This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series 2018 Competition

Louis Beazley from FWC London South, has a Gold Medal in his sights. Whether he wins that Gold Medal or not – that is what he has trained for, and that is what he is aiming for. Who can criticise that?

19.04.18 – Louis is still in training

“Two days till the competition! The clock is ticking, final adjustments are being made. Students polish their shin guards, remould their mouth guards and practise their scariest faces in the bathroom mirror. I hope you have all been religiously following my advice from last week; I have tried to [follow my own advice]  as much as possible.

This week I have been doing more of the same. I bet you were all hoping I had decided to take it easy and rest up before the competition. Yeah – no luck there I’m afraid. My skipping rope is just a little more worn, my gloves are a little stinkier and I’m getting through t-shirts like they are going out of fashion. Read More

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series 2018 Competition

So with the competition coming up this weekend, Louis Beazley who trains in FWC London South with Instructor Richard Wagstaff, is preparing to meet his “friendly” rivals from across the Clubs.  Here is his competition diary as he maps his training on the way to the mats.

“06.04.18 – Dear Sparring Diary

That special date is fast approaching; FWC students from across the UK are training with their eyes on a particular prize, sweat drips, arms ache, knees bend (just a little lower). Read More

Each animal in the Chinese Zodiac comes with its own set of significant attributes, comparable to the Western astrological “Star Signs”. The Dog is widely considered to be courageous, loyal, with a strong sense of fairness. Dogs are social animals, living in the wild in tightly structured packs. They hunt together, eat together, and play together. In most species they raise their young together. They bicker and argue, but real fights are only used to settle serious conflicts.

What do dogs do?

Dogs have uses for humans and humans have uses for dogs. Read More

Spirituality is not the same as religion. While any religion has spirituality as a core part of its offering, it also has other elements like concepts of faith, morality, doctrine. On the other hand, people can find a spiritual experience in everyday non-religious pursuits. This non-religious type of spirituality was the topic of a festive broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, on the 28th of December 2017 guest edited by poet Ben Okri. You can still catch it on the BBC iPlayer – the relevant segment is in the last 30 minutes. Ben Okri asked the Today’s programme reporter, Sangita Myska, to interview practitioners of a range of non-religious pursuits and she approached Fujian White Crane Kung Fu Instructor Danil Mikhailov for an interview about spirituality and Kung Fu. Only part of their interview made the final broadcast so in this article Danil delves a bit deeper into how the practice of Kung Fu can be a spiritual experience.

“I have practised White Crane Kung Fu for over twenty years, martial arts of any type for over thirty. In fact, my first memory from when I was around four years old is of my father teaching me how to punch correctly Read More

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series 40th Anniversary Celebration

On Saturday 16th September the whole Club came together at the Watford Colosseum for the Club’s 40th Anniversary Celebration. There was much to see – how far we have come since the Club was founded in 1977.

Proceedings were opened with a Big Head Buddha Lion Dance.

Each Instructor put on a demonstration of our traditional patterns both alone and with their students.

The demonstrations were followed by a spectacular Traditional Chinese Lion Dance featuring both long and short weapons.

The Golden Lion finished by presenting Chief Instructor Dennis Ngo with a congratulatory scroll.

Photos of the evening were taken by Ben Hallifax who has uploaded many more images to Flickr – the link will be sent out by email to all subscribed to our newsletter so you can spot yourselves and your fellow students.

And watch this space for more images to come of the Club demonstrations and the Lion Dance.

Big Head Buddha awakens the Golden Lion at the Fujian White Crane Kung Fu & Tai Chi Martial Arts Club (FWC Kung Fu) 40th Anniversary Celebration

Big Head Buddha awakens the Golden Lion to start the 40th Anniversary Celebration, to the traditional solo drumming of Instructor Sharon Ngo.

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The April 2017 FWC Kung FU Competition was once again held in South London. Last year Femi Adeoye, who trains with Richard Wagstaff at FWC London South wrote up his account, So as not to disappoint his public, he has repeated the reportage for this year’s event.  So here is Femi’s blow-by-blow account from his very personal perspective – pun fully intended.

“Another year, another FWC club competition. I came into the day off the back of my relative success in the last competition, just over a year ago.  My aim for the day was to better my bronze and gold of 2016. The day started (oh so) early at 9am. After an inspirational performance by the instructors which saw them all displaying a different pattern simultaneously, the competition was officially underway.

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“Just under two weeks ago I was awarded my FWC Black Sash.

To put this into context, they have been awarded so rarely in the past, that I had honestly decided that they were, in fact, the stuff of legend, and that I would probably never receive one.

So I was, as you can imagine, absolutely delighted (and, if I’m honest, a little thunderstruck) after 28 years of training to finally have the honour of Chief Instructor Dennis Ngo first tell me that I had earned it during lunch on Instructor Camp in Egypt, and then tie it around my waist in Sunday Class at Angel. Read More

Welcome to the Year of the Rooster! Another Chinese New Year, another animal from the Zodiac – another New Year Card design.

2017 is the year of the Red Fire Rooster. Inspiration for the drawing was taken from Seti and Sharon’s discussions around how chickens (hens and roosters/cockerels) behave in real life. Although “chicken” is synonymous with “coward” in day-to-day banter these birds do not merit such disparagement. Read More

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