Fearless.

January 6, 2008

Well, you heard this song enough times in some of my video clips; Jay Chou’s “Fearless” from the Jet Li’s movie.

Love the energy when he performs especially songs with a KF theme, somehow this young Taiwanese star is able to deliver the right “zest”.

For the Penang show, we compiled a collection of music for the night that includes some of Jay Chou’s music.

You know, theme song from “Wong Fei Hung”, 12 Girls Band’s “Miracles” and some Kitaro etc etc…

Anyway, here’s the MTV of the song for those who have not seen it…..

Choy Gar.

December 21, 2007

We hear about this Southern style ever so often; “Hung, Lau, Choy, Li and Mok” and “Hung Tau Choy Mei”…. 

I cannot really say I know a lot about this style; remember watching a performance in Singapore many years ago and one Sifu did a Choy Gar form. The impression I got, at that time, was that this style, striking a likeness to Hungga, seems to utilize much palm works. 

Got a book in my collection published in Singapore in 1986 by a Sifu Hor introducing a Choy Gar form “Wan Lung Kuen” or “Cloud Dragon Fists”. 

Not much info regarding history except that the form is passed down by a Sifu Wong Hung Onn. 

Now looking at the opening salutation sequence again, I am inclined to think “Hungga”; this “open wings” salutation is done by some Hungga lines….

Hmmm, the next time I meet Sifu Lam in Sibu, I am going to ask him….. 

 

 

Like I said earlier, personally, I think “Sanchins” could be traced all the way back to Shaolin Luohan training methods.

Old texts recorded the concept of “3 rights/straights” referring to keeping the head, upper body to be maintained straight and not tilted or bend in anyway. The buttocks to be tucked in and the feet positioned to keep the body upright.

Sink chi to dantien and all strikes driven by chi and controlled by breathing in the swallowing and spitting actions.

Depending on which styles, muscular tension fluctuates according to requirement. However, most all styles teach opening/closing of the dantien area in clear manners.

And just like in Karate, this is tested by punches or kicks.

Got a clip here describing the above – the explanation is in Mandarin.

 

 

Wow, looks like I stirred up some hornet nests with my “One man’s meat” entry….

I’ve been called many things since I started posting on the internet; anything from archetypal to arrogant and every now and then, someone would call me a “racist”. 

So okay, I am Chinese and if by writing about Chinese cultures and traditions makes me a “racist”, so be it – don’t worry be happy.

Got a couple of mails calling me a “sell-out” since the aforementioned entry in this weblog – why are you championing “modern” Wushu, they all yelled? 

Well what can I say? Drunk maybe …. Maybe not……

Let me try this “fourth door” approach here:-

Got a clip here, without a shadow of a doubt, modern Wushu, performed by one time “Nan Quan King” of China, He Chiang (spelling?).

Can we all agree that:-

  1. He is not fast.
  2. He is not powerful.
  3. He is not crispy with his movements.
  4. He lacks “Saat” or “kill spirit”

And most importantly, all the pow, sow, kwa, chien, tiger palms and kicks we see him do are strictly cosmetic.

Anyone can take one of those from the performer and walk away “undamaged”?

C’mon let’s all have the same opinion here; it’s the season of peace and goodwill.

Merry Christmas and no more “nasty” mails from anyone! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One man’s meat …..

December 14, 2007

Errrhhh, just found out they’re discussing a couple of youtube clips I posted over at KFO.

So basically we got folks unhappy with me labeling one clip as Hong Jia or Hung Gar.

Well, I am just labeling it the way it’s announced in the footage; the lady voice introduced that exponent as Hong Jia. 

So …..

Yes, I do think that performance is biased towards “modern” Wushu but still, I like the delivery; fast powerful and very focused. 

In fact, I kinda like most of the pioneer “Wushu” – you still see some traditional elements plus all the new fancy stuff done, in some cases, seamlessly. And if I pay no attention to all the aerial acrobatics and gauge them according to “fast, power and ruthless” yardstick, I think they are actually good – by any standards.

I was talking to a Wushu friend recently and he, jokingly, said “TCMA is modern Wushu done sloppily”.

Well, it’s all a matter of perspectives, don’t you think?

 

 

 

 

 

“Kiasu” and CNY Song.

December 12, 2007

For those not from Singapore or unfamiliar with things Singapore, here’s some info concerning “Kiasu” from Wikipedia – jeez they got everything don’t they?

 

 

Kiasu
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kiasu (Traditional Chinese: 驚輸) is a Hokkien (a Chinese spoken variant) word that literally means ‘fear of losing’ (Mandarin Chinese: 怕输). However its actual usage would imply a meaning more approaching that of “dog in a manger”, and yet not quite. Examples of kiasu behaviour includes accumulating too much food on one’s plate during a buffet lunch in case there is no more later, or joining a queue many days in advance just to ensure that one successfully gets hold of the limited free tickets to events, promotions and shows such as Singapore’s annual National Day Parade.

This word is so widely used by Singaporeans and Malaysians that it is incorporated into their English vocabulary (in the form of Singlish). It is often used in describing the social attitudes of people, especially about South East Asian society and its values. Its widespread use is often because these attitudes are common—to not lose out in a highly competitive society (e.g. by above-cited examples), or to the extent of parents imposing heavy study labor on their children in their wish to make them at the very top of all other students. Growing up with this attitude, these students often become ambitious businesspeople, with the desire to be on top in wealth and prestige regardless of whether the most prestigious careers are aligned with their true capabilities.

So what has this “Kiasu-ism”  to do with my entry here?

See I posted a “Chinese New Year Song” sung by a Singaporean, for the year of the Rat over at youtude and I’ve checked; mine is the first CNY Song for next year…….

I am first, I am first ……

So, to all of you, “Kong Xi Fa Chai” – 57 days in advance…

From Zhejiang to Sichuan.

December 12, 2007

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Popular in the southern parts of Sichuan Province, the Zhao-style boxing resembles that of the Shaolin style with its extended frame, high stance and diversified leg techniques.

A typical example is heihuquan (black-tiger boxing), so named because it consists of many movements suggestive of tiger pouncing on their preys although most of its techniques are used for close-in fighting.

Seventy-six-year-old Ma Zhendai, a native of Sichuan Province who received his early training at the National Wushu Institute in Nanjing late in the 1920s, is an expert at this kind of boxing. Here he is seen performing some typical movements in heihuquan.

 

 

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“Du” means “repel” in Chinese and the name of Du-style boxing was derived from its value in repelling attacks in open hand fight. In this kind of boxing, palms are used more frequently than fists in putting up watertight defence. The most commonly used techniques include parries, holds, falls and butting with the shoulder in close-range fighting. This style of boxing enjoys much favour in the northern parts of Sichuan Province.

Representative of the Du-style is wenjin boxing – “weijin” meaning “ask the way” in Chinese – so named because a boxer of this style constantly seeks to get at this adversary sideways or from behind his back rather than move straight in. Meanwhile, he has to know how to meet a vigorous attack with a gentle move, so as to “overcome a weight of 1,000 pounds with four ounces.

Wenjin boxing was created by Chin Xiaodong, a pugilist who lived in Nanchong, Sichuan Province, during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), and has been handed down to his grandson Chen Ruifeng, who has now just turned 60. Pictures here show Chen Ruifeng practicing wenjin boxing with his student Liao Xianzhi, an accomplished martial artist in his own right.

(info extracted from : Martial Arts of China)