A Great Escape: Luohan Wushu Featured in Oklahoma Magazine

Late in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic, Luohan Wushu Kung Fu Center was featured in Oklahoma Magazine for its promotion of both physical and mental health during those stressful times. Below is a video compiled for Oklahoma Magazine of the students training, performing, and competing from Luohan Wushu:

Quoting Sifu Luo, “It is very good for mental and physical health. It is easy to practice regularly and consistently, and there are many benefits to practicing, especially when we want to be with other people while spreading ourselves out and giving each other lots of space. It is an excellent practice to manage anxiety, and we can do it both inside and outdoors.”

To read the full article, click here.

Asia’s Centurites-Old Healing Technique

Here is an interesting article published by the BBC, regarding the longevity effects, stress reduction, and health benefits of Taiji:

“The ancient practice is immensely popular throughout China, but it is particularly beloved in Hong Kong for its ability to relieve stress and improve health. With famously small living spaces in Hong Kong, going to the city’s parks or tai chi gardens is a good way to be out in the open while getting some exercise. Hong Kong also has a rapidly ageing population – about one third of its population will be aged 65 or above by 2038 – and the city’s elderly citizens are encouraged by the government to attend classes in the morning, which are often followed by tea and dim sum with their teacher and classmates. Not only do tai chi classes promote healthy movement, but they provide the elderly with a social community and combat isolation.”

You can read the full article here: http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200428-asias-centuries-old-healing-technique

Welcome Back!

We wish to welcome back Wade Blevins, Anthony Diaz, and Mataya Woodard, who competed at the 7th World Kung Fu Championships in Emei, Sichuan, China! What an amazing experience for these three students to compete at the top levels of traditional wushu in the world. They had an amazing time, and performed excellently under a grueling travel schedule.

Mataya, Anthony, and Wade at the 7th World Kung Fu Championships

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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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