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School Syllabus: Combat Effectiveness.
For combat effectiveness the system can be divided into three main areas.

Body Conditioning: This is an imperative aspect of any traditional martial art, even more so within Pak Mei Kung fu. Body Conditioning consists of limb strengthening and conditioning, body exercises i.e. Press Ups, Sit Ups, Dorsal Raises, Basic Stance work i.e. Ma Bu (Horse Stance), Qi (Hei) Gung exercises, Kiu Sau (Bridge Arm), etc.

Hand to Hand Training: This area of training incorporates techniques, combinations with applications against one or multiple opponents, forms practice, hand drills, sensitivity exercises, set sparring, hand sparring and finally free sparring.

Weapons Training: Another imperative aspect of traditional martial arts is weapons. Here the practitioner has to must learn to use both single and double handed weapons, long and short weapons, applications, conditioning exercises, techniques and set sparring.

Any deficiency in any one of the three main areas can lead to the practitioner being ineffective in being able to apply their skills in a self defence situation.

Here is what is taught within the school from the the Cheung Beng Faat / Tang Cho Tak lineage;

Hand Forms:
Foundation Level:
1. Jik Bo (Biu Tse) Kuen - Straight Step Punch.pak mei pyramid
2. Ying Jow Nim Kiu Kuen - Eagle Claw Sticking Bridges Fist
3. Sahp Jee Kau Da Kuen - Cross Pattern Joint Hitting Fist

Intermediate Level:
4. Saam Lahm Kuen - Three Embraces (Cuddles) Fist - 1st of the 2 man set sparring routines
5. Gow Bo Tuew Kuen - Nine Step Push Fist
6. Saam Mun Choi Kuen - Three Door Punch Fist

Advanced Level:
7. Sei Mun Pa Kwa Kuen - Four Doors, Eight Directions Fist
8. Chi Sau / Saan Kuen - Sticky Hands / Body Fist - 2nd of the 2 man set sparring routines

Closed Door Level:
9. Sahp Baa Morr Kiu Kuen - Eighteen Rubbing Bridges Fist
10. Mang Fu Chu Lum Kuen - Fierce Tiger comes out of the Forest Fist

Pak Mei (White Eyebrow) Kung Fu is taught from a traditional ‘authentic’ standpoint. Ultimately, this means that traditionally, there is NO grading curriculum within this system. Students will progress at their own rate and only when they can adequately demonstrate what they have been taught from the class before.

The rate at which the students learn and progress within the system, is ultimately down to whether the student trains what he/she has been taught in the class environment, at home. Self-practice is a critical learning tool as it gives the student time to reflect on what has been taught, analyse their own body movement, shape and foundation and learn to apply their imagination to all the techniques, combinations and forms.

Techniques from the various forms (hand, weapon and set-sparring) are taught in 2 – 3 moves at a time, allowing the student to learn the ‘essence’ of the movement quicker by aiming to apply the body shape and foundation to any and/or all of the techniques. By learning the techniques first both as a singular and combination component, the student will eventually have learnt the full form.

Though only 2 – 3 techniques are shown at a time. To some this may seem to be a very slow method of learning, it is however a tried and tested method. By only learning a few movements at a time, means that students have the time to practice each technique over and over, until they can remember the techniques while their body feels comfortable with the movement before applying any speed, power and imagination to the technique.

Here is what is taught within the school from the the Cheung Beng Faat / Tang Cho Tak lineage;

Weapon Forms:
Foundation Level:
1. Tai Chung Gwan - Large Thrusting Stick

Intermediate Level:

2. Ng Hang Chung Lan Gwan - 5 Elements Stick
3. Sin Far Bo Dung - Pak Mei Bench / Stool

Advanced Level:
4. Jui Wan Lau Yip Cern Dao - Double Butterfly Swords
5. For Day Saam Cha Dai Pa - Left, Right Big Tiger Fork
6. Chung Lan Kwan Dao - Long Handled Broad Knife

Closed Door Level:

7. Wiu Wan Cern Gwai - Double Crutches (Tonfa's)
8. Yuen Bean - Soft Whip
9. Dan Dao Dep - Short Sword and Shield

Weaponry in traditional Chinese martial arts were primarily and historically used on the battlefield. In today's society, modern warfare has become technologically advanced making such traditional weapons like the Dan Dao (Single Broadsword), Kwang Dao (Long Handled Broad Kinife), Saam Cha Dai Pa (Big Trident or Tiger Fork) completely obsolete. However there are a few reasons why Chinese martial artists still practice and preserve the traditional weapons within the system which are as follows:

Tradition: Pak Mei Kung Fu has a long and distinguished history, which all Sifu's, disciples and students should respect and look to preserve. By practicing the traditional weaponry ensures the system stays complete.

Body Conditioning: training with the traditional weapons teaches the student balance, correct breathing, body mechanics / alignments, strengthens their foundation, body shape and the the anatomical structures such as the shoulders, wrists and grip as well as the major and deeper muscle groups.

Energy / Qi training: by training and practicing with traditional weapons, it becomes essential for the practitioner to learn how to lead / extend their qi (energy) into the weapon during training. This is an essential requirement as when the student is learning to apply the weapon, all the techniques should become an extension of their hands, body and intention.

Versatility, Adaptability and Modification: by learning the traditional weapons, these now obsolete weapons can be replaced and/or substituted for any number of regular every days items. For instance the techniques of the Short Sword and Shield can be replaced in modern day terms using a rucksack and umbrella, or the Long pole/spear can be replaced by the common broomstick, techniques from the tiger fork can be substituted with a shovel/spade and/or garden fork, the bench stool can be replaced with a regular chair and the techniques of the double butterfly knives can be replaced with a pair of short sticks, etc, etc.

Weapons training within the Pak Mei system will be introduced when the student has reached towards the end of the foundation level to help the student build up strength and flexibility of the tendons in the wrists, forearms and shoulders as well as consolidate their foundation and body shape.


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