Bluffer's guide: 5 kung fu moves that'll make you look like Bruce Lee

Bluffer's guide: 5 kung fu moves that'll make you look like Bruce Lee

A band of kung fu masters has landed in Hong Kong -- here are a few ways to at least look scary, even if you don't feel scary
Ngong Ping Shaolin Wu Dang kung fu show
Shaolin and Wu Dang masters perform at the Martial Arts Extravaganza at Ngong Ping 360.

Hong Kong’s Ngong Ping 360 tourist area -- right by the world's tallest seated outdoor bronze Buddha -- is also now home to a team of kung fu masters.

Until September 2 visitors to Ngong Ping village on Lantau Island will get to watch, and learn from, Wu Dang and Shaolin kung fu experts, pulling out moves such as the Dragon and the Snake.

"I am happy that more and more people could join us to learn kung fu," said Zhenfei Zhao, leader of the Shaolin group. "Even girls are attracted to practise sword dance in Shaolin temple."

All Bruce Lee wannabes, mark your diaries now. 

The kickoff ceremony on July 4 featured daring performances from 20 kung fu masters, demonstrating Wu Dang and Shaolin kung fu to a crowd of mesmerized, and occasionally terrified, guests.

Pulling off moves such as "taiyixuantianfuchen" -- almost as hard to say as it is to perform -- the kung fuers will be available to give training classes on moves such as the Shaolin five-fist form and the Wu Dang foundation fist form. 

However, if you want to get a head start before booking your ticket to physical bewilderment, we've taken some tips from the masters. 

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1. The Dragon

kung fu hong kongThe eyes have it.


The most important feature of The Dragon is the glaring: straight at your opponents.

Recreate the dragon claw by bending your figures forward at a 90-degree angle while maintaining the tension in your figures. 

As you go for the attack, flick your waist for that little extra force and dig those fingers into the opponent’s muscles or tendons.

The final attack is the highlight of show: the zigzag motion kick attacks the most sensitive areas including the groin, knee and the top of the opponent's foot.

 

2. The Snake

kung fu hong kongSly, soft, lethal.


The key to this pose is to transform yourself into a snake: bending your body backwards and raising the head up to strike.  

Stretch out your palm and prepare to penetrate, push and hack.

But keep in mind this isn't just blunt stabbing. You need to tense up your muscles to channel the energy all the way to your fingertips. 

To block any attacks from your opponents, seize their arms and then strike the weak points like eyes or joints.

 

3. The Tiger

Tiger style kung fuWin at any cost.


The Tiger is simple, direct and very effective. 

The key is to keep all your strength at your core. The target is the opponent's throat and your core will prevent you from losing your balance.  

A tiger roar accompanying the move will not only intimidate your opponents, but the energy will be transported through your limbs too. 

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4. The Leopard

Leopard style kung fuAttack or run? It depends on the timing.


The Leopard is less aggressive. It offers the option of running away to plan another attack. We like this one.

Instead of a direct confrontation, you step back a bit, brush yourself off and prepare another attack. Chinese warriors value creating opportunities, waiting for the right time for the right strike. 

It's not about strength, it's more about agility and quick thinking.

When you get the right chance, curl your figures and hit your opponent with your palm and the ridges of your fingers. Instead of attacking the obvious areas, go for the softer parts like the solar plexus for a surprise.

 

5. The Crane

Crane style kung fuKill with grace.


If you are looking for a more subtle way to attack, The Crane might just work.

All you have to do is wait until your opponent overreaches.

First, put one leg on the ground and keep the other hidden. When the attacker rushes in, swiftly kick out with the lifted, hidden leg.

A good crane warrior is also a good dancer. Control your body with graceful moves and beautiful strikes.

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Getting there

Ngong Ping Village, weekdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; weekend and public holidays, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Visit www.np360.com.hk for details on the various ways of reaching Ngong Ping 360 on Lantau Island. 

See the schedule of kung fu performances at www.np360.com.hk and register for workshops by calling +852 3666 0606.

Shaolin kung fu training camp will be held on July 27-28, August 3-4 for children aged 6-11, HK$800; August 24-25 for over-12s, HK$850.

Deadline for registration is June 30. Call +852 3666 0666/ 0123 or email edu@360.com.hk to register. 

Daisy Liu has lived in Hong Kong for one year and started to love this city. She likes to walk along Tai Ping Shan Street and drop by a gallery. She enjoys life on the road and is always ready to go. She is an enthusiastic dancer. She dreams to write stories about Chinese minority dances and people in remote areas of China. 

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