The saying that “The best form of defence is offence” is an option that very few practitioners of the Daoist Boxing Style Of Feng Shou-Kung Fu put into action. As many simply think that the only time they would use their Feng Shou-Kung Fu fighting methods would be if they were attacked. So many practitioners work their fighting methods from a point of view of defence and counter attack, but within a typical fighting situation, where the confrontation becomes drawn out with the possibility of more attackers joining in. The practitioner has to then work from the principle that “The best form of defence is offence”, rather than waiting for your attackers you must now take the fight to them.
Learning to change your fighting methods purely from a defensive to offensive will take some practitioners out of their safety zone. Meaning that they have to develop their courage to become more aggressive in applying their fighting ability to cause harm to their attackers. For the practitioner of the Daoist Boxing Style of the Li Style Feng Shou-Kung Fu this means that they have to work various techniques on how to enter deeply into an opponents defence to quickly end the confrontation. The defensive use of the downwards pressing arm as a blocking of deflecting technique must now be looked at as an offensive striking technique that allows the practitioner to attack and enter deeply into the opponents defensive line.
The downwards pressing arm strike offensively is used to trap the opponents blocking arm against their own body. The practitioner would combine a follow up strike immediately after they use the downwards pressing arm strike to slam into the opponents head or body, this immediately places the opponent into defence mode were the practitioner can then use a wide variety of follow up fighting techniques such as more striking combinations, kicking, wrestling or throwing methods.
Master Chee Soo taught what he liked to call “Three Star Principle”. This was a principle of how to combine all the fighting techniques of this Daoist boxing style into defensive or offensive fighting methods that combined striking, kicking,wrestling and throwing techniques. There are a tremendous amount of people who are learning and practicing the Li Style Feng Shou-Kung Fu, but they do not have any idea on how to combine any of these striking, kicking, wrestling & throwing techniques together to create effective, practical fighting methods. This Daoist boxing style is only as effective as the practitioner who uses it, if there is no effort by the practitioner to practice, research and discover this boxing style to a high level of proficiency, then no matter what particular grade you hold and wear around your waist you won’t be able to defend yourself.