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    An Unforgettable Trip:
Wu Shu Kwan
Black Belt & Higher Degree Grading in Trinidad August 2019

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Peter Lewis
6th Degree Black Belt


Andrea Farmer
5th Degree Black Belt


Michael Johnson
5th Degree Black Belt


Lucy Outred
3rd Degree Black Belt

                 
   

Beautiful Trinidad
Trinidad, the southernmost island in the Caribbean, is the larger, more populous of the two islands of Trinidad and Tobago. In 1889 the two islands became a single British Crown Colony, and on 31st August 1962 gained independence from the UK. Despite this, the ties between Trinidad and the UK are still strong and this is evident within the unbreakable bond between Trinidad and UK Wu Shu Kwan.


Team GB (back row standing) led by Trish (seated 2nd left) with chief instructors of Barbados & Trinidad (left & right of Trish) and three seniors from Trinidad.

Team GB
On Thursday 15th August, Senior Master Instructress Trish Chang led a team consisting of senior instructors comprising Peter Lewis, Andrea Farmer, Michael Johnson, Lucy Outred and Warren Johnson from London; they totalled 27 Degrees of Black Belt expertise, intending to ensure good results from the Caribbean candidates sitting for their coming 1st Degree Black Belt and Higher Degree grading.


Lucy (left) & Andrea on the day of the grading.

Warm and Rummy Welcome the Trinidadian Way
Dr Ronald Noel, James Legall Jr., Bernard Quesnel and Robin Singh of Trinidad, and Richard Blackman (Wu Shu Kwan Chief Instructor of Barbados) greeted the team with open arms, steel drums and home-made rum punch (rather fierce!) – all of which was greatly appreciated after a long flight. Apparently, the steel drums were connected to CARIFESTA (Caribbean Festival of the Arts), which showcases and strengthens the culture of the Caribbean. The warmth of the people and the tropical weather certainly set the unique tone for the rest of the trip.


Sifu Anthony Lazare wearing an official tie: he is the pioneer of Wu Shu Kwan in Trinidad.

Great Follower of Grand Master
In the early 1970s, with the blessing of Grand Master C.K. Chang, Sifu Anthony F. Lazare (personally trained by Grand Master) launched Wu Shu Kwan in Trinidad. In the mid-1990s, leadership was officially passed on to Ronald and James (and also to Bernard later), who continued Sifu Lazare’s excellent work and unfailing commitment to “take real great care of Grand Master Chang whenever he visits Trinidad” (Sifu’s own passionate words), which they do gallantly and untiringly; and they extend this goodwill to all Grand Master’s team members whenever they travel to Trinidad. Sifu (meaning Master in Cantonese) was an endearing word widely used in the West all those years ago.

What More Do You Want?
Ronald, James, Bernard and their team had organised the same gorgeous and spacious home we had previously stayed in. The house had all the convenience and luxury we needed: air conditioning, fully-equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, four bathrooms, TV and wi-fi. Moreover, there was plenty of outside space to train on (perhaps unthought of back in Blighty) while big, juicy, sweet watermelons (courtesy of Robin) awaiting us after training. The house had picturesque views of the Northern Range (hills) and was near to shops, an outdoor gym, a public swimming pool and irresistible doubles stalls.


Doubles: a delicious flat fried bread with curried chick peas.

Doubles
Doubles is a delicious and popular street food consisting of a flat fried bread filled with curried chick peas and topped with spicy chutneys of your choice, such as mango, shadon beni (which tastes rather like coriander and is pronounced locally as shadow benny), cucumber, coconut, tamarind or extra pepper (chilli) sauce. Yummy.


Michael is grateful for a deep-tissue massage by Narine, a senior instructor as well as a professional physiotherapist

Well Looked After
The team were looked after the entire time and transport was provided regardless of our activity, time or destination. Narine Boodoo, a senior Black Belt and a physiotherapist, was never far to help relieve any tight muscles.
Part way through the trip, the team were permitted, so to speak, an evening off by the enthusiastic and hard training members – much to the delight of London team members. Robin and Rupesh (Mahabir) treated the team to a sumptuous dinner, with plenty of local drinks and dancing to Caribbean rhythm. The locals were very impressed with the dance moves from our young Warren, who gathered quite a crowd around him.
Joseph Mohanlal, aka Joey, made certain we were hydrated in the authentic Trinidadian way – bringing fresh coconuts from his garden to drink from. He impressed us with his machete skill of splitting open the coconuts with ease (which boded well for his sword technique at the grading) and enabled us to eat the juicy and soft flesh inside of the coconut.


Ready to travel to the class for training at the crack of dawn, when the tropical sun had yet to disperse the early mist.


Barbados contingent led by Richard.

Trinidadian Fitness
Trish, although accustomed to the Trinidadian ways, was keen to reacquaint herself with the local gym and pool. This quickly caught on with the rest of the team, who followed suit: enjoying daily workouts to enjoy themselves and also reap the benefit of improved fitness.

 “Chef Johnson”, as Warren is known, helped make sure the team were fuelled. We would often find him cooking up a storm.

Secret of Success is Preparation
Local class training by local instructors starts at 5:30 am. If there wasn’t a class at 5.30 am, training would often start early in the morning at the house where we were. Many of the Trinidadian members still went to work during the day and continued their training in the evening, especially those taking the forthcoming grading.


Class conducted by Trish was fully attended & filled to overflowing – some students ended up training outside the hall!


Wu Shu Kwan Highly Respected and Continuing to Inspire
Loyally and massively supported, Wu Shu Kwan is greatly admired in the West Indies, and the passion for this wonderful martial art continued to grow: more and more people wanted to learn. A class in the evening, which was under the expert guidance of Trish was incredibly well-attended – with students ending up outside the hall to train under her diligence. Not only were the candidates from Trinidad but also from Barbados and the US.  All the students and instructors were hungry to learn more, perfect their skills and make Wu Shu Kwan even greater.

Trish’s Sonic Jacket
Getting a Wu Shu Kwan jacket couldn’t be that difficult for members, until one student asked for the type of jacket he had in mind by saying “you know, the one with the sound”! The team were bemused. This happened when he was absolutely inspired by Trish’s punching that produced very audible snappy sound, and innocently enquired where he could get a jacket like hers – mistakenly thinking that the snapping sound came from the jacket rather than Trish’s punching power! Mind you, Trish is a Guinness World Record holder.


Trish (left) inspecting the finer details with Ronald (centre) & Richard before starting the grading.


Trish (back view) with Ronald (left) about to get the grading started.


Trish with the help of Richard (right) finalising the details of the group of candidates going for their 2nd Degree Black Belt.
At the back, Ronald (left) & Bernard (right with beard) can be seen giving other candidates some last-minute advice.

Black Belt and Higher Degree Grading
On Saturday 24th August 2019, the Wu Shu Kwan Black Belt and Higher Degree grading was held. A record-breaking 22 candidates sat: six for 1st Degree Black Belt, eight for 1st-to-2nd Degree Black Belt, three for 2nd-to-3rd Degree Black Belt, and five for 3rd-to-4th Degree Black Belt.

What was particularly encouraging to see was the number of women candidates sitting for their 1st Degree Black Belts (representing Trinidad and Barbados) actually outnumbered the men. At the grading, we also had the support from the first woman to gain her Black Belt in Trinidad - Sarita Ramsubhag, who is a highly qualified dentist.

It was a full day with a significant amount of free-sparring, but Trish and Ronald ran a tight ship! The grading started at 9:00 am and did not finish until 7:00 pm, with only 30 minutes for lunch for lunch break. What a day!
(To view the grading results, please click here)

Train Hard, Play Hard
After the grading we were all liming (a Trinidadian saying for partying). Candidates and their family and friends brought coolers of drink – including favourites such as rum and Carib beer, as well as local delicacies. There were also two deliveries of pizza.

Adventures
The team were able to take in some of the sights and delights Trinidad had to offer. They visited Las Cuevas – a beautiful Caribbean beach north of the island with white sand, blue sea and palm trees. Even though it was meant to be a restful day, some of the team still insisted on practising their forms on the beach (you can take the student out of a Wu Shu Kwan class, but you can’t take Wu Shu Kwan out the student). On the way back they stopped off at Maracas Bay and had Richard’s (not our Richard) renowned bake and shark – a traditional and tasty dish of fried shark eaten with special bread and a wide variety of mouth-watering condiments and sauces to choose from.

On the final day, the team spent together at Toco Beach, which lies along the North East coast, where the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet. It is a popular spot for locals, where you can picnic and visit the iconic Galera Point Toco Lighthouse.

Another famous place to visit is St Benedict’s Monastery. It is a place where people of all faiths and no faith are welcome. Trish, Peter, Andrea and Michael took the arduous task of walking up the steep, curvy road to the Abbey, and were rewarded with stunning views of Trinidad.


Sarita Ramsubhag, a highly qualified dentist, is the first woman to be awarded a Wu Shu Kwan Black Belt in Trinidad.
She was seen here breaking a piece of wood with side kick in 2007.

Appreciation of Wu Shu Kwan Spirit
The passion for Wu Shu Kwan was further bonded between the members in the Caribbean and those in the UK. Everyone involved was inspired by the level of respect, determination, loyalty, thirst for knowledge and encouragement to be the best you can be. Once again, the true spirit of Wu Shu Kwan is propagated.

Wu Shu Kwan Comradeship Surmounted Stormy Troubles
Peter and Lucy were due to fly back on the Tuesday after the grading, with the rest of the team leaving the Island on Thursday. Hurricane Dorian was a tropical storm around that time. The Trinidadians seemed pretty relaxed about it all and the storm passed quickly. Unfortunately, their flight was cancelled and there was no support from the airline for two days to fly them back to Blighty. In the end, the only way Lucy could return to London was to catch a flight from Tobago. She was accompanied every step of the way by Ronald, who ensured her safety and that she didn’t leave with a “bitter” taste of Trinidad. Lucy landed safely in Gatwick at 9.30 am on Saturday and travelled straight to Twickenham to teach her Wu Shu Kwan class!

Peter’s new return flight schedule required long transit stop in Barbados before he could catch another flight home. Fortunately, Peter was met at Grantley Adams International airport (in Barbados) by Terry Gamble, the husband of Melissa Gamble, who was one of the candidates sitting for Black Belt grading in Trinidad. This was very well organised by Richard Blackman and Ronald Noel, and much appreciated as Peter had to wait eight hours before his flight back to Gatwick. Terry drove Peter (both had not met before) around different towns and coastlines, stopping to take in the wonderful views and even managed to stop off at a bar for some lunch and a drink of Stag (a Bajan lager). Peter’s troubles cause by flight delay and cancellation seemed to be rewarded by the unexpected travel adventure in Barbados. Very nice indeed.


Our memory of a wonderful trip would be incomplete without a photo showing a coconut, Team England's favourite fruit.
There you have it: Trish enjoying her coconut.

Both Peter and Lucy would like to extend their sincere thanks to all those who had taken care of them and made their “extra” stay safe, comfortable and exciting. Many thanks.

With Special Thanks
It was a privilege and an honour to train alongside and support our Caribbean Wu Shu Kwan family. We would like to extend our special thanks again to Ronald, James, Bernard, Robin and everyone else in Trinidad, who made our stay so relaxed and comfortable. And a particular big thank you to Ronald, Richard and James for their tireless efforts to ensure Peter and Lucy were looked after and arrived home safely after the tribulations of their cancelled flight.•


Map of twin island nation: Trinidad & Tobago.


(From left) Andrea, Trish & Lucy on the sandy beach of Maracas Bay.


Michael & Andrea enjoying themselves in Maracas Bay.


Who would have guessed he is from England? “Mad dogs & Englishmen go out in the midday sun” is the answer. Michael Johnson was seen enjoying the sun, and he single-handedly brought back the iconic British beach headgear fashion from all those years ago!

Trish using the added weight of Lucy to perform her press-down exercise.


Warren exercising in the public park gym.


A beautiful public swimming pool nearby.
Courtesy: Jamaal McLeod.


A big food mall where you could get any type of meal of your choice. The way to replenish your energy is through your mouth!


Lucy was so conscientious about helping to correct the candidates’ movement by showing them the proper Wu Shu Kwan way repeatedly. She was so conditioned that she was found sleeping with her foot in the perfect sidekick position (where the arrow is pointing). She will go far in Wu Shu Kwan!

A quiet & peaceful part of the famous Maracas Bay.


Lush vegetation with beautiful coconut trees just across the road from Maracas Bay.


A mountain stopover when travelling to Maracas Bay to enjoy the beautiful scenery.


A distant view from bottom of hill of the peaceful & impressive St Benedict’s Monastery.


Trish & Ronald in praise of Richard’s (no connection with our Richard Blackman) Bake & Shark.


Bake & Shark: a delicious fried shark meat in special bake topped with condiments & sauces of your choice.
Courtesy: Cynthia Nelson.


All laid out in trays – yummy choices of condiments & sauces for your bake & shark at Richard's.


Warren keeping Team GB adequately fuelled up throughout the whole trip.


Peter's (right) return flight was delayed & rescheduled, requiring him to fly back from Barbados with a long transit stop. Terry Gamble, the husband of Melissa Gamble (one of the candidates sitting for Black Belt grading in Trinidad) drove Peter around visiting several towns & coastlines in Barbados, turning unbearable delays into pleasant adventures.


Cheers! Good Health! To everybody.

                 
   


At the important Wu Shu Kwan grading held on 24th August 2019, all present & accounted for.

                 
   
     
                 
   

Learning the art and science of advanced techniques
  Wu Shu Kwan
Advancement and Revision Seminar

held on Sunday, 13th October 2019 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

 
                 
   
Introduction

The seminar was held in a comfortable and spacious hall in Westminster, west London with a gated car park (convenient for those who came by car) on Sunday, 13th October 2019. It was conducted by Grand Master C. K. Chang, assisted by Andy Hucklesby and Trish Chang, and supported by Peter Lewis and Jeff Joseph.

Please see photos of other seniors who helped as team leaders. All together, an impressive 118 degrees of Black Belt holders participated!


Great Enthusiasm


It was fully attended. Everybody arrived very early and full of enthusiasm looking forward to seek advanced training knowledge and practical techniques. This seminar, in the main, was about essential knowledge and precious techniques.

Wu Shu Kwan Spirit


Everyone was so full of energy and so keen to take in all the valuable information that they could not obtain elsewhere. The seniors were very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful, while the more junior members receptive and appreciative. The atmosphere of the whole hall is full of very special Wu Shu Kwan spirit – you had to be there to appreciate and experience this unforgettable occasion.

Respect and Goodwill

One could easily observe that the Wu Shu Kwan spirit of politeness, respect and goodwill was fully evident and its desirable value actively propagated. You couldn't fail to notice that the happy inner spirit of Wu Shu Kwan was in abundance, gratefully received and reciprocated.

Grand Master's Unmatched Knowledge

Grand Master's depth of knowledge and techniques are legendary and beyond belief, and, as we all know, untouchable. Wu Shu Kwan disciples in this country and other parts of the world considered themselves to be extremely honoured and privileged to train under him; his training was just unbelievably enjoyable and enlightening. His expert guidance raised the standard of all present to a much higher level unachievable elsewhere. Frankly, real and genuine knowledge such as Grand Master's is extremely difficult to come by these days.

All senior Wu Shu Kwan instructors worth their salt realise the value and importance of training under the Grand Master. There is so much to be learnt from him that they arrange their lives around these seminars.

There is a strong belief here and abroad, especially in the West Indies, that no one can be a complete martial artist without having trained with Grand Master!


A Fruitful and Enjoyable Experience

It was a long and challenging day with a lot to take in, but the eagerness and willingness of all participants to absorb precious knowledge made the whole training even more exciting and rewarding.
Valuable and precious higher techniques were taught and revised to bring out the ultimate potential of one's technical skill. Nothing is more desirable than having a chance to learn the true inner knowledge from Grand Master.


Secrets of Wu Shu Kwan System

Grand Master revealed the fascinating and precious secret of achieving power and speed by utilising maximum bodily movement augmented by incorporating the riding principle. Many wished they had learned this important theory and practice before; to be frank, this training secret is only taught to some very dedicated Wu Shu Kwan instructors – a secret worthy to be preserved within Wu Shu Kwan.


Official Promotions Towards Full-Fledged Assessors


Those holding 5th Degree Black Belt are taking another important step towards becoming full-fledged assessors:
* Andrea Farmer and Gary Barham (Level 7)
* Adison Bridet and Steve Bishop (Level 6)
* Michael Johnson (Level 5)
* Gustave Salako, Mandeep Ranger and Rupesh Patel (Level 3)
* Jake Fitzpatrick and Des Radcliffe (level 2)

* Andrea Farmer is already shouldering some of the very demanding official duties in assessing candidates and teaching instructors; she also conducts gradings in Switzerland, and regularly travels to Trinidad, West Indies to help with advanced Black Belt candidates. She is highly respected and in great demand in Trinidad for her expertise – the Trinidadians would have wanted to keep her there!


* Steve Bishop, like Andrea, plays an important role in helping Wu Shu Kwan instructors and candidates for their training and grading.
In August 2019, Michael Johnson was a senior member of Team London to help candidates in Trinidad sitting for their Wu Shu Kwan grading.

* Gustave Salako is strongly and enthusiastically connected with CERN Wu Shu Kwan in Switzerland – he would fly over there to help at the drop of a hat!

* Des Radcliffe is Wu Shu Kwan's official photographer and always ready to spring into action when called upon to do so – and produce excellent pictures.

* Lucy Outred (3rd Degree Black Belt) is a tireless instructor having helped Wu Shu Kwan in Trinidad and Switzerland with her excellent discipline and technique.

The rest will certainly take up more technical assessment of candidates in the future. Our instructors and assessors are wanted all over the world.

Wu Shu Kwan Growing Internationally

More and more countries are now starting Wu Shu Kwan. We are very strong and well-established in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Switzerland. Recently we have added Germany and New York. If you are a Wu Shu Kwan member, soon you will have good friends all over the world. Remember, Wu Shu Kwan is a big family.


Success and Better Performance

It was observed that those candidates who had been diligently checked and assessed at seminars performed much better in grading, because they had the valuable opportunity to be carefully corrected under a number of watchful eyes, rather than just one's own instructor in one's class.

Good Luck

There's an old sporting adage: "The harder you practise, the luckier you get." It is therefore fitting to take this opportunity to wish good luck to the prospective candidates in the upcoming grading, which include Mo Awan, Gabriel Fraga and Chris Gannon (attended previous seminar), 1st Grade (Brown Belt); Bally Grewal, 1st Degree (Black Belt); and Helen Gregory and Aaron Joseph, 2nd Degree (Black Belt).

A Great Day

It was a long and challenging day with a lot to take in, but it was such an enjoyable and a rewarding one.

It had been a memorable experience for those who had the chance to participate. At the end of the day before breaking up, there was a feeling of sadness and a wish that the seminar could have gone on a while longer, but all good things must come to an end.

Next Seminar

At the end of the seminar, those who attended were so happy of their new-found knowledge and already looking forward to the next one.

Cheerio!


The coaching team taken with the Wu Shu Kwan banner for remembrance.



Andy giving Leah (from Wales) some important tips on correct posture for achieving ultimate skill.


Trish is explaining to Houria (back view) the intricacy of power generation, while Andrea looks on. Gary (on the left) and Elena (on the right) are busy helping others.


Trish (if you can spot her) is attracting a lot of followers!


The group led by Peter, Michael and Jake. Peter and Michael were senior members of the Wu Shu Kwan team instructing in Trinidad recently.


It looks like they could fly! No, not really; Peter and Melanie were warming up practising double chop to the sides. An age-old Chinese caption would have named this movement Eagle Spreading Wings!


Peter showing Gabriel how to refine his movement. Peter was a senior member of the London team teaching Wu Shu Kwan in Trinidad in August, 2019.

The group led by Jeff and Steve; both of them have just returned recently from CERN, Geneva, Switzerland after helping with Wu Shu Kwan training and grading there. By the way, Jeff regularly conducts grading in North Wales and Liverpool.



The group led by Andrea and Gary. Andrea is extremely popular with the Wu Shu Kwan members especially in Trinidad because they greatly admired her skill.


Andrea has taken Sarah under her wing. Andrea was an important member of the London team teaching for Wu Shu Kwan in Trinidad and in Switzerland recently.


The group led by Gustave and Rupesh. Gustave’s great skill is highly appreciative by our Wu Shu Kwan members in CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, and he goes there regularly to teach.


Trish and Gustave are bringing out the best of Justine. Aaron can be seen in the background fine tuning his own movement.


The group led by Adison and Mandeep. Adison’s sparring prowess is well known.


Adison passing on his excellent technique to Bally. You can see Mandeep, Michael and Rupesh in the background.


Senior Wu Shu Kwan members and instructors (who hold 5th Degree Black Belt and higher) get together for a group photo for remembrance.


North Wales Wu Shu Kwan members (mainly front row) join Grand Master and other seniors for a photo.



Proudly showing off their certificate after successfully completed a long and fruitful day. All together, there were 118 Degrees of Black Belt holders participated at the seminar! Very impressive.

                 
   
     
                 
    Dedicated Wu Shu Kwan Disciples from Faraway Countries:
   Australia & Barbados
                 
   

Far & Wide
Wu Shu Kwan has training centres and members all over the world. Many Black Belt holders abroad travel to London to train with Grand Master C K Chang regularly to gain more knowledge and achieve higher technical skill, because the depth & quality of training just cannot be found anywhere else.


Recent Visitors
Amongst the recent visitors were Bernie Sharland from Australia and Richard Blackman from Barbados (West Indies); both are holders of Wu Shu Kwan 5th Degree Black Belt. Bernie’s visit was just a few days earlier than Richard’s.



Bernie (left): After a training session with Grand Master in Fulham, London in August 2018.

(Text about Bernie in red)
Bernie Sharland from Australia
He started training in Wu Shu Kwan in 1974 in Liphook, Hampshire with Senior Master K S Tham. In 1976, Bernie moved to Surrey then he joined Senior Master Eddie Cheah for training in Guildford. Every Sunday morning Bernie and his friends would travel there for some great training with Eddie, who took him and his friends through the grades up to First Grade (Brown Belt). His friends fell away because of the usual distractions in their young life.


Bernie (left) (using a 3-section staff, his favourite weapon) expertly warding off a stick attack from Peter Lewis & simultaneously countering with a strike to Peter’s head. Bernie & Peter were training partners in the late 1970s.

New-found Training Partner Peter Lewis
Bernie found an excellent training partner in Peter Lewis and prepared seriously to take their Black Belt in 1979. However, Peter and Bernie decided to take their Black Belt grading in May 1980. Unfortunately Bernie sustained a broken floating rib in training, nevertheless he was determined to take the grading, so he pushed on. "Oh, what a day!" Bernie recalled; he added that he loved it although painful with his rib. Peter Lewis came top but Bernie unfortunately fell short and failed.


Determination & Training Five Times a Week
Bernie did not worry because he knew his close failure was due to an injury. So he set his sights on November 1980, which turned out to be his birthday. Bernie was training five times a week between Grand Master C K Chang & Senior Master Eddie Cheah's classes. He was so excellently prepared that he passed his Black Belt on his birthday with flying colours! A job well done. He then started teaching in his hometown of Haslemere, Surrey for a couple of years.


The Lure of Australia
Australia was next for a working holiday and then back to UK for his 2nd Degree in November 1984. In April 1985 he emigrated to Australia and the rest is history: going back and forth taking his 3rd, 4th & 5th Degree Black Belt, which he attained in August 1998.


Bernie’s students Adam Haque (left) & Christopher Cigulev proudly & happily showing off their coveted Wu Shu Kwan Black Belt certificate at their class in Perth, West Australia.

Bernie now lives in Perth, West Australia, and he has trained a number of Wu Shu Kwan students there to become Black Belt holders including Adam Haque and Christopher Cigulev.


Grand Master C K Chang & Senior Master K S Tham
They met in the East many years ago when Grand Master was giving a demonstration of unarmed combat skills in a jungle warfare school (camp), where Grand Master was teaching, to a privileged group of military officers including Senior Master Tham.


Good Friends
They became very good friends and they promised to meet up again. They met up in England, and Senior Master Tham helped Grand Master to make Wu Shu Kwan even stronger.


Grand Master’s Military Connection Continued
Because of his immense reputation and unarmed combat ability, Grand Master at that time had been invited to instruct at various military centres including Chelsea Barracks, Woolwich, Aldershot, Bordon, etc. Grand Master’s action photo on this page with a military officer was taken at one of these centres.


Senior Master K S Tham
He was a very friendly and an extremely good Wu Shu Kwan instructor. Many senior instructors had benefited from his teaching. Unfortunately, there weren’t many photos of Senior Master Tham available because of his military background. However, there was a rare glimpse of him appearing with Grand Master at one of the Black Belt grading exams many years ago and another as the attacker with a sword in an action photo with Grand Master. •

Richard (right): Before a training session with Grand Master in Willesden, London in August 2018.

(Text about Richard in blue)
Richard Blackman from Barbados, West Indies
Richard started Wu Shu Kwan training in 1973 and attained 1st Degree Black Belt in 1977. And, with many years’ hard training, he made tremendous progress & rose through the ranks – in 2006 he was awarded the 5th Degree Black Belt. He is now the Wu Shu Kwan chief instructor in Barbados, and runs regular classes there. Barbados is a breathtakingly beautiful island nation in the West Indies.



Richard smashing 4 pieces of wood placed on the floor with a powerful chop.

Superb Technique & Great Power
Like most of the Wu Shu Kwan 5th Degree Black Belt holders, Richard is a master of using a 3-section staff & has extremely powerful breaking techniques. You can see his action photos in this article.


Accomplished & Dedicated Disciple
Richard is one of the most senior and accomplished senior WSK instructors in the West Indies, and he loves to train with Grand Master as often as he can; he would even travel to London to attend the WSK Seminar!


A Pillar of Support
Wu Shu Kwan is very strong in the West Indies owing to the dedication of our WSK instructors in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad. Richard, a Bajan or Barbadian, travels regularly to Trinidad to support the training and grading there. Whenever Grand Master travelled to Trinidad to conduct Black Belt and Higher Degree grading there, Richard is always at hand to help and would avail himself of training with Grand Master.


Appreciation by Trinidadians
Trinidad WSK is always grateful to Richard for taking the trouble to travel from Barbados to help. In appreciation of Richard’s support, a special banner welcoming the London WSK team together with Richard was always prominently displayed whenever Grand Master and his team were there.


Richard’s Plan of Action
Richard will be joining the London and Jamaican Teams again for the WSK Black Belt & Higher Degree grading to be held in Trinidad in August 2019. It is going to be a very busy one. •


Bernie (seated on chair right): Group photo taken at the end of a training session in Fulham recently.


Bernie is highly skilled in 3-section staff: he is captured (by using a high-speed camera) pulverising an apple with a 3-section staff while it is flying at great speed in the air.


Because of his immense reputation & real unarmed combat ability, Grand Master was invited to instruct at various military centres including Chelsea Barracks, Woolwich, Aldershot, Bordon, etc. This action photo with a military officer was taken at one of these centres.



Senior Master Tham (seated left on chair) with Grand Master conducting one of the Wu Shu Kwan Black Belt gradings in London in the mid-1970s.


Grand Master (right) using a tremendous flying side kick to thwart Senior Master Tham’s broadsword attack – a rare opportunity to have a look at Senior Master Tham's face. (Please see article for the face allusion.)
Grand Master’s jumping side kick technique is matchless & the envy of martial artists all over the world.


Richard, like most WSK 5th Degree Black Belt holders, is highly skilled in 3-section staff, which he is using here to smash an apple while it is travelling at great speed in the air.


(From left to right) Richard, Trish, Grand Master, Eddie & Andy at a recent Wu Shu Kwan Seminar, which Richard travelled specially from Barbados to attend!


Richard (front row 2nd from left) joined in for training when Grand Master was in Port of Spain, Trinidad conducting a training session to prepare Trinidadian & Jamaican candidates for the WSK Black Belt & Higher Degree grading.


Richard in front of the official Trinidad WSK banner welcoming him & the London Team.

                 
   
     
                 
   

My Wu Shu Kwan Training Holiday in Barbados
by Laura Delaney

                 
   

Hi Trish,

I had a fantastic time training with Barbados Wu Shu Kwan under Richard Blackman. I trained with the club each Saturday, and Richard really helped me by revising all the forms and spent time helping me with my breaking and fighting. I really enjoyed training with him.

One evening the club treated me and my family to a delicious meal and we had a wonderful evening; it was great fun, and firm friendships were made. We were touched by the warm welcome, kindness and hospitality shown to us by everyone.

Before we left we took Ella, our three year old, along to meet everyone at the club and she showed Richard her blocks and stances! When we finally said our goodbyes she was so sad she cried!

We will definitely keep in touch and I look forward to training with Richard again in Barbados, or maybe meet up with him in the UK during his family's planned Wu Shu Kwan training holiday in 2015.

Love, Laura
March 2014
Barbados

 


Laura Delaney


Richard Blackman (chief instructor of Barbados Wu Shu Kwan) with Ella, Laura's daughter.

 
                 
   
Laura and her family after a training session.
                 
   
Everybody is ready for action!
                 
   
     
                 
   

Dr Androula Alekou
Pioneering Wu Shu Kwan Training in CERN

 

She is a brilliant Black Belt holder, and has now created history by teaching Wu Shu Kwan Chinese Kickboxing to the scientists.


What is CERN?
CERN is the acronym in French for the European Organisation for Nuclear Research and situated across Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. It is often referred to as the European Laboratory for Particle Physics. Its 27-km-circumference Large Hadron Collider is the World's largest and most powerful particle accelerator.


Androula with Grand Master C. K. Chang (left) and Trish Chang.

Dr Androula Alekou
Androula was born in Cyprus. She pursued her bachelor studies in Physics at the University of Cyprus and completed her doctorate studies in High Energy and Accelerator Physics at the well-known Imperial College London.
At the moment she is a physics researcher at CERN, where she also teaches Wu Shu Kwan Chinese Kickboxing.


A brick signed by her students presented to Androula for remembrance.

 

Favourite Hobbies & Pastimes
She likes martial art and sports; apart from being a Wu Shu Kwan instructor, in her spare time she enjoys horse riding, boxing and playing football. She also loves painting and playing the guitar.


How to Train with Androula?
Please go to her Wu Shu Kwan class details or visit her website at CERN to find out more.

 


Senior Master Gustave Salako (5th Degree Black Belt), the official WSK examiner representing the Grand Master.

First Official Wu Shu Kwan Grading
Senior Master Gustave Salako (5th Degree Black Belt), representing Grand Master C. K. Chang, will conduct the first official WSK grading there. Details of the grading are as follows:
Sunday, 30th March 2014
CERN Pump Hall
(Room 216)
Near Geneva
Switzerland


Senior Master Alex Sutter (2nd Degree Black Belt), special guest of honour.

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Special Guest of Honour
Senior Master Alex Sutter (2nd Degree Black Belt), a long-standing Swiss WSK member will be the special guest of honour at the grading.

                 
   
Androula has great support for her Wu Shu Kwan class in CERN by her students!
                 
   
     
                 
   

Aussies Bring Happy News
to All at Wu Shu Kwan

 

The news from Bernie Sharland is always great and exciting, and he has done a great job down under. Many Wu Shu Kwan members from the UK have visited him and his class from time to time, and always received a big and warm Australian welcome.

 

Remarkable Duo
Christopher Cigulev and Adam Haque are two of Bernie's recent Wu Shu Kwan Black Belt additions, and they represent the best in the world. Their achievement must be due to their Aussie lifestyle: they are just very good at learning and training very, very hard – and enjoying it! Wu Shu Kwan grows much stronger with their dedication.

 

Training with the Aussie
If you want to train with Bernie Sharland, you can look up his class details.


Bernie's students Adam Haque (left) and Christopher Cigulev proudly and happily showing off their coveted Wu Shu Kwan Black Belt certificate.

                 
   


Bernie (front right) with his students after a training session.

                 
   
     
                 
   

Senior Master Tyrone Steve Tairu (Canada)
Visits the Grand Master


Introduction
Tyrone moved to Vancouver, Canada thirteen years ago, and he still pays regular visits to the Grand Master whenever he is in London. He still has a lot of connections with London’s senior Wu Shu Kwan instructors.

About Tyrone
He holds a 4th Degree Black Belt in Wu Shu Kwan, and taught for many years in London and Vancouver.
  Under his calm, peaceful and pleasant persona, he possesses great skill and power. He is a very popular and trustworthy instructor.
Wu Shu Kwan has always been a very important part of Tyrone’s life, and he values the life-long friends he has made in this organisation.
Tyrone (left) using a well-timed side kick against his twin brother Kenny's flying side kick. Both brothers are dedicated Wu Shu Kwan instructors and possess great skills.


Enjoying Wu Shu Kwan Training
At any available opportunity, Tyrone will always try to get to a Wu Shu Kwan class, training mainly with the Grand Master in Willesden and Senior Master Peter Johnson in East Dulwich.

 

Training in Willesden with the Grand Master
On Saturday, 18th January 2014, he attended the training session in Willesden and some Black Belts made a special trip to the class to catch up with him. They all had a very enjoyable time training together.

 

Valuable Advice
At the end of his last session in Willesden, Tyrone was invited to say a few words to the class and he emphasised the importance and benefits of loyalty to Wu Shu Kwan and fellow instructors. He was applauded by everyone, especially the senior Black Belts, for his appreciation of Wu Shu Kwan.

 

Safe and Pleasant Journey
Wu Shu Kwan would like to wish him a safe and pleasant journey home, and we look forward to his next trip.

                 
   
Tyrone with Grand Master and all the Black Belts at Willesden WSK who trained with Tyrone on that day.
                 
   
Tyrone is seen training in the class: he is third from the right in the front row.
                 
   
A group photo for remembrance.
                 
   
                 
   

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