Kungfu Blog

The most important pattern

I have been asked several times over the past couple of weeks about San Zhan, the first of the basic 16 patterns in our system, by new members. The first question I have been asked is why is it so important, and the second is why are there other clubs with patterns also called San Zhan, even though they are working with a different style of kungfu from ours?

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Get out of bed, sleepy lazy head!

What time do you get up on Sunday mornings? 6am with the baby? 8am as your brain is conditioned to getting up for work during the week? 9am for a bit of a lie-in? 10am for a proper recovery? Or not till the afternoon?

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You need soft qi gong

People come to us to learn kungfu, thinking it will be great fun to learn to hit things while getting fit. Few come to us to learn Shuang Yang, our Taoist Temple style of soft qi gung. But to be good at kungfu, you need to learn the soft side as well.

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Year of the Dragon: Work hard

Welcome to the year of the Dragon! The Dragon, one of the 12 creatures in the Chinese astrological cycle and the only mythological member, spells a year of good luck and prosperity for people willing to work hard and take risks.

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Training frustration

As the New Year kicks into gear, feelings of irritation and frustration come to the fore as kungfu practitioners settle back into daily life post-winter holidays; welcome to the January kungfu blues.

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Goals for the New Year

Bruce Lee once said: “A goal is not always meant to be reached; it often serves simply as something to aim at.” Set yourselves goals for your kungfu in 2012, to keep yourselves motivated and training hard. Don’t become despondent if you don’t reach those goals though, and don’t become complacent if you do; keep your goals as moving targets.

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