Blocking Systems

Eight Point Blocking System
Eight Point Blocking System with Strikes
Eight Point Blocking System with Simultaneous Strikes
Eight Point Open Hand
Eight Point w/Open Hands & Strikes
Ten Point Blocking System
Sixteen Point Blocking System
Fortress Blocking
Trapping Set
Trapping Set with Boxing Footwork
Perfected Trapping Set with Boxing Footwork
Plum Tree Blocking System (no footwork)
Plum Tree Blocking System (with footwork)
Other Blocks

Eight Point Blocking System

  1. Right circular outward block
  2. Left circular outward block
  3. Right inward cross block
  4. Left inward cross block
  5. Right upward block
  6. Left upward block
  7. Right downward outward block
  8. Left downward outward block

Find a deep horse stance to work from. Hands are in good fists.

The non-blocking hand is chambered on the last rib, at elbow position.

Tight fist and tight wrist is a must.

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Eight Point Blocking System with Strikes

  1. Right circular outward block, followed by a right front punch to the sternum.
  2. Left circular outward block, followed by a left front punch to the sternum.
  3. Right inward cross block, followed by a right back punch to the throat.
  4. Left inward cross block, followed by a left back punch to the throat.
  5. Right upward block, followed by a right hammer strike to the outside ribs.
  6. Left upward block, followed by a left hammer strike to the outside ribs.
  7. Right downward outward block, followed by a right rolling back fist to the nose.
  8. Left downward outward block, followed by a left rolling back fist to the nose.

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Eight Point Blocking System with Simultaneous Strikes

  1. Right circular outward block with a simultaneous left hand front punch to the sternum.
  2. Left circular outward block with a simultaneous right hand front punch to the sternum.
  3. Right inward cross block with a simultaneous left hand thrust punch to attacker’s right ribs.
  4. Left inward cross block with a simultaneous right hand thrust punch to attacker’s left ribs.
  5. Right upward block with a simultaneous left hand cross hammer strike to the attacker’s left ribs.
  6. Left upward block with a simultaneous right hand cross hammer strike to the attacker’s right ribs.
  7. Right downward outward block with a simultaneous left hand rolling back fist to the nose.
  8. Left downward outward block with a simultaneous right hand rolling back fist to the nose.

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Eight Point Open Hand

  1. Right circular outward sword block, palm outward
  2. Left circular outward sword block, palm outward
  3. Right inward cross sword block, palm inward
  4. Left inward cross sword block, palm inward
  5. Right upward sword block, palm outward
  6. Left upward sword block, palm outward
  7. Right downward outward sword block, palm inward
  8. Left downward outward sword block, palm inward

Each block should snap into position with force, to deaden the attacker’s limb with nerve impacts.

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Sixteen Point Blocking System

All blocks are done simultaneously.

  1. #7 and #8 blocks
  2. #1 and #2 blocks
  3. #3 and #4 blocks
  4. #5 and #6 blocks
  5. Cross-block low, right hand on top, wrists out
  6. Cross-block high, left hand in front, wrists out
  7. #4 and #7 blocks
  8. #3 and #8 blocks
  9. #6 block and right low block across lower abdomen
  10. #5 block and left low block across lower abdomen
  11. #2 and #7 blocks
  12. #1 and #8 blocks
  13. Swing hands around clockwise to #1 and #6 blocks, fists touching above head
  14. Swing hands around counter-clockwise to #2 and #5 blocks, fists touching above head
  15. Rotate hands, fists still touching, to #3 and #6 blocks
  16. Rotate hands, fists still touching, to #4 and #5 blocks

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Trapping Set

The trapping set is comprised of the each of the traps that occur at the beginning of certain of the Shaolin combinations we study in Ping Shen Tao, done right and left handed. These are Combinations 1, 5, 8, 16, 21, 23, and 36.

Bow.
Front position.
Step out to horse stance, ready position.

1. Left arm wraps around counter-clockwise as if joint-locking the attacker’s elbow. Left hand presses down on attacker’s shoulder. Right hand covers practitioner’s left bicep.

Right arm wraps around counter-clockwise as if joint-locking the attacker’s elbow. Right hand presses down on attacker’s shoulder. Left hand covers practitioner’s right bicep.

5. Left fortress block.

Right fortress block.

8. Right hand smothers attacker’s hand against left bicep, while left hand, palm down, angles outward and seizes attacker’s wrist with a dragon’s foot.

Left hand smothers attacker’s hand against right bicep, while right hand, palm down, angles outward and seizes attacker’s wrist with a dragon’s foot.

16. Practitioner fades to the left, extending left hand to strike attacker’s tricep at his elbow with a tiger’s mouth while right hand strikes attacker’s wrist with a tiger’s mouth in the opposite direction, dislocating the elbow.

Practitioner fades to the right, extending right hand to strike attacker’s tricep at his elbow with a tiger’s mouth while left hand strikes attacker’s wrist with a tiger’s mouth in the opposite direction, dislocating the elbow.

21. Practitioner blocks up with a #6 block, seizing the attacker’s wrist and striking his shoulder joint with a right leopard’s paw.

Practitioner blocks up with a #5 block, seizing the attacker’s wrist and striking his shoulder joint with a left leopard’s paw.

23. Practitioner seizes attacker’s wrist in double sword hand trap (outsides of hands together, palms up) and draws the hand down towards the right hip.

Practitioner seizes attacker’s wrist in double sword hand trap (outsides of hands together, palms up) and draws the hand down towards the left hip.

36. Practitioner circles right #1 ridge hand block up, while left crane’s head circles counter-clockwise behind it to a perpendicular position, trapping attacker’s wrist between the right forearm and left crane’s head.

Practitioner circles left #2 ridge hand block up, while right crane’s head circles clockwise behind it to a perpendicular position, trapping attacker’s wrist between the left forearm and right crane’s head.

Roll both hands up to elbow position.
Bow.
Set position.

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Plum Tree Blocking System (no footwork)

Opening Salutation:
Front position. Roll right fist in left palm so back of right fist is cradled in upturned right palm, while crossing right toe behind left foot and bowing at the waist, eyes up. Return to front position. Step out to neutral stance, positioning open left hand near right shoulder and open right hand near left hip.

Box blocks: Raise right hand upwards in a crane’s head block, downwards in a palm block, to the right in a #1 ridge hand block, to the left in a #3 palm block, then curve out and back in a dragon’s foot trap, keeping the elbow tucked and left hand in a sword hand guard in front of the sternum. Raise left hand upwards in a crane’s head block, downwards in a palm block, to the right in a #2 ridge hand block, to the left in a #4 palm block, then curve out and back in a dragon’s foot trap, keeping the elbow tucked and right hand in a sword hand guard in front of the sternum.

4 Palm blocks: Right hand pushes across with a #3 palm block while left hand drops to a #8 palm block, both facing Zone 5. Left hand pushes across with a #4 palm block while left hand drops to a #7 palm block, both facing Zone 6. Right hand pushes across with a #3 palm block while left hand drops to a #8 palm block, both facing Zone 5. Left hand pushes across with a #1 palm block while left hand drops to a #7 palm block, both facing Zone 6.

4 Cross Palm blocks: Right palm pushes diagonally across body and up with a palm block while left palm pushes diagonally down. Left palm pushes diagonally across body and up with a palm block while right palm pushes diagonally down. Right palm pushes diagonally across body and up with a palm block while left palm pushes diagonally down. Left palm pushes diagonally across body and up with a palm block while right palm pushes diagonally down.

4 Sword blocks: Right hand sweeps across with a #3 sword hand block while left hand drops to a #8 sword hand block. Left hand sweeps across with a #4 sword hand block while left hand drops to a #7 sword hand block. Right hand sweeps across with a #3 sword hand block while left hand drops to a #8 sword hand block. Left hand sweeps across with a #4 sword hand block while left hand drops to a #7 sword hand block.

4 Ridge Hand blocks: Right hand circles clockwise up to a #1 ridge hand block, pausing then continuing the circle while left hand circles counterclockwise up to a #2 ridge hand block. Left hand pauses then continues the circle while right hand circles clockwise up to a #1 ridge hand block and stays in position. Left hand circles up counterclockwise for a #2 ridge hand block block and stays in position.

4 Downward Palm blocks: Both palms press downward sharply, then circle back up to repeat, for a total of four blocks.

Dragon Plays With Water: Right palm blocks downward while left palm moves up sharply for a break. Hands should be at waist height, on the same level, right hand in front of left.

Right hand passes under left and moves back towards waist while left hand moves forward. Left palm blocks downward while right palm moves up sharply for a break.

Left hand passes under right and moves back towards the waist while right hand moves forward. Right palm blocks downward while left palm moves up sharply for a break.

Right hand passes under left and moves back towards the waist while left hand moves forward. Left palm blocks downward while right palm moves up sharply for a break.

Loop and strike: Left hand circles down and up clockwise, reaching up on the left diagonal to seize behind the attacker’s head with the back of the hand. Turn the hand so palm faces in, and strike into the palm with a right driving sword. Right hand circles down and up counterclockwise, reaching up on the right diagonal to seize behind the attacker’s head with the back of the hand. Turn the hand so palm faces in, and strike into the palm with a left driving sword.

Dragon traps: Reach out slightly below shoulder level with right dragon’s foot trap and draw in, keeping elbow tucked and left hand in sword hand guard in front of sternum. Reach out slightly below shoulder level with left dragon’s foot trap and draw in, keeping elbow tucked and right hand in sword hand guard in front of sternum.

Closing Salutation: Back of left hand strikes into right palm as feet come together. Pivot hands so palms face out, thumbs aligned so they form the bottom of an open triangle with the sides of the hands. Pivot hands again so palms face in. Raise joined palms to just above the head, then separate and lower palms to the sides, palms up (Branches of the Falling Pine). When hands reach belt level, turn palms inward and lower to sides. Bow. Set position.

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Plum Tree Blocking System (with footwork)

Opening Salutation:
Front position. Roll right fist in left palm so back of right fist is cradled in upturned right palm, while crossing right toe behind left foot and bowing at the waist, eyes up. Return to front position.

Box blocks: Step forward with the right foot to Zone 2. Raise right hand upwards in a crane’s head block, downwards in a palm block, to the right in a #1 ridge hand block, to the left in a #3 palm block, then curve out and back in a dragon’s foot trap, keeping the elbow tucked and left hand in a sword hand guard in front of the sternum.

Step forward with the left foot to Zone 1. Raise left hand upwards in a crane’s head block, downwards in a palm block, to the right in a #2 ridge hand block, to the left in a #4 palm block, then curve out and back in a dragon’s foot trap, keeping the elbow tucked and right hand in a sword hand guard in front of the sternum.

4 Palm blocks: Step forward with the left foot to Zone 1. Right hand pushes across with a #3 palm block while left hand drops to a #8 palm block, both facing Zone 5. Left hand pushes across with a #4 palm block while left hand drops to a #7 palm block, both facing Zone 6.

Step forward with the right foot to Zone 2. Right hand pushes across with a #3 palm block while left hand drops to a #8 palm block, both facing Zone 5. Left hand pushes across with a #1 palm block while left hand drops to a #7 palm block, both facing Zone 6.

4 Cross Palm blocks: Step back with the left foot. Right palm pushes diagonally across body and up with a palm block while left palm pushes diagonally down.

Step back with the right foot. Left palm pushes diagonally across body and up with a palm block while right palm pushes diagonally down.

Step back with the left foot. Right palm pushes diagonally across body and up with a palm block while left palm pushes diagonally down.

Step back with the right foot. Left palm pushes diagonally across body and up with a palm block while right palm pushes diagonally down.

4 Sword blocks: Step back with the left foot. Right hand sweeps across with a #3 sword hand block while left hand drops to a #8 sword hand block. Left hand sweeps across with a #4 sword hand block while left hand drops to a #7 sword hand block.

Step back with the right foot. Right hand sweeps across with a #3 sword hand block while left hand drops to a #8 sword hand block. Left hand sweeps across with a #4 sword hand block while left hand drops to a #7 sword hand block.

4 Ridge Hand blocks: Step to Zone 2 with the right foot, while right hand circles clockwise up to a #1 ridge hand block, pausing then continuing the circle while left hand circles counterclockwise up to a #2 ridge hand block.

Left hand pauses then continues the circle while left foot steps forward to Zone 1 and right hand circles clockwise up to a #1 ridge hand block and stays in position. Left hand circles up counterclockwise for a #2 ridge hand block block and stays in position.

4 Downward Palm blocks: Step forward to Zone 8 with right foot, then pivot counter-clockwise to face Zone 7. Draw left foot up to cat stance and block downward sharply with both palms.

Step down with left foot, then pivot clockwise to face Zone 8. Draw right foot up to cat stance and block downward sharply with both palms.

Step down with right foot, then pivot counter-clockwise to face Zone 5. Draw left foot up to cat stance and block downward sharply with both palms.

Step down with left foot, then pivot clockwise to face Zone 6. Draw right foot up to cat stance and block downward sharply with both palms.

Dragon Plays With Water: Pivot to face Zone 7, lifting right knee then left in a small jump to a horse stance. Right palm blocks downward while left palm moves up sharply for a break. Hands should be at waist height, on the same level, right hand in front of left.

Right hand passes under left and moves forward while left hand moves back towards the waist. Left palm blocks downward while right palm moves up sharply for a break.

Left hand passes under right and moves forward while right hand moves back towards the waist. Right palm blocks downward while left palm moves up sharply for a break.

Right hand passes under left and moves forward while left hand moves back towards the waist. Left palm blocks downward while right palm moves up sharply for a break.

Loop and strike: Left hand circles down and up clockwise, reaching up on the left diagonal to seize behind the attacker’s head with the back of the hand. Turn the hand so palm faces in, and step to Zone 1 with left foot as right hand strikes into the palm with a driving sword hand.

Right hand circles down and up counterclockwise, reaching up on the right diagonal to seize behind the attacker’s head with the back of the hand. Turn the hand so palm faces in, and step to Zone 2 with right foot as left hand strikes into the palm with a driving sword hand.

Dragon traps: Step right foot back to Zone 8. Simultaneously reach out slightly below shoulder level with right dragon’s foot trap and draw in, keeping elbow tucked and left hand in sword hand guard in front of sternum.

Step back with the left foot to Zone 8. Simultaneously reach out slightly below shoulder level with left dragon’s foot trap and draw in, keeping elbow tucked and right hand in sword hand guard in front of sternum.

Closing Salutation: Lift right knee then left in a small jump to land in a horse stance, palms facing out, thumbs aligned so they form the bottom of an open triangle with the sides of the hands. Pivot hands again so palms face in, thumbs tucked. Raise joined palms to just above the head, then separate and lower palms to the sides, palms up (Branches of the Falling Pine). When hands reach belt level, turn palms inward and lower to sides. Bow. Set position.

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Other Blocks

Fortress Block: This block is similar to a palm-sword block, but the blocks are simultaneous rather than sequential.

High Cross Block: #5 and #6 blocks, crossed above the practitioner’s head.

Palm Block: A block where the strike or limb being blocked is pushed with the practitioner’s palm.

Palm-Sword Block: This block is performed with both hands. The lead hand pushes the strike being blocked across the body with the palm, followed by the other hand circling up from underneath and clearing the strike with a sword hand.

Ridge Block: A block where the strike or limb being blocked is blocked with a ridge hand — palm up, leading with index finger side of hand, thumb tucked to avoid injury, using base joint of index finger to block.

Sword Block: A block where the strike or limb being blocked is blocked with the sword edge (outside edge or blade) of the practitioner’s hand.

Wing Block: Raise the elbow and drop the hand to present the back of the forearm to the opponent. Block by leading with the shoulder as the elbow follows, pulling the hand along behind.

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