7th World Kung Fu Championships

Top from left to right: Wade, Mataya, and Anthony. Bottom from Nationals: Anthony, Adelynn, John, Mataya, and Wade.

All of us at Luohan Wushu Kung Fu Center want to wish the very best to our students who will be traveling to Emeishan, China next week to compete at the 7th World Kung Fu Championships!

Last August, Wade, Anthony, John, Adelynn, and Mataya made the U.S. Traditional Wushu team competing at Nationals in Lubbock, TX. Due to injury, Adelynn will not be traveling with the team, and John, though going, will be unable to compete. Wade will be competing in Tuokao quan and sanjiegun (3 section staff), Mataya will compete in Fanzi quan and jian (straight sword), and Anthony will compete in Baji quan and nandao (southern broadsword).

We hope they have an amazing trip and experience representing our school and the USA on the World stage! JIAYOU!

New Year Demonstrations on Saturday, January 28th

We have two demonstrations coming up, on the same day - Saturday, January 28th! Some of you may be demonstrating at one, some at the other, and some at both! Please check with Luo Sifu to be sure which demonstration(s) you are doing, and what taolu/weapons.

Asian World Experience

Located at the Schusterman Library at OU-Tulsa (4502 E 41st St, Tulsa, OK 74135). Event is from 1-4PM. For demonstrators, please arrive no later than 2:30 PM. This event is open to the public, so invite your family and friends!

Schusterman Library: 4502 E 41st St, Tulsa, OK 74135

CAAT Chinese New Year Celebration

Chinese American Association of Tulsa's New Year Celebration, at the TCC VanTrease PACE (10300 East 81st Street Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133). The event starts at 6:30, with our demonstration starting at approx. 6:45-7PM. Please arrive no later than 6:15 PM. For family or friends to attend, you must have tickets. Please see Luo Sifu for tickets.

TCC VanTrease PACE

Newest U.S. Traditional Wushu Team Members

Back row: Anthony, Wade, John. Front row: Mataya, Adelynn.

Congratulations to the newest members of the U.S. Traditional Wushu Team! After taking several first-place winnings at the National Traditional Wushu Tournament in Lubbock, TX, Asst. Instruction Wade, and students Anthony, Adelynn, Mataya, and John all earned places on the national team. They will be traveling to Ermeishan, China in November to compete at the 7th World Kung Fu Championships!

Taste of Summer Success

Demonstrators at Taste of Summer in Broken Arrow

Demonstrators at Taste of Summer in Broken Arrow

Big thanks to all our demonstrators at Taste of Summer! Great job adjusting your forms, especially with such a small stage! We hope you enjoyed as much ice cream as you could eat, and we’ll see everyone next week for training. Duo xie le!

Chāquán (查拳)

Asst. Instructor Wade, in a typical xūbù stance used in chāquán.

Asst. Instructor Wade, in a xubu stance typical of chaquan.

One of the most influential styles of Chinese martial arts, chá quán (查拳) was developed by the Jiao Men, or Muslim Hui people of Shandong province.

The story goes that a famous Muslim general, Hua Zong Qi, was on a military campaign and was seriously wounded. He was cared for and nursed back to health by the villagers of Xin Jiang. In appreciation for their care of him, he taught them his style of martial arts, jiazi quan. His instruction became so popular that he asked his senior student, Cha Yuan Yi, to come and teach as well. Hua Zong Qi’s style was called dajia quan, or big frame fist, while Cha’s style was known as xiaojia quan, or small frame fist. After their death, their disciples changed the name of their style to Hua Quan and Cha Quan respectively in honor of their teachers.

Hua quan has 4 routines, simply referred to as:

  • Yī lu (一路, 1st road)
  • Èr lu (二路, 2nd road)
  • Sān lu (三路, 3rd road) and
  • Sì lu (四路, 4th road)

Cha Quan has ten lu (roads) or routines:

  1. mu zi (mother and son)
  2. xing shou (parallel hand movement)
  3. fei jiao (flying foot)
  4. sun bin (named for a famous general. Means rising sun)
  5. quan dong (eastern gate)
  6. mai fu (ambush tiger)
  7. mei fa (plum flower)
  8. lian wuan (continuous)
  9. long bai wai (dragon shaking tail)
  10. chuan quan (vertical fist)

The most popular and famous routines are the 4th and 5th lu.

There are three main branches of Cha quan: Zhang, Yang, and Li.

The style is characterized as being open, graceful, clear and concise, continuous, rhythmic and utilizes many hand techniques as well as kicks. Cha quan served as the primary basis for modern changquan and most of the duan compulsory forms take their techniques from Cha Quan.

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Oklahoma Spring Break Tournament Success

From left to Right: John, Wade, Adelynn, Anthony

From left to Right: John, Wade, Adelynn, Anthony

Congratulations to our Asst. Coach Wade, and students Adelynn, Anthony, and John for their excellent performance at the Oklahoma Spring Break Open Tournament in Cushing, OK on 3/26.

Wade competed in the Black Belt division, winning first place in weapons for his mei hua dao demonstration, and second place in forms for his tai zhu quan.

Adelynn competed in the Junior Black Belt division, where she earned second place in weapons for her long tassel straight sword, and first place in forms for her optional chang quan form.

John won first place in the Intermediate Underbelt divisions for both his chang quan and qiang (spear) forms.

Anthony won first place in the Advanced Underbelt divisions for both his ba ji quan and nan gun (staff) forms.

A great job by our students representing the school well, and demonstrating their hard work. Jaiyou!


 

2015 Thanksgiving Festival

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The Luohan Wushu Kungfu Thanksgiving Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, November 14th, 2015, 2:30-4:30 PM. It will be located at the old jewerly store in the Fontana Shopping Center (see map at right).

Students and demonstrators should arrive at 2:00 PM, parents and friends by 2:30 PM.

This event is a potluck, so bring your favorite covered dish. Also, seating limited, so please bring chairs if you have them.

This is a time for our Wushu family to enjoy each other’s company and be thankful for another great year. We will have demonstrations from many students showcasing several various styles of martial arts learned at the school. We’d also like to ask that all parents and friends who are not demonstrating remain in the audience until the demonstration is complete, as it will be very crowded and we need to keep the demonstration organized.

Remember to cheer our students as they show their skills and amazing progress from the past year! Their demonstration will be all the stronger for shouts of encouragement and “Jiayou!” from their friends and family!

There will be a table where you may drop off your covered dish. We hope that everyone enjoys this time to visit, eat, and grow closer with each other in our Wushu family.

RIP, Master Yu Chenghui

Master Yu Chenghui

Master Yu Chenghui

Famous Wushu player and Chinese film actor Yu Chenghui passed away today . Such a great loss to the martial arts community. His contributions to Wushu will forever be remembered.

Yu Chenghui was born in shandong province in 1939. He was best known for his work in reviving shuang shuo jian (2 handed straight sword) and well known Tanglang Quan (mantis fist) player. He was a member of the Shandong professional Wushu team and won many national and international awards, particularly in jianshu and zuijian shu.

He was an actor in many Wushu and wuxia films, including “shaolin temple”, with Jet Li, as well as many others, being actor and action coreographer and director in many famous films.

Master Yu was a great inspiration to our sifu, Luo Minghan, and longtime friend of our sigung. His loss to the martial arts community is profound, but his inspiration and legacy will live on.

RIP Yu Chenghui, aged 76.

2015 Denver Nationals Results and Gallery

Competitors of the Northern Traditional divisions. [Wade is 3rd from the right]

Competitors of the Northern Traditional divisions. [Wade is 3rd from the right]

Asst. Coach Wade Blevins and student Anthony Diaz traveled to Denver, CO for the Denver 5th Annual National Chinese Martial Arts Tournament. There, they were hosted by the event sponsor, Sifu Tony Timmer of the Denver Shaolin Kung Fu Tai Ji Institute. Wade and Anthony had the honor of meeting several dignitaries, including Shaolin monk Master Shi Yanxu, Director of the Shaolin Temple Cultural Center USA, Grandmaster Dr. Ye Rui Chun, and several other sifus and school owners.

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