Mar 13, 2010

White Eyebrow Kung Fu

This inaugural weekend special features Pak Mei, the White Eyebrow Kungfu, a style with a reputation for speed, power and combat effectiveness.

The first clip shows Pak Mei instructor Ed Wong doing push ups. While most people are familiar with the ordinary push up, not many are aware of advanced versions of this simple exercise found in martial arts. The second clip shows a unique sit up exercise of Bak Mei which uses a pole for leverage. The third clip shows Sifu Andy Chung doing a Pak Mei form. Watch out for more clips tomorrow as we show how Bak Mei is used in combat.

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Pak Mei Overview 
The execution of every technique must combine the 6 Physical Powers – mah (stance), yiu (waist), bui (back), sao (hands), geng (neck), and ngah (teeth) – into one crisp, sharp action. To ensure proper support, the stance must maintain an equal distribution of weight between both legs.

Proper body alignment and positioning is of the utmost importance in supporting overall movement and techniques. Contrary to common belief or appearance, the back does not hunch in Pak Mei. The back maintains a proper upright spinal alignment while the shoulders shift forward, creating the illusion of a hunched back – if at all. When the shoulders round themselves, the chest will naturally concave, creating what is known as hauh hung, or monkey chest, in Pak Mei.

Unique to Pak Mei Kung Fu is geng jak ging, or scared power, a form of explosive force that enables a technique to convert quickly from a soft and relaxed movement into a powerful strike upon impact, which to the untrained observer can look quite external, or using sheer muscular strength. This facet of Pak Mei Kung Fu is one of the system’s highest attributes and perhaps the hardest to personally attain.

In terms of combat, techniques are executed between short and mid-range distances, never leaving the practitioner feeling awkward or exposed. The hand movements are fast, powerful, and kept close to the body. When one hand moves, the other reacts – simultaneously. When one defends, the other attacks. When one attacks, the other assists.

[Source: Pak Mei  NYC]

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