Some lineages of Choy Li Fut Kung Fu have over 250 forms (katas). Most have between 70-140 moves in each form. The question came up, why have more than 4 forms? Does knowing more forms make you a jack of all trades and a master of none?Read More
Here are methods I have used to help me memorise over 70 Choy Li Fut forms. Also half remember a easy access over 120 Choy Li Fut forms.
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The Buddha over 2500 years ago created a Yoga practice as documented in the Pali Canon 29BC the earliest book on the Buddha. The Pali Canon says a Yoga style was created by the Buddha, that it consists of poses and practices. This Yoga practice was preserved orally and only taught from master to student. The full practice stayed with the top student, the top student of the Buddha inherited the Buddhism and Yoga. The name used for the inheritor was the Patriarch of Buddhism. After 32 generations of inherited Buddhist Patriarchs the title went to the Bodhidharma he then travelled to China and created Zen Buddhism and then openly taught the Yoga practice he called Lohan. The Bodhidharma lived in China in a new temple and taught the monks Lohan, the new temple was called Shaolin. The inheritance was passed over to the monks. The tradition of a single inheritor was still in place and was passed from Abbot to Abbot over the next 1200 years. From the first Abbot to Choy Fook 1835AD the last Abbot after the final fall of the Shaoling temple.
The inheritance was now passed to Chan Heung who studied in hiding with the last Abbot for over ten years. Chan Heung returned home to King Mui, created a well known Kung Fu style and kept the Lohan secret only teaching it to his most dedicated and humble students. The Lohan lineage stayed in King Mui village passing down to Chan Heung’s great grand son Chan Sun-Chiu. Chan Sun-Chiu known as the last Keeper passed this knowledge onto his only living student Niel Willcott, the founder of our school.
Following you're arms natural energy flow around your body. This movement is found at the beginning, middle and end of the 18 Lohan pattern.
This movement is found at the beginning, middle and end of the 18 Lohan pattern. You're welcome to use this video to help you learn Lohan yoga Qigong. Niel Willcott is showing the form in a simple way so it is easy for you to follow along.
For anyone learning Lohan, this is a key transitional movement.
Keeping your knuckles touching with your palms facing down, dive forwards with a squat and behind with a back bend. This is a transitional move used throughout the 18 Lohan pattern.
Only if you are in good physical health should you try this move. Under no circumstances are you expected to lean back as far or squat as low as master Niel Willcott.
This qigong, yoga movement opens and closes the yin and yang meridians.
You’re welcome to use this video to help you learn 18 Lohan Qigong. Niel Willcott is showing the form in a simple way so it is easy for you to follow along. Once you know this movement you can then work on improving your flow and grace, for correction on this you are welcome to visit Niel’s Qigong studio in Norwich, UK.
You can use this video to better understand the Kung Fu kicks we teach here in Norwich. This is a reload of a video we made in 2010 showing the foundation level kicks in the Choy Li Fut Kung Fu.
- Front Kick
- Side Kick
- Round house Kick
- plus variations
3 hour seminar on traditional Kung Fu joint locks. Shown with no resistance from a complying training partner, this is an academic record of these techniques.