Plum Blossom/ Lo Ban Pai


Plum Blossom is the gateway into Shadow Fist Kung Fu. As a dynamic walking form it integrates and applies previous learning through energized coiling and focused awareness as a multi-level expression of the warrior spirit.

Martial Aspect: Shadow Fist

Shadow Fist was traditionally known as “Black Fist”. The reason for this mysterious name is that the shadow-less elbow and the slapping hands are so fast that the training partner will experience conscious black out and the only way to cope with this is to have the kinesthetic memory that causes the creativity to harmonize with the onslaught, thereby protecting oneself. The art functions at close-quarter spacing and the straight-line stepping serves to create this range.

Spiral Circle Walking

Building on Temple Bagua, The practitioner learns to absorb the centralized energy and turn to face and walk in eight specific locations on the outside of the Bagua circle, utilizing this energy, thus infusing the hand postures, which face outwardly, with power.

The name Plum Blossom comes from the stepping path that describes a flower with eight petals spiraling out from the centre to eight Gates.

The set uses the principles of the Temple Bagua walking and shifting, utilizing the unicorn and small twisting yang stance for rotations, returning to horse stance, then applying coiling straight line techniques unique to Lo Ban Pai’s Coiling Dragon System.

Energy Cultivation

Plum Blossom is extremely energetic, teaching the practitioner to draw the coiling energy from the ground and environment to the forearms and palms.

Like Temple Bagua, the Plum Blossom practitioner acts from the centre. The circle mirrors the containment area around the body developed in Windlock and Shadow Fist Fundamentals, beyond which energy dissipates. In practice any point can be the centre, so the set cultivates the skill to make where the practitioner is the center. This generates the potential necessary for the practitioner’s personal power to be full and complete at each gateway that the warrior faces outward, performing the gestures that are the guard-like postures that protect the center.

Esoteric Aspects

The center that is protected and from which movements flow is the heart. While some arts train the mind to harness and direct this energy, plum Blossom expands the skill developed in Temple Bagua to respond to the environment following the dictates of the heart as opposed to the socialized mind.

The speed of awareness required to do this in daily life highlights the value of the skill the Plum Blossom teaches. Not only will the practitioner’s actions or reactions be guided by the heart, but such action draws on personal power that is fully available to engage the experience – be it any normal life experience or a dragon gate.

Siu Lim Tao & Martial Arts Practice Drills

This program includes Lo Ban Pai’s version of Siu Lim Tao. It is an integral part of the short-force martial arts application. This form is not to be mistaken with the Wing Chun Sui Lim Tao.

It is the original form that was first taught in correspondence with the Plum Blossom and the Wooden Dummy. It encompasses Chum Kiu and Bue Gee.

The Plum Blossom program includes instruction in pushing hands, coiling sticking hands, rolling sticking hands and various two-man sets.

Iron Oak Wooden Dummy

Wooden dummy techniques will be taught to cultivate the practitioner’s ability to harness the power required for the straight line techniques embedded within the dragon coiling.

These practices utilize a wooden dummy very similar to that of Wing Chun, but the techniques are not Wing Chun.

This program is only available to approved students that have completed the necessary prerequisites.

This is a two-week program consisting of two levels that can be undertaken as single weeks if preferred. This provides the student with the opportunity to learn the program in two separate 5-day sessions or attend for the complete two-week program.

Level 1: 5 Days
Level 2: 5 Days
Complete Program: 10 Days

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