Video summary.

December 17, 2008

Ooookay, one more clip – sort of a video summary of Kung Fu in Singapore before I move on to other subjects.

Too bad that my video cam was not on me the day I visited Ah Teck … well next time….

Another clip from the session with my MingHe sihing in Singapore, a very reclusive man, it’s difficult to get him to open up and share sometimes.

In his 60s now, I make it a point to visit him each time I’m back in Singapore. Not always talking about MingHe per se, we would just sit, have tea and reminisce about the old days in the school and teachers and brothers who are no longer with us.

To me, my sihing epitomizes how a MingHe boxer should move, all relaxed and then boom!

Tensing and focusing about an inch before the target which we were taught as the “inch power” that is so often mentioned in Wing Chun.

So that day, watching, shooting, translating and explaining some elementary MingHe concepts kind of transport me back some 20 over years ago.

My Sifu and Sihing taking me through the same moves……

And yes, you hear me speaking in the clip; a little English and some Fuzhou.

Welcome to my world.

Beginning of a new tradition.

November 11, 2008

Beginning to look like a annual gathering with my students is starting to take shape; either with me travelling to the US or vice versa.

Chas & Peter’s visit will start the ball rolling; next I will have students from Colorado in town.

This clip tells what its all about – revisiting some of the techniques/concepts that I passed on during my stay in the US.

Techniques extracted from MingHe Babulien ……..

Well folks, in a few hours time I will be flying to the US from Singapore Changi International Airport.

 

These last few days in Singapore have been hectic; the video session with my Fuzhou Crane sihing, ensuring that I got everything right for the trip etc etc…

 

The tea session after the video shoot with my sihing was poignant in many ways; talking about our late teachers, the one surviving teacher in his 90s, the general state of traditional CKF in Singapore and the lack of incentive or support of any kind…..

 

Said this umpteen times; many old timers are dismayed and have opted to stop teaching altogether and many styles/families are vanishing right before my eyes.

 

It’s an uphill task but against these circumstances, I see what we are trying to do as right and essential; produce opportunities for old sifus and families to reactivate their zeal to teach and pass on their knowledge.

 

I see this US trip as a step towards that end.

 

Leaving you with a short clip of my sihing doing the end portion of “Babulien”, this is shot with a hand held digital videocam. There is another high resolution camera running concurrently – that I got to wait for analogue to digital conversion.