FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between Choy Lay Fut and Wing Chun or other KF styles?
Choy Lay Fut and Wing Chun styles are both classified as kung fu systems; they both originally come from southern China but their evolution and approach is different. From a technical perspective Wing Chun style mainly uses attacks at a short contact distance, focusing on the center line of the body, on different areas and with a variety of different techniques.
Choy Lay Fut generates power in the movements, both linear and circular, thanks to the dynamic and fast use of steps and positions; on the other hand Wing Chun especially uses arms techniques with a fixed and linear position of body and legs . An extension capacity and flexibility of the hip, upper body and shoulders allows Choy Lay Fut to generate an elastic power at different distances from the point of impact. In particular, the use of direct techniques such as Chap Choy (fist Leopard), or punch in serial chain (Lin Wan Chap Choy), or the devastating circular movements such as Saw Choy, Kap Choy, Choy Bin etc . differentiate the Choy Lay Fut from Wing Chun. Philosophy of attack, psychology of fighting and approach strategies make these two traditional martial systems different.
Does Choy Lay Fut focus more on punching or kicking?
Choy Lay Fut uses multiple legs and arms techniques. Choy Lay Fut style of Sifu de Nittis (which embodies Hung Sing of GM Lee Koon Hung and Buk Sing of GM Tam Sam) is different from others systems or different approaches to Choy Lay Fut itself, especially for the simultaneous combinations of legs and arms techniques. In fact, you can often find arms and legs techniques performed individually or not executed following the timing of the real fight.
In our Choy Lay Fut system we emphasize the different arms techniques in combination with the twelve basic leg techniques, then we continue with the improvement of the advanced techniques. This approach allows to obtain a perfect balance in using all these different techniques.
What kinds of weapons are used?
In the Choy Lay Fut system study program we practice with different types of traditional weapons (eg stick, sword, knives), of which 18 are the basic ones. The study of arms helps the practitioner to develop his/her knowledge in martial studies, and especially helps him/her to improve his/her visual-spatial abilities, the proprioceptive ability of the body and to grow the internal energy and physical power.
What are the requirements to practice CLF?
There are no specific requirements needed to start the studying and learning this system. Everyone can approach Choy Lay Fut properly and individually, regardless of age, sex or previous martial experience. However, there are some prerequisites that guarantee a different qualitative experience. The first prerequisite is to find a qualified and experienced master to begin the study of the system. A second prerequisite is to keep in mind what the personal goal in practice could be. The last very important one is to have an open mind to training and learning, but also a mind focused and flexible during the hard work and difficulties of the first approach.
How old should you be to start? Are there any limits to get started?
There are no age limits in Choy Lay Fut kung fu practice. Usually we recommend to have the first approach no earlier than 4 years old, and then you can continue until the age and personal limitations that allow you to practice. However, the unwritten rule is that at any age, you can work in different ways and with different objectives; the important thing is to have an honest and professional master who can teach you
Is Choy Lay Fut effective for self defense and for competition ? Is Choy Lay Fut an effective fighting system?
“Choy Li Fut is the most effective system that I’ve seen for fighting more than one person,” said Lee. “[It] is one of the most difficult styles to attack and defend against. Choy Li Fut is the only style [of kung fu] that traveled to Thailand to fight the Thai boxers and hadn’t lost.” Bruce Lee.
The Choy Lay Fut kung fu system is one of the most lethal and effective in combat and self-defense. Its history highlights how its fighters were feared all over Asia. The aggressiveness in combat and the multiple attacks have marked its history. Choy Lay Fut has developed thanks to its practicality and effectiveness in combat, in contrast with other conventional systems which emphasized the research of the internal movement and its harmonic execution. Masters who over the time have written the history of Choy Lay Fut as the legendary Tam Sam, have been recognized as the most famous fighters in the history of Chinese kung fu. The approach of the CLF system is dynamic and aggressive, and its strategy is effective and direct.
What’s the lineage of Sifu de Nittis in Choy Lay Fut?
Sifu Gianni de Nittis is the 4rd generation of Buk Sing Choy Lay Fut under Master Chan Shun Ming and the 7th generation of Hung Sing Choy Lay Fut under Master Li Siu Hung. For more information visit the section Sifu – Lineage of this website.
What does “Traditional CLF” mean? Are there any differences between traditional practice and modern Wushu?
Traditional Choy Lay Fut is based on a system of techniques, movement, philosophy, values and ancient rituals rooted in the classical culture of ancient Chinese history. Every movement was created to give a sense of efficacy and practicality to people who practiced it. The goal was never just martial, but also a vision about the world and all the people who live in it, translated in Chinese language with the word “Wude”, or “martial art path”. The Wude has divided the ancient or traditional Choy Lay Fut, and the modern approach, called Wushu. In the modern Wushu, the “ Wude” or effectiveness of the movement or the technique is not expected, it does not belong to it. The purpose of the modern Wushu is the aesthetic beauty of the movement and its correct execution according to the judgment in a competition.