As you are no doubt aware, the UK Government will bring all London boroughs under Tier 2 (High) lockdown restrictions as of midnight on Friday 17th October 2020.
You can read the full guidance here, however the section that will apply to our training reads as follows:
Other activities, such as indoor exercise classes and other activity groups can only continue provided that households or support bubbles do not mix. Where it is likely that groups will mix, these activities must not go ahead.
Under Tier 1 (Medium) restrictions we put measures in place which included a risk assessment of our training space, the pre-booking of classes (for Track & Trace), limiting classes to a maximum of six participants, and creating new solo progressions so students could practice alone.
We also provided hand sanitiser, required face coverings at all times, and wiped down all surfaces & equipment regularly before, during, and after training.
Sadly, under Tier 2 (High) restrictions these measures are no longer sufficient, and so once again we must pause our training as of 17th October 2020.
Could all students please be aware of the following:
- All group classes and private tuition are suspended until further notice.
- If you pay tuition fees via Standing Order, please cancel your instruction until further notice. (If cancelling & restarting is hassle, consider amending your payment amount to £1 instead.)
- We will try to post some more tuition videos to our YouTube channel in the meantime, to keep you motivated.
- Please watch this website, our WhatsApp group, and social media for more information.
A big thank-you to everyone who has trained since the end of the first lockdown. This will pass, and i’m sure we all look forward to seeing each other again very soon.
All the best, and thanks,
Lockdown video lesson #15 is all about the Kwan-Sao, a rotational movement which can be applied to one or both of your arms.
First introduced within Section 1 of the Siu-Nim-Tao form, Kwan-Sao moves between the Cross-Body Tan-Sao and the Lower Bong-Sao positions, in a way which allows for rapid recovery and even a method of breaking grips.
Lockdown video #14 is all about the Lower Bong-Sao defensive technique.
First introduced within Section 1 of the Siu-Nim-Tao form, the Lower Bong-Sao is a yielding, deflecting technique which uses the full rotation of the entire arm, plus torso rotation and footwork, to get rid of incoming pressure.
Here is video lesson #13 for you, all about the Lower Garn-Sao defensive technique.
First introduced within Section 1 of the Siu-Nim-Tao as a double technique, the Lower Garn-Sao is used from the 2nd Student Grade upwards to shield against strikes to the lower region of the body (Striking Zones 3-4). Enjoy! 🙂
Video No.8 for you all to get stuck into. This one is all about the Internal Rotation Adduction Stance (or IRAS for short), the iconic Wing Chun stance which is widely misunderstood, and therefore widely used in less-than-useful training exercises.
Although the IRAS is taught and used right from within the 1st Student Grade, it’s not until the Intermediate Stage that it gets wider application, appreciation and understanding. Enjoy! 🙂
Another footwork video for you to check out during this lockdown period, all about the V-Stance, which is used in every Front-Kick, and as part of many other techniques in the system.
Ideal for beginners and anyone working at the Foundation Stage of their training, but useful at all stages to double-check what you’re doing. Enjoy! 🙂
Here is another free instructional video for you. This one is all about the Point-Stance, one of the first techniques to be taught to students, the first piece of footwork to be found in the Siu-Nim-Tao form, and one of the simplest to misunderstand.
Ideal for beginners and those at the Foundation Stage of training, but very useful to revisit at any point in your personal kungfu journey. Stay safe and keep practicing! 🙂
Another day, another video. Here is No.5 to help all students during the UK lockdown period.
This one is all about mobility techniques and footwork theory, the differences between the various kinds of footwork, and how the classifications are used to teach, analyse, and develop constant precise movement over time.
Ideal for beginners and those at the Foundation Stage of training, but useful to revisit at any point in your journey. Stay safe and keep practicing! 🙂
Video No.4 to help students practice during this CoVid19 lockdown period.
This video is all about the Sao-Chong technique, a movement which starts the Siu-Nim-Tao and all other Forms within the system. Simple at first glance, look a little deeper and see what’s involved in performing this movement correctly.
Ideal for beginners and those at the Foundation Stage of training, I hope this explanation sheds more light on even the simple things we do all the time. Stay safe and keep practicing! 🙂
Another video to help students practice during the Coronavirus lockdown period.
This video shows a relaxed demonstration of the complete Chum-Kiu, the second Form of the Federation Wing Tsun System.
Ideal for those at the Basic Stage of training, this video includes commentary and captions showing the start point for each of the three parts / eight sections within the form. Practice every day, along with the other videos, and emerge from your quarantine a better kungfu student! 🙂