Same kick different day.

January 11, 2008

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You know how they say “same shit, different day”…but for me, nothing could be further from the truth.

Different day, different master to meet and delve into their arts, lives and plans is truly gratifying in every way.

So far, I have met with Sifu Lew Joon Miew and today I spent almost the entire day with Sifu Kong Shu Ming, Hakka Suppressing Tiger Kung Fu….

Both about 20 years my senior and lived through the tumultuous period after the Japanese invasion of this region; Kung Fu to them is never just a pastime pursuit.

Knowing how to fight is critical skill to staying alive, whether you like it or not.

To hear them both talk about their experiences, for me, is belittling – what do I know about fighting?

Competitions in my younger days, couple of altercations that got physical and some hand-to-hand combat training in the army; no where near what these 2 Sifus went through, really.

Custodian of his unique Hakka style kung fu, Sifu Kong is fully conscious of the imminence of the line stopping with him and we discussed, intensively, thoughts to preserve and propagate the art.

I might have described this elsewhere; I really love his brand of Hakka boxing. Staying very relaxed during execution, power is applied only at the point of impact. 

Personally, this is exactly the kind of “whipping” that defines Fuzhou White Crane boxing.

“Body like willow, hands like pellets”….

To be able to work this closely with these Sifus is a privilege – one that I take very seriously!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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