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    Useful Martial Arts Terms Translated In English/Chinese (Mandarin)

Useful Martial Arts Terms Translated In English/Chinese (Mandarin)

Part of my newfound dedication to learning Chinese Mandarin whilst here at the Wugulun Kung Fu school, I thought to myself “what would have been really useful for me to have learned before I came to the school?”.

You see, because I’m not getting on a train or bus every other day or asking how much things cost, I couldn’t make much use learning the regular phrase books before I turned up. Instead, I need to know what orders or corrections are being barked at me whilst sweating in one of the stances or how to ask about the details of the moves being demonstrated. What I was looking for then, was a set of words/phrases which are commonly used in martial arts, so that’s what I’ve compiled here.

Much as I’d like to include phrases like “How much longer of this torture?” and “Surely we’ve done enough practice of that?”, I’ve kept the list practical.

If it helps just one person in a similar situation, it’ll be mission accomplished as far as I’m concerned.

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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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Visiting The Shaolin Temple

Being the weekend, I took advantage of the free time and visited the Shaolin Temple up the road from the school. The Shaolin Temple is the partner of the Song Shan Temple that I visited last weekend, with Song Shan being the spiritual home of the art. There’s actually a daring route round the back of the mountain from the Shaolin Temple to Song Shan Temple via a rope bridge. These days, the Shaolin Temple is more of a tourist attraction. Never-the-less, it was well worth the visit.

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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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