This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series 2016 Shaolin Invitational Competition

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

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series 2016 Shaolin Invitational Competition

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….

Dear Sharon,

Here is my report: Read More

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series 2016 Shaolin Invitational Competition

The 2016 Shaolin results of competition –  I could bore you with the details, but that’s not what you want to know… Who did what – that’s what you want!

Maybe you are following your Instructor, or maybe you are following someone who trains with you?

No worries  – here are the baseline results.

With photos.

Who could ask for more?

All right – more details to follow.. Read More

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series 2016 Shaolin Invitational Competition

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.

Keep an eye out for updates and results!

Instructors

Dave Courtney Jones

Richard Wagstaff

Danil Mikhailov

Plus students Agnieszka, Boris, Mike, and Rob.

 

We all came home safely from Crete, no injuries, plenty of learning. We learned so much both from the training and the general discussions over breakfast, lunch and dinner, that it’s hard to keep hold of it all. So we have set out a handy reminder list to cut out and keep. We also made major strides in the new sport of Donkey Diving – we got as far as freestylling, much to the disgust of the classicists. It might take some time before it makes it to the Olympics, but no doubt by then we will have completely evolved system of marking. We would like to reassure  that no donkeys were harmed in the development of this game. Looking forward to the “real” Olympics next month. Read More

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series crete Camp 2016

“Are you still coming after Brexit?” read the text message from our hosts in Crete. Somehow we seem to hit geopolitical turmoil when we travel for training. Last year it was Grexit, with banking controls, empty ATMs and fairly empty beaches. But it takes more than political upheaval and financial crises to stop us training. Read More

Where was your Instructor last week? Back at Soma Bay on the Red Sea for an intensive week of training and learning (and eating and swimming and sleeping and [fill in envious thought here]). But it doesn’t look too intensive in the photo, does it? That’s because the hotel management asked if we would like to take part in an initiative to help UNICEF by sponsoring a tree.

We have been coming to Egypt for training for a number of years now. The dry heat, guaranteed weather, stunning night skies and beautiful landscapes make training both a physical challenge and a mental joy. “Perception of effort” takes on a new meaning doing early morning sprints up 30-metre sand dunes. Read More