kung fu

A Brief Summary of My Understanding of Wugulun Kung Fu

So after a couple of weeks, I thought I’d blog a bit about the Wugulun Kung Fu I’ve learned and my thoughts on it. Firstly, though a mandatory disclaimer…

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Perfecting The Forehand Smash

On Saturday after some morning training, the students are free to explore nearby Dengfeng (or for the youngest ones, be picked up by their parents) for the weekend. For me, it meant a chance to stay at the Shaolin Traveller Hostel and indulge in some luxury. I’m told that foreigners from all the martial arts schools in the area use the hostel in the same way. Chance to relax, meet and train with other foreigners.  […]

A Bit About Wugulun School and My Progress

I thought I’d write a bit about the Wugulun school, the training and the progress I think I’ve made after a week.

Where is the school?
The school is about 5km outside the town of Dengfeng, half way between Dengfeng and the Shaolin Temple. It’s part of a rural/farming area with a million dollar view (above) of the mountains in the area. Dengfeng is the nearest town to the Shaolin Temple littered with countless martial arts schools.

What’s a typical day at the school?
At 05:30 we have an hour of early morning training. We do it as the sun comes up. It starts by warming up doing laps of the grounds outside the school building followed by breathing exercises. The breathing exercises make up the majority of the time and are the fundamentals of every training session during the day. If you concentrate enough, they’re highly meditative because you end up slowing your breathing right down and noticing every minor detail with the physical moves.

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Committing A Cardinal Sin

This morning I committed the cardinal sin. I was late for the morning line up. 
 
My excuse? […]

Hidden Skills Of A Kung Fu Master

This morning after lining up outside, we were told that Saturday is a half day. Training for an hour in the morning, then cleaning duties and free time. It was a joy to see all the kids grabbing mops, brooms and sponges and cleaning the school up. They were wearing their regular clothes and the mood was much more light-hearted. They would dash past with some sort of cleaning apparatus and say “Ni Hao” (hello). I think it’s […]