Dachengquan's kicking technique: Technique & APPLICATION

Writers: Liu Jin and Shang Xunping


Kicking techniques in Dachengquan is usually considered as a minor technique. As a Chinese boxing adage goes ”°rise your leg, half side (of your body) is empty”±, it is clear that Dachengquan practitioner use less leg and foot than hand. However this doesn't mean that Dachengquan excludes the use leg and foot even for attack. In sparring,if Dachengquan is seldom using leg and foot, but in lower limbs the training should be also perfect so when you use it is as powerful as any other combat technique.

Dachengquan's kicking technique should respect the following principle: when you raise your leg it should not be too high, commonly it is expressed as ”°foot should not exceed navel”±.

Dachengquan's kicking can be divided in two main categories: The first one is ”°common boxing and hidden leg”±, and the other one is ”°using simultaneaously hand and foot”±.
Common boxing & hidden leg - This is related to the combat tactic where you are using a firm boxing technique with body, hand and step all combined in your attack. Then unexpectedly kick your opponent where he is totally unprepared...
Using simultaneaously hand and foot - Here your combat tactic is the full coordination of kicking technique with both hands, transforming fist attacking technique, upper & lower levels moving all together as a result the whole body is fully balanced in your attack.

In Dachengquan, besides the general core training, each technique has its own specific training method and kicking techniques are also respecting this rule.

Kicking techniques can be trained according to the following methods: Ziwu post, "Golden Rooster stands on one leg" post, Squat and rise testing force etc...

Now let's introduce these techniques in details.

1. Ziwu post
Standing evenly on both feet, whole body relaxed, breathing naturally, calming your mind and Qi steady. Left foot stands steadily, the knee slightly bent; right foot rises and extends horizontally to left side with toes pointing up, your left leg is almost straight, toes also hooking backward, the heel kicking forward; two hands encircling on front of chest, left hand at eyebrow level, right hand slightly lower than left hand; upper body presenting its side, left shoulder in the front, right shoulder in the back. When right foot extends forward there is enough strain as to stay horizontal even if there is any object placed obaove it. We just described left posture, right posture is similar, you have just to interchange direction(Fig. 1-2, figure 1 is side view, figure 2 is front view).

2. Golden rooster stands on one leg post
Here is another kicking method almost similar to Ziwu post, the difference is just that forward extension shouyld not as straight as in Ziwu post here the knee is bent and keeps an angle of 90 degrees (Fig. 3-4. figure 3 is side view, figure 4 is front view).

3. Squat and rise testing force
Standing evenly on both feet, whole body relaxed, breathe naturally, mental calm and Qi steady. Left foot is making one step to the left, two palms extending to both sides, the center of palm facing down. The body is slowly squatting down, in the same time two hands are slowly raising up, until your body has reached its lowest squatting postition and two hands being higher than head level. And after raise slowly body, two hands in the same time are dropping slowly down to restart this testing force.
From now on you can repeat this exercice (Fig. 5-7).

There are mainly three types of appications for kicking techniques: straight kick, side kick and knee strike.

1. Straight kick
If opponent uses right straight fist to attack your chest, dodge rapidly body to the right to avoid his right fist, and after raise right foot with toes straight to kick on opponent's right leg tibia (Fig. 8-10).

2. Side kick
If opponent uses single hand or double hands splitting and smashing down on your head, raise rapidly left foot to step forward to the front/right side of your opponent and
right foot following immediately while avoiding opponentӮs splitting fist. And after raise right foot and kick with the external side of foot on his right calf (Fig. 11-13).

3. Knee strike
If opponent uses double hands to attack your chest, use rapidly two hands to split and smash down on his two forearms, continue immediately by raising your right knee to strike him up to his heart (Fig. 14-16).