In this lecture at the start of the session, Sifu translated the first chapter of the Dao De Jing for us. This states that “Emptiness”, that which is formless and nameless, is the origin of space and all that it contains (Heaven and Earth).
As many of the traditional Chinese skills it is based in Daoism (follow the Dao, follow nature) and Confucianism (how to behave, harmony of people in society) and Buddhism as adapted in China and its people.
Sigong started the second seminar in the spear series with a detailed explanation of a classic poem about Taijiquan
Sigong (Grandmaster Tse) has been teaching us one of the most challenging and intricate Chun Yuen Quan forms – White Crane Sword 白鶴劒. It as an advanced, Chinese straight sword skill with a long-tassel attached to the pommel.
During the Ming Dynasty (13 to 16 centuries), the Wōkòu 倭寇 Japanese Pirates – Dwaf Pirates, attacked the coast of China. General Yú Dà Yóu 俞大猷(1503-1579) and Qī Jìguāng 戚繼光(1528-1588) were ordered to defeat them.
This was the 9th part of the Wing Chun Footwork series of seminars, and we learnt the 10th and last footwork.
The seventh seminar for Dragon Shadow Sword started with a very interesting lecture based on questions that arose from the Chun Yuen Instructors course during the previous weekend
Although they had been left with some land, the Shàolín monks were not about losing their land, and so they decided to fight back.
Shàolín Quán 少林拳 – Shàolín Fist, has been passed down from generation to generation of many, many years. Some skill has been passed outside Shàolín Sì 少林寺 – Shàolín Temple and so now there are many traditional Chinese styles, and even Japanese styles that originated from Shàolín Quán, and some even still call themselves Shàolín Quán.