CMAA – Kuching Sarawak.

 

Written about this elsewhere in forums etc; my attachment to this association here in Kuching Sarawak.

 

It must have been some 3 years ago that I first met with Mr. Chester Lim, the man-in-charge, and talked about adding some TCMA training for his young athletes who are mainly training and competing in modern Wushu.

 

One thing led to another and finally I started a regular training session with his athletes to pass on some traditional art forms.

 

Already well-trained in many aspects, I found them picking up TCMA like fish taking to water.

 

However, the thing that really impressed me is the camaraderie, motivation and the never-say-die spirit that these athletes exude throughout.

 

3 years and so much have transpired and the bond with them is really something that I cherish.

 

This November, 8 of these young athletes will travel to Penang and share the stage with veteran masters invited.

 

And for naysayers, who think TCMA is in its sunset phase, wait until you meet them.

 

Give them another couple of years; they will fly in every aspect of TCMA, this I promise you…..

 

 

 

 

Ku Choi Wah and his Cho Gar Bun Chung Wing Chun Kuen.

 

You probably heard this one; “10,000 miles cannot stop those fated to meet” or maybe not, since this is a Chinese credence.

 

Well, I do, at least, in the case with Master Ku.

 

It would appear that every time I’m back in Singapore, without appointment of any sorts, I would bump into him. Yes, I know Singapore is small but still there are some school mates that I have not seen since graduation…and ahem, that’s quite a while back…

 

So blame it on fate or the fact that we both like to browse the same CKF bookshops …..

 

First met him some 10 years ago through a friend who was studying Cho Gar with him at that time. My first contact with Cho Gar; doing one long form instead of the more widespread 3 forms, I was surprised by similarities between this system and what I do in Fuzhou White Crane. The same TTFC, whipping and even the “one hand 3 techniques” concept that I, ignorantly, thought only exist in White Crane.

 

Master Ku must be one of the most committed CKF teachers I’ve met, against much odds, he somehow is still able to go on with imparting his skills to students.

 

Talking to him, on many occasions, he recounted how some abused the knowledge that he disclosed but still those experiences are not dissuading him.

 

With a handful of loyal and devoted students, Master Ku is keeping the Cho Gar Wing Chun flag flying high.

 

This recent trip back to Singapore, I again called on him and was delighted by an invitation to watch him teach.

 

A short clip showing one of his students, Patrick Tham, doing “Ngar Wu” or “Crow Lake” Wing Chun; another name for his branch of WCK.

 

Both Master and student will be participating in the upcoming Penang event.