You cannot just talk about sparring you have to practice it

In order to learn how to respond spontaneously to an opponent's movement the student needs to develop the ability to change and vary the set forms. Hung states that the student must have a flexible mind and think about possible variations when practicing. He says, "If you cannot figure out the variations, the forms are of limited use." He continues by saying that the instructor cannot really teach the student how to change. The student has to use his mind in practice and figure it out for himself. He said he was not taught this ability by Chang, he learned how to do it through experience in sparring and practicing two-man and three-man sets of the 64 linear Pa Kua Chang techniques. He learned by getting hit in sparring practice and then trying to figure out why he got hit. He said that in the past he would practice sparring so much that he would come home with bruises all over his face. 'You cannot just talk about sparring, you have to practice it."

After conducting two interviews with Hung, I can attest Hung I-Mien poses in a Hsien T'ien Pa Kua posture to the fact that he would rather practice sparring than talk about it. With every question I asked him, he would will disappear very fast." He pointed out that his last stand up and demonstrate his point on my translator Bill student was Allen Pittman who studied with him in 1982 and 1984. After he taught Allen he retired and has not taught anyone else since. Hung I-Mien says that he never liked to promote himself as a martial arts teacher. He was never interested in getting a big name, he said, "others who teach for a living should do that."

Hung I-Mien does not talk much about his ability, however, many others in Taiwan say that Hung I-Mien was Chang Chun-Feng's best Pa Kua Chang student. He is known for his quickness and agility. Some say that he acquired this skill because Chang liked to hit his students and so Hung became especially skilled at moving out of the way of his teacher's powerful strikes. Although Hung I-Mien is small and thin, those that knew of his fighting ability said that he was a fearless fighter. They say that when he returned from the war after fighting hand-to-hand for his life in the jungles of the Philippines, boxing opponents didn't scare him much, no matter how big they were.

In discussing Pa Kua Chang principles and practice, Hung I-Mien emphasizes awareness, sensitivity, quickness, agility, and the ability to adapt and change when applying the art. He says that one must be sensitive to the opponent's movement, know what the opponent is doing, Hung I-Mien demonstrates a self-defense technique

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