As with many martial art styles and system they all employ kicking methods, some styles only use only a few select methods, while other styles offer a very wide range of kicking methods. Within the Original Feng Shou Quan-Kung Fu (Hand of the Wind Boxing) there are a numerous amount of kicking techniques to learn and practice, some are just the same as used in other martial art styles and some are rare and unique to the style of Feng Shou Quan-Kung Fu such as the Lifting Kick or the Coiling Kick which are taught and practiced within the LFIAA Original Feng Shou Quan-Kung Fu as taught Laoshi Keith Ewers. The Coiling Kicking Method (Chan Ti Fa) is always used in conjunction with strikes, joint locks, takedowns and throwing techniques, the kick can be used to wrap around the opponents lower extremities to trip and throw the opponent to the floor, it can also be used to wrap around the opponents body either from the front or from behind.
As with all the other types of kicking methods that are performed within the Original Feng Shou Quan-Kung Fu they can all be combined together to create a wide range of practical and effective leg techniques. For example once the individual as applied their Coiling Kick against the opponents front leg, they can easily use the same leg to perform a second type of kick to attack the opponents rear leg or groin using such kicking methods as a “Treading Kick”(Tai Ti) or otherwise known as the “Buffer Kick” (Huan Chong Ti) which is what Master Chee Soo used to call it, to attack the opponents rear legs joints causing them to fall to the floor.
Another practical usage for the Coiling Kick is when the individual manages to get behind the back of the opponent and is about to take him to the floor the Coiling Kick can be used to either wrap around one of the opponents legs from behind to trip and throw him forwards to the floor. Or the Coiling Kick can wrap around the waist of the opponent from behind and use their heel to smash into the groin of the opponent causing them to fall onto ground. Obviously the Coiling Kicking Method is a close range Kicking Method and the individual will have to use their striking techniques and skilful stepping methods (Bu Fa) to close the distance between themselves and their opponent to skilfully apply this particular Coiling Kick Method.
In the accompanying photograph that comes with this blog one of our students is seen applying the Coiling Kick in combination with a hand striking method (Shou Fa) to trip and throw the opponent to the ground.