Quite a lot has happened since I last posted. Sifu Bing has gone to his American Tour (more about it in here), in the meantime I’m staying at Grandmaster Zhong’s school at the San Feng Academy. I’m very happy for this opportunity, getting to see two different (and then again quite similar) ways of teaching and learning. Just like in the world of tarot, each teacher has his own way of passing on the knowledge and showing how it’s done. Getting to see & experience more than one way is definitely a richness.
Regards to my training, I’ve now finished the TaiYi Wuxing form, and – rather foolishly, I might add – taken up to learn the Zi Wu Spear form. Like I posted on Facebook, when I told coach Xia I’d like to learn this form his expression “went from acute panic and terror to depression and exhaustion, onwards to numbness and finally to amusement, all in 3 seconds”. The spear form is usually among the last forms to be learned, as it is very difficult to master. But I couldn’t help it, I knew if I had chosen another form it would’ve been constantly at the back of my mind demanding attention. So we’ll see how it goes..
Ok, here are them pics.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
I'm posting here some of the photos my friend and fellow student Ying took. He was kind enough to share these with me, so thanks Ying!
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
We just finished another training cycle at the Wulong Temple and came back to town today. I've now begun training also the Tai Yi form aka Wu Xing Quan (aka Liang Yi), Five Element Boxing. I love it big time, it was one of the forms I was hoping to learn during my stay. Rain and mud add more challenge to training but hey, bad luck :)
Thursday, September 20, 2012
I've now started training at Wulong Temple with Sifu Bing. Each morning and afternoon we do basic exercises, then learn Ji Ben Quan or Wudang Kungfu Basic Form and Five Animal Qigong. Once a week I'm also studying Taoist philosophy, meditation and Ba Duan Jin or Eight Pieces of Brocade Qigong with another teacher. In my own time I continue to practise Chen taiji (Yilu 83, sword and saber forms). We eat with the monks, life at the temple is very peaceful and living conditions are quite simple. Training is hard work, but then again I didn't come here for a holiday.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Yesterday I went with my teacher to visit the Wu Long Ding or Five Dragon Temple, where I'll start my Kung Fu training very soon. The Wu Long Temple is the oldest temple of Wudangshan; construction began over 1300 years ago during the Tang Dynasty.