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July Seminar – 8th and 9th July

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Kiama Seminar – Double Daggers & Kam Na

Dates: Saturday July 8th – Sunday July 9th
Time: Sat 9am-5pm (with lunch break)
Sun 8am-1pm (with party afterwards)

Location: Kiama Masonic Hall, 46 Collins Street

Price: $180 (includes daggers)

Curriculum: Seung Bei Sau (Double Daggers form) and Kam Na (grappling/joint locking) techniques.

While Choy Lee Fut is widely known for its long range, a lot of people aren’t aware of its extensive medium and short range fighting techniques. This seminar will introduce short-range Choy Lee Fut, both with and without weapons. For the third year in a row, we’re continuing the tradition of an annual winter weekend retreat where sister branches Choy Lee Fut Sydney and Illawarra Kung Fu train together under the teaching of Grand Master Chen Yong Fa’s Disciples Sifu Alan Baxter and Sifu Paul Nomchong.

To book, please reply to this email, or contact Sifu Alan by text on 0414 445 579.
To secure your place, a deposit of $50 is needed by 31st May.
Places are limited.

As ever, any questions, please call Sifu Alan on 0414 445 579 or email [email protected]


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Term 2 and 3 class dates

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Here are the following start and finish dates for Term 2 2017:

Kids/Juniors Classes:
Term 2 ends Wednesday 28th June
Term 3 starts Wednesday 19th July

Adults Kung Fu:
Term 2 ends Wednesday 28th June
Term 3 starts Wednesday 19th July

Qi Gong/Tai Chi:
This term is a little different due to some unavoidable commitments. We will take a one week break on Monday 26th and Thursday 29th June, then return to regular classes during the school holidays, so Term 3 will be a longer term than normal.

As usual, any questions with this stuff, drop me an email or text on 0414 445 579

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March Newsletter content

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Here’s the content of the latest newsletter that just went out:

Hi there

There’s some important dates and fee information in this newsletter, so please read through. Also, details about this year’s winter seminar. Firstly, the term 1 and 2 start and finish dates are listed below. There’s a slightly longer than normal break for all classes this time, partly due to commitments with Sifu Alan and partly due to where Easter and ANZAC Day fall this year.

Start and finish dates vary from class to class, so check carefully below. Any questions, please contact Sifu Alan.

Term 1 ends:

Kids and Juniors Kung Fu – Last class on Wednesday 5th April

Adults Kung Fu
– Last class on Monday 10th April

Qi Gong/Tai Chi – Last class on Monday 10th April

Term 2 begins:

Kids and Juniors Kung Fu – First class back on Wednesday 26th April

Adults Kung Fu
– First class back on Wednesday 26th April

Qi Gong/Tai Chi – First class back on Thursday 27th April

South Coast Seminar 2017

Kiama July Seminar – Double Daggers and grappling/joint locking techniques

This seminar is open to Choy Lee Fut students of all levels, Adults and Juniors (sorry, no Kids Class students).

Dates: Saturday July 8th – Sunday July 9th

Time
: Sat 9am-5pm (with lunch break)
Sat 8am-1pm (with party afterwards)

Location
: Illawarra Kung Fu Academy, Kiama Masonic Hall, 46 Collins Street

Price
: $180 (includes daggers)

Curriculum
: Seung Bei Sau (Double Daggers) and Kam Na (grappling/joint locking) techniques.

While Choy Lee Fut is widely known for its long range, a lot of people aren’t aware of its extensive medium and short range fighting techniques. This seminar will introduce short-range Choy Lee Fut, both with and without weapons. For the third year in a row, we’re continuing the tradition of an annual winter weekend retreat where sister branches Choy Lee Fut Sydney and Illawarra Kung Fu train together under the teaching of Grand Master Chen Yong Fa’s Disciples Sifu Alan Baxter and Sifu Paul Nomchong.

Any queries, email [email protected]

Fee Changes

It’s always important to me to keep fees as low as possible, but of course, general costs are always on the rise. With this in mind, I’m going to have to do away with the concession rate for Qi Gong/Tai Chi. The flat rate will stay at $15 per class, but this cost will now have to apply to everyone. I’m sorry to put prices up, but it’s occasionally unavoidable. At this stage, all other fees will remain the same.

That’s it for this time. The term dates will be a sticky post at the top of our Facebook page, so be sure to check there for any details. We regularly post extra interesting content there too: https://www.facebook.com/illawarrakungfu/

Please tell your friends and colleagues about our classes and encourage your kids to tell their classmates. Word of mouth is the best advertising our Academy can get and we greatly appreciate your help in the spreading the word.

As ever, any questions, please call Sifu Alan on 0414 445 579 or email [email protected]

Best regards

Sifu Alan
Illawarra Kung Fu Academy


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Summer Break and extra Kung Fu classes

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This week, commencing Monday 5th December, is the last week of classes for kung fu and qi gong for 2016. Classes restart on the following dates:

Kids/Juniors Classes:
Term 1 2017 starts Monday 6th February

Adults Kung Fu:
Start back 2017 on Monday 23rd January 2017

Qi Gong/Tai Chi:
Term 1 2017 starts Monday 16th January 2017

However, we have arranged a few extra kung fu classes for adults and kids in January so that people can get some training in after Christmas.

For Kids and Juniors Kung Fu, there are two extra summer holiday classes: Monday 2nd January and Monday 9th January from 9.30am until 11.30am. These classes are NOT at the usual location. See below for class address. These classes will be for kids and juniors combined and will be a combination of extra fun stuff like padwork, pole and sword training. Cost will be $20 per child per class.

For Adult Kung Fu, there will be three extra classes in January: Monday 2nd January, Monday 9th January and Monday 16th January from 6.00pm until 8.30pm. These classes are NOT at the usual location. See below for class address. These classes will comprise of extra forms practice for the first half, then lion dance instruction and practice for the second half. With Chinese New Year almost upon us, it’s time to polish those skills. Cost will be like usual classes – one marked off your 10-class-pass or $20 casual per class.

Please Note: These extra classes will be held at the Kiama Holisitic Centre, 42 Terralong Street, Kiama (behind Black Rock Cafe). Once normal classes start again from the 23rd January, we will be back at the usual Collins Street school.

Any problems or questions, give Sifu Alan a call on 0414 445 579.

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Qi Gong/Tai Chi classes cancelled on 31/10 and 3/11

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Apologies for the late notice, but the floor in the centre is finally being fixed! So I’m afraid there will be no qi gong/tai chi classes on Monday 31st October and Thursday 3rd November. ALL other classes remain unaffected and will proceed as normal. Please call or email with any queries.

 


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Term 4 class dates and end of year – UPDATED

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Please note, this is an updated post from the previous one. Please check your classes.

Partly due to extended commitments on our part (including Sifu Alan’s other life as an author and a book tour in November), we will be skipping our End of Year party this year, and Term 4 will be ending one week early. Then we have to take our usual long break, due to the unavailability of the hall in early January. Start and finish dates vary from class to class, so check carefully below.

Any questions, please contact Sifu Alan.

Here are the following start and finish dates for Term 4 and the start of 2017:

Kids/Juniors Classes:
Term 3 ends Wednesday 21st September 2016
Term 4 starts Monday 10th October 2016
Term 4 ends 7th December 2016
Term 1 2017 starts Monday 6th February

Adults Kung Fu:
No classes on Monday October 3rd
Last class 2016 on 7th December 2016
Start back 2017 on Monday 23rd January 2017

Qi Gong/Tai Chi:
Term 3 ends Thursday 29th September 2016
Term 4 starts Monday 10th October 2016
Class changes:
Monday 14th and Monday 21st November, there will be no class. HOWEVER, replacement classes will be held on Tuesday 15th and 22nd November respectively.
Thursday 17th November there will be no Qi Gong class. Apologies for these disruptions. All other classes will be on as normal.
Term 4 ends 8th December 2016
Term 1 2017 starts Monday 16th January 2017

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Term 4 Class dates and End of Year

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Partly due to extended commitments on our part (including Sifu Alan’s other life as an author and a book tour in November), we will be skipping our own End of Year party this year, and Term 4 will be ending one week early. Then we have to take our usual long break, due to the unavailability of the hall in early January. Start and finish dates vary from class to class, so check carefully below.

Any questions, please contact Sifu Alan.

Here are the following start and finish dates for Term 4 and the start of 2017:

Kids/Juniors Classes:
Term 3 ends Wednesday 21st September 2016
Term 4 starts Monday 10th October 2016
Term 4 ends 7th December 2016
Term 1 2017 starts Monday 6th February

Adults Kung Fu:
No classes on Monday October 3rd
Last class 2016 on 7th December 2016
Start back 2017 on Monday 23rd January 2017

Qi Gong/Tai Chi:
Term 3 ends Thursday 29th September 2016
Term 4 starts Monday 10th October 2016
NB: Apologies for two additional cancelled Term 4 classes:
Monday 14th and Monday 21st November, there will be no class. Thursday classes on those weeks are on as normal.
Term 4 ends 8th December 2016
Term 1 2017 starts Monday 16th January 2017

Sydney Open Day – Choy Lee Fut

Date: Sunday 9th October 2016
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Choy Lee Fut Sydney – 15 Goulburn Street,  Chinatown

RSVP     [email protected]

We are getting together again, with an Open Day at the Chinatown School.  All members, family and friends are welcome to get together for a lunch – doors open at 1pm. On the day, there will be Lion dance, Kung Fu and Qi Gong demos and the opportunity to meet everyone from different schools. Please bring your uniform shirt for photos and a plate of your signature dish to share with your CLF family.  Drinks will be provided.

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Kung Fu and Qi Gong holiday dates

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Kung Fu and Qi Gong holiday dates

Please note the following relevant dates:

The Fighting Fan seminar is this coming weekend, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June. There are one or two places left as a couple of people had to drop out, so if you want in at the last minute let us know asap!

Then the final dates for classes for this term are as follows:

Last Qi Gong Class – Monday 27th June (No class on Thursday 30th June)

Last Kids/Juniors Class – Wednesday 29th June

Classes return to normal as follows:

Qi Gong back – Monday 11th July

Kids/Juniors back – Monday 18th July

Please note, as usual the Adults Kung Fu Class will continue uninterrupted.

Any questions, give us a shout: [email protected] or call 0414 445 579

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The Choy Lee Fut Steel Fan

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fighting-fanAs we have a seminar coming up in June for the fighting fan, specifically the two-person Sui Sau Sin, or Hand Breaking Fan, I thought I’d write a few quick words about the fan as a weapon.

Firstly, and most importantly, the fan is not to be under-estimated as a weapon. Its greatest strength is its seemingly benign nature, nothing more than a small device for keeping cool, but it is one of the most deadly weapons in the Choy lee Fut arsenal, and one of the hardest to master.

Part of fighting with the fan is knowing and attacking the vital pressure points of the opponent. For this reason, an understanding of Chinese medicine theory, meridians and acupressure points is essential at the higher levels. A strike must be delivered with speed and accuracy, and with fa jing, or explosive power, while remaining soft. The transition from soft to hard and back is one of the hardest aspects of the fan to learn.

In the Choy Lee Fut manual for steel fan dim-mak, or pressure-point striking, it is stated that when using the fan:

The mind must be coupled with the heart;
The heart with the strength;
The strength with the qi;
The qi with the fan;
The fan with the eyes;
Skill with dexterity.

Obviously, the fan is considered a short weapon. As in many things, the kung fu practitioner takes a seemingly simple household item and makes it into a weapon. In this case, the fighting fan is not much different to an everyday paper fan, except the ribs are made of stainless steel instead of bamboo and the paper is replaced by tough silk.

When carried unopened, no one can tell it is a weapon. Even when opened and used to fan oneself cool, it looks like an ordinary fan to anyone but the most aware. However, once in the hands of a trained expert, the fighting fan is deadly.

The steel ribs can be used to block and deflect attacks from an opponent, even attacks from other weapons. With the fan closed it can be used against the forearm as an iron bridge, or from the fist for grappling and trapping (chin-na) techniques. Also when closed, it can be used to stab at the vital points of your opponent. The end of each steel rib is sharpened like a knife blade, making the closed fan a dangerous stabbing weapon.

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Sifu Alan training with the Choy Lee Fut steel fan.

When the fan is snapped open, those sharpened edges become a slicing blade and, combined with well-trained forms of attack in all directions, the slice can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal at any level and gate. The fan is snapped open and closed, switching quickly between a hard and a soft weapon. The hardened silk snaps loudly when the fan is opened, to shock and distract your opponent. The opened fan can be used as a shield to mask forthcoming attacks. As well as stabbing, trapping and slicing, a practitioner can use the opened fan to strike and blind the opponent.

While both deadly and seemingly innocuous, the fan is favoured by scholar martial artists. Master Chen Yong Fa’s grandfather, Master Chen Yiu Chi, favoured the fan as his preferred weapon and was known to carry one at all times.

The fan is considered an internal, tertiary (high-level) weapon. There are three main fan forms in the Choy Lee Fut system:

Sui Sau Sin (The Hand Breaking Fan)
Gum Lung Sin (The Golden Dragon Fan)
Fei Lung Sin (The Flying Dragon Fan)

Hopefully, during our seminar in June, we can at least learn something of the nature of this unexpectedly potent weapon of the Choy Lee Fut style.

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Qi Gong/Tai Chi class interruption

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My huge apologies, but there will be no Qigong/Tai Chi class on Monday April 4th. The last Monday class for this term will be Monday April 11th, then we return on Monday May 2nd. Thursday Qigong/Tai Chi will run on April 7th and 14th, then break to return on April 28th.
 
I’m really sorry if this is confusing. April has become complicated! Give me a call with any queries. Cheers, Sifu Alan.
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