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Kung Fu/Wushu in London?

Postby Rubber_Ritchie » Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:49 pm

Hey dudes,

Do you know of a good Kung Fu/Wushu school in London preferably in central London or South East. I am a looking for a school who do a lot of forms and acrobatic stuff. I was training in Chin Woo which was amazing. However, the sparring was a bit vicious without any padding. I bust my finger one class. It swelled and I couldn't use my hand properly for a week. It worried me to get worse injuries as my body is my livelihood.
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Postby ^toby^ » Thu Nov 08, 2007 1:32 am

Chin Woo is a good club to keep the good old tradtion of Chinese Kung Fu.
what sorta styles are you after?
What style did you learn?
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Postby ^toby^ » Thu Nov 08, 2007 2:03 am

Hung Gar!!!!
this one looks good to me.
http://www.kungfu.co.uk/
they offer chinese bonesetting treatment too *(Dit Dar)

also this one:
http://www.tonglong.co.uk/
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Postby Rubber_Ritchie » Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:20 pm

Thanks. I was doing Chin Woo before. I have just found this Wushu class in Euston. It's 17 quid a class but I'm going to check it out this Sunday at 6.30-8.30. http://dreaming-dragon.co.uk/home.htm I'll post about how it goes.
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Postby ^toby^ » Fri Nov 09, 2007 8:35 pm

"chin woo" is a club, not a style, right? But they do have Basic 10 forms of Chin Woo form different styles... which are great forms.

Wushu is too modern for me but as you said you want "a lot of forms and acrobatic stuff", you will like it I guess. :)
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Postby Rubber_Ritchie » Fri Nov 09, 2007 11:19 pm

Oh. I don't know. I only know it was a Chin Woo club. http://www.chinwoo.org/ The website has little on it. Apparently it's huge in Malaysia though there's only a few classes in the UK.
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Postby barnz2k » Sat Nov 10, 2007 12:35 am

im thinking of finding a class too. Ive never done any sort of Kung Fu before, just a little Tae Kwon Do. I Love kung fu though.

I wanna get fit and stronger first, but might take it up later on.

Any round the islington area? I found one Fujian White Crane Kungfu
http://www.fwckungfu.com/
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Postby ^toby^ » Sat Nov 10, 2007 3:40 am

Rubber_Ritchie wrote:Oh. I don't know. I only know it was a Chin Woo club. http://www.chinwoo.org/ The website has little on it. Apparently it's huge in Malaysia though there's only a few classes in the UK.


Oh, this is what I was talking about. They teach ten forms from different kung fu styles. TANTUI(Springing Legs) is very simple but very very very very very useful in real fight. GONG LI QUAN (Strength Boxing) is very good for strength, obviously
http://www.chinwoo.org/forms.htm

It seems they don't run classes in different styles but the ten forms are good anyway. Which form(s) did you learn?

barnz2k wrote:im thinking of finding a class too. Ive never done any sort of Kung Fu before, just a little Tae Kwon Do. I Love kung fu though.

I wanna get fit and stronger first, but might take it up later on.

Any round the islington area? I found one Fujian White Crane Kungfu
http://www.fwckungfu.com/


I did TKD before I start my long journey of Kung Fu too
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You don't need to get fit and stronger first, just do it 8)
If you go to Hung Gar school, they will MAKE you stronger!
You can just google the schools near you and go to ALL of them and observe very carefully and see if they are your cup of tea. Kung Fu style is your lifelong partner.
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Postby barnz2k » Sat Nov 10, 2007 1:28 pm

i knew youd say that haha. But yeah i havent done any real exercise for a looong time. I wast want to work upto it a bit. I wontlast 5min other wise lol
And till I work out a schedule i can follow.

just found this might be helpful, "UK Kung Fu Directory" like yellowkungfu pages haha
http://kungfu.ifx.org.uk/

'springing legs' sounds interesting!
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Postby ^toby^ » Sun Nov 11, 2007 5:07 am

barnz2k wrote:i knew youd say that haha. But yeah i havent done any real exercise for a looong time. I wast want to work upto it a bit. I wontlast 5min other wise lol
And till I work out a schedule i can follow.

just found this might be helpful, "UK Kung Fu Directory" like yellowkungfu pages haha
http://kungfu.ifx.org.uk/

'springing legs' sounds interesting!


Life is too short... when I was 26 I had the same idea and I went back to Kung Fu when I was 29 :(

good demo of TANTUI(Springing Legs)
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Postby Rubber_Ritchie » Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:27 am

I went to that Fujan class in Islington a couple of years ago. It was a bit far for me and then I found Chin Woo around the corner. It was a really great class and the atmosphere was very welcoming and warm thanks to such a nice teacher.
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Postby Rubber_Ritchie » Mon Nov 12, 2007 6:19 pm

The class was good although for £17 I don't think i'll be going back. I love forms but the whole class was entirely forms. It was like a dance class. There was no conditioning, no kicking, no punching, very light stretching. The teachers' English could be better. I couldn't understand most of what she said. The teacher and the class was very nice though and seemed an expert. She is a former Wushu chamption. It didn't have the seriousness of a lot of Kung Fu classes and was quite laid back. She kept giving us 5 minute breaks even though it was so light I didn't even brake a sweat.
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Postby ^toby^ » Mon Nov 12, 2007 7:57 pm

Rubber_Ritchie wrote:She is a former Wushu chamption.


That's why it is like a dance class.

since you are a rubberman, I guess you might wanna try Eagle Claw style...

ready to get :shock: by this Wuhaubao routine. my performer is one of my sifu (in Hong Kong) best student :

http://www.cws-cma.com/movies/kf_5_18.wmv
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Postby Rubber_Ritchie » Mon Nov 12, 2007 8:15 pm

Wow!!! Amazing!!!!!That's exactly what I'm looking for. Acrobatic, high kicks. I particularly want to learn that slow motion leap.
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Postby ^toby^ » Mon Nov 12, 2007 9:51 pm

Rubber_Ritchie wrote:Wow!!! Amazing!!!!!That's exactly what I'm looking for. Acrobatic, high kicks. I particularly want to learn that slow motion leap.


If that's what you're looking for, Northern style is the direction. Lots of High Kicks, Jumping...etc but still better than Wushu.

I am exactly the opposite... so I chose Southern style (also I'm fromt he Southern China... Hong Kong... :wink: )

My (ex)sifu is teaching at the Martial Arts Club in Hong Kong University and their site is very informative:

Info on Eagle Claw style (in English):
http://www.hku.hk/cmaclub/english/resource-center/malibrary/eagle-his.htm

Their website:
http://www.hku.hk/cmaclub/english/
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