Feng Shou Hand of the Wind

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Feng Shou (or ‘Hand of the Wind’) is a Kung Fu style which incorporates as much as possible of the softness of Tai Ji. There is work with both the hands and feet, both grappling and striking, with or without weapons, against single or multiple opponents.

There is no physical conditioning to produce calluses in the striking areas of the hands and feet, and there are no extreme stretching exercises. Feng Shou is unlikely to do more harm to you than it does to your opponent, which sounds an odd statement, but cannot be said of every martial art.

The Li style form of Kung Fu. Feng Shou is an internal system utilising all the principles of T’ai Chi posture and control. Fast and continually flowing Feng Shou is generally translated as ‘Hand of the Wind’; you do not see the wind – you only see its effects.

All the movements of Feng Shou link together to form a continuously flowing action as opposed to separately performed techniques.

When applied properly Feng Shou is very deceptive, the motto of the system being “The Softness of a Butterfly’s Wing but with the Hardness of Steel” – this typifies the way the art looks when performed correctly.

Feng Shou Self Defence

Feng Shou is a self-defence system associated with Lee style T’ai Chi Ch’uan. It is said to be an internal or ‘soft’ martial art by its adherents. Feng Shou Ch’uan Shu means Hand of the Wind Boxing. The name comes from the ‘Earl of the Wind’, who in Chinese mythology was called Feng Po.

He is depicted as an old man with a long flowing white beard, who stands on the green grass of the heaven’s highest pinnacle, dressed in a yellow cloak and wearing a red and blue hat. In his hands he holds the open end of a cotton sack, and wherever he points the mouth of the sack, the wind blows in that direction.

He can turn a full circle, and send the winds unhindered across the whole world. If he moves slowly, then the wind from his sack will hardly move and it will feel like the gentleness of a morning breeze. But if he becomes angry or is surprised then he may turn very fast, and the wind will hurtle across the universe to create the devastation of a tornado.

Elements of Feng Shou include:

–  Kicking drills

–  Striking drills

–  Evasion sets

–  Arm and leg controls

–  Ward-off’s

–  Parries

–  Arm and wrist locks

–  Throws

–  Pressure point locks and controls

–  Push hands

–  Forms and sets

–  Two person drills

–  Sparring

–  Weapons

Some weapons Forms of Feng Shou:

  • Stick
  • Broadsword
  • Straight Sword
  • Two Sectional Whip
  • Three Sectional Whip
  • Spear