As in most Chinese Internal Martial Arts there are several layers to each particular training exercise, that every student and practitioner has to learn before they can progress onto the next level. So it is with the Feng Shou-Kung Fu’s kicking methods, or as my teacher Master Chee Soo used to call the “Foot Flow Patterns” (Jiao Lian Xing), for example, a very basic level of learning the vast amount of Kicking methods that are taught and practiced within the Original Feng Shou-Kung Fu, is simply to concentrate on the lower extremities stances, stepping methods and the angle, type of kick being performed. Usually the arms are not included and are held in a relaxed manner by the sides of the body and the student casually walks through the kicking method to get a feel for it. Sadly there are many students who still to this day practice their kicking methods in this particular basic manner?
The second layer for the students and practitioners of the Original Feng Shou-Kung Fu to reach within their kicking methods. To add defensive & offensive hand work (Shou Fa) alongside their kicking methods, as there are plethora of defensive & offensive hand methods in Feng Shou-Kung Fu that each student and practitioner could use with their kicking methods. It is best to practice firstly some defensive hand methods for a while with their kicks, and then after a few months or so, switch to using some offensive hand methods or after another couple of months combine both defensive & offensive hand methods together. Learning to combine hand work alongside the kicking methods, teaches each student to develop a “Sense of Enemy” in front of themselves and stops them from becoming to relaxed and treating the Foot Flow pattern training as a fitness exercise.
The third layer, to the practice of the Original Feng Shou-Kung Fu Foot Flow Pattern (Jiao Lian Xing) Training. Is simple to start adding more speed to your stepping, defensive & offensive hand methods and the kicks themselves. Learning how to issue strength (Fa Jing), by using good body alignment and correct body mechanics is vitally important to every internal martial artist if they what to develop effective, powerful and practical fighting methods to protect themselves against any situation.
Irrespective of what Chinese Internal Martial Art you are studying and practicing. Every student and practitioner should want to develop their own level of proficiency within their chosen internal martial art, such as the Original Feng Shou-Kung Fu. It is important that each student understands that if they are still practicing their Foot Flow Patterns, with their arms hanging down in an over relaxed manner and the kicks performed slowly after a few years of training. That they are not developing their ability to defend themselves, but more towards getting fitter. Confidence, strength, speed and power should be achieved through correct understanding of progressing through each of the different training layers to make your Feng Shou-Kung Fu become an effective Chinese Internal Martial Art that suits both genders.