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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Congratulations Leila and Roman - Kung Fu Burbank News

We're pleased to congratulate our longtime students, Leila Murphy and Roman Romero, on achieving the highest sash (a.k.a. belt) rank in the Tigers Kung Fu system: the rank of Junior Si-Heng!

Leila, Sifu Tei, and Roman
Jr. Si-Heng is only achieved by the most diligent and committed Tigers (ages 5.5 - 7). Leila and Roman both began studying with us in 2009 as Little Pandas, graduating to Tigers in 2011.

Here's a photo of Roman several months into his Pandas training back in 2010, posing with Sifu Tei at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Little Tokyo:

Here's Leila back in April 2011, showing off her martial arts graduation trophy for progressing from Pandas into Tigers:

The sashes help teachers keep track of what the student has already learned, should currently be learning, and is preparing to learn in the near future. It is also a source of motivation for students, especially children, who seek to commemorate their hard work and earn the privilege of learning more advanced material after mastering the basics.

I'm so proud of these two. They were both quiet and shy when they started -- Roman memorably sobbed through his first few classes -- but have since blossomed into confident leaders who love assisting with the Little Pandas classes and are exceptionally patient with newer Tigers who are learning the ropes.

-Sifu Nancy, Program Director & Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The One Inch Punch and Wing Chun

Ip Chun on the Wooden Dummy
I am often asked to share little-known stories from the Wing Chun world. Here's one of my favorites:

On a visit to Kung Fu Magazine, one day the Editor told me a story about Ip Chun (Ip Man's eldest son) and the one-inch punch. He said he was on a flight to a Martial Arts Expo and happened to sit next to Ip Chun. Naturally, he asked Ip Chun about Bruce Lee and wanted to talk about the one-inch punch.

Ip Chun said the punch is from Wing Chun and teaches the student how to build explosive power in a small area. The Editor continued to ask for a more detailed explanation and Ip Chun finally said “ Let me show you, so you can understand."

The Editor and Ip Chun stood up in the aisle when the seat belt sign blinked off. Ip Chun grounded himself in the Wing Chun stance. He placed his hand against the man’s chest with his fingers extended and asked “Are you ready?" He then shifted his power into the punch...

The Editor went flying back through the aisle and smashed into the bathroom doorknob. The incident caused him a very painful back injury that lingered for several months.

-Sifu Todd Shawn Tei

Monday, January 14, 2013

Chinese New Year Kids Party

More details to come! We're excited for a fun night with our kung fu kids.

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff