Northern Shaolin #6: Short Striking – Duan Da

Northern Shaolin Kung Fu #6 Short Striking is the first form from the Ten Core Forms that students learn. This form is really fun. It’s not too long and has a great variety of movements.  It has several high kicks, the Double Toe Kick, Tornado Kick, and two low Ground Sweeps.  This form really has a different feel from the Foundation Forms.   As soon as you learn it you feel that you are learning the real Shaolin.  The flavor and authenticity of the forms is so real and so deep.  At once simple and elegant, yet also aggressive and heroic.

Northern Shaolin #6 Duan Da,

With practice this is a fast dynamic form.  In particular, it has some very fast hand technique combinations that are more densely packed than is  typical in many of the other forms.

Northern Shaolin #6 Duan Da,
Northern Shaolin #6 Duan Da,

Northern Shaolin #6 Short Striking focuses on movements that could be done close to the opponent.  When you realize that this is the Northern Shaolin idea of close fighting techniques you realize what a long range Style it really is.

Northern Shaolin #6 Duan Da,
Northern Shaolin #6 Duan Da,

This is a great form for Northern Shaolin Kung Fu students to demonstrate, or compete with, in the intermediate, or even advanced, categories.  The key to performing is doing a cool looking form without making a single error.  You’ll look better doing an easier form perfectly than a difficult form with errors.  The other thing Northern Shaolin #6 has going for it is the great composition of the form.  It has a little of everything.  A few flying kicks a few low sweeps.  Some long low moves, some shorter tight moves, some very upright moves.  #6 just looks nice and you can finish without getting all out of breath if you are in good shape.

Northern Shaolin #6 Duan Da,

Northern Shaolin Kung Fu #6 Short Striking is the most recognizable of the Ten Forms.  If someone from another system has learned a single form from Northern Shaolin it will usually be  this one.