Site Update

I have now moved the domain over to mygungfujourney.com as i have just purchased aย premium account,ย i’ll also be upgrading the look of the website so there is less scrolling needed to read previous posts! ๐Ÿ™‚

MA

Session 13 – 17th January – Back to training

Happy new year!

I have returned to training today for an hour, we focused primarily on qigong for the first half of the class and then did two variations of the pushing hands and finally i worked on my shuang yang and sanzhan forms. Normally i would do the full session of 2 and a half hours but given i haven’t trained in like 6 months i am easing my way back into the training. The next session is on Thursday. I’ll keep you posted!
MA

WHITE CRANE GUNG FU โ€“ SESSION Seven

For May 12th:

We played abit of Jiangzi and then did a punch and grab/block drill and then some footwork. I am now getting to the point the Shuang Yang form is becoming abit more difficult in flexible movement!. But i continue to practise it nearly daily. I missed this weeks classes due to feeling unwell, but i will be at the next session on Tuesday. Which i also hope to have the uniform by then ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you all had a good weekend!

MA

White Crane Gung fu – Session Five

Lots of footwork Drills dependant on the knees in a bent position in today’s session. We did basic footwork with a twist, do each movement and do it as slowly as possible I’m a minute, and we repeated that basic movement about 4 times.

We also did a kind of pushing hands sensitivity training which reminded me of what we did in Chi Sau.

I also continued to work on my soft style form and its looking good. I may do a few videos when I’ve gotten further with it.

Night all !

MA

White Crane Gung fu – Session Four

We had an extra class this week today.

While classmates worked their forms for the grading today. So I worked on my soft white crane form and got further into the movement and further corrections.

Below is a video of the form I’m practising. I’m at about 0:47 so far.

 

 

White Crane – Session Three

Hi All

Had abit of knee trouble for a couple of days but I went to class and thankfully didn’t have any trouble. We started with warm ups with a variety of arm and breathing exercises while having our knees bent.

 

I progressed further with the soft style form I’m learning . Going from an open palm to a closed fist , bending to my back leg and then leaning forward while turning my feet to face forward towards where I am doing a medium height punch with my other hand changing from an open palm to a wu sau shape in wing chub terms.

I’ll be working more on my form this Saturday with our white crane group. My other class mates will be getting their grades.

 

Night all!

MA

 

 

 

 

White Crane Gung Fu Documentary

I highly recommend any White Crane practitioners or those with an interest in the system to watch this Chinese documentary on the White Crane system and it’s connection to Okinawan Karate, maybe even Ving Tsun is descended from White Crane, i have witnessed a few similarities so far.

MA

Sorry! – Again (29th March Edit)

I had to miss my White Crane Gung fu class last week, So i’ll be going to the class that’s tomorrow and let you guy’s know what we cover and what i learn ๐Ÿ™‚

Edit: As my partner suffered a sudden injury just before my class i wasn’t able to go and then i flew down to England for the remainder of the week for family at Easter.

I’ll be back in class this week to report on my progress ๐Ÿ™‚

See ya later!

MA

Ving Tsun Memories and Impressions

Just random thoughts below that i wanted to share with you all ๐Ÿ™‚

My time with the Ving Tsun crowd in the South of England was amazing, the level of small detail that my instructors were able to go into over one movement or technique blew my mind away at the time when i compare it to my very first beginnings in Wan Kam Leung Ving Tsun which when i reflect on now, didn’t feel like it went into very much depth. I was never a fan of group classes in Ving Tsun, it’s difficult for an instructor to ensure the messaging/technique is being done correctly on the small details. Which could breed bad habits of course.

The skill level of the instructors is quite varied and the best instructors i found were very good at being discreet, so as to stay out of the politics or to attract unwanted attention. Interestingly the most skilled pracitioners i’ve seen in the UK had both had a background in Tai chi before they came to Ving Tsun, i felt there was a difference in their abilities when i compare to others who had only a Ving Tsun background (granted those people had less years experience), I would describe those guys with tai chi backgrounds to be experts in soft hard martial arts. Soft and flexible yet so strong, with the addition of their very high level knowledge on footwork it made them feel even stronger!. Seriously the kind of people you do not want to be hit by!

I haven’t done any form of “sparring” or any form of drill yet to try draw a “comparison” betweeen White Crane and Ving Tsun but when i do i’ll let you guys know!
MA