That bird again ……

September 29, 2008

kfpracti has sent you a message on YouTube:

white crane

hi sifu how r u ?
i have a question about the white crane system hope u can help me, is each branch of the four branches of white crane is a complete and independant system or one is more advanced than the other ?
10x in advance.

I mentioned this before – I do get regular messages asking me about some of the stuffs I put up. And in this case (I hope the sender don’t mind going public here), another question about White Crane.

Coincidentally, this is the very subject matter of a book that the 3 cobblers are working on; “Southern Fukien Boxing”, examining histories, lineages, concepts, evolutions and migratory paths etc etc…

I have always maintained that the propagation of TCMA happened in waves; first it was from Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland and now it’s SE Asia’s turn to put in the missing pieces.

Considering the considerable ethnic Chinese population in Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, the pieces are going to be big.

To quickly answer “kfpracti” –

Yes, each branch is complete with somewhat differing emphasis in their methodologies.

And no, there is no single “advanced” system and for that matter, any style. It’s really all in the person rather than the style.

Having said all that, the underlying principle of White Crane is “jing” or “power generation” which is intimately linked to the concept of “SanChin”.

In the words of Sifu Li Kang, the renowned Hong Kong Yong Chun White Crane teacher and researcher; White Crane starts and ends with Sanchin….

For now, some pics and reading materials for you, if you read Chinese that is 🙂

Now you understand why the 3 cobblers are working on a “ENGLISH” book …….

Revealing the Fruit

September 23, 2008

In Chinese martial arts we always talk about roots and branches, fundamentals and techniques. In silat we say buah and bunga, or the forms (flower) and applications (fruit). On accomplishing a difficult task, we often take a moment to reflect on the fruit of our labor. And locals in the US wear fruit of the loom underwear. 🙂

I mention fruit because it is a symbol of so many things, the least of which, if you’ll allow a Christian creationist example, is the end of Adam and Eve’s innocence. The moment they sampled the forbidden fruit signified the end of one way of life, one way of seeing the world, and began quite another view altogether. The portal had been open and a new worldview had to be created.

With Eric, Russ and I now working together, we are able to pull our resources, our respective talents, and our time to travel a much agreed upon path of preservation of traditional martial arts from China, Malaysia, Philippines, Okinawa. We are endeavoring toward a common goal of not only preserving the rare treasure of fighting arts that have somehow missed the limelight, and the grandmasters responsible for upholding their traditions, but also to share them with the rest of the world in this Blog, Kung Fu Galaxy, DVDs and very soon… a series of new books!

We have decided to actively pursue the writing, publication and distribution of a new publishing imprint, “3 Cobblers Books” (do you like the name, guys?). The first titles will be in-depth historical and instructional books on Ban Chung Wung Chun (with GM Por Suk), Whooping Crane (with GM Liang Ji Lien), Tai Chor (with GM Ah Teck), and Chu Gar Internal Praying Mantis (with GM Liew Joon Mew).

We sincerely hope that the publication of these books will reveal the fruit of these rare arts, the fruit of the many decades of effort the respective masters have put into them, and the fruitful efforts of yours truly… the 3 Stinky Cobblers. But beware—once these rare, delicious fruits are revealed to you… your martial arts worldview will never again be the same. And that’s a good thing 🙂

Questions, comments, suggestions on what you would like to read, send me an email at markvwiley@yahoo.com or to Eric at white88ling@yahoo.com. We promise to consider every suggestion. We are in this together, and these arts depend on it.

Well, that’s all from me for tonight. It’s time for some plum wine!

Ti Lung.

September 9, 2008

Remember Ti Lung and David Chang in all those SB movies during the 70s and 80s?

A Wing Chunner, Ti Lung, was featured on many MA magazine covers from that era…

This design is taken off one of “Martial Magazine” covers.

Find products with this design here :-Come visit my store on CafePress!

For all you Chunners…..

September 9, 2008

Find all products with this design here.
Come visit my store on CafePress!

Pole “Saint”.

August 30, 2008

My admiration and respect for Por Suk is not easily expressed in words. The many sessions I had with him left me profoundly humbled.

If I need to pick what I like best about his many skills, I have to say the way he handles the long pole; whether it’s “6 & 1/2 pole 13 spears” from his Hay Bun Wing Chun or his “Chan Gar Gwon”, I am always mesmerized by his flow and fluidity.

Por Suk is “old school”, he would recite his “stick poem” with his execution – reminding me of my late Fuzhou Whooping Crane teacher….

Watching Por Suk reinforces, in some ways, my love of tradtional Chinese martial arts.

It’s not all about techniques, fighting and violence – it’s living art!

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….

Another thing that I get asked quite a bit is – why did I disable comments, ratings and responses in all my youtube clips?

You know, I got no issues with folks slamming me in action; I am, after all, just a beginner trying to get better.

But when I persuade an elder or master to perform for my camera and agreeable to have footages uploaded to youtube for public viewing, I don’t need folks with no clue to start posting off-putting remarks.

Hey, to me is just like music; you like your rap, techno or whatever but I’ll stick to my music from the 30s and 40s.

And that don’t give me the privilege to run your genre down.

Oftentimes, some of the masters are doing stuff that are new and alien even to me and gotta tell you, I have seen a fair bit in my time growing up in SE Asia…

Which wise old man said this with a guitar?

 

“Don’t criticize what you can’t understand”!

That said, got another clip uploaded – with everything disabled again …………..

 

Arrr, Por Suk Por Suk, my favorite CKF “uncle”.

Well, if things go according to plan, I might be in Singapore end of the month and then a quick stopover in Penang Malaysia to talk about the next “Martial Arts Gathering”.

Will be exquisite to touch hands with this Wing Chun giant again….

MA designs.

August 12, 2008

My creative dept is working on a series of designs for tee-shirts etc etc…

Here’s another sample :-

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