As Hung Gar is noted for it's powerful blocks and punches, it stands to reason
that practitioners must have strong Arms and Fists to get the most out of the techniques and Forms.
While repetitious training with punch bags and such like will,over time,lead
to a certain amount of strenthening of arm,legs and fists, to really toughen them up something extra is needed.
In our Club, as is most Hung Gar Clubs, we mix the range of Conditioning Techniques
to get the most out of each one.
One of the most basic techniques for conditioning the knuckles is doing Push
Ups while having the knuckles of each hand on the ground.We do this on a rough concrete floor as we find it conditions the
knuckles fairly quickly.
Another technique we use, not just for the knuckles, but for arms, palms and
side of hands also, is what we call the "Sticky".
This is a large tree trunk suspended from the ceiling around which rough rope
has been tightly wrapped.Each person spends from 15-30 minutes on this alternating from Fists to Arms to Palms to Side of
Hands to Back Hands.
We also condition the Hands by plunging them into a bucket of Rough Gravel
using the various Hand Techniques, ie Tiger, Snake,Leopard,Crane,Phoenix Eye and Praying Mantis.Again each Student does this
from 15-30 minutes.
We also condition the back of the Hands by striking them continuously off a
v-shaped piece of metal that is held in the other hand.
We also use "Sticky Junior", which is a smaller tree trunk wrapped in rough
rope.This is used specifically for Palm Strikes and Tiger Claw Techniques.
After this we have a Metal Pole attached to a wall which is used for Three
Star Striking Techniques or Da Sam Sing.This involves striking the forearm as shown in the diagram below.When we use
this we finish by swinging the arms in a wide circular motion 15-20 times to get the blood flowing and to loosen the muscles,
Da Sam Sing would usually be performed with a partner, but due to other Students
using other forms of equipment at the same time, we often use the pole also.
We also condition arms by using 10 iron rings, five on each arm, while performing
Leg Conditioning is also important for being able to withstand kicks to the
shins and also for using them as an offensive weapon.For this we use either the "Leg Sticky"(surely no explanation needed
at this stage), or Five Sided Chopsticks banded together.The reason they are five sided is because we find that they dig right
into the shin bone when used and are very effective for conditioning the shins.
This is a short look at what we do to condition Arms, Hand and Legs and does
not take into account the amount of physical training we do to also strengthen our bodies.
As always, each Student finishes by using Dit Da Jao or Chinese Herbal Medicine
and rubbing this vigorously and deeply into any areas they have conditioned to offset any negative health implications from
this intensive conditioning.
HEALTH WARNING AND DISCLAIMER
Do not attempt to do any of these Conditioning Techniques
unless you are under the tuition of a Qualified Kung Fu Practitoner and have ready access to Dit Da Jao as you will
in years to come suffer all sorts of Bone ailments otherwise.Clonmel Hung Gar Kung Fu Club accepts no responsibility
for injuries caused by misappropriate use of this information.