For more informative view, I have included an introduction, then two original videos from the Modern Master as well as the Incense Shop Boxing descendant.
History reports that when the Shaolin Temple was burned in the early 1700’s, most of the Shaolin monks were killed in an attack by the Qing Army. It is believed that 18 original Monks survived, but after being continually hunted down, only 5 were reported to have escaped. One of the five escaped into a city where he operated an “Incense Shop” and secretly taught his style.
Now this is not an historical recount, but rather a glimpse of a lesser known art made more popular by two modern day Martial Artists. One of these Modern Instructors recounted a personal journey seeking out the original Shaolin Temple and ended up supposedly finding the actual incense shop, of course with a descendant of the original Monk. During the filmed journey, the Master of the Incense Shop Boxing performed and taught a form the Modern Instructor stated was the original Seisan, as well as the oldest Kata in Karate History.
It was all fascinating except the scant few Bunkai offered and with no disrespect intended, these Bunkai or extrapolated “Self-Defense” moves, did not do justice to the heritage of the Shaolin Arts. These dojo tricks are more than adequate for a beginner, but not for a seasoned Martial Artist or enthusiast. No, we need better answers, especially in the Information Age. So it is in this regard that we offer a Kyusho-ized rendition of the actual movement of the form with the applied anatomical targets (Kyusho, Dim Mak, Dim Hush, etc.) and physiological affects.
Let’s start with the videos
Master Lin Shan Quan, to learn about the art of Incense Shop Boxing, which is the most popular branch of Luohan Quan practiced in Fuzhou city. The first form in Incense Shop Boxing is called San Zhan (三战), which is pronounced Sanchin in Japanese. San Zhan is the foundation of all Fujian martial arts systems and can be found in arts such as White Crane, Five Ancestorys, Tiger Style and more.
The Kyusho-ization Process
Let’s Break it down a bit and give a greater potential to this style and inherent possibilities within.The action of pressing or pulling downward are Tiger like in action. Pulling down the prey to weaken through paralysis, or pressing them down into suffocation as the final fatal attack renders the prey, food. This highlighted action from the form is all Tiger in it’s method, action and result (if carried out in full), but for safety we will concentrate on the more resilient nervous system, however if you are more deeply educated in Kyusho, especially the ideas presented on this site, you will quickly understand the greater potential.
During the dropping claw action, we can access the Radial, Ulna and Antibrachial Cutaneous Nerve on the inner and outer Arm just above the elbow structure. By stretching and pressing these nerves, there is burning pain and physical loss of motor control, (practice your seizing folks). Simultaneously the other hand can snag and pul down on a deeper neck nerve called the Ansa Cervicalis further cause of pain and dysfunction. However either will work by itself, but if possible the double attack should always be practiced as it yields a greater chance of success in the event of a missed Serie or resistance.
The next action of the arm Circling over allows us to first strike the near side Transverse Cervical Nerve and follow up with a Seize on the opposite side Transverse Cervical Nerve. Striking this nerve with a sharp penetrating blow with the Iron Sword Hand or the Ulna knuckle of the wrist is enough to cause pain and dysfunction as well as dizziness or even complete unconsciousness. The opposite side Seize can be every bit as powerful as it also serves to keep the opponents momentum from landing into you.
The final pressing action is to be enacted with your opposite hand as you maintain the Seize on the opponents neck to create a Based, Staggered or Collision Concussive action to the Facial Nerve with an upward rising and thrusting Iron Sword Hand. The affects of these various types of Kyusho Concussives will have varying levels of incapacitation or destructive outcome. (see prior weeks releases on the 4 Kyusho Concussives).