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!
So i did my Second session of White Crane Gung fu yesterday and we practiced a basic stance(bent our knees) whilst our arms are pointed out and we focused on our breathing. breathing, we must have done this for what felt like 10 minutes and my knees were shaking like crazy and my arms were beginning to feel like i was holding 8kg kettlebells, shows out of shape i am right now!.
Then we did some tai chi style “pushing hands” which reminded me a great deal of Ving Tsun’s Chi Sau, my first impression was its more difficult to learn than Chi Sau as it is more fluid and there was waist rotation and knee bending backwards and forward involved with Pushing Hands; while Chi Sau is primarily static with you sitting static in your stance while doing an exchange of Tan Sau(open palm facing upwards) and Fook Sau(relaxed hand at a side angle) at the basic Chi Sau level.
I continued to work on the White Crane soft style form that i’ve been getting taught. It is rather similiar to this video:
Essentially this is what was covered within the hour that i did for this week. Normally i’ll be 2 hours of White crane , which the 2nd hour covers the “hard style” aspects of White Crane. I’ll try to look up the formal names for the “workout” techniques we use at the beginning of the Soft and Hard classes for my next posts if i can.
Have a good Weekend all 🙂
My earliest memories would have had to be in the early 90s watching Enter The Dragon on VHS or tv. Bruce Lee blew my mind away with his physical presence and martial art skills. But it wasn’t until the early 00’s that I had direct experience with the Martial Arts, this was some kind of mixture of TKD/Hapkido and Yudo(Korean Judo) and it really reinvigorated my imagination and what could be achieved if I put the effort in. But sadly I didn’t do more than 1 formal class as I was discouraged by my family from pursuing it(boy do I regret that!).
The idea of practising martial arts kept coming back to me, particularly as I gained more confidence in myself I would come back to the martial arts in May 2011 when I was living in town at the time ( previously I was basically living in the woods away from everything which was one of the factors that put me from practising during my college years. So the art I chose to return to the martial arts was Ving Tsun. It was the original system that Bruce lee practised before he left for the states. I also had some knowledge about ip man before the films were famous. Jeet Kune Do was my ultimate goal at the time in long run but I wanted a solid foundation in Ving Tsun. Interestingly I dreamed of my own style that expressed myself before I actually knew of JKD’s philosophy.
But the deeper i went into Ving Tsun with my various instructors I found it to be a complete system that if well understood and trained correctly is arguably one of the best systems out there that deserves a better reputation than it has generally. Like all systems , the community has the drama , backstabbing, misunderstood concepts etc.
But as mentioned in my first post. I’ve moved to Scotland where the quality of wing chun is low or poorly understood by particular lineages.
But on a positive note, there is a wider mix of systems here than what I had in my town down south.
So i’ve just had my first two houre session today and it was exhaustingly good! my whole body feels worked out and i made good progress with the first movements of one of the forms taught today.
We covered footwork mainly for the first hour and then the next hour was a lot of push ups such as knuckles,wide grip and reverse hands come to mind. We practised a punch and block with the pads at the end of the class.
i have alot of work to do with my breathing was what I was thinking during and after the session.
Edit: I haven’t been able to remember nor do I know how to explain every detail of what we did in the first lesson but I will be sure to take a notepad to jot them down next time to enhance these details on the blog 🙂