In China the Spear (qiang) is known as the “King of the long weapons”. Every internal martial art has its own unique Spear form and methods of its usage and so it is the same with the LFIAA Li Style Feng Shou-Kung Fu as taught by Laoshi Keith Ewers. The Spear form (qiang shi) that is taught and practiced within the Li Style (Lishi) Feng Shou-Kung Fu is a short form that contains both basic, intermediate and advanced Spear fighting techniques, plus there are many two-person defensive and offensive training exercises within the form to develop each individual’s proficiency in the use of the Spear.
In earlier blogs I have mentioned how my teacher Master Chee Soo would teach various weapon forms that were very long and took many years to learn. Which meant that every individual was stuck learning the actions of the weapon and trying to remember the order that the movements of a particular weapon form should be for many years, with some individuals committing many years of practice and then not being able to complete the full weapon form. Whereas, the weapon forms that are taught and performed within the LFIAA are based on shorter forms that are packed with information and do not take years to learn the complete forms. But obviously might take many more years to fully master each of the particular weapons studied.
Unlike the use of the Staff (Gun) which advocates the use of the both ends of the Staff to defend and attack with. The Spear on the other hand, mainly concentrates on using the Spear point to stab, cut, sweep, point, press, coil, lift and pull with, to both defend and attack. Obviously it does use the other end of the Spear to block and strike with, but it is the Spear point (qiang jian) that the focus of the weapon is fully used. In China the Spear is considered to be the tongue of a poisonous snake spitting out its deadly venom at its intended target quickly and swiftly.