2016 Wutang Hall Of Fame in Ohio

We had an amazing trip to Ohio this past August. Eight members of our school attended the Tournament, with Master David Chiang judging one of the main competition rings. Instructors Kuya Okai and Karen Liang performed admirably, winning several medals each. Our seven competitors brought home 19 medals, including 16 gold medals and 3 silver medals.
Complete results are below:

We hate to do it, but we are closed for the rest of today!

While we were open thanks to the dedication of Sifu Kazumasa Kuken, it was a quiet morning. He was diligent and shoveled the front of the school so that everyone could pass by. It’s still snowing hard and there is already about 1 foot. We will be closed for the rest of the day!

Shoveling Snow can be training too!

When it snows out, many people complain that they will have to shovel. They say that their backs hurt and that it’s exhausting. Well, we’re getting hit with a snowstorm right now. I, personally, look forward to it!

Why? Because, as a kung fu practitioner, I no longer look for the easy way out. I like the challenge. I like the hard work. My shoveling job isn’t small by any means. It’s about 70 feet across the front of the house for the sidewalk, 40 feet down the path to the front door, and another 80 feet from the street to the garage. It will probably take me over an hour of shoveling if there is a foot of snow. But how can we make this into more than exercise?

We can turn shoveling into exercise by using our foundation and using movements from our staff or spear training. The mabu and gung bu stances are going to be essential. Thrust and “bong” will be utilized. White bird and black bird will also be used with every shovelful. What are these? Well that will take a lot of explanation…

Starting off, hold the shovel like a staff. Place one hand on the rear, and another about three feet away from the rear. Step into gung bu and thrust the head of the shovel into the snow. Then to lift, sink into your ma bu stance, and “bong,” by shoving the rear hand down, while simultaneously “white birding” (which means curling your wrist toward you). This will flick the snow behind you and to your side. Repeat, and switch sides often.

By shoveling like this, it will actually save your back, while strengthening the muscles we use in Kung Fu. It will also reinforce your stances, of gung bu and ma bu. It will further increase your coordination of your arms and legs when you flick the snow to the side. I hope you give it a try!

I will be looking to post video or images of this soon!

Spring celebration

On April 22, 2012, we will be celebrating over 22 years of Wutang. All members past and present are invited. Bring your family and friends. We will be sharing a taste of our knowledge, and reflecting on our heritage.