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I spent a large part of my youth answering questions about the style in the only way one could or should answer
I guess my response is a reaction even though I stopped practicing the style many, many yrs ago.
In walking the circle one learns how to cut it, and arrive at interception points. One is able to move in before another can put
their foot down to take a step....its not like boxing foot work very different. In the clips shown, if one looks they can see the aspect of the crane and ape in use.
You might say one works from inside the circle the other from the outside....its about space and distance...
Hop gar among other CMA is or was noted as a fighting style back in the day. People who trained in this where what was called enforcers
in the various China towns. You noted some of its history, I kindly suggest reading more about it.
Mike, and another teacher wanted to add boxing hands so the other teacher could compete in one of the full contact venues of the day.
It was at this time I left feeling the the training was being driven by something I had little interest in.
What he did and taught was functional, practical, in some aspects he was kind of ahead of his time.
MaartenSFS wrote:Can you elaborate? ALL Gongfu classes should already include sparring, so not sure what you are looking for.. As to what method of sparring, I really enjoy both light glove-less sparring, harder gloved sparring and hardcore headgear and gloves sparring and each have their place. The strategies and techniques are different (to an extent) for each method, which keeps it interesting.Then there is Tuishou, Chishou etc., but that isn't sparring, though still very practical.
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