November 16, 2007
Received an email from Robert McELroy – Sifu Liu’s student.
Robert wrote about how he enjoyed the Penang’s experience plus he sent me a bunch of pics he took.
Don’t really know much about his background; a very likeable young man who has been training with Sifu Liu in Taiwan for 4 years, I was told.
He’s teaching English lessons there if I am not mistaken.
Anyhow, you know that saying – great teachers produce great students and Robert is one perfect example.
Superbly behaved throughout the whole event, Robert went on to impress with his Feeding Crane skills.
Now if this is the future of TCMA, then I think we are okay.
Robert, if you are reading this; the pleasure is mine and you can bet good money that we’ll have you and your Shifu back in our future projects.
Took the liberty of using his pics and turn it into a photo-slide ….
November 16, 2007
Sooooo, for about a week, we met, stayed in the same hotel, ate meals together, shopped, went sites seeing, discussed/exchanged MAs, drank and some stayed up till like 3 – 4 in the morning to talk kung fu, rehearsed and went on to put up a show that won compliments from all who came ……
And immediately the day after, spent 7 – 8 hrs in Chin Woo Association to present more kung fu ……
All this time, behind the scene, a crew of folks was working arduously to make sure that everything is in place; from keeping the guests happy, getting the venue ready, talking to the press/media and working with sponsors and supporters ……
Ooooookay, I think we’re one family – one BIG family.
So, here’s a big “THANK YOU” to:-
- Co-organizer Penang Chinese Town Hall.
- Sponsors – Da Ma Cai , Tourism Malaysia and New World Park.
- Supporter – Penang Wushu Association.
- The media folks who covered this event pre and post.
- All our invited masters/sifus and kung fu schools and associations.
The company behind this whole thing, MY Martial Arts Sdn Bhd especially MD Christina Foo and the crew headed by Dianne Lim.
Without these folks, this gathering would never have taken place …..
WU LIN I JIA.
November 16, 2007
For the sake of those who just got to know me through this weblog, here’s a brief outline of what we are working on and setting to launch soon…
About a year ago, we conceptualized a project called “Wu Lin I Jia” – All martial arts 1 family.
Essentially the proposal is to transfer all the TCMA materials we’ve accumulated, those from the past and those through our continuing research throughout Malaysia and Singapore. Russ Smith, owner of a huge TCMA resource site was invited to join as a partner.
Russ is a programmer who writes software for the IT industry and also a devoted MA researcher in his own rights; investigating relations between Okinawa and Fukien MAs is his forte. His collection of materials in this area is mind-boggling as evident by a sample he brought along this trip for me – 160G’s worth…. Tip of an iceberg, according to him.
Frankly, it’s the quality of the content that’s getting my heart pumping.
Spending this last week with him, we were able to discuss, in-depth, how WLIJ could be fine-tuned and rendered more users friendly before taking it out to the market.
An added aspect will be building and maintaining webpages for the older masters who are not internet savvy; this suggestion came from Ruan Dong Sifu who is now aware of all the exploitations by some who are abusing his name for deceitful gains.
During the interview, it was revealed that none of his foreign students had more than a month’s training with him when they visited him in China and there are even those who are making despicable claims without even having met him; a couple of phone calls and next thing you know, these folks are advertising themselves as “inheritors” of his Whooping Crane with “certificates” and other paraphernalia to back their dubious claims.
His student, Lin Jian, has started a course of actions to clean up this mess and to keep the name of his teacher from future misuses starting with appropriate recording and documentations and seeking legal redress in cases of infringements.
Lin has requested that we assist in maintaining a on-line archive of these documentations.
With his position as a security advisor for a huge firm on the mainland, I am sure Lin knows precisely what needs to be done.
A clip of a younger Ruan Sifu doing Babulien (mandarin), Happoren (Japanese) or in the dialect that Ruan Sifu speaks, Paik Bwoe Lien.