After some poking and prodding by a few family members, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and give a shot at this training diary deal. I used to keep a hand-written training diary back when I first began (which eventually just turned into a checklist of things I’d practiced to make sure I wasn’t missing anything…there was a lot of horse riding stance in those days, haha). Here’s hoping this diary is a little more interesting than that.
Egad, looks like WordPress has changed a bit on me, especially the user interface for writing a new post. Let’s see how long it takes for me to get used to this one.
Anyways, as I mentioned last time, I began learning Hung Gar kung fu from Sifu Dexter Parker in Peoria. Being that he comes from a traditional school, naturally, he assessed my stances and footwork before giving me exercises to work on in order to develop force.
Hey all! Been a long while since I last updated. I can put the blame for that on a few things: laziness (obviously) and finishing my first year of medical school.
An amazing thing that I learnt was that there is a Hung Gar school in Peoria! Sifu Dexter Parker runs the Trinity Training Center in Peoria, IL and teaches Hung Gar (through Grandmaster Kwong Wing Lam, who would now be my sigung) and Kuntao-Silat (afraid I don’t know the specifics of that lineage).
I’ve been keeping a training journal of the few lessons I’ve had so far and will be aiming to transfer things over to here shortly, so watch this space!
As an aside, second year of medical school starts up in the beginning of August (and I have my Step 1 exam to take next May), so updates may be a bit sporadic (for certain definitions of “a bit”). See you folks soon!
In June 2013, someone on the G+ Martial Artist forum noted that he was doing “tree toughening” exercises and asked for our opinions on the exercise. Here was my response:
Are you swinging your arms, legs into the tree and striking your body against a tree? Provided you follow the correct method and gradual progression, you’ll eventually develop what kung fu people call Iron Arm, Iron Leg, Iron Vest, Iron Head, and so forth, depending on the conditioning you do.
Many kung fu practitioners have heard of the Cultural Revolution in China which led to the death or exile of many practitioners of traditional arts, including kung fu. In fact, many people have the mistaken belief that no authentic kung fu exists anymore!
Someone asked the very good question of what kung fu system would be best for them. Naturally, this is informed by many factors such as what you want to get out of kung fu, what you are willing to put up with, if a master is willing and able to teach you, etc. Here is what I replied with: