GM Tse started the seminar with a lecture on the general principles of Chinese martial arts. He used a traditional poem to encapsulate it:
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.
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
When we practise Qigong, we work for good health in both body and mind. It is said that spirit and life must be trained together i.e., Xing Ming Shuang Xiu.
Springtime, the annual call for the Chun Yuen course taught by Sigong for the Tse Centre instructors. This time Mike had organised the zoom details and scheduling of testing, polishing and training with perfect timing and precision, everything run very smoothly. There were many senior and newer instructors from UK Europe Canada and New Zealand. Thank you to everybody for a great course.
The Chen seminar this weekend was special as we started a new form, the Chen Taiji Jasmine Spear and White Monkey Staff. It is always exiting to start up on a journey of learning a new form!