By: R. Young/ G. Doyle
It is said, a strong tree has strong roots. In the case of the Moh Dong Kung Fu Club this is true. Moh Dong has the knowledge and experience equivalent to over three decades. The style practiced by this club is Hung Kuen, or more commonly referred to as Hung Gar. This style is as unique in history as it is in fighting proficiency.
Hung Gar Kung Fu originate hundreds of years ago. The founder of this style was Hung Hei Guen, a recognized martial artist in the southern province of Fukian. He studied under many masters in a temple, and in his turn became the founding master of the Hung style. Hung Hei Guen proved the worthiness of his style in his fierce battles with the legendary Bak Mei.
Hung Gar has always been reputed for its power and raw strength. Throughout history it is documented that pound for pound , no other style could match the Hung Gar punch. There is a historical saying, that with Hung power “you can destroy a mountain”.
This style has another historic and respected practice that sets it apart from other kung fu styles. The horse stances of Hung Gar are practiced for several reasons, the most important being he development of power, strength, balance with hours of nothing but stance work. This would not only create solid footwork and power for the practitioner, but would also build an unbeatable fighting attitude, “ a solid punch; and solid horse”.
Techniques involve mostly hand work, with all kicking aimed below the waist. The use of circular movement enhances power and allows for deflecting blocking action. The style uses the most direct route to the target with the most efficient technique. This results in no wasted movement or power. Hung Gar’s “charge in hard” policy makes the style dangerous at all times. An opponent will have little or no chance for offense because of the styles aggressive attitude, and its simultaneous blocking and hitting principle. Another old saying states, “as soon as a Hung Kuen practitioner moves his hand, he strikes more that three times.”August 18th, 2010
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