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.

 

 

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!

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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