Saturday, January 1, 2011

Bong Hyung Sa Dan

  1. Step back with the left foot into a front stance while pulling the staff up to your chest. Immediately snap the staff up to block an overhead strike.
  2. Immediately pull the staff back to your chest and then snap it downward to block a low uppercut strike (protect your groin).
  3. In the next move the staff will become perpendicular to the floor and be positioned at your left side as follows: rotate the staff clockwise bringing your left arm and elbow parallel to the floor at just a smidge above shoulder height. The right hand stays low and moves leftward past the left knee so that the staff can reach its vertical position. This movement is a block so it should be done with snap.
  4. Keeping the staff vertical, swing it to the right side of your body. The left forearm will be in front of your face about chin height.
  5. Without moving the left arm (obviously the left fist will rotate), bring the right fist up to the right ear as if preparing to strike. Both hands now move together, the left coming back to the left side of the body as the right fist rotates forward to strike downward on an attacker’s head or shoulder.
  6. The left fist does not move, as the right hand open and pivots around the staff. Again, you will open you right hand and without ever loosing contact with the staff you are going to rotate the right hand clockwise and re-grab the staff from underneath. As this is performed the forward tip of the staff rotates a little in a clockwise fashion as if to hook something on the opponent and toss it aside. From now until the end of the hyung, your right and left hand will remain opposite in the grasp of the staff.
  7. Look backwards. Pick up the right foot and turn 1800 right ward setting down in a front staff. As you land, you will strike with the staff side ways to the right. (The staff will actually point straight out in front of you, but your strike motion will be as if you’re striking the left side of a person) Your right hand and arm should be laid across the left side of the staff almost its entire length. As you make the turn the left hand moves its end of the staff from the left side of the body to underneath the right underarm.
  8. The next move is repeated eight times. Swing the front tip of the staff downward and to the left to the left side of the left knee. Continue in a sweeping motion move the front tip of the staff upward bring in the back end of the staff out from under the right underarm. Continue sweeping the front tip of the staff downward to the right until it is beside and below the right knee. Continue this sweeping motion bring the front tip of the staff back up. You have just formed a figure eight with the front tip of the staff. Do this seven more times. Ending with the right hand, front end of the staff on the last loop beside your right ear.
  9. Pick up your front foot and as you stomp it back down, strike downward with the right/front end of the staff. The back/left end of the staff will be on your left side.
  10. Look left. Do not pick up your feet but pivot from a right foot-leading front stance into a left foot-leading front stance. As you pivot, the right/front end of the staff is pushed down and the left/back end of the staff is brought to your right side. The staff should now parallel (and be very close to) your right left. Your left hand will be across your solar plexus and be twisted such that your fisted left hand is palm outward.
  11. With the right foot step forward swinging the back/right/low end of the staff upward as if tossing sand into the air. Do not let go of the staff. The left hand returns to the left rib cage.
  12. Pick up the right foot and stomp it down. As you pick up and stomp, rotate the front end of the staff back to your right ear and then rotate it back to the original position striking the attacker on the head/shoulder. When striking the attacker, you right hand should be completely palm down. From your visual vantage point this will look and feel as if you are unnaturally turning your right wrist to the left.
  13. Poke the attacker with the front end of the staff. Do not move the front hand, rather let the staff slide up and back. Ki-yup.
  14. Execute a curl move. Without letting go of the staff, turn your right wrist clockwise, thus looping the front of the staff clockwise is a hook-and-throw maneuver.
  15. Look back leftward. With the back/left/low end of the staff push the staff outward away from the body as if executing a sweep. During this short move, the body pivots from a right left front stance to the left leg-leading fighting stance facing 1800 left of the position. The front/right/high end of the staff does not move.
  16. Pull the entire staff backwards and up (think of the poke move several steps ago when you Ki-yupped, the staff moves in the exact same direction, although this is not a poke to the eye and the staff does not slide through the right fist). Now that the staff is raised, poke downward, sliding the staff through the left fist, as if to break the foot of an attacker. Pull the staff back up and regain your left grip.
  17. You should be facing 900 left of the original starting position. Continue facing that way, sweep the back/right foot into a horse-riding stance. Again, you are facing 900 left of your original position, although your back is now to the original attacker (presumably disabled now). As you sweep the right foot around, the back/right end of the staff is lowered to waist height and you end with the staff in front of your body, parallel to the floor, waist high.
  18. Left the front end of the staff upward so that the staff is vertical, perpendicular to the floor. Continue in a sweeping motion, circle the staff clockwise, but, and this is tough to describe, the staff should circle behind you on the right side and then come up and end with the front of the staff pointing downward. That’s right, the front of the staff will be circling first upward, then downward behind you, then upward again, but it does not complete the last part of the circle. As the front of the staff is circling, the left/back end of the staff is also moving in a coordinated manner. When the front/right end of the staff is pointed upward the back/left/bottom end of the staff is right in front of your belt buckle. As the front/right end of the staff circles behind you and is pointed downward, the left fist move above your head in a nearly perfect high block position. At this point the left hand stops even though the right hand has a little further to travel. Once the right hand has continued a little further everything stops with the left hand in a high block position and the right hand such that the staff is at a 450 degree angle, left end high, right end low. The staff itself is in a direct line with your nose, not to the left, nor to the right of the body. Both palms are face up.
  19. Pick up the right foot and stomp it down in a front stance. As you pick up the right foot bring the front/right end of the staff to your right ear to prepare for a strike. Rotate the right hand forward and downward as if to strike an attacker on the head/shoulder.
  20. Poke the attacker by sliding the staff directly forward through the loosened right fist. Ki-yup. Pull the staff back and regain your grip.
  21. Execute a loop and throw maneuver with the front/right end of the staff looping the hand and tip clockwise. Remember that the right wrist should be tightly wrapped around the end of the staff.
  22. Look right towards your original attacker. Pick up your right foot and turn 90 rightward setting down in a front stance. As you turn and set down, the left hand moves from the left side of the body to underneath the right underarm. The right end of the staff strikes rightward, although the staff itself points straight forward the striking motion is rightward as if to hit the left side of an attacker. Again the right fist and arm should be curled and laid the length of the staff.
  23. Return to chun be by stepping back with the right leg and opening the right hand (without ever loosing contact with the staff) so that the right hand can re-grip the staff as it was at the very start of the hyung.

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