Publisher’s NoteOne of the problems with long traditions of kung-fu is how the full transmission of knowledge gets lost. Most students do not get the full information, and among those who do, they often forget details over time. That is why I approached Sifu Daniel Kun and Sigong Henry Lo to document their full transmission up to black sash in their book, Kong Han Ngo Cho: Weapons, Forms, Fighting.This book is almost 500 pages and contains all the curriculum from white to black sash. Included are solo sets, two-man sets, weapons, and history and… plenty of application principles and theory. This is the marrow that informs the techniques taught in the forms. Today is a brief excerpt from the book on the “Five Attacks and Two Element theory.” Enjoy! —Mark V. Wiley
The core of Five Ancestor Fist powers consists of using two elements:
Sam Chien Sip Li Kun (三戰二十拳): Translated as “Three Battles Cross Pattern,” Sam Chien Sip Li Kun continues to stress what was emphasized in the prior forms and introduces new elements; for example, the theory of the Ten Character pattern, or Sip Li, which is a popular pattern within southern Chinese styles of martial arts. Whereas Three Battle consists of going up and down a linear line, here the practitioner goes in a cross pattern, which covers the four corners. This pattern and theory was envisioned to be useful when fighting more than one assailant.
**The complete theory of application for Kong Han line of Ngo Cho Five Ancestor Fist, plus its forms and drills, is documents in detail in Kun and Lo’s comprehensive book.