It combines techniques from
various Northern and Southern Chinese kung-fu systems the powerful arm and
hand techniques from the Shaolin animal forms from the South, combined with
the extended, circular movements, twisting body, and agile footwork that
characterizes Northern China's martial arts. It is considered an external
style, combining soft and hard techniques as well as incorporating a wide
range of weapons as part of its curriculum. Choy Li Fut is an effective self
defense system particularly noted for defense against multiple attackers. It
contains a wide variety of techniques, including long and short range
punches, kicks, sweeps and take downs, pressure point attacks, joint locks,
龍虎風雲會, The dragon and tiger
met as the wind and the cloud.
徒兒好自爲, My disciple, you must take good care of your future.
重光少林術, To revive the arts of Shaolin,
世代毋相遺. Don't let the future generations forget about this teaching
Choy Li Fut's hand techniques
contain 10 elements 十訣 : Kum 擒 Slapping or pressing palm deflection, Na 拿
shooting arm bridge, Gwa 掛 back fist, So 掃 sweeping, Chop 插 yin/yang knuckle
strike, Pow 拋 upward power shot, Jong 撞 small upward power shot, Chaw 爪
claw, Bin 鞭 swinging power shot, Pei 劈 chopping, and Lui Yin 擂陰 yin/yang
Choy Li Fut's leg techniques contain 6 elements: Chan 撐 bracing, Ding 釘
nailing, Liu Tat 撩踢 kicking, So 掃 sweeping, Jet 截 blocking, Au 勾 hooking,
and Dan 彈 springing.
There are 8 techniques of how the hand and leg elements are applied. They
are Yin 陰 negative, Yang 陽positive, Kong 剛 hard, Yau 柔 soft, Hui 虛 false,
Shi 實 real, Tou 偷 stealing, and Lau 溜 sneaking.