Once a student has become very proficient with the Original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu Solo Staff Form (Dan Gun Shi) as taught by Laoshi Keith Ewers of the LFIAA. They will then move onto learning the two-person matching Staff form (Duilian Gun Shi) this is were they will learn to put the basic blocks (Lan) and strikes (Da) that they have learnt from the Solo Staff Form into practical usage against another training partner. Obviously there are subtle levels to the learning of the two-person matching Staff form that both training partners will have to learn and develop if they wish to fully become skilful with the Staff.
The first level is considered the basic (Jiben) level and this is were both students gradually learn to remember the two-person matching staff form sequence from start to finish. The second level is were they can begin to add in more speed and power to both the defensive blocking and offensive striking techniques. The third level is a combination of both flow and power into the matching staff form giving it a more realistic approach that enhances the students confidence and skill with the Staff both in defence and offence.
Master Chee Soo only taught a traditional Feng Shou Quan staff form that was very long in its sequence, but he never taught a two-person matching form. The LFIAA still teaches the traditional Feng Shou Quan staff form as passed on by Master Chee Soo, but we also teach a short solo staff form that each student must learn as a step towards learning the two-person matching staff form. Sadly today there are still many of Master Chee Soo’s students who only practice the traditional long staff form and do not participate in any two-person staff training drills or the two-person matching staff forms to help them develop their staff fighting skill to a much higher level and standard.
Practicing the Original Feng Shou Quan two-person matching staff form is a really enjoyable exercise that involves both linear and angular footwork methods. The student learns to use either end of the staff plus the centre to block and attack with, they also learn how to remain in contact developing their tactile ability to stick (Zhan), adhere (Nian) and listening (Ting) to their training partners actions.