LFIAA Li Style (Lishi) Feng Shou-Kung fu Daoist boxing. “Go across on the outside & go straight on the inside”.

As a Daoist fighting art the Li Style Feng Shou-Kung Fu emphasis is to use the opponents aggression, strength and balance against themselves, never to meet strength with strength. But to attack from angles, mainly from the outside, hence the saying “Go across from the outside and go straight on the inside”. The Daoist Boxing Style of Feng Shou-Kung Fu that is taught within the LFIAA utilises a great amount of defensive and offensive footwork methods (Bufa), it is not a static toe to toe martial art that relies on great physical strength to defend oneself, but uses a superior knowledge of angles using skilful footwork methods to evade and dodge the opponents attacks and to position themselves in an optimum position to counter attack from.

I was always taught by my teachers to attack from the outside of the opponent and go across his or her body, as this is the most safest position to defend from and to launch your own attacks. Every time your opponent changes their fighting position you should change as well, trying to maintain that you are on either side of your opponent, but trying to stay on the outside of their attacks, so that once you enter from the outside you cut across their body. When you enter into the opponents defence from the outside and cut across their body, you will begin to twist the opponents body, the top half of their body will go in one direction, while the bottom half goes in the opposite direction, this will completely knock them off balance and allow you to take their space.

If you are to find yourself on the inside of your opponents attacks and you cannot re-position yourself to move to the outside. Then you must go straight down the centreline to launch your attacks, which must be fast and powerful. Getting to the inside of your opponents defence is properly the most difficult position to get, as it is well protected. But if you do find yourself on the inside of your opponent, then all of their vital targets are available to strike and kick at, causing them serious damage that can quickly end the confrontation. If however your opponent gets to your inside position, then you must learn to quickly and immediately manoeuvre yourself to their outside position, as this is the safest position to be.

The most best position to attack your opponent from is properly from behind them. But you must develop skilful footwork to place yourself into this optimum position, as the back door to your opponent is always open, but getting to this position takes plenty of tactile skill and footwork.

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