“What would you like for your birthday?” It’s a big one in base 10 – so time to ask for a big present. “I would like a hand-made, bespoke, and personalised straight sword please.” “Shouldn’t be a problem.” And so the Saga begins.
Your story-teller is FWC Instructor Timothy Stevenson. Read More
Well, this is one of those long-term challenges and the first entries are coming in. I had thought that this would appeal to the adventurous spirit of the younger members in Cambridge, but they have been well and truly shown up so far.
I admit that some of the categories were a bit, well, challenging, but we just sent an astronaut to the International Space Station and someone could have slipped an FWC Cambridge mug into his luggage. Come on you young people, show some initiative!
What do the words “power-to-weight ratio” mean to you? Cyclists are obsessed with it, especially when it comes to hill climbs. An extra 5kg of weight requires a proportionate power output to maintain speed, but what if that extra 5kg is of high-functioning muscle? What if that extra 5kg of muscle came from Kung Fu training?
I have said it before, there seems to be some connection between keen cyclists and Kung Fu. Lucas Oliver trains at our Cambridge club with Instructor Karim Daoud. Lucas cycled the Surrey 100 to raise funds for Cancer Relief. That’s 100 miles of asphalt, using only muscle power for locomotion. All endurance athletes know that feeling of having to “dig deep”, “get more out of the tank”, and sometimes of “hitting the wall”. Did Lucas’ Kung Fu training help him during those moments?
“I have been a keen cyclist for many years now, but I am only just seeing out my first full calendar year of training with Karim at the Cambridge University Club. Read More
Abs – that’s what everyone wants to show off these days. Haven’t we all wanted to walk out of the sea like Daniel Craig in Casino Royal or pound down the finishing straight like Jessica Ennis-Hill?
One instructors meeting (all right, lunch) we were discussing physique, male gymnasts in particular. The World Gymnastics Championships had just finished. Pommel silver medallist Louis Smith has the classic V-shape and rippling abs – and those shoulders! Always impressive is that bit in the routines where the gymnast sits, lifts his straight legs back through his arms and goes into a handstand.
Now we do plenty of sit-ups and core strength in training, and were told that if you can do the sit-to-lift handstands then you have Ultimate Abs. How hard can it be? Instructor Adam Prout was (once again) our willing guinea pig. Read More
Introducing the 1958 Hong Kong Cha Cha Champion, Bruce Lee! Now you’ll see his films in a new light. There isn’t much of a physical resemblance, but when Jack Lawrence, FWC Cambridge University student, had a go at competitive Dancesport, he was surprised to find that his Kung Fu training gave him an unexpected edge.
“I’m standing in a decadent hall in Nottingham, surrounded by vibrant colours, excessive amounts of hair gel, wax and general ‘fabulousness’. The noise of over 700 people gathered in this illustrious ballroom pauses while the announcer calls out the numbers of those who made it to the final round of the beginners’ Jive.
If you read about FWC Instructor Adam’s attempt at Death by Burpees, then you know that he likes to do a bit more. That was a bit easy, so instead of a bit of extreme training, how about a bit of extreme eating? According to Barbara Lewin, nutritionist, “one of the most common problems (endurance athletes) have is glycogen depletion – the result of not getting enough carbohydrates,” Now you may not think that FWC Kung Fu is about endurance, but that kind of depends on how you’re doing it. Ms Lewin was commenting on the reported competition training diet of Michael Phelps, the Olympic swimmer, in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Games. Next year is an Olympic year, so really we should be getting ready now. Adam, how about eating like Michael Phelps for a day? He did not need to be asked twice. Read More
“Why aren’t you in Kung Fu class?” “Sorry – I’m in Dakar.” “Is that your excuse?” Read More
We first heard from Alex Cole (FWC City & Islington) when he wrote about “Training for Competition” (which you can find here). Here he is again with his follow-up, starting as the A Team assembles at the airport…
Our trip to the Global White Crane Fist Gala (Yong Chun), Read More
The Competing in China Saga continues. We meet our narrator, Alex, waking up after a party….
There are a few sore heads and no shows at breakfast after last night’s birthday celebrations. Read More
And so, one week after the joyful White Crane Gala, our hardy but diminished bunch headed off the Quanzhou, China to have another go at not losing.
Here are the results, and congratulations again to all those who pinned their colours to the mast.