I am proud of Xiaoli as winning a gold medal in the competition is a positive kickstart to his wushu competition journey. After his form, the judges asked him to step forward to the judges table. He thought he did something wrong, but the judges actually requested to view his real combat Dadao. They were amazed at how heavy it is. It is 2.2kg. yes you all know me, all our two handed Dadao are heavier than 1.5kg. This proves that we are doing real Kung Fu and my students doing traditional wushu can still win wushu competitions.
Benji also put up a performance which I can be proud of. His movements are swift and his technique is crisp. It takes a lot of mental calmness for a young man like him to stay on task in front of a big audience. It is unlike old timers like me who's been in the middle of many social occasions. Wushu really helps people gain the confidence and most importantly, flair, for performance to a big crowd.
Benji has been learning under me for 4 years with his dad. They often train alongside each other and remind each other of the techniques. Indeed it is very morale boosting when you learn Kung Fu as a parent and child pair. It also strengthened their family bonding when the whole family is rooting for Benji while he is preparing and performing.
As for my side, I got a lot of career satisfaction when my students have matured and debuted. Xiaoli did Karate and Taekwondo in the army before he started exploring Hung Gar in my class. It's very challenging to correct his posture and form habits he got during his regimental karate days. Karate classes always have a big group that have rigid muscle memory drilled in for thousands of times. However, he eventually figured out the spirit of the Chinese Tiger and is as authentic as our Hong Kong and China brothers.
Benji was a talented schoolboy when he joined. As the gentle and reserved scholar, it proved challenging for me to drill the combat readiness in him. At first, he didn't believe that a small built guy like him can build up enough muscle and toughness, but our group encouragement eventually led him to join us in our standard strength training regime at the end of the class.
In this competition, Xiaoli performed the Dadao, the Bagua Staff and a two man Two Handed Jian sparring set with me. Benji performed the Hung Gar butterfly swords, Hung Gar umbrella and Hung Gar Cross Fist, all very symbolic of our style. As for me myself, I performed the Hung Gar Iron Rings, and clashed my long and heavy steel sword with Xiaoli.
Our steel sword is 2.3kg and 1.3m long. You can hear thunderous clanging sound when they clash and even see sparks fly occasionally.
Me and my instructors at Singapore Kung Fu wish to bring our students to future wushu competition events in Singapore. I also look forward to bringing them to Hong Kong for their first overseas international wushu competition.
Article By Leroy Kwok