Traditional Forms

Some people say that the training of traditional forms is not of any use: This way of thinking is completely wrong. One traditional form contains the lifetime knowledge and combat experience of many Kung Fu masters, summarized into a composition of training methods. It combines the peculiarities of the human body”s physiology and the ideas of traditional Chinese philosophy, synthesizing whole body coordination exercises and a composition of the classics of Sanda boxing applications. The forms stress an equal level of hand, eye, body, movement and stance practice and combine them. After training traditional forms for a long time one can master various kinds of excellent combat applications, while providing a reasonable amount of exercise for every part of one”s body. Therefore by practicing traditional forms one will learn self-protection and keep fit at the same time. Some people say that the more forms one knows the better: This way of thinking is also completely wrong. Kung Fu seniors think:

“Forms are not determined by quantity, but by perfection.”

There are more than 10 000 Chinese traditional forms, how can one ever finish learning? The key is to find forms that go along with one”s body figure and one”s interests. Furthermore to use one”s mind during the training and to avoid blind and foolish exercise. If one chooses to train forms that are not suitable for one”s body figure and condition one will suffer in Sanda combat. At the same time one will cause injuries of different degrees in either one”s joints or one”s muscles. Training the wrong forms for a long time will have a negative effect on one”s health. In China usually the master with his rich experience picks the form for the student to study. His decision will be based on the student”s body figure and condition.   

Master Yu Bin – translation by Felix