Session 19 and 20 – Body Conditioning and San Zhan

Many weeks overdue post on my latest training!

So for Session 19 of the White Crane training we did a 2 hour session of Body Conditioning.

We started with the soft aspects and then went into the hard aspects which was about tensing up as many muscles as possible as we did Tiger and Crane movements where we ended set where we tried to breath out as hard as possible , by that I mean with us out as much air as possible. When done correctly the sound it makes is quite particular.
After that we took a brief break we then did palm strikes to each others stomachs and then started bashing our arms against each other to condition them. This was obviously quite painful but no where as painful as when we did the same with our shins. We also did side kicks to the each leg (outside part).
From Memory, this is a list of what we did:
– Tiger stance wider than shoulder + breathing + tense all muscles
– White crane shoulder length + tense every muscle in body. Breath from dan tien.
– Crane hands twice then hands to waist open palm then strikes + comes back and clench sanzhan style.
– Arms up and then wide / crane coming down.
– Side kick to shins
– Arms up and down on both sides and then two high hits and then two lower hits . Humourous bones colliding.
– Pressing/Resisting with our hands(Wrist) + Then palm strike to stomach
– Hit each other’s arms using 1 arm to hit each side then swap hand to repeat.

And for Session 20 this was a workshop covering the Yong Chun White Crane San Zhan form. As mentioned for the previous session we warmed up doing Qigong movements for the first 10-15 minutes. We then proceeded to be shown each section of the form and for much of the remaining class we would repeat this form over and over and over and correct our minor errors. I have a video below of which is the form version we learnt and performed. I will update this Session 20 with more details tomorrow as i try to find the notes i took from the day.

 

 

Tae Kwon Do Class

Hello Everyone

While my White Crane Instructor is off in China to train. I decided it was a good time to try a club that i could potentially visit in addition to my White Crane which would not conflict with the those classes or teachings.

The Kwan(as they call it) was a good size for approximate 10 people and had much equipment. Unfortunately the night i visited the Grand Master was not teaching as i had been engaging with him on facebook for sometime. But one of his Black Belts was running the class, for attendees there was a Blue Belt (if i remember correctly). We did some light warm ups and stretches for the legs. He then (for my benefit) took me through the various types of kicks in Tae Kwon Do for the majority of the two and a half hour class. We finished the session with about 10 minutes of going through the first Tae Kwon Do form. It was not too difficult to follow, the most difficult part was the footwork which was not typical of the forms i was used to, the steps were much smaller and there were more turns.

Perhaps it is not to surprising but the most difficult kicks were where i would need to do a round house like kick or those where you needed to switch foot at the last minute. If the sound of my kicks were anything to go by i seemed to do pretty well for my first (formal) try of Tae Kwon Do.

I am not certain if i’ll continue visiting their Kwan or not but it was a worthwhile experience.

March 2018 Update

Hi Folks

Apologises for the lack of Posts. I have done some training since my last post.  One of these was a workshop on Body Conditioning and the other was on the forms  and some grappling drills.

I have the notes written on my mobile which ill copy/paste into my next post. I will also be reviewing a number of books i have read, these are on Karate and Yong Chun White Crane, all fantastic books and great people that i’ve spoken to directly over facebook.

So expect to see a couple posts with reviews and my training so far soon.

Out of Interest, i have added a Poll to this post. Vote which martial art you do i would like to know!

!

MA

Session 18 – Hello 2018!

I am back training in White Crane Kung fu! ,my return was delayed for various reasons like those explained late last year.

So today we started off with slow tai-chi like movement as a form of warm up and then proceeded to do some slow footwork that meant taking one foot and putting it behind us then rotating the whole body , repeating this process until we reached the other side of the room and then back again, to make things more difficult a point in the movement we had to do the body twisting motion where we got as low as possible to the ground and then bringing ourselves back up.

We then did some grappling techniques , grabbing the wrist with the hand opposite the punch and then turning the body to have the feet parallel, with that completed we then proceeded to push our elbow into the torso or towards the head as an elbow strike. the other variation of this was to proceed to turn the body after bringing the opposite foot forward and turned at a angle so we were then able to complete a full body turn while our own shoulder was pressed against their shoulder, destabilising them. the 3rd variation done before the full rotation destablising technique was to not just do an elbow strike but also use our opposite leg to press our foot against their kneecap to further destablise the opponent.

 

We then proceeded to do some forms for the remainder of the 1 hour class today. My knees were abit nackered given i have been out of training for quite awhile. But it was great to be back!.

MA

End of 2017 is near..

Hello All

My back issues had persisted much longer than anticipated but i am for the most part on the mend. But unfortunately my Instructor has ceased classes for the Holidays while he recovers from Surgery. So when he returns i will continue the classes again in 2018, but as i write in my last post i’ll be trying out other Martial Art systems such as Hung Gar, TKD and Taichi.

I did in fact try a Hung Gar class before my back pain came back again and it was fantastic, the students and instructors were all focused, putting 100% into the class, with a strong emphasis on overall fitness and the basics of punches and kicks with Pads and such. There was even a little bit of forms work near the end of the 2 hours class. I did have asthma-like problem at the beginning of the class as it was a particularly cold night that day, which effected my chest. But it did not ruin the overall experience.

I was not expecting the Hung Gar to be as good as it was, especially the students. But i was really impressed with the quality being exhibited compared to various Wing Chun classes and seminars I’ve witnessed.

So i end this with hoping that you will all continue your own training into 2018. Have a great christmas and a new year 🙂

MA

Session 17 – Shuang Yang & Sanzhan

I had notes from Session 17 so i thought i should document what i recall from the session back in April.

We focused again on the two forms Shuang Yang and Sanzhan as well as the hand pushing drills were covered prior to those. At the time i was doing the physically harder classes as i want to improve my overall physical fitness as some of the advance forms in white crane are quite demanding.

Hi Folks

Long time no post – Sorry everyone for this.  Life has been very very busy with Work, Wedding preparations and so forth.

So as soon as my back pain has gone away i will be getting back to training. This will not just be Bai Hi Quan (White Crane) but also i am looking into additional systems to study , this may either be Karate or Taekwondo. Tai Chi is also on the list for me to check out as there is a new instructor in the area.

It also looks like i have much work to do with the look of the site as well to think about.

I’ll be posting again soon guys 🙂

MA

Session 15 – 9th Feb – My Gung fu Journey

Hi Folks

i did a one hour class today. We did more warm ups than usual as it was a particularly cold evening. We practised one of the Shuang yang techniques on some air shields today, we made good progress getting the movement synced up to deliver the strike sigh weight behind it. We then practised a similar move with 1 hand near the face for defence and the other an open palm (tan sau- looking) against the face to destabilise the opponent.

we then practised a form of our choosing. I focused on sanzhan. I got further than the 3 steps forward and 3 steps back.

 

ill polish up this post more tomorrow. Goodnight!

 

MA