Northern Shaolin #8: Uprooting Steps – Ba Bu

Northern Shaolin Kung Fu #8 Jumping Step is the longest of the short Northern Shaolin forms.  Compared to the other four short forms this one does seem pretty long.  It definitely builds your endurance and gets you ready for the long forms.

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Northern Shaolin #8, Ba Bu,
Northern Shaolin #8, Ba Bu,
Northern Shaolin #8, Ba Bu,

For an intermediate Northern Shaolin Kung Fu student with good endurance and good flying kicks this is a great form to compete with, or demonstrate.  If your flying kicks need more work this is a great form to practice more.

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Flying Double Toe Kicks
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Tornado Kicks
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Flying Lotus Kick

There are two ideas regarding the naming of this form.  One is that the form is called Jumping Step because of the many flying kicks in it. Jumping Step introduces the Flying Lotus Kick and contains some of the most challenging Flying Toe kicks in the system. With 7 flying kicks in one form the theory the form is called Jumping Steps after many flying kicks is quite reasonable.

Jumping Step can also be translated as Unearthing Step.  This interpretation is sound because of its many throwing techniques.   These include not only the three Ground Sweeps but also pushes, push trip combinations, and some over the thigh throws.  So it is an usual form because it has a density of both flying kicks and throwing techniques.

Northern Shaolin #8, Ba Bu,
Northern Shaolin #8, Ba Bu,

For an intermediate Northern Shaolin Kung Fu student with good endurance and good flying kicks this is a great form to compete with, or demonstrate.  If your flying kicks need more work this is a great form to practice more.

Northern Shaolin #8, Ba Bu,
Northern Shaolin #8, Ba Bu,

In particular, the Flying Lotus kick is really awesome looking and fun to throw.  If you have the flexibility and can get the air you can hit the splits in mid air!  This is because the Lotus kick is thrown at a different target than the Toe Kick 180 degrees away.  That’s hot!  It is the only time in the Ten Core Forms we throw this kick.

Northern Shaolin #8, Ba Bu,
Northern Shaolin #8, Ba Bu,
Northern Shaolin #8, Ba Bu,

This form is usually the last of the short forms a student learns and it helps to prepare them for the five long forms.  In general if you can do this form you can handle the Five Long Forms.  In each of the long forms there is usually one, or two, sequences that are just super hard and really test you.  Those sections are harder than anything in Northern Shaolin Kung Fu #8.  But aside from those short sequences, that are maybe 5% of the long forms, if you can do Northern Shaolin #8, you can handle any of the long Core Forms.

Northern Shaolin #8, Ba Bu,
Northern Shaolin #8, Ba Bu,