Giant Panda Style Kung Fu
Giant Panda Style Kung Fu takes its influence from the iconic animal of the same name, held up since antiquity as the symbol of China and conservation. Training focuses on shifting one’s weight downwards, concentrating on seated attacks such as sweeps, swipes and slaps, controlling the momentum of an attacker to bring them to the floor; once the opponent is down, Giant Panda practitioners are able to use joint locks and pressure point strikes (dim mak), and brutal short-range strikes. Panda Style weapons include clawed spears, podao (long-handled broadsword) and, rather unusually, the Daopian Huaban (a type of bladed skateboard).
Patterns are designed to deceive the watcher into believing nothing is happening, and that the practitioner is simply sitting and waiting. However, once roused by an attack, Giant Panda practitioners act swiftly and decisively to put their opponent onto the floor and gain the advantage.
Founded by famous gymnast Lu Luxi, who suffered a tragic accident at the height of her fame and, determined not to be limited by her disability, founded a kung fu style which did not rely on the use of one’s legs.