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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Double Hook Sword (双鉤, shuāng gōu)

Michaela, demonstrating shuānggōu at the Chinese New Year Celebration; photo by Daniel Madison.

Michaela, demonstrating shuānggōu at the Chinese New Year Celebration; photo by Daniel Madison.

Among the more unique (and rather mysterious) weapons in Chinese martial arts is the hook sword, sometimes called the “tiger head hook” (hǔ tóu gōu, 虎头钩) but most often simply referred to as “double hook” (shuānggōu, 双钩) because they are used in pairs.

Like the straight sword (jiàn, 剑), hook swords are double-edged weapons, with a point below the grip, a large crescent-shaped guard by the grip, and a characteristic hook of the blade at the tip. The earliest examples of this weapon are from the Qing era (1644-1912), making them a relatively new weapon. They are thought to be civilian weapons – never appearing in any of the official listings of Chinese armaments – but surviving sharpened examples indicate some actual use as a weapon. Given their complex construction and the level of required training to use, they were most likely rare.

Unfortunately, beyond what has been found through art and surviving examples, there is little information on the development of this weapon and its various features. Most modern routines are flashy and fluid, and some techniques involve linking the hooked ends to create a single long, flexible weapon.

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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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