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
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
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 to start the 40th Anniversary Celebration, to the traditional solo drumming of Instructor Sharon Ngo.
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.
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
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….