The spirit of MAs Gathering 2007…..

November 6, 2007

Got to confess that on many occasions during this last year of preparatory work, I paused and asked myself – is it worth it?


Hopping from places to places to convince and discuss the gathering with the masters and schools; especially those who have never been exposed to event of this sort or explicitly explained their skills in front of an audience. It was indeed an arduous task; one that I am not sure I will revisit….


But now, in my hotel room, with more time to recollect and reflect while going through the hundreds of shots and hours of video, one picture stood out.


Not prearranged, no posing but just an early morning scene in the lobby of the hotel; a group of masters and teachers getting ready to be ferried to a nearby coffee shop for breakfast.


In the picture, you’ll see (starting from left of pic) :-


  • Sifu Peter Tan – Hakka Praying Mantis Sarawak
  • Master Liew Joon Mew – Chu Gar “Internal Jin” Praying Mantis Sarawak
  • Master Lew Kao Chye – Hakka Tiger Boxing Sarawak
  • Sifu Edmond Wong (back) – Hakka Fan Zhuang Quan Sarawak
  • Master Ku Choy Wah – Ban Chung Wing Chun Singapore
  • Master Ruan Dong – Whopping Crane China
  • Sensei Russ Smith – Okinawa Goju Ryu USA


And to think that I am somewhat guilty for bringing them together; “Wu Lin Yi Jia” personified …………


So, will I do it all over again?


Well, we say in Chinese; when you got a head, you must have a tail ……








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