Another mainland production talking about WuZu 5 Ancestors.

I know opinions are split about history, lineage and even component styles that go in the making of this complex southern Fukien system but nonetheless, WuZu remains one of the most influential boxing systems.

What do you expect when you boost the compilation of the essence of 5 major systems?

The White Crane “inch power” mentioned is the way crane practictioners keep everything loose and relaxed until about an inch from the target then the abrupt focus – the “whip” commonly used to describe this execution.

Anyway, glad to see so many masters working together towards the preservation and promotion of WuZu.

Ooookay, after a few attempts, our cafepress shop is open…

My cafepress store here.

You’ll find a whole range of products and designs, so … you know what to do 🙂

Preview.

August 25, 2008

I am in the midst of setting up the on-line store over at cafepress.

Here’s a preview of some of the concepts that my designer is working on; not the final products yet but conceptualizations….

More logos.

August 10, 2008

The 2 logos that my students are using over in Colorado.

The top logo is recently designed and reflects more, the Cranes that we do :-

  • Fuzhou Ancestral Crane
  • Fuzhou Whooping Crane

The bottom design is based on the original logo that  I was using when I first started my school in Denver some 8 years ago.

Back then, I was actually teaching separate individual style on different days.

So you see Lohan, Tai Chor and Fu Chow (Fuzhou in pinyin) Cranes.

And once a week we would gather in a park, Washington Park if I remember the name right, to “cross-train”……

Arrrrr, those were the days…..


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Enjoy and KAN PEI !

Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s been a while since my last entry….

Hectic with this and that, mainly visiting and touching base with the masters here in Kuching; I was away for almost 2 months and it’s good to visit and sip tea and what else? – touch hands of course

And, through friends and other contacts, I was given leads about more masters of TCMA and I went through the same routine of calling, visiting and interviewing them.

Like Sifu Tnay for instance – a Hakka Mantis and Fukien White Crane master, Sifu Tnay has got to the point where his Mantis and White Crane flow seamlessly.

Spending a few hours one afternoon a few days ago, I was taken into his world of traditional training with the late Sifu Chong; a legendary Hakka Mantis master known for his fighting prowess in these parts.

This is the same Sifu Chong I described in my earlier entries – the man famed for his machine-gun like fast lethal hands.

So you can imagine my fixation when I hear Sifu Tnay talks about Chong’s exploits ….. Methinks someone got to get all the details down and write a book ……

Anyway…got Sifu Tnay here doing a short portion of one of his forms.

Wayne in Soalim Lohan Posture. Wayne in Saolim Lohan Posture.

Saolim Lohan 2

Stacy – Tai Chor /Grand Ancestor Boxing.

Closing Posture – Grand Ancestor Boxing.

Richard – Whooping Crane.

Saolim Lohan.

Jim – Whooping Crane.

Whooping Crane.

Britney – Tai Chor.

Tai Chor.

I was at Wayne’s school again last evening, working to pass on a White Crane stick form before I leave Colorado.

Wayne is one of my students when I was here last and to , now, see him teach others the arts that I taught him is really “fulfilling”…..

Frankly, I am getting quite a kick out of watching his students do White Crane, Tai Chor and Saolim; what a dedicated lot……..

After about 10 days of intense discussions, touch hands and behaving like a tourist whenever time permits, it’s time for me to pack my bags and head on out to Denver.

Got a bunch of pics with me that are waiting for me to transfer and then uploaded for you folks ….. some pretty neat photos of gators when Russ and I went out on a air-boat ride in the marsh… I told Russ I must feel what it’s like to go out on one of those machine with that propeller. Too much “CSI Miami” hahahaha…..

3 weeks planned for Colorado- just about right. Got many old friends to visit; Uncle Bill, Uncle Wayne, Wayne Hinton……..

I have been looking up the weather up there online and I must say that it don’t look agreeable to me; 30s, 40s and high is like 60s ….. brrrrhhh good thing I got a thick jacket with me.

Hard to “whip” when muscles and joints are cold.

Got another clip here to share – from Russ’ collection again.

Taizu from Taiwan, I believe.

Now for some more sunshine before I fly to that big ice-box……

SaoLim Old Guard.

March 9, 2008

This recent hop over to Singapore saw me sitting down with some SaoLim elders over at Siao Teck San School; one of the oldest SaoLim schools still teaching in the “old fashion” manner.

The few hours I spent with Sifu Lew was a real eye-opener as he took me through some of the methods that the late Ven. Sek used to train disciples.

We started out talking about the current state of affairs in SaoLim, forms, techniques and future plans and next thing you know, it’s almost 3 in the morning…..

I really respect all these old timers who stay true to the methods handed down and having no interest in changing for changing’s sake.

Their attitude is to continuously polish what they have learned to reach the highest level and this means constantly challenging their own thresholds.

Sifu Liew commented that many dismissed traditional MAs as “unusable” because they lack the knowledge of making it work in the first place.

Either they were not taught or taught by someone who is equally in the dark.

The techniques are one thing, what really counts is the training process involved to fully master them and this calls for long period of time understudying a qualified teacher.

There is no other way…….

 

SaoLim Lotus Form.

March 8, 2008

Folks, a short glimpse of Ven. Sek’s SaoLim Lotus or “Lien Huay” in Fukien.

 Sorry, the owner only gave permission to present partial view of this form …..

And for good reason too; SaoLim is one of the arts that I do since way back and over the years, there has been just too many perversions of Ven. Sek’s legacy.

Don’t know much about Medan, Indonesia but in Penang and my hometown, Singapore – all sorts of forms have been put forth as “SaoLim”. 

What I do know and this is confirmed by SaoLim elders, direct disciples of Ven. Sek, is that there are only 3 “mother” empty-hand forms :- 

  1. Yi Ki Muay or 1 stalk Plum flower.
  2. Lien Huay or Lotus
  3. Lohan

There are many other forms transmitted by Ven. Sek but these are the seed forms and every SaoLim student must learn/master at least one. 

Ven. Sek is known to have passed dissimilar forms to different disciples but these 3 are more or less elemental. Simply put, if you’re Saolim, you must be able to do at least one of the 3.

With the passing of many of Ven. Sek hand picked disciples, the race is on to document and archive as many of the skill sets as possible before it mutates to something else altogether…