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.

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 πŸ™‚

MA

Hi Folks

Long time no post – Sorry everyone for this. Β 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 πŸ™‚

MA

Memories and Exposures to the Arts

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.

Thank you for reading this and Goodnight πŸ™‚