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It had been many years earlier that I had learned the Wooden Dummy form but it seems that it had departed my memory for other shores and I was not sure how easily it could be coaxed back. The ungracious thought of, Another form to remember , silently appeared and took roost. Totally ungracious and selfish - I know . Saturday came and the seminar began. It was a lovely sunny day and it was good to see my Wing Chun brothers. I was first in line to copy Sifu after watching him demonstrate the...

Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang

Wing Chun Xiao Long

Chen Style Taijiquan is renowned as a powerful martial art but so many people get lost in practice of its forms and do not consider the martial arts side so much. Who better than Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang to give us some inspiration on the self-defence aspects of these beautiful Taiji movements. Recently, Master Chen Xiao Wang went back to China to teach in his hometown of Chen Jiagou in Henan Province. When he was there, he was interviewed by many newspapers and magazines. In one of the...

Instructor Insight

Jan Kitteridge

Most of my working life has been spent in the world of 'dance', as a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer. For ten years I was the Artistic Director of my own company, Adonais Ballet Company, which successfully toured the length and breadth of the U.K in the I began studying Classical Yang style Taiji because I found its practice and the philosophy behind it compelling. I became a teacher of Taiji in the Bucks area. One day while walking in Chinatown, I spotted a selection of...

Just One More Bite

This year has been a busy year but especially so in terms of upgrading my skill level. Maybe I am hitting a midlife crisis maybe, I said and am finding the hour glass sands running too quickly, but I feel a responsibility to both students and future students as well as my skill ancestors to help pass on the skill to another generation. However, I am not the best at learning new things. It takes a while for things to sink in and even then it is not engraved in stone for posterity. I still have...

Wing Chun Hand Movements

Bong Sau Lap Sau Wing Chun

Your wedding day is a day to remember. Leung Bok Chau would definitely not forget his Having got himself a little drunk he has already upset his new bride and is about to find out that is not the best thing to do, especially as she is a Kung Fu expert. It happened so fast. When Leung Bok Chau's hands were almost touching Yim Wing Chun's body, she grasped his left arm and pulled him to the floor. Leung felt pain in his chest and suddenly the alcohol's effects were gone and his mind started to...

High Blood Pressure

One of my students said that she has high blood pressure and is taking medication for this. She is a very nice lady and is like my mother-in-law who is always busy. Even at home, my mother-in-law cannot just sit down to relax and watch a programme on the telly. She has to iron or sew or eat something while she is watching as her mind is not relaxed. One of my grandmothers was also like this. Having had to bear and raise eight children, she was kept very busy and did not like to waste time even...

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Buddhist Monk Master Xeng Yung

I have just finished reading the story of Golden Mountain Living Buddha. It is not a big book and is quite simple but the story impressed me a lot and once I started, I did not want to stop. I just had to finish it. The story is about Chinese culture and I find understanding more about Chinese culture, philosophy, history and Chinese skills is part of my job because I am a teacher of these traditional Chinese skills. Basically, I do not like to create new things, such as forms and exercises. In...