For Traditional Kung fu, a lot of the foundation and core techniques are built into the form. These are drilled again and again to create a muscle memory, so these become automatic type of movement. Most of the movements are trained while doing forms, which focus on creating efficiency of movement, speed and power. After you have done these well, you start to focus on the practical application.
With practical application, it requires an opponent to be able to respond to liveliness of a real situation.
In the video above, you can see how kungfu is applied in a coordinated situation. This is a gradual approach to learning to respond to a live situation, which is live and dynamic.
Without practical application, kungfu doesn't get applied effectively. This was designed this way as years of culture shrouded their techniques in secrecy. It was only when the master gave them the key, of how to actually apply it, then the student could progress more in a real situation.
Real fighting situations bring another element to a situation - fear.
Fear causes people to respond with instinct, their training or lack of training comes into play. This is why it is imperative to also bring application to sparring. Without a lot of sparring, you won't bring the confidence you need to a fight or self-defense situation.
About the blog
Luke Siljander began training with Master Wang in 2007. He and Master Wang want to share the value of Kung Fu.
Kung Fu is about the application of hard work throughout your life to better yourself and to gain mastery over your body and mind.