It’s fast approaching the festive season (only 4 weeks) during which we will be having a short break. The last class of the year will be Monday 17th December 2018. The first class back will be Monday 7th January 2019.
One of our core position is Lazy About Tying Coat but it’s not one that you see if Kung Fu films - or so I thought. In the following clip of the Shaw Brothers 1977 film “Executioners from Shaolin” you can see the villain, Pai Mei, adopt the pose at 4:06.
Pai Mei (literally “white eyebrow” - also called Pak Mei or Bai Mei) was supposedly a real person whose legend has grown over the centuries. He founded Pai Mei Kung Fu, which is still practised today. He’s often portrait as evil and unbeatable - his legend states that no one could defeat him in combat so they poisoned him instead. He’s been portrait in many films over the years - he even appears in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill films. I don’t know if Lazy About Tying Coat is an actual technique used in Bai Mei Kung Fu or if the film maker’s just thought it would look cool.