Mother of long weapons.

January 2, 2008

An old article from “Real Kung Fu”

The Staff – Sheung Tau Gwan 

The staff and pole belong to the same family. The differences between the two are that the staff is shorter in length and that it is even in shape throughout while the pole is tapered off at one end.

There are two types of staff in use: one type with its length measuring from the ground up and levels with the eyebrow, and is called Chai Mee (level with the eyebrow) Staff. The other, Tin Mun (Heavenly Gate) is slightly shorter than the former, and is also known as the Monkey Staff, being named after the staff used by the legendary King of Monkeys in the famous novel “Trek West”. The Tin Mun Staff is more popularly used by martial artists in Northern China.

There is no way we can trace the origin of the staff. Perhaps it goes as far back as from the beginning of mankind when it was used as a crude weapon to hunt and in defence, and gradually evolved to what it is today.

The staff is probably one of the most used weapons in Chinese martial arts and the practice of the staff technique is a compulsory topic of the individual training courses of most kung fu styles. Famous staff techniques include Chao K’ang Yin, or Tai Cho (The first Emperor of the Sung Dynasty), and the Wu Sung (Famous character of the novel “Water Margin” ) techniques, but the best known and most followed is by far the Siu Lam Staff Technique. Originated from the Siu Lam Monastery, this has spread far and wide all over Northern and Southern China, and many of the staff techniques prevalent today, although under different names, are in fact developed or modified from the Siu Lam Staff Technique. 

A “cut & paste” clip featuring Wing Chun, Mei Shan, a short “whip” form and Wuzu 2 men staff form. 

Merry Christmas …….

December 19, 2007

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Ho Ho Ho …….

We do a “staff gathering” once a month, you know, talk about this and that; mainly bonding.

This being December, the company decided to have a little early Christmas party… so for couple of hours, everybody was letting their hair down and having fun.

So from all of us:-

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Know your numbers.

December 19, 2007

Time to know the 12 girls better – right, not in the biblical sense!

 

Really got to see them “live” someday……

 

Aha, wasn’t anywhere near my laptop yesterday and that’s why there is a lapse in entry; was out saving folks displaced by the crazy floods….

Nah, just kidding – I was more like … out shopping. Found this fantastic little place downtown carrying some really neat DVDs; titles like “Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan”, “Led Zeppelin’s The Song Remains the Same” etc etc…

So I grabbed those 2 – burn a small hole in me pockets but hey, it’s my birthday today… a little indulgence is very justified.

Guess what I was doing yesterday? Playing those DVDs ……

Now to continue with where I left off the last time; “Lien Gung”, got a clip here taken from Shuo Jiao training. They don’t really do the conventional “forms” but spend a great deal of time with their “ji ben gung” and equipments.

The rest of the time, they work in pairs honing techniques.

Imho, this should be the prototype for all TCMA training.

Remember, it’s my birthday so don’t shoot me if you disagree.

Hey hey hey, this is so amusing … ever since Russ posted a clip of himself; I received a couple of mails asking for a clip of me in action.

 

So, I went through my collected works and found this short footage done 3 years ago; a documentary about fighting arts in Borneo.

 

So here you see me teaching some of CMAA athletes in the training center and footage from a Sunday morning outdoor session.

 

A little bit of Lohan, White Crane …….. and a whole lot of sunshine….

 

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone………..

 

 

Rain, rain go away….

December 2, 2007

Just got to link this :-

 

 

And the poster wrote:-

 

About this video:

 

A classic Chniese pop song from the 40s. originally sung by Zhou Xuan. Another beautiful and tragic Chinese actress. The Chinese title is Yong Yuan De Wei Xiao (Eternal Smile or Forever Smiling). This version is sung by Taiwanese singer song writer Lo Ta-Yu. It’s a haunting version with just acoustic guitar; I consider it as the best version of the song that I have come across.

 

Some of you might be wondering; is he running out of things to say about Kung Fu?

 

Hahahahaha …. Nope, I only just begun…….

 

Well, this is one of those forlorn wet soggy Sundays that you just wanna do nothing and connect with something on a higher plane..

Pages from the book “Overview of Cantonese Wing Chun Kuen” – compiled by mainland China and featuring almost all known sects of Wing Chun from Canton province.

 

Now, if only someone could do the same for Fukien variations and do a contrast …..

Apologies for the lapse in posting; just got back from a hectic whirlwind trip covering Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to work on final details of the upcoming event with masters and schools invited in those 2 places.

 

In Singapore, I met with Master Teo Choon Teck, Master Ku Choi Wah, and my Zhou Jia family and I also got introduced to a Hakka Master, Liao Song Feng, distinguished for his knowledge of 5 different Hakka Kung fu.

 

Master Liao Song Feng. Time was too short for me to arrange for any taping session with Master Liao but I did managed to acquire a short video clip of him performing in a recent MA event in Singapore.

 

The 2 + hrs meeting with all the Masters and their students took place in a coffee shop and we were seated in the open air just right outside the “Singapore Poon Yu Association” premise; how very fitting.

 

In addition to working out the schedule and traveling plans for the Singapore contingent, the meeting also touch on post and future activities; where to do the next gathering for instance.

 

I am so thankful for the great support that I am receiving from these schools, so passionate about getting together to share and interact; makes this one year of effort so meaningful and to add Master Liao into the already stellar cast…what more could I ask for?

 

After the meeting, I joined Master Ku in his Cho Gar Wing Chun class and again we spoke at length about Wing Chun and White Crane. Master Ku, later, gave me an eyes-opening book registering all the major Wing Chun sects in Asia.

 

I never knew that there was such a place known as “Crow Lake” in Southern China famous for Wing Chun and that Master Ku’s Cho Gar is also otherwise known as “Crow lake” Wing Chun Kuen….

 

From Singapore, I hopped over to KL to meet up with Master Yip Fook Choy and his senior student, Tong Yap.

 

Over dinner, I confirmed Master Yip’s “Yip Kin Wing Chun” participation in the event.

 

So, it was with great satisfaction that night when I headed back to the hotel, knowing that I will be having Cho Gar Ban Chung, Hay Bun and Yip Kin Wing Chun together for the first time in many many years, in the same room displaying their proud legacies…..

 

That night I was dreaming of my flying swordmen and dragons again ……