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!
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:
- mu zi (mother and son)
- xing shou (parallel hand movement)
- fei jiao (flying foot)
- sun bin (named for a famous general. Means rising sun)
- quan dong (eastern gate)
- mai fu (ambush tiger)
- mei fa (plum flower)
- lian wuan (continuous)
- long bai wai (dragon shaking tail)
- 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.
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!
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.
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.
We will be demonstrating at the Asian-American Festival on Saturday, June 6th, at the Martin Regional Library. Dragon Dance performers should arrive no later than 9:30, as the Dragon Dance will be opening the festival at 10:45 AM. Other demonstrators should arrive no later than 11:00, as our school demonstration will begin at noon. If you are unsure whether you will be demonstrating, or what forms, please speak with Sifu Luo.
This event is free and open to the public, so please invite your friends and family!
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Mark your calendars! We have been invited to demonstrate at the Asian World Experience on Saturday, April 4th, at the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Learning Center. This event is open to the public, and will include interactive activities for the entire family. The event begins at 10 AM and runs through 2 PM. Demonstrators should arrive no later than 11:30 AM.
Congratulations to Adelynn, Sophie, and Micaela for recently earning their black sashes! This does not represent the end of their journey, but their years of commitment, discipline, hard work, and dedication to the principles of Wushu. We are all very proud of their accomplishments, and look forward to their hard-earned future achievements.