internal martial art from becoming to rigid and limited in it ability to adapt and change with our present time. Sadly this has not happened with the Foot Flow Training methods, there are still teachers of the Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu who after so many years still teach to their students the basic level of kicking were they advocate more stepping methods than kicks with no defensive or offensive hand methods combined at all. But casually allow their students to practice kicks with their hands hanging down by their sides, this particular method of Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu Foot Flow Training is more aimed towards gently exercise than as a traditional Chinese internal martial art that develops confidence and skill in each student to be able to effectively defend themselves.

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