Rollaways is a well known two or more person counter, counter flow exercise of the Feng Shou-Kung Fu system. This exercises trains the practitioners to develop their defensive & offensive hand and foot methods (Shoujiaofa) refining their timing, reactions, accuracy, speed, fitness and concentration. The Rollaways exercise combines both linear, angular and circular footwork methods (Bufa) which in turn allows the practitioner of the Feng Shou-Kung Fu to learn how to control the fighting distance between each other. Using footwork that allows you to enter deeply into your training partners defence and to then quickly use clever defensive footwork to retreat, evade and deflect your training partners counter attacks.
Learning how to develop clever footwork methods (Cong Bufa) in the practice of the paired Rollaways exercise is used to control the fighting distance between each other, meaning that each practitioner has to learn both defensive & offensive footwork methods that involves a rhythm of short and long mixed stepping patterns. This mixed stepping pattern of using short and long helps both practitioners to enter deeply or shallowly into each other’s fighting space. Using clever footwork must be used also to defend and evade oneself from each other’s attacks, for example using a long defensive stepping method to defend by increasing the fighting distance between each other, means that you create enough time to see each other’s counter attacks and are easily able to deflect them away or allow them to fall short of their target.
Whereas, using a series of clever short defensive footwork methods can be used to lure your training partner to step forwards to attack deeply. By using clever defensive footwork to just be out of distance of your training partners attacks, allows you to then enter into the training partners fighting space using your much shorter weapons like your elbows (Zhou), Shoulders (Jian) and knees (Xi) to counter strike and kick back with. As your partner begins to defensively step back to deflect and evade your attacks you can then follow using a series of long stepping methods to control the fighting distance to maintain your counter attacks making your partner fall onto your offensive hand & foot methods (Shoujiaofa).
The basic linear Rollaways exercise that is taught within the LFIAA Feng Shou-Kung Fu teaches students and practitioners to use a series of clever straight line short and long range stepping methods to help control the fighting distance between you and your training partner or opponent. Some times entering shallowly or deeply and some times defending using a series of mixed short and long range stepping methods to escape and evade or even to lure your training partner or opponent into a trap.