Martial Arts Wisdom


Kururunfa kanji

Kururunfa is an advanced kata brought back from China. It features Tai Sabaki (evasive maneuvers) and very quick movement.

The following thoughts on the kanji for this kata are from an e-mail conversation with Chuck TC Kwan:

1st kanji means "a long length of time".

2nd kanji implies a sense of to remain/stay behind/detain, (eg: inviting a friend over for dinner and not wanting him to leave, wanting him to stay longer). Interestingly, a sense of usage of this 2nd kanji can also be seen in a Wing Chun MA saying "lui lao (lao=2nd kanji in Cantonese) hui soong, lut sao jik chung" (ie: "as my opponent comes in, I receive him; as he leaves, I escort him; upon loss of contact, I charge forward") This idea/concept of "lao" is, I believe, a common one in Chinese MA (eg: TaiChi, Mantis), though it may be expressed/interpreted differently.

3rd kanji is translated as "suddenly", or abruptly.

4th kanji, can be "tearing"...the kanji consists of 2 radicals, the left one meaning 'stone' and the right side meaning 'skin' ie implying a sense of destroying, 'tearing' apart, solving a problem, or even a sense of breaking through a defence.

When I see the 4 kanji for "Kururunfa" I see/speculate a kata suggesting a strategy of a "yin" reception to an attack, a sense of "sucking" the attack in, perhaps to invite an over-extension of the attack, and then suddenly and abruptly, with devastaing effect, destroy the opponent with your own counter.