Art of Lei Tai™ (traditional Chinese 擂 臺 術, Pinyin: Lei Tai Shù) literally translates in Chinese as “Striking Platform Art” or “the art of applying martial skills on a platform” is Franco Richard’s Kung Fu fighting signature brand and was developed and refined in Taiwan, Republic of China. It is essentially his notebook of personal and private source material for his Kuoshu 國術 (an alternate Chinese term for martial arts) training, not a set of instructions or manual to learn martial art and don’t’ have the intention of publishing their content.
Art of Lei Tai™ is, essentially, the first form of Chinese mixed martial arts. A kung fu training methodology designed specifically for Lei Tai fighting which has recently became a recognized professional combat sport. Pro Lei Tai™ matches are fought on a modern circular raised platform called the “Lei Tai”. historically, the Lei Tai dates back centuries in China where challenge matches were fought both bare handed and also with weapons with no rules. These matches often resulted in death or serious injury.
The “Si Ji Fa” (四擊法) or the Four Martial Arts Skills in Kung Fu known as Ti (踢) Kicking; Da (打) Striking; Shuai (摔) Grappling and Throwing; Na (拿) Seizing and Controlling in particular are what Franco feel are instrumental in becoming a “well-rounded” Lei Tai Fighter. They represent a general framework under which all hand-to-hand combative techniques fall, regardless of style.