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  1. #1
    YoungForest Guest

    Tuan Ta Form...

    Can someone give me some info on this form? I'm learning it right now from a book I ordered a long time ago and just found it today. The author is Lai Hung and its called The secrets of Northern Shaolin Kung - Fu.
    The History, Form, and Function of Pek Sil Lum.

    I didn't find any secrets in the book but the did list a form called Tuan Ta.

  2. #2
    Kung Lek Guest

    Tun Ta, is the sixth form from the Northern Shaolin (Bak Sil Lum) 10 core sets.

    Tun Ta (pronounced "Doon Da") means "quick strike" or "short strike"

    The form is usually the first of the ten core sets learned by NSL students.
    There are also two preliminary sets before the ten core sets they being , Lien Bo Chuan and Tan Tui.

    It is also worthy of note that there are quite a few weapons sets available in the system as well as a good variety of Augmentation exercises such as Iron palm and Iron Shirt in the curriculum.

    Tun Ta is a relatively short form when compared to other sets in the system, it is also the leats demanding of the ten core sets which is why it is the first set taught in most north Shaolin schools.

    The system it belongs to "Bak Sil Lum" was created by KyuYu Cheong who melded his knowledge of Shaolin Kung fu with his knowledge of Muslim Kung Fu and propogated the Shaolin Kung Fu as Bak Sil Lum.

    It is a complete system.

    There are some highly useful techniques in Tun Ta, everything from single and double palm strikes to the aerial tornado kick (365 degree spinning inside crescent kick) as well as what is known as "Chain Punching" in the wing chun world, front leg broom sweeps, back leg broom sweeps and a variety of other techniques covering punches, kicks, grabs, locks and so on.

    There is a lot of material in this one form.
    Also, this form is rather nice to look at and competes well against modern wu shu forms as do other sets from the system.


    Kung Lek

  3. #3
    GLW Guest
    That may be a weird spelling of DUAN DA - Short Strike or Short fist.

    There are several routines with this name. I know one.

    It has fewer kicks than many northern routines and lots of things like elbow breaks, chasing, turning to attack from a chase, leg sweeps of several types, a couple of Qin Na techniques...basically all aimed at close to mid range with some closing techniques to get you from long range into middle to close range.

    Of course, this may not be what the book you have does....

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    YoungForest Guest
    WHOA...thanx for the info...that's really helpful.
    what about the book though, have u guys ever seen it or heard of it?

  5. #5
    Kung Lek Guest

    are you saying that the form is laid out in the book?

    winglam has the whole north shaolin system on video tape if you want to check out more material from this system.


    Kung Lek

  6. #6
    premier Guest

    Someone posted this in

    is it the same form?

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    YoungForest Guest
    ya the whole form is laid out in the book from Shifu Lai Hung. Have you heard of him?

  8. #8
    YoungForest Guest
    Hey! nice video!!! it is the same form except that in the beggining, there was a kick missing.

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    Kung Lek Guest

    I have not heard of Lai Hung. I don't know about the book either.

    I do practice North Shaolin Kung Fu though and recognize forms from the system.

    you will find that the essence is the same regardless of the school or practitioner, but there are subtleties that you will sometimes find in some versions and not in others.

    for instance, in the form demonstrated in the video that has been posted from harmonious fist, there is a high knife kick inserted before the shuffle step and back fist where the version I do does not have a kick until after the shuffle step and back fist, however, the techniques do take place in the same row, in the same sequence so it does contain all the elements.

    Also, there are smaller differences in hand techniques, but the sequence/direction and essence of the form is the same.

    I have now seen 5 different versions of Tun Ta from 5 different sources (including the school i attend).

    The essence is carried across all 5 and each is totally recognizable as the form Tun Ta.


    Kung Lek

  10. #10
    YoungForest Guest
    you see, my northern shaolin school did not teach this at all. They did forms like rainbow fists and such. check out the site at

    please give me some feedback on what u see from the site.

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    Kung Lek Guest

    It is worthy to note that in North Shaolin Kung Fu there are five major branches.

    Those being Wa, Fa, Pao, Cha and Sillum.

    There are many subsets and systems under these.

    North Shaolin or Bak Sil Lum from Kyu Yu Cheong is one of the five major branches.

    The North Shaolin available through the site you have posted may be a conglomaration of sets from other branches, or post 1928 sets.

    Bak Sil Lum however was codified and systematized to its zenith by Kyu Yu Cheong as late as 1935 from his previous instruction.

    Systems such as "preying mantis" are considered North Shaolin but they are entirely different from Kyu Yu Cheong's system.

    The same can be said for any Northern Shaolin system that is not derived from the major 5 branches.

    The five major branches were determined by the chinese in the early part of the 20th century in an effort to catalog the known martial systems of all china.

    There is further derivation found in styles such as Choy Li Fut where you have a mix of southern styles and Northern styles blended together into a whole system.

    There are two main styles of Choy Li fut those being Heung Sing and Bak Sing.

    But the style of "Bak Sil Lum" is always containing the sets as passed down by master Kyu Yu Cheong. The only differences are found in whether or not the teacher has been given extra weapons forms that are northern otherwise the ten core sets and the two preliminary sets are always in essence the same.

    I have not been exposed to any of the sets that I saw at the web site you posted, but that doesn't mean anything. (I didn't thouroughly go through it either :) )

    At any given time, there are at least 400 different styles of Chinese martial arts being propogated on this planet.
    Some Shaolin,some taoist, others being village systems, others being family styles and yet others being composites of a few different styles.
    Some systems are complete and many are not entirely there any more for a variety of reasons.


    Kung Lek

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    beiquan Guest

    duan da

    that's a great form! i have the book you are talking about, it seems to be a good representation of the style. Lai Hung is only 3rd generation after grandmaster Ku Yu Cheong. his teacher, Long Zi Xiang studied both Northern Shaolin from Ku Yu Cheong and Choy Li Fut from Tan Sam, so their Northern Shaolin has a little bit of Choy Li Fut flavor in my opinion.

  13. #13
    YoungForest Guest
    beiquan how do u find the book? Tuan Ta is a pretty long form and if you notice that if u watch the video, the form is a bit different then the one in the book. Which would u find more effective if that makes any sense.

    I know that Kung Le said that there are some differnet aspects but im watching the video to see how the flow of the form and some of the positioning goes and looking at the book for the instructions. Is that a good idea. By video I mean the clip that is posted on this post.

  14. #14
    premier Guest
    Actually I think it was beiquan who posted the video in Cyberkwoon.. right?

  15. #15
    NorthernShaolin Guest

    Who is Li Hung?

    Sifu Li Hung is a lower classmate of Sifu Wong Jack Man but Sifu Li learned Choy Li Fut first then went on to learn NSL. He was also the first kung fu master to fight Tai Boxers in the 1960s? He made it to the championship round. He is about in his 70's now but when he was younger, he was hell and was in alot of street fights. One of the few early kung fu masters who pushed fighting over health. He is very well known in HK but I think is living in Sacramento, California.

    His pictures in his book does not do him justice but then again he over 70 years old. He did add a kick in the beginning of the set, that is his addition. When he does the set, there is a flavor of Choy Li Fut to it, since that is his main style. In spite of the slight differences in the set, the core of the set is there. There is always going to be differences between masters, even when they learn the set together: not everyone is built the same or observe the same movements the same way. That's why CMA is an art. :) :cool:

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