We haven’t had one of these for a while – a training challenge! Instructor Joshua Villar set one for himself – and without wishing to steal his thunder (whisper it) it’s a knuckle walk. Why would anyone want to do that (as Josh asked himself when he was half way through)? Well, the simple answer would be that walking on your knuckles toughens them up – it’s one way of doing it. But maybe there was also an element of exploring pain thresholds and endurance. Either way, like that other famous endurance event, Le Tour de France, you can read about it rather than do it, and wince at the photos in the comfort of your own home.
“I will set the scene. A lone Kung Fu Instructor stands on top of a hill Read More
We hope you enjoyed the creation myth that was Boris’ tale last week. This week we present the non-graphic novella that is the story of Dr Strange Michael Westmuckett. Dr Strange? Well, apart from a passing resemblance to Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael’s PhD thesis was in Quantum Physics (entitled “Type IA Superstring Theory: Cosmology and Compactification”). However, Michael generally doesn’t use the Doctor prefix – he wouldn’t want to be called for on a plane to assist with something messy and only have String Theory (even if it’s Superstring Theory) to offer.
“15/11/2016, 03:52:18: Michael Westmuckett (aka Dr Strange): Day 1
Another year another competition. Let’s see if I’ve got everything prepared. Lots of super training at Dennis’? Check. An unweildy but usefully appointed suitcase? Check. Niggling injury which has flared up two days prior to flight? Check. Excellent, exactly as planned. Read More
By now, oh faithful reader, you know that we sent a team of Instructors and students to the 2016 International Wuzu Association Traditional Southern Shaolin Invitational. You even have the results. But here comes the backstory from a novice Kung Fu competitor. Boris Kalmykov trains with Chief Instructor Dennis Ngo. Several months ago Boris decided that he could not resist the opportunity to train harder than he ever had in his life, subjecting himself to withering (but ultimately constructive) criticism, plus everything the British weather could throw at him in his outdoor training. Followed by a long-haul flight to a country he had never visited and where he does not speak the language. What could possibly go wrong? Let us read his dispatches….
It’s that time of year again – November every other year as it happens. So, the 2016 International Wuzu Association Traditional Southern Shaolin Invitational Competition, here we come.
Led by Chief Instructor Dennis Ngo, a group of Instructors and students from the Fujian White Crane Kung Fu Club are on a plane bound for Quanzhou tonight. In addition to the freehand forms competition, the team is competing with the short weapon of broadsword, plus the long weapons of horse-cutting knife, spear, and staff.
Welcome to new FWC Kung Fu Instructor Joshua Villar. Joshua has been training with us for over 10 years. He is now looking forward to a career teaching Kung Fu in Bromley, South London. We asked him what impact Kung Fu has had on his life. Why had he decided to enter the challenging process to become an Instructor of Fujian White Crane Martial Arts?
“When I walked into my first Kung Fu lesson I expected to learn how to defend myself so I could fight off bullies. I was twelve years old. And I had no idea that Kung Fu would become the driving force behind my life. But once I started it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with everything Kung Fu had to offer. The elation of physical strain, learning how to fight and defend myself, and learning about Chinese culture and philosophy. I quickly learnt that Kung Fu was more than just a hobby. It is a way of life. A way of life that I was all too eager to follow.
Dance or Kung Fu?
Before deciding that I wanted to become a Kung Fu Instructor I was primed to become a professional dancer. Read More
I have to own up here – my birthday has always been in the October half term break. So I have a great fondness for Autumn. “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” as Keats described it. But it’s so much more than that – the russet colours, the delight in sudden days of warmth and sunshine, the despair of early dark evenings (especially as the clocks always change to British Winter Time this week), reflections on Summer joys, anticipation of Christmas (what! already!!! – oh yes…). And so what are the delights and challenges of Autumn Training? Read More
Women in Sport Week – is that about me, asked our women students? Many young girls are only too happy to be involved in sports, dance, and martial arts. Somehow their zest for movement diminishes as they grow up. The reasons are various – Read More