Bok Leen Pai Kenpo
Many Fighting styles and theories have vanished and flourished throughout the diverse and extensive martial arts record of China.
A legacy of fighting styles and systems have been compiled by generations of skilled warriors who drew from personal combat experiences. The warrior, who believed that his technique or style would be superior on the battlefield, engaged the formulas and theories generated by such activity in combat. The warrior would train diligently and thoroughly to master each and every technique. They could not afford failure; for the price for failure was more often than not death. Their training would shape the basis for a unique fighting style, the worth of which would in due course be proven on the field of combat.
One of the results of this constant and diverse development is the short range system of Pai Lum Tao Martial Arts known as Bok Leen Pai Kenpo. Within its arsenal one will find a highly effective series of cutting punches and kicks coupled with its traditional animal movements as well as its powerful San Shou training. Bok Leen Pai Kenpo practitioners are easily recognized by their ‘lightening fast / powerful hand strikes.’ This has proved to be a combination that is second to none in the ever challenging world of pugilism.
Bok Leen Pai Kenpo has a basic philosophy of evade and strike, immobilize the attack with a borage of lightening fast strikes, throw the attacker with wrist locks or arm manipulation, slam them to the ground and finish them off. This philosophy of Chinese/Hawaiian ‘self defense’ has been called brutal and very effective. You have the choice not to be a victim!
One starts off by understanding the philosophy used to strike to a target, using vertical, horizontal and circular motions. Distinguishing the cutting series from other theories and formulas is its unique composition of linear and circular striking, which are utilized within the implementation of one distinct and shocking move. If done correctly the impact and penetration can be lethal to the receiver. Although the technique possesses power and explosiveness, it is the penetration of the Bok Leen Pai Kenpo punch or kick that showcases its significance. The technique is executed into the target, but does not stop there; instead, it cuts through the target. Such shocking penetration makes these techniques among the most effective and deadly in any martial arts repertoire.
The fighting series developed through the evolution and expansion of various fighting styles of China and Hawaii. White Dragon punches make use of both Gong (hard) and Yuen (soft) hand techniques. The basic routines that are practiced by the beginner are – The figure eight pattern, circular and the sphere patterns. The progression of strikes found in the cutting series of Pai Lum Tao are executed quickly, several techniques a second are delivered to overwhelm an opponent. The movements are smooth, fluid and powerful.
The effectiveness of Pai Lum Tao’s fighting concepts finds its basis in strong, solid stance work: from the toe, the energy moves into the calf, travels up the thigh, surges through the waist, shoots up the back, travels into the shoulder, elbow and wrist, and culminates in the hand technique being performed. The fighting techniques strike and penetrate into and through the intended target.
As the fighting series is executed, the body should be relaxed, yet firm: tight muscles or joints should be avoided, as this restricts energy flow, and interferes with sinew and/or muscle movement vital to the proper execution of the technique. Relaxation is necessary to allow the body to perform the whipping motion required to guide the path of the punch or kick.
The white dragon way of punching utilizes linear and circular motions united into one unremitting, fluid movement. Different parts of the hand may be used to transform this energy during one’s striking. There are closed fists, open hand and different animal claws which will be utilized to defend against an adversary. Ones punches will travel directly into and then tear through the target. Basically, the punch penetrates a few inches into the target with a linear motion and then cuts through with a continued circular motion.
The system of Bok Leen Pai Kenpo techniques also includes many powerful and lethal kicks. These kicks can be further positioned into a subcategory of standing, jumping and lying kicks. The theory of relaxed, fluid motion focused on penetration into a particular targeted area also applies to the kicks.
Some of these kicking techniques may be targeted to the high zone area, but most of White Dragon kicks will be executed to the mid and low areas. Keep in mind that the Pai Lum Tao system of Martial Arts is a highly effective and time proven form of self defense.
The legacy of the awesome Pai Lum Tao system of Martial Arts lives on in the philosophies, formulas, concepts, theories and techniques practiced by all those that are fortunate to keep the dream alive. This is a most unique and enlightening art. The secrets and teachings of Great Grandmaster Dr. Daniel Kalimaahaaee ‘Kane’ Pai have: in the past – they taught us, In the present – they sustain us and in the future they will deliver us. We all have benefited from his guidance and knowledge. Our challenge is to preserve and keep the art pure! That is the goal of Grandmaster Glenn C. Wilson and his Pai Lum Tao Family!