The true usefulness of the practical application of the Poison Hand Striking Methods is in its ability to change and adapt its striking tools. As it is the angle of attack that is the most important and not the striking tool applied, for example in the very first Poison Hand Striking Set the actual striking methods taught are a downward splitting palm strike (Pi Zhang) alongside two linear spear palm (Qiang Zhang) strikes which can be applied at various heights of attack. But these three striking methods could also be delivered using the same angles of attack, but using different striking tools, such as a vertical downward chopping palm (Kan Zhang) alongside two straight punches (Zhi Quan Da) again targeted at different heights. Approaching the Poison Hand Striking Methods (Du Shou Da Fa) with this mind set allows for every Feng Shou-Kung Fu practitioner greater adaptability and practicality within their offensive hand methods (Shou Fa).
Its alright to still practice the Poison Hand Striking Sets in the traditional way as taught to us by Master Chee Soo, but no one actually attacks you in the same way as you practice the traditional sets. So they have to practiced alongside other types of soft and hard party’s, deflections or ward offs. Striking tools can differ according to the angles of attack, plus learning how to combine the many other types of Kicking Methods (Jiao Fa) that everyone practices in their Feng Shou-Kung Fu classes, other than just the front kick that is normally taught within the traditional Poison Hand Striking Sets allowing for practitioners to achieve greater adaptability and practicality of the Poison Hand Striking Methods.
It is the angle of attack that the strikes are delivered that is the most important factor in learning the Poison Hand Striking Sets and not the actual striking hand tool used to issue the power into its intended target. Understanding the importance of the angle of attack in the deliverance of each of the Poison Hand Striking Methods allows for each practitioner to have great adaptability in being able to use many other types of Hand striking tools that can be delivered using the existing angles of attack as described in the first Poison Hand Striking Methods that are taught to every beginner and then throughout the whole Poison Hand Striking Sets..
Another example of the importance of the angle of attack can be applied in the practice of the Poison Hand Striking Set Three. Traditionally it is taught with an uppercut palm strike to a seizing arm circle to arm lock, followed by an horizontal chopping palm strike (Kan Zhang). The same angles are used but instead of a palm uppercut change it to a closed fist uppercut, the arm lock can remain the same, but the horizontal chopping palm can be replaced with an horizontal hammer fist strike (Chui Zi Quan Da) or Elbow (Zhou). Understanding the angles of attack will then allow for the Original Feng Shou-Kung Fu practitioner develop a greater skill within their hand fighting methods ((Shou Fa).