Ngo Cho Kun
"Begin with Sanchin;
Practice until your death"
Primary to proper training in Ngo Cho Kun is the development of "Five Parts Power" (五肢力 / Ngo Ki Lat), which is the strengthening and coordination of the legs, arms, and trunk/core. As a short-arm, Fujian style, Ngo Cho Kun seeks to express the four primary principles (float, sink, spit, swallow) through the use of strong and fast bridging, sweeping, striking, locking, and kicking techniques of it's five "ancestral" styles.
In addition to sophisticated power-development exercises, Ngo Cho Kun practitioners develop iron arms and body using two-man training drills as well as equipment such as Chio So (Stone Locks).
There are 10 chien (tension) forms, through which ngo cho kun practitioners develop their strength, breath control, power, and conceptual understanding of the movement principles and application concepts to the entire art. Sam Chien (三戰 - Three Battles) is said to be the most important form in the style.
The kun (fist) forms number 36 and hold fighting techniques, combinations and applications as their main focus. It is said that the kun forms are useless to practitioners who have not yet sufficiently developed themselves within the chien forms. The most common kun form is known as li sip kun (二十拳 - 20 Punches), wherein students learn how to punch with coordination and power while utilizing turning steps.
Students follow standardized curriculum through 4th duan. Beyond 4th duan, students continue their advancement in the art with a specialized program developed to meet their needs, interests, and talents.
1st Duan Requirements
- Sam Chien (三戰)
- Li Sip Kun (二十拳) + Two-Man Set
- Se Mun Pa Kak (四門打角) + Two-Man Set
- Sam Chien Sip Li (三戰十字) + Two-Man Set
- Song Sui Kun (雙綏拳) + Two-Man Set
- “Green Dragon Coiling in the Water” Pole Set (青龍卷水棍)
2nd Duan Requirements
- Tien Te Lin Chien (天地人戰)
- Ngo Ho Chien (五虎戰)
- Pieng Ma Chien (平馬戰)
- Sang Sau Kun (雙捎拳) + Two-Man Set
- Se Mun Kwa Sau (四門割掃)
- “Chua Family Saber” Set (蔡家刀)
3rd Duan Requirements
- Hong Be Chien (鳳尾戰)
- Lieng Tao Chien (龍頭戰)
- Tit Kieng Chien (直弓戰)
- Sa Kak Yao (三角搖)
- Chian Li Ta (千字打)
- “Sang Te Pi” Iron Truncheon Set (雙短鞭)
4th Duan Requirements
- Ho Chien Wat (鶴戰法)
- Cho Chien Wat (祖戰法)
- Swi Hua Chien (瑞華戰)
- Tui Chong (追蹤拳) + Two-Man Set
- Sam To Tim Tao (三肚朕頭)
- “Mountain Trident” Tiger Fork Set (開山大耙)
For details on the larger curriculum of Ngo Cho Kun, please see this page on the Beng Kiam site.
Burinkan Ngo Cho Kun students are required to become members of the Beng Hong association.