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Daily Schedule
  • Schedules will vary according to the discipline being taught to you
  • Breakfast will always be at 7:30am
  • Lunch 12pm and Evening meals will be at 6pm
  • All training will be as requested by your master who will dictate all training times but will consist of at least 5 hours training per day
  • You will train Mondays to Fridays
  • Saturdays you will be required to observe any exercises laid down by your master
  • Sundays will be regarded as a free day
Rules & Regulations
  • Theft will never be tolerated, no excuses will be entertained you will be ejected immediately without recourse or refund.
  • The school has a no drug policy, any breaches and you will be ejected forthwith.
  • Alcohol and gambling are forbidden on School Premises
    (Exceptions can be made for Alcohol on special occasions).
  • Bullying is absolutely forbidden.
  • If a student is lacking in confidence or not as advanced as yourself then you should help them NOT mock them. This will be seen as bullying or intimidation and will not be tolerated.
  • No bad language will be tolerated during classes or towards and around staff members.
  • Your personal hygiene is vital and lack of this shows a lack of self esteem and no consideration for your fellow pupils.
  • Finger and Toe nails must be kept short. Injuries can be caused by ignoring this rule.
  • You must keep your room, your space and your school clean and tidy you disrespect yourself and others by not doing so.

There will be no favourites or prima donnas, if you think that you can not bend your will to the ethos of the School then please do not apply.

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Ayo

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Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily.  Every day when one’s body and mind are at peace, one should meditate on being ripped apart by arrows, rifles, spears and swords, being carried away by surging waves, being thrown into the midst of a great fire, being struck by lightening, being shaken to death by a great earthquake, falling from thousand-foot cliffs, dying of disease or committing seppuku at the death of one’s master.  And every day without fail one should consider himself as dead.

There is a saying of the elders’ that goes, “Step from under the eaves and you’re a dead man.  Leave the gate and the enemy is waiting.”  This is not a matter of being careful.  It is to consider oneself as dead beforehand.

-from Hagakure (In the Shadow of Leaves)

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Sprints

Some sprints, some pull-ups and 15 minutes of HIIT on the heavy bag this morning.

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I’m taking two answers from a forum and posting them here.  You don’t need to know the questions in order to follow along.  Alan Orr (responder) makes some great points that I want to share with everyone.  This is perfect for where I’m at right now in my research and thinking.  Also, thanks to Darkcide for some enlightening conversation along the same lines.  I’ve highlighted an important part below.

“It all comes down to what you think wing chun is and it is not.

I don’t think wing chun is doing a bong lap in a fight. I think wing chun is about learning how to best use your body power and be able cause your opponent to not be able to use theirs. If I can keep an opponent off balance and trap
(control ) their movement, then I can strike at will.

Once you stop playing at chi sao and make it more real ie hit hard etc it then changes, as chi sai is only one part of wing chun development and can be trained in many ways. Also sparring is the same it can be light or hard it can be played or drilled. In the end when you fight it is the core of the skills that you use.

I watch Aaron and can see excellent wing chun skills. I am not looking for a tan sao punch. The movement of his weight control, the punch positions, the centre control, the cutting of angles, timing etc etc this is wing chun

SLT is training your understanding of movements that you use, its not the fight.

CK is training your turning power and more linking and delinking skills, its not the fight

How much you use will be down to the level of skill you really have. Most wing chun guys don’t fight in comps as they know they would not do very well. Whatever reasons they give don’t really matter. In the end what does matter is your personal believe in your system and training.

My guys believe and have tested it, they are happy with it and know what works and what does not. Thats the end game.

best

Alan”

Second one:
“Thanks for your questions.

The answer is we have a lot of people in wing chun who are more interested in making up history or wearing the right colour silk uniform. This really goes back to teachers trying to market their wing chun as the ‘best’ or ‘real’ etc etc
Then saying we can’t test it as you would be killed etc

We also have a lot of whun chun guys attached to what they where taught, but have never tested outside of the comfort zone they live in. These guys want to protect their view of the world, otherwise they may find out they could be wrong.

For me martial arts is all about learning and growing. Views change all the time.

What I like about the CSL Wing Chun system is it is based on body structure first, that from day one allows us to test, test and test again.

Now mma has pushed all types of martial arts to train towards more combat testing. Which has helped stop the crazy guys, well we still as you can see we still have a few! lol Anyway I don’t think you have to always get in a ring or cage and test it, but we can learn a lot from the guys that do. In my school only 20% of the guys fight in comps. Saying that for Chi Sao comps we had 50% wanting to fight.

All the students learn from the feedback, even me! We can look at the skills under strong pressure and gain from it. That was how martial arts was developed back in the day anyway. Not via forums LOL.

My best

Alan”

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Again

Ran @ 7am this morning.

Luk Sau with push-pull to creat openings.

Review of some BJ recovery ideas.

Three variations of the full mount escape: hands on chest, opponent punches, headlock.  This is then worked into the open guard pass.  Next week is the Americana arm lock review.

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Structure

Finished the Biu Jee with PF.

Spent some time looking at mount escape and the structural similarities between BJJ and WC for leverage.

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