THE CACMA SCROLL
Welcome to this 2006 July/August edition of The CACMA Scroll
I hope you find it enjoyable and informative.
The next events that CACMA will be involved with are the USCKF Tournament in Baltimore, MD on July 22nd and the 23rd and Wong’s Tournament in Washington, DC on August 20th. We hope to see you all there. Many of the officers and board members of CACMA will be attending one or more of these events, so it is your chance to meet them and discuss CACMA or any other topic you wish with them. You can get information for these events from their websites: www.usckf.org and www.wongpeople.com
New event information will be posted in upcoming issues and for the up to the minute info, check the CACMA Events page.
The 2006 CACMA National Tournament was a great success this year. Many were in attendance and many competed in the event. This tournament was slated to be the biggest tournament to date and bringing competitors from all parts of the nation. It did not disappoint anyone.
Students from an estimated nearly twenty schools representing many of the major styles and systems from all over the United States attended and competed together in the different divisions (internal and external; empty-hand and weapons; and so on). This included competitors from a large number of different states and the District of Columbia and as far away as Puerto Rico. There were several guests in attendance from Taiwan. At least four United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductees were in attendance (Steve Clark; Doug Moffett; Anthony Stephenson and Eric Sbarge). Doug Moffett and two other certified referees of The World Kuoshu Federation assisted with officiating (Chris Facente; and Chris Woodrow). Steve Clark had one of the easiest jobs: as Tournament Arbitrator, he had NO COMPLAINTS OR PROBLEMS presented for arbitration throughout the day! Of course, the tournament was made all the more complete by the participation and support of the many competitors, spectators and volunteers there, as well.
The Kong Hoi Kung Fu Association, consisting of students and Sifu from the Mint Hill location and Kings Mountain location, performed the opening ceremonies Lion Dance. Awards and appreciation were given out and then we were honored to hear from our guest from the Camp Care association.
Many of the Carolinas Association of the Chinese Martial Arts (CACMA) and its members were able to proudly donate their time and energy towards the success of this worthwhile endeavor. A few also donated necessary supplies and equipment, such as, Sifu Eric S’barge who donated the use of his mats for our Continuous Sparring and other events.
This year, CACMA, with the help of candy sales on site and donations from folks attending, raised and donated a large amount of the proceeds for its charity “Camp Care”. This organization holds a yearly camp for kids terminally ill with cancer. It is one of the most worthiest causes CACMA has ever been associated with. We are proud that we were able to lend a helping hand to them, especially since all there funds come from donations.
Competitors were then gathered to hear the rules for Forms Competition and Continuous Sparring.
Sifu Mark Small presided over the Taijiquan events this year in the absence of CACMA’s Taijiquan Directors Dr. Jay Dunbar and Laoma Manzo.
Here are some pictures from the event. I hope your enjoy them.
I hope you all will schedule to attend our event next year. We are shooting for April or early May 2007. Till then, I hope to see you all at the tournaments in Baltimore and DC and other CACMA events.
KNOWLEDGE OF THE WOOLO
Relaxing In The Shadow of the Water Willow Tree
Lai Tong Pai students train diligently on the basics prevalent in all kung fu styles. They learn the Kuen Jong I (Basic Form) form and practice it for a couple of years. It is a form that requires that kind of slow training to learn. After a couple of years, the student is told that he is ready to learn about the form in depth. Things now may begin to make more sense to the student.
The moves in Kuen Jong I are very intricate. Being that this form is filled with inside fighting techniques as seen in the Luk Sao, it is essential that one be precise. To be precise, one must practice diligently on each move of the form. One must not rush this form. It takes at least 2 full years of training to be ready to understand the form. These two years are used to train the body to perform the movements without thinking…only doing.
Once a student has proven that he has somewhat digested the Kuen Jong I, he is permitted to learn the Lao Ying (shadow of the water willow tree) form. This form, unlike Kuen Jong’s linear footwork, uses more circular stance movements. Hand techniques are said to mimic the dragon; fighting with the willow tree at the waters edge during a cool spring breeze. Techniques learned in Kuen Jong I are present in the Lao Ying. These moves, however, are combined in a more advanced way giving the student a different perspective of their uses.
Even with the faster and more versatile leopard footwork, relaxing is still the key to performing this form correctly. Many things are hidden within this form, as is the case in most kung fu forms. It is up to the student to learn and then “digest” the form in order to understand the full meaning and potential of Lao Ying.
Now go and rest, young dragons, underneath the shadow of the water willow tree….if you can.
Sifu Anthony Stephenson – Lai Tong Pai
Lesson by Stephen Clark
Subject: You Come I Come…You Go I Go
“Day to day, train your heart out. Refining your technique.” (Morihei Ueshiba, in THE ART OF PEACE).
Chan Buddhism developed at the Shaolin Ssu (Young Forest Monastery), 526 AD – and spread around the world, including to Japan as Zen Buddhism. Many of these teachings serve as guiding principles which are available for us to use.
For many of us, as Christians and otherwise, these teachings have much deeper and hidden meaning.
“All things, material and spiritual, originate from one source and are related as if they were one family. The past, present and future are all contained in the life force. The universe emerged and developed from one source, and we evolved through the optimal process of unification and harmonization.”
“When an opponent comes forward, move in and greet him; if he wants to pull back, send him on his way.”
Sometimes, moving in unsettles, disrupts and unbalances. It shuts down an opponent’s long-range punching and kicking abilities. It forces the fight to go from long-hand to short-hand, up close and personal, bar-room brawling. Very important to know which techniques to use: elbows; knees; hook punches; uppercuts; and such. One of my favorites in such situations is the inverted (close) punch (almost like an uppercut but straighter in) to the stomach, ribs or solar-plexus. I remember shutting down an opponent’s kicking ability – and striking him 5 times in a row – using the same technique (as each time it knocked him across the mat and out of the ring). Needless to say, he did NOT make an adjustment which would have offset my use of such a technique (failed to learn from that experience) – and kept coming back for more.
It is important to know how to strike, where to strike and when to strike.
It is also important to become and to remain flexible, and to expect the unexpected.
When opponents “disengage” or become discouraged or dissuaded and break off their attack, it is very important to know how to handle them from there.
Shih-Fu Steve Clark – Ch’uan Fa
Kuoshu Oath – Part 1
- I shall strive to develop the 5 virtues of patience, kindness, humility, honesty, and justice.
- I shall never use my skills for immoral purposes, the oppression of others or to pervert the path of justice.
- I shall always treat my teacher and fellow students with respect and consideration.
- I shall champion the path of righteousness and justice.
- I understand that the essence of the teaching (of the Tao) is this:
‘A violent man will die a violent death’.
The five virtues listed in Part 1 represent a dipole of personality characteristics. Listed below is one way to compare and contrast these virtues. In the parentheses is how they may manifested outwardly or inwardly.
- (Cooperation) Patience vs. Impatience (Haste)
- (Respect) Kindness vs. Cruelty (Self-Loathing)
- (Self-Confidence) Humility vs. Arrogance (Self-Worship)
- (Equality) Honesty vs. Deceit (Win at any Cost)
- (Order) Justice vs. Injustice (Disorder)
How would you compare or contrast these virtues? How do you best demonstrate the virtues? How do you teach your students to strive to develop the 5 virtues?
Shih-Fu Doug “Single Strike” Moffett – Lung Chuan Fa (Dragon’s Fist Style Kung Fu)
CHEN PAN LING’S MARTIAL TRADTIONS
Before expatriating to Taiwan and during the Sino-Japanese War Chen Pan Ling initiated a collection of martial arts training methods on behalf of the Chinese government. In Taiwan he then became a key officer alternated with Chen Man Ching in leading organizations among Taiwan’s numerous martial arts associations. In pictures taken of him in Taiwan, where he continuted to reside until is death, Chen Pan Ling always wore a western suit and tie. Interestingly enough, Chen Man Ching, who moved to America is most often found pictured in Chinese garb. As an aside, it is Chen Man Ching’s son, Patrick Ching, who currently sits on CACMA’s Asheville based affiliated non-profit organization, the Carolinas Wushu Association (CWA).
|Two-time CACMA Grand Champion, Thomas Lussier, and fellow students of Lung Shan Gong Fu, Asheville, North Carolina.|
The CWA is happy to announce that our South Eastern region will be visited September 27 through October 2nd by Chen Pan Ling’s son, Chen Yun Ching. This is his first trip to the US and he plans to offer seminars in Atlanta, San Fransisco, Ft. Lauderdale and Rochester, NY. If you wish information on the following Atlanta focus areas: Walking Stick, Bagua/Bagua Staff, Push Hands, Hsing I Fist and Animal Forms, please contact me at: email@example.com or our host for the five days, Allen Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-234-7454 for details.
Chen Pan Ling’s martial tradtions are many and varied. His father, Chen Tzu Chien, introduced him to Shaolin regiments. He studied under five prominent taijiquan teachers, themselves only two generations removed from Yang Lu Chan. Two respected students of Lui Chi-Lan taught him hsing I quan. Three teachers two generations removed from Tung Hai Chuan taught him bagua quan. He was prominent in bringing the esteemed Master Wang from the main land to Taiwan. The theories of Wang and CPL on bagua and taijiquan internal arts are included below.
In any style of Taijiquan, classical principles pertain. The modern long form of Chen Pan Ling style Taijiquan as taught to Shifu Mark Small by Master Kai Sung and as coached for competition routines by Colonel Y. W. Chang of Taiwan emphasizes the Ten Essentials of the Yang Family:
- Xu ling ding jin – “An empty spirit (insubstantial energy) extends to the head top”
- Dong zhong qiu jing – “Tranquility in movement”
- Chen jian zhui zhou – “Sink the shoulders, drop elbows, seat wrists, and extend fingers”
- Han xiong ba bei – “Sink the chest, lift the back”
- Song yao – “Loosen (relax) the waist”
- Fen xu shi – “Distinquish substantial and insubstantial”
- Nei wai xiang he – “Combine the internal and external”
- Yong yi bu yang li –”Use the mind instead of force”
- Shang xia xiang sui – “Integrate upper and lower body”
- Xiang lian bu duan – “Continuous without interruption”
In addition, Chen Pan Ling’s taijiquan has a structure akin to the Old Yang style which expresses Chan-si jin coiling energy and Fa jin or issuing power. It also has applications associated with Hsing I Quan and has the evasive foot work of Bagua Quan.
TRAINING TIPS FOR PRACTICING INTERNALS
Begin with Song Jin, loosen or relaxing the joints. To keep your qi natural and unforced don’t focus solely upon your mind or qi flow. Allow the void (Tao) to lead Shen to the head top. Li is muscle strength and the many jin energies are different in that jin energy is the refining of qi and I or mind intent. This is likened to smelting iron into steel. I combines with qi and jin permeates the entire body whereas li is expressed more locally in applying force. Discern every part of your body and every movement as yin/yang. For example: the shoulder is yang, the hips are yin; elbows are yang, knees are yin; wrists are yang, ankles are yin. Extension is yang and withdrawal is yin. The body should be straight but like leaning, leaning but like straight. The Wuji stance holding no intention then becomes taiji in the san ti ready position of hsing I quan.
Develop strikes from your center first. When, practicing softer techniques you want to reach the point where you have an empty center and can strike from anywhere in you body. Focusing upon postures and techniques alone leaves you in the early stage of ‘regulating the body’. The elements of extension and withdrawal, receiving and returning seem to be different actions. Rather, separate to unit jin energies and let each section push the next until the jin is out. Your body is like the bow and the fists are like the arrow. The body moves first and the hands and legs immediately follow. Your eyes are the first part of you to make contact. Once you start to move, the power from your calm is as great as the collapse of a mountain. Speed comes from three things: 1). Accumulated or stored jin in the posture. 2). Correct alignment coordinating the entire body. 3). Emitting jin with postural integrity.
Practicing internals allows you to transcend any one shape when responding to your opponent’s lead. If they are big and powerful they will attack your upper three paths of head, neck and shoulders. Sealing and blocking them will be difficult. Squat and maneuver. Let your hand and the foot arrive together, but don’t reveal your shape —when you change positions there is no definite posture.
Your palm is your whole arm. When you want to bend your arm first extend it. Once you make contact with the hands, turn your body and become insubstantial insubstantial using your front hand to fake. Sink the qi, don’t ‘push it’. Fight from wuji’s empty state by linking the liu he or six harmonies uniting jins internally while your shoulders/hips, elbows/knees, and hands/feet harmonize externally. Keep your mind intent (I) in your elbows and when one palm strikes, the elbow of your other arm always protects your center line. Ignore, don’t check or block an attack, slant to return and enter a palm; follow in three linking attacks. First withdraw, yield, then follow before ‘raising to drill’ and ‘falling to turn’ as in bagua.
Biography: In 1958 Shifu Mark saw newsreels showing taijiquan. During his career in the theater he was certified as a fifth generation Yang Family taijiquan instructor by Master Choy Kam Man of San Francisco. Mark now studies with Master Shou Yu Liang of Vancouver, Canada and teaches fuller regiments of internal and external Northern stytes and Qigong for: 1). Health, 2). Sport, and 3). Self-defense. For over 38 years Mark has taught in the U.S., the Philippines, and Norway. In 1968 he began leading outdoor adventure activities near Asheville, and now teaches through the Carolina Wushu Association (CWA) and affiliate of CACMA. Mark judges at international competitions and promotes taijiquan as an Olympic sport. He uses neuro and bio-feedback protocol to help people reach their PEAK potential. He can be reached at: www.main.nc.us/mtndragon
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Sifu Anthony Stephenson – Editor
Shih-Fu Steve Clark and Shih-Fu Doug Moffett are contributing columnists to The CACMA Scroll
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