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* Our training and grading programs are unluckily affected by the Covid pandemic,
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To all Wu Shu Kwan Instructors, Black Belts and 1st Graders:

Advancement and Revision Seminar
(Aiming to regain time lost in the pandemic)
Sunday, 28th November 2021

 
                 
   


The seminar coaching team.


Grand Master, a well-know military unarmed combat instructor, disarming a soldier armed with a bayonet.
  Practical martial arts, such as Wu Shu Kwan Chinese Kickboxing, originated in the main from military art.


Grand Master pioneering an effective flying knee strike to the head more than 50 years ago.


Eddie Cheah, a senior master, breaking two building blocks with a reverse knifehand chop, a very special breaking technique found only in Chinese martial art. Many serious martial artists learned and benefited from his teaching of WSK secrets of breaking, which he specialises in.


Andy Hucklesby, a Senior Master, kicking six building blocks placed upright on a support.
  The legs are much longer and stronger than the arms, and with systematic training they can be developed into unassailable and overpowering weapons for self-defence.


Trish Chang, a very senior instructor and also a Guinness World Record holder, demonstrating a devastating throw for women's self-defence.


Peter Lewis kicking a roofing tile placed on somebody's head. Only a confident and well-trained martial artist can achieve this feat.


Peter Johnson, a highly trained WSK instructor, is one of the very rare martial artists who can chop three house bricks with his bare hand.

General
* Open to 1st Graders (Brown Belt), 1st Degree Black Belt and Higher Degrees
* By invitation only
* Sunday, 28th November 2021 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
(Doors open 9:30 am – Photo session 4:00 pm – Vacate by 5:30 pm prompt)

* Venue:
Hallfield Primary School
Hallfield Estate
Bayswater
London W2 6JJ


Nearest tube stations: Bayswater (Circle or District), Queensway (Central), Royal Oak (Hammersmith & City), Paddington (Various)


Car Park: 8-10 cars in gated school car park, and free parking nearby on single yellow, but avoid using residents’ car park(s)
Car sharing: If you’re travelling from outside London, perhaps it’s a good idea to organise car sharing among your group


Tips
* Please bring a packed lunch and refreshments. Otherwise there are supermarkets and shops across the road.
* Drinking water tap is available.
* Strictly no spectators allowed on the day.


Important Photo Sessions
(a) A group photo of all present will be taken for remembrance and for our website article/report.
(b) An important opportunity to take a group photo of all our seniors (in WSK uniform) is scheduled for 4:00 pm. All 5th Degree Black Belt holders and higher are cordially invited to be present.


Introduction
This seminar will be conducted by Grand Master C. K. Chang and Senior Master Eddie Cheah, and assisted by Senior Master Andy Hucklesby and Senior Master Instructress Trish Chang. At the same time, it will also be supported by Senior Masters Peter Lewis, Peter Johnson and Jeff Joseph to help with the anticipated large number of instructors and members attending.
  Please meet them on this page, and they are sharing with you their favourite action photo.


Train but don’t strain
Because of the pandemic, most of us are physically less active (therefore less fit), and as a result we will be more prone to strains and injuries if we overexert ourselves.
  Use this seminar to restart training, and give yourself enough time to get back to your former fitness level.
  Restrain yourself. Take it easy with all the exercises and try to enjoy them. Learn and concentrate more on accuracy and quality of movements.


Objectives
The seminar is for the benefit of all the instructors and members (from 1st Grade onwards):
(a) Importantly, for all of us to meet up again after two long years of absence because of the pandemic, and to kick-start the training and grading program that we were used to. In a way, working towards regaining time lost in the pandemic.
(b) To relearn, reacquaint and readjust ourselves to adapt to the present pandemic with best safety and most effective practice; in essence, to regain and improve your skill.
(c) To revise and consolidate, and to raise the present skill and knowledge to a higher level.
(d) To encourage and train current senior instructors and official examiners/assessors for more advanced duties.
(e) To coach new instructors to learn essential and higher teaching skills.
(f) To prepare all Black Belt holders to aspire to achieving higher degree.
(g) To help, check and guide 1st Graders (Brown Belt) sitting for Black Belt, 1st Degree Black Belt training for 2nd Degree, and so on with their syllabus and their correct performance.
(h) To all who attend, to maximise their knowledge of martial art and to acquire deeper understanding of WSK’s unique training, necessary for you to build a solid foundation and ensure further progress.


Full-colour certificate recognising your training effort
In recognition and memory of your hard-day’s training and learning, a certificate in your name recording your successful completion of the seminar will be presented to you at the end of the day.


What to bring with you?
Please bring with you your WSK uniform, training knife, staff/stick, focus pads, kicking pads, bag gloves and sand bag (for conditioning).
  A packed lunch and refreshments will not go amiss.


Historical background of WSK
The practical and advanced techniques covered in this seminar are the crystallisation of Grand Master’s teachers, namely, his father Kapitan (Captain/Chief) Chang, Commander Shu Wan-Chen, Reverend Yung Ker (a Taoist priest) and Reverend Surathin (a Buddhist monk). They directly or indirectly shaped and built the powerful and solid foundation of WSK training system. Details of their enormous contributions are legendary.


Seminar syllabus
This seminar will attempt to go the whole hog: covering from the very basic warm-up exercises and essential basic movements to the most advanced syllabus, emphasising correct movements with deeper understanding of their application and practical implication.
  All the forms and fixed sparring will be practised and explained. Practical free sparring and fighting techniques will be demonstrated, and, in addition, valuable observation of knockout techniques explained.
  The schedule will be very intense and concentrated, starting promptly and running to a tight program. Despite this, no previous fitness level is required – just flow with the class in accordance with your present physical condition, using this valuable opportunity to kick-start your fitness lifestyle.


Enrol early if you want to attend
• Enrolment is on a “first come, first served” basis; in view of the pandemic, the hall might limit the number of users.
• So act promptly and enrol early with payment to save time, latest by Wednesday, 24th November 2021.
Cost and Other Details
£60 for the whole day. Please contact one of the following persons for payment by bank transfer or other advice:
Trish Chang – 07835 244398 or (by email) trish@wushukwan.com
  Your own instructor will be able to help as well, or contact
Lucy Outred – 07564 737856
Jeff Joseph – 07595 755324


Something you can do to help
Please pass on the information to any current WSK Black Belt or instructor who doesn’t want to miss this important seminar. Thanks.


Covid awareness
Even though Government restrictions are eased, cases of infection are still reported to be going up. Winter is just round the corner, and we are entering the flu season. Under the circumstances, you owe it to yourself to take extra steps to protect yourself and others, which could include:
* Wearing a face covering at the seminar – recommended but not compulsory.
* Continue to practise social distancing, where and when possible.
* Frequent and timely hand washing.


Look after the hall we are using
Please keep the training place, especially the toilets, clean and tidy. Remind your students not to throw anything inappropriate into the toilets that will cause blockage – use the bin provided instead.


The WSK way to a brighter and happier future
WSK’s uniquely proven training system improves one’s physical and mental well-being, and will lead you to a happier and more contented outlook in life. You reap what you sow. All in all, health, happiness and success will reward those who train in the well-established and well-structured WSK system. Happily, “your future is in good hands – your own”!


Enjoy your seminar!


Jeff Joseph splitting an apple which comes at speed at him, and this high-speed shot caught the apple halves still in the air.


Des Radcliffe, WSK instructor & photographer, who is one of the strongest martial artists in the world, broke four building blocks with his head.
  Warning: Don't do this at home!

 
                 
   
     
                 
    A Short Report on
Liverpool and North Wales
Training and Revision Weekend 28/29 August 2021
 
    (Information supplied by Steve Bishop, and supplemented by Jeff Joseph and Brian Jones)  
                 
   

The Hosts
The training and revision weekend was hosted by Steve Bishop in Liverpool and Brian Jones in North Wales.


Coaching And Support Team
The coaching team was led by Jeff Joseph and assisted by Gary Barham and Steve Bishop, all of whom are high-ranking and knowledgeable Wu Shu Kwan instructors of “senior master” standing. It is a known fact that Wu Shu Kwan system is made up of superior technical techniques.
The full list of the coaching team, including the supporting instructors, appears at the end of this report.


At The Training Sessions
Both sessions were fully supported by eager members. Many North Wales Black Belt holders returned to training because of the enthusiasm and commitment of Brian Jones, who has recently reopened his class in Bangor, which is very successful and well attended.
The atmosphere of these two sessions was one full of specialised martial art training with bountiful friendly social interaction for everyone.


Dedication
Sarah Cheeseman (1st Degree Black Belt), a determined Wu Shu Kwan disciple, came all the way from Dublin, Ireland to join in the training. With such dedication, there will be nothing to stop her attaining her desired higher Black Belt in Wu Shu Kwan!


Saturday Night Bonding
The weekend training sessions were a resounding success, which were enjoyed by and benefited all who attended. In addition, the Saturday evening meal and night out made the bond between London, Ireland, North Wales and Liverpool members even stronger. The unique Wu Shu Kwan spirit of respect, loyalty, friendship and care was clearly in evidence and appreciated by all.


Long may the spirit of Wu Shu Kwan grow and grow!

Lead Instructor:
  Jeff Joseph (6th Degree Black Belt)
Senior Instructors:
  Gary Barham (5th Degree Black Belt)
  Steve Bishop (5th Degree Black Belt)
Instructors:
  Llion Jones (3rd Degree Black Belt)
  Lucy Outred (3rd Degree Black Belt)
  Aaron Joseph (3rd Degree Black Belt)
Medical Support:
 Dr Nasri Zreik (2nd Degree Black Belt, BSc (Hons), MB ChB (Hons), MRCS)
Organisers:
  Liverpool – Steve Bishop (5th Degree Black Belt)
  North Wales – Brian Jones (1st Degree Black Belt)


An impressive group photo taken in Liverpool on 28th August 2021.


Another impressive and happy group photo taken this time in North Wales on 29th August 2021.

 
                 
   
     
                 
   

* A must read for all martial artists *

Wu Shu Kwan Training During Covid-19 Pandemic
  Guidance for Reducing Risk of Infection

 
               
   

Background Information
Covid-19 causes very serious respiratory illness, even though some people are asymptomatic, who have been infected with the virus but not developed any symptoms or still well during the incubation period.
  Coronavirus is highly infectious. Transmission is through direct, indirect, or close contact with infected people. A person is infected through the mouth, nose or eyes from the airborne respiratory droplets or aerosols (fine droplets) produced by infected persons.
  Transmission can also be through inanimate objects or surfaces in that a person is infected if they touch their face after coming in contact with these contaminated objects.
No Effective Treatment but Reported Breakthrough
At the present time, there is no effective treatment, but some researchers found that an anti-inflammatory drug for arthritis given alongside a steroid reduced risk of death in severe Covid patients and cut time in hospital.
  At a recent international trade fair for pharmaceuticals in Shanghai, Merck announced its new antiviral pill Molnupiravir, which can cut hospitalisations and deaths among Covid patients by half. Advantageously, it would be the first oral antiviral. By contrast, the other current drugs in use must be administered intravenously or injected.
  Another drug firm is now launching Paxlovir, claiming a much higher success rate than Molnupiravir, and it was reported to prevent 89% of severe illness or death when given soon after a positive test.
  There are also reports of advancement in China. In the West we don't get to read about several promising drugs currently being developed and tested there, because of Western political and commercial bias and interests.
Life-Saving Vaccines
Several vaccines are available and being rolled out urgently. They are effective and safe. It is also advisable for anyone who has been vaccinated to continue to assume the usual careful attitude as if he/she has not been vaccinated, and continues to observe social distancing, face covering and frequent hand washing.
  Importantly, staying home saves lives, since it is difficult for any person to keep a safe distance in a crowd or group gathering and as a result will get infected; and in essence, the cutting down of frequency of contact with other people should be a key consideration.
Concern Over Variant Covid-19 Virus
It is a biological fact that virus replicates, and, while doing so, it also mutates; in order to reduce its mutation, it is necessary to suppress and stop the virus from spreading by vaccination and other effective means.
  Experts have presently expressed the encouraging news that the available vaccines are also effective against the new Delta variant. If any new strain becomes more prevalent, this will obviate the efficacy of the present available vaccines. However, it is understood that vaccines can be tweaked and readapted to meet the changing requirement and administered like the present procedure for flu jabs.
Benefits of Vaccination Outweigh Severe Risks
The medical consensus is that receiving the available Covid vaccine has the benefits of protection outweigh any risk of the rare serious condition. Anyone having had the first dose should complete the course with the same vaccine as the first dose.
  At the moment, a booster jab (or 3rd dose) is recommended.
Vaccination Thwarts Coronavirus Evolving New Strains
The scientists are fearful that if the people are not vaccinated and therefore not protected, a time may come when a new strain will even overcome the protection of those who have been vaccinated with the present vaccines: this could spell disaster.
A Long-Term View
The Covid situation is extremely changeable and it is a constant struggle to fight the spread of the virus, and we have to remind ourselves that every one of us has the duty to do our part.
  The spokesman for World Health Organisation has just warned that the fight with the virus would be a long and painful one, and therefore it would be premature for all countries to take it for granted that everything returning to normal at the end of the year.
  Sadly, the number of cases continue to rise in many countries.
Primary Consideration
Wu Shu Kwan (WSK) will return to full training in stages while adhering to the advice and rules of the government of all the countries where WSK is practised, which include the UK, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad, amongst others. In times like these, there is a need to adapt our training very quickly to the fast-moving and ever-changing circumstances; whatever we do, we must first look after the health and safety of our members.
  Because the WSK system is a highly knowledge-led technical martial art, our members are trained to be very alert and disciplined, and, for that reason, we are more adaptable to the rapid-changing advice of each government’s important safety rules.
  Exercise helps with people’s physical and emotional well-being, and in this difficult period our members can indeed benefit from continuing with WSK training.
Effective Measure
The predominant modes of Covid transmission are assumed to be droplets and contact. In view of the route of transmission, effective prevention should therefore be based on

  • * washing/sanitising our hands timely and regularly
  • * covering our face, especially in an enclosed space; avoiding any room that lacks ventilation or flow of air; staying 2 metres apart from other people, known as social distancing; and avoiding crowding

Valuable Advice

A British woman (who is an MP as well as a government health minister) and her 84 year-old mother were infected with Covid, and both recovered. Later, she wrote in a national newspaper about their lucky recovery after a painful and distressful struggle, at times feeling as though their world had stopped. As a result of their terrible ordeal, she implored the public to regard everyone and everything once outside your home or your car as being contaminated and capable of infection, and an urgent reminder for you to put on a face covering there and then. Advisedly, we all have to be alert and conscientious at all times.
Precaution
You must not go to a class if you have been in any contact with Covid-19 for the past 10 days, or if you presently have any of the following symptoms:

  • * a high temperature
  • * a new, continuous cough
  • * a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • * any flu/cold-like symptom
  • * within a self-isolation period owing to having been in contact with Covid-19
Arrival at Training Venue
  • * You train at your own risk.
  • * Resist the urge to hug or shake hands with anyone. To avoid shaking hands, use the Chinese greeting to say hello or to acknowledge your friends, fellow instructors or members. (Please read below about Chinese greeting.)
  • * Use hand sanitiser at the entrance on arrival.
  • * Once inside, follow the directional signs and instructions (often there will have a one-way system in operation in each building) to the class and avoid crowding in the communal area, such as the reception and the corridor, adhering to social distancing guidelines at all times.
  • * Dressed ready for training in a washed and clean uniform, and try not to use the changing room. If you do, you have to carefully follow the safety rules of the venue, and don’t forget to wash your hands immediately afterwards.
Use Chinese Greeting to Avoid Shaking Hands


The Chinese Greeting

The Chinese characters in the picture say that you don’t have to shake hands if you do a Chinese greeting called zuo yi.
  This polite greeting can be used by men and women, young and old, and it is very popular amongst all the Chinese.
  Either hand can be cupped inside or outside, whatever comes naturally. Because of tradition, some men would instinctively place their left hand outside while some women their right – but such practice is very relaxed and unnoticed by most.

Entering the Class
  • * Use a non-contact thermometer to check the temperature of each participant, and anyone with a fever should be refused training.
  • * Before entering the class, remove your street shoes and clean your feet. If you are wearing shoes to train, please ensure that your shoes are properly wiped cleaned or sprayed. During the pandemic you are allowed to wear suitable training shoes, but do remember that some training places do not allow wearing any type of shoes at all.
  • * Please bring your own face mask(s), hand sanitisers and antibacterial wipes for cleaning your feet or training shoes.
  • * If training barefoot, your feet should be wiped before and after training. Most training venues will provide a suitable waste bag for used cleaning materials. Members are also advised to clean their equipment after each use.
  • * Please bring your own drinking water or refreshments.
Class Training
  • * WSK’s training method and schedule will be adapted to the current condition and requirement, and gradually return to normal when the pandemic is under control.
  • * Class size will be limited to a maximum number according to the current restriction set by your own government. All WSK classes will operate a booking system by their own instructors; please visit the respective class page on the WSK website for contact details.
  • * Class structure and exercises will be adapted. There will be no pairing up, and floor exercises will be limited. You may wish to bring your own towel, floor-exercise mat or other suitable floor covering to provide a barrier between yourself and the floor.
  • * Practicality and weather permitting, the training place will have all windows and doors open.
  • * There should be no physical contact.
  • * Wear a face mask. For a better and practical understanding of wearing a face mask during training, please refer to the various valuable studies and observations at the end of this article.
  • * Take up a space, which should be 2 metres apart from anyone else, and every person should be conscientious at all times to keep the required social distance. The instructor will ensure that the class is advantageously positioned to achieve optimal distancing.
  • * Nothing should be passed between individuals, i.e. no sharing of equipment, unless from the same household.
  • * No martial art shouts or forced exhaling in special energy-focusing movements.
  • * As usual, an attendance register will be used, and, if necessary, it can be helpful in “track and trace”.
  • * Ideally, training fee should be made by bank transfer. If you can only pay by cash, please bring the correct money in an envelope or other suitable container.
  • * After each class your uniform should be washed before your next training session to avoid cross contamination.

Warm-up & Co-ordination Exercises
  • * No pairing-up – replacement exercises will be taught and used.
  • * Do not touch the floor. All exercises requiring floor-touching have been substituted unless the member has his/her own floor-exercise mat, which should be wiped clean before and after use.
Fundamental Exercises and Basic Techniques
  • * These will be practised as normal.
Class Break
  • * Observing social distancing at all times.
Forms
  • * These will be practised as normal. Where rolling actions are required, use your own floor-exercise mat or skip them.
Fixed Sparring
  • * In order to avoid contact, so there will be no pairing up, but techniques will be taught individually.
Free Sparring
  • * No free sparring, except for those from the same household; and all participants should observe non-contact.
  • *Sparring equipment should be cleaned before and after each opponent.
  • * Those without a partner will be taught free sparring techniques individually.
Finish Class and Exiting Training Venue
  • * Students should sanitise their hands after class finishes and wipe their feet with antibacterial wipes if trained in bare feet.
  • * When leaving, do avoid crowding, and a timely reminder to everybody to maintain safe social distancing will not go amiss.
Conclusion
• Based on the current government guidelines and subsequent emerging new measures, all the above details are subject to change with the objective of improving safety and reducing the risk of Covid-19 infection. These are unprecedented times, and we have to adapt in order to continue with our love for WSK training.
A Study on Wearing Face Mask and Breathing in Exercising
• In England, Dr Tom Lawton, a Yorkshire medic working in an intensive care unit, has run more than 22 miles in a mask to debunk the theory that they lower oxygen levels – his mask did not impair his oxygen intake at all.
• Previous to the Yorkshire medic’s run, a doctor in Dublin, Ireland also tried to prove face masks do not lower oxygen levels by wearing six at one time. Medic Maitiu O Tuathail showed masks have no negative effect by recording his blood oxygen levels while adding each mask to his face.

(Article prepared and presented by Wu Shu Kwan Technical Team)
 
                 
   
     
                 
    An Unforgettable Trip:
Wu Shu Kwan
Black Belt & Higher Degree Grading in Trinidad August 2019

by
 
                 
   


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)

* 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 and Michael, who 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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