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Another Unforgettable Weekend at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
10th June 2017

               
 

What is CERN and Where?


CERN stands for the European Organization for Nuclear Research, where physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments, involving the Large Hadron Collider, to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles. The Collider is a 27km (about 17 miles) long ring-shaped tunnel made mainly of superconducting magnets which sits 100m (about 330 feet) underground, and it's situated close to Geneva, on the border between France and Switzerland. To an average person, CERN’s scientists and engineers are the brain of this earth.


However, Wu Shu Kwan (WSK) is very big and popular there, because Wu Shu Kwan’s unique training and discipline help our members achieve a fuller, happier and healthier life. Above all, Wu Shu Kwan is a large worldwide family of enthusiastic, honest and friendly members in pursuit of martial art excellence. A culture of respect, honesty and goodwill is actively propagated and positively promoted in Wu Shu Kwan.


Exciting Weekend


Senior Master Gustave Salako (5th Degree Black Belt) led a team of WSK instructors and students from London to hold a special training session for the CERN WSK before their grading, and to conduct a WSK demonstration.


Meeting Old and New Friends


On Friday 9th June 2017, the London WSK team arrived in Geneva. After relaxing by Lake Leman (better known as Lake Geneva), they had a wonderful BBQ at Adrian Oeftiger’s house (Photo #1); Adrian, a CERN scientist, is a Blue Belt holder. Beautiful company, nice food and plenty of cocktails marked the beginning of a wonderful weekend. As well as the people who flew all the way from London, they were joined by another special guest Christoph Kittel, a very loyal and dedicated former CERN WSK member: he jumped on a train in Zurich and travelled over 270km (about 168 miles) to support this special event. You don’t see many photos of Christoph because he’s the photographer behind all the photos in this article. Many thanks, Christoph.


Extra Training Session


The morning after, Senior Instructor Gustave Salako conducted a training session at CERN. The CERN students were in awe as they witnessed, for the first time, knife and stick techniques performed by some of the Black Belts from London. They were also grateful to have the opportunity to elevate their own techniques in performing their forms and fixed sparring in preparation for their grading the following day. (Photo #2)


Tour of CERN


When the training session was over, and after a nice lunch at CERN’s “glass-box”, the WSK team went on a very interesting tour of the Antiproton Decelerator at the Meyrin site of CERN, and then on a CERN Control Centre (CCC) tour at the Prevessin site of CERN in France, both led by Adrian, who is not only a scientist there but also an expert CERN tour guide; the London team members were grateful that he wisely avoided the brain-hurting scientific details when he was explaining! (Photo #3)


Picnic and Preparation


After the tour, and with plenty of picnic supplies, the WSK team accompanied by local members and friends arrived at Annecy, a wonderful nearby city endowed with a forest, a lake and a series of beautiful mountains. After swimming in the calm and crystal clear water of the lake, the London team members had plenty of time to prepare a schedule for the next day’s demo, while also ensuring that all the local students were more than ready for their upcoming grading. (Photo #4)

 

CERN Grading


The grading started very early on the following Sunday morning, the CERN WSK students sat for their grading conducted by Senior Instructor Gustave Salako and assisted by Senior Master Instructress Andrea Farmer. It was clear that all the candidates had thoroughly prepared themselves and showed very high WSK standard and spirit. The candidates did very well and their results can be viewed by clicking here. At the end of the grading, the students presented a bouquet of beautiful flowers to their instructor Androula, in appreciation of her hard work and excellent technical skill; by the way, she is also a highly trained scientist at CERN, holding a doctorate degree in her field.


Wu Shu Kwan Demonstration


After the grading, a demonstration followed. More than 40 spectators were there to watch a very exciting demo of Wu Shu Kwan techniques and breaking power. Camila Lake-Thomson was an excellent narrator, who could translate into French, German, etc., if necessary, as the first language of many Swiss as well as CERN scientists was not English.


Demo’s Explosive Start and Other Breaking Techniques


The demo started with Gustave smashing through a stack of 8 roofing tiles. It should be stressed that the Swiss tiles used at CERN were significantly thicker than those used in England. With an impressed audience, the demo continued with CERN students Matthias Bonora, Basti Haerer, Sebastian and Martin Nyberg performing Luo-Harn Ch’ao form led by their instructor Androula. Then, Pritesh Mehta (Photo #5) chopped through a building block with his bare hand. After that, Lucy Outred (Photo #6) smashed a building block with her palm heel – a traditional Chinese technique. Following Lucy’s breaking, Androula (Photo #7) broke two building blocks with a powerful chop.


And There’s More


Then, Gustave and Andrea demonstrated advanced techniques involving swords, stick and 3-section staff with superb skill which fascinated the audience; and followed by Lucy and Gustave displaying stick v stick defence technique. Forms were performed by Alice de Palma and Pritesh, whilst Camila and Lucy showing more advanced forms, some of which involving martial art weapons. Following on, Camila and Pritesh exhibited very effective knife self-defence, and Andrea and Lucy showcased their free-sparring skill.


Exciting Finale


Towards the end of the demo, Lucy and Androula were “attacked” by four opponents (Adrian, Sergio, Pritesh and Gustave). Both women, who are popular WSK instructors, showed the extreme effectiveness of WSK techniques by rendering the male attackers completely helpless and reducing them to a pathetic sight, greatly enjoyed and appreciated by the audience! (Photo #8) Finally, Gustave closed the show with a devastating sidekick that smashed through 9 building blocks, befitting the explosion of a Human Block Collider! (Photo #9)


Departing CERN


Following a very well received demo, which attracted lots of interest in wanting to join up for training, the CERN WSK team travelled to Perle du Lac park by Lake Leman and Jet d’ eau for their last picnic before heading to the airport. Motivated by the beautiful company and fantastic weather, the lack of bathing suits did not stop some from jumping into the lake fully clothed! (Photo #10) These refreshing dips marked the perfect end to a perfect weekend.


Filled with sweet and exciting memories, both teams from London and CERN were fuelled with enough momentum that would keep them going until the next unforgettable Geneva experience. Until then, stay safe, stay strong, and always Wu Shu Kwan!


Special Big Thanks


The London and CERN WSK teams would like to thank all those who were involved in the memorable and exciting weekend. Special thanks go to Sergio Cuadrado (Androula’s fiancé) for being a good sport at the demo and all his help; Christoph Kittel for all the photographs; and Lisa Diebold (Adrian’s partner) for making everyone feel welcome and comfortable. Their unstinting support and help, which reflected the true spirit of Wu Shu Kwan, had made the weekend such a happy, exciting and unforgettable event!


(Text by both the London and CERN teams. Photographs by Christoph Kittel.)

 


Photo #1 – Relaxing at Adrian’s house. (Left to right) Andrea, Camila, Sebastian, Pritesh, Androula, Gustave, Matthias, Alice, Lisa and Adrian.




Photo #2 – (Top row) London WSK team with Androula (third from left), the CERN instructor. (Bottom row) CERN students Christoph, Adrian, Martin, Matthias, Basti, Toke and Sebastian.




Photo #3 – Adrian showing the London team where the different experiments take place at CERN. He wisely avoided the brain-hurting scientific details when he was explaining to the London Team members!




Photo #4 – Andrea and Gustave practise advanced techniques with weapons (stick v 3-section staff) by Lake Annecy.




Photo #5 – Pritesh, a member of the London team, chopping a building block held by Gustave.




Photo #6 – Lucy, also a member of the London team, breaking a building block with her palm heel – a traditional Chinese technique.




Photo #7 – Androula, the CERN instructor, chopping 2 building blocks with her bare hand.



Photo #8 – This photo appears at the end of this article.




Photo #9 – Gustave Block Collider: when he unleashed a massive side kick, 9 building blocks were smashed as a result!




Photo #10 – Drying off after a refreshing dip in Lake Leman.



Members of London WSK team and their class details:
Gustave Salako (5th Degree Black Belt)
Andrea Farmer (5th Degree Black Belt)
Lucy Outred (3rd Degree Black Belt)
Camila Lake-Thomson (2nd Degree Black Belt) 
Pritesh Mehta (1st Degree Black Belt)
Alice de Palma (Brown Belt)


CERN Wu Shu Kwan Contact:
Androula Alekou (2nd Degree Black Belt)

               
 


Photo #8 – Androula (left) and Lucy delivering the coup de grace to male attackers: these two men were rendered completely helpless and reduced to a pathetic sight!

               
 
   
   

           
 

Eagerly Awaited Advancement and Revision Seminar
held on 23rd April 2017

               
 

Introduction

This eagerly awaited seminar was conducted by Grand Master C. K. Chang and Senior Master Eddie Cheah, with the help of Andy Hucklesby and Trish Chang, and supported by Peter Lewis. All together, a total of 104 degrees of Black Belt holders participated, who happily shared and contributed their experience and expertise. (Please see the main group photo and the separate team photos in this report.)


(Above) Grand Master C. K. Chang (right) & Senior Master Eddie Cheah (8th Degree Black Belt) at the seminar.
(Below) A rare photo taken in November 1977 at the Wu Shu Kwan Black Belt grading held in Tooting Bec, south London. They have been training together since childhood, going back 68 years!


Excellent Training Environment

The seminar was held in an extremely spacious and comfortable hall in Westminster, London with a gated private car park – a bit of a luxury for the participants but nobody was complaining!


Great Friendship and Partnership


Senior Master Eddie Cheah has known Grand Master since childhood, and they have trained together for more than 68 years; to this day, he still enjoys training with Grand Master in London every week. Their enduring friendship is indeed a happy and dedicated one.


Achieving Greater Height


What brought all the participants together was because of Grand Master’s depth of knowledge, which was untouchable. His training was unbelievably enjoyable and enlightening, and his expert guidance raised the ceiling of one's understanding of martial art to a dizzy height.

 

Basic movements and principles were explained and explored in order to build a solid and everlasting foundation for future success.

 

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.


Andy Hucklesby (left) side stepping quickly & using his staff to block an unexpected kick from Trish Chang.

Not Just A Brilliant Photographer


Des Radcliffe is not only a photographic genius but also a highly qualified Wu Shu Kwan instructor conducting a popular class in Cardiff. Breaking four building blocks with his head remained unchallenged so far. He has been with Wu Shu Kwan for 47 years! He still enjoys his training with Grand Master.


Important Promotion


Jeff Joseph, Adison Bridet and Gary Barham had been duly promoted to Level 2 Assessors destined to help Wu Shu Kwan with more technical assessment of candidates. Jeff is already shouldering some of the very demanding official duties in assessing candidates and teaching instructors; he regularly conducts gradings in Wales, Liverpool and Hampshire.


Another Notch on Their Belt


Five of the senior instructors, namely Marios Sergiou, Paul Ingleton, Amit Roychoudhury, Steve Bishop and Mandeep Ranger, had been promoted to Level 1 Assessors earmarked for important future appointment. Congratulations. With more advanced levels of training and achievement, they will be accredited in due course.


Peter Lewis breaking a couple of roofing tiles placed on someone’s head with an outward-curve kick, which requires extreme accuracy, power and agility.

Learning Real Knowledge


Those who were lucky enough to attend this important seminar expressed how much valuable knowledge and techniques they had learned, and how much they enjoyed the precious experience. Authenticity is a rarity in martial art nowadays, so Grand Master’s matchless knowledge and techniques were a gold mine of martial art goodies and very much to be treasured.


A genius photographer in great demand. Wu Shu Kwan is blessed with his support and expertise.

Not just a genius photographer, Des is also a highly qualified Wu Shu Kwan instructor & can break 4 building blocks with his head!
Please do not copy this – it is very dangerous.

Assessment of Grading Candidates


Candidates planning to sit for their Black Belt and higher degrees were also in attendance to be assessed by their respective highly qualified team leaders.


Higher Rate of Success and Better Performance by Attending Candidates


It was observed that those candidates who had been diligently checked and assessed at seminars performed much better, 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


Good luck to the prospective candidates, which include Rezan Choudhury, Gurleen and Prabhleen Grewal, Martial Mayiba & Keith McGowan, 1st Grader (Brown Belt); and Helen Gregory and Arup Roychoudhury, 1st Degree (Black Belt).


A Joyous and Fruitful Day


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 an enjoyable and a rewarding one. Senior instructors and the more junior members alike were very friendly, helpful and sincere, showing the true spirit of Wu Shu Kwan.


It had been a fantastic and memorable day for those who had the chance to participate. At the end of the day before breaking up, a lot felt rather sad and wished that the seminar could have lasted a bit longer, but all good things must come to an end.


Till we meet again at the next seminar.
 


The seminar was conducted by Grand Master & Eddie Cheah, assisted by Andy Hucklesby & Trish Chang, & supported by Peter Lewis.



Jeff Joseph, Adison Bridet & Gary Barham had been promoted to carry out more future official duties, which are on the increase.



Marios Sergiou, Paul Ingleton, Amit Roychoudhury, Steve Bishop & Mandeep Ranger had taken another step to becoming fully-fledged assessors.



A strong training team led by Andy Hucklesby, Gary Barham & Steve Bishop.



One of the strongest & most popular training teams led by Trish Chang & Marios Sergiou.



Another strong training team led by Peter Lewis, Paul Ingleton & Mandeep Ranger.



A powerful training team led by Jeff Joseph, Amit Roychoudhury & Adison Bridet.

               
 


After a hard day's fruitful training, the happy group proudly showing off their certificates of achievement.

               
 
   
               
 

2016 Wu Shu Kwan Black Belt & Higher Degree Grading in Trinidad

      by        
               
 
Andrea Farmer
5th Degree Black
 
Steve Bishop
4th Degree Black Belt, Ironman
 
Lucy Outred
2nd Degree Black Belt
   
               
 


(Photo #1) Map of Trinidad & Tobago.


(Photo #2) Team England: (from left) Steve, Andrea, Grand Master, Trish & Lucy.


(Photo #3) Taken in front of the welcome banner, panel of WSK examiners representing England, Trinidad, Barbados & Jamaica: (from left) Lucy, Steve & Andrea (England); Richard (Barbados); Trish (Deputy); Grand Master (Chief); Ronald, James, Bernard & Robin (Trinidad); and Rory (Jamaica).

(Photo #3a) Larger view of the banner.


(Photo #4) Grand Master showing a perfect double legged flying kick.


(Photo #4a) Commercial T-shirt makers copying Grand Master's photo, and transformed him into a West Indian!


(Photo #5) Grand Master's favourite fruits: watermelon, mangoes & pawpaw (papaya).


(Photo #6) Coconut women & man: (from left) Lucy, Trish & Steve.


(Photo #7) Beautiful swimming pool in Tunapuna operated by Centre for Excellence.
(Courtesy: Jamaal McLeod)


(Photo #8) Early morning exercising in the park: Steve (left) & Lucy.


(Photo #9) On the doubles: (from left) Andrea, Lucy & Steve enjoying their doubles after the morning swim.


(Photo #9a) Doubles is a delicious local quick snack consisting of a flat fried bread filled with curried chick peas and topped with various chutneys of your choice.
(Courtesy: Wikipedia)


(Photo #10) On the beach of Las Cuevas: (from left) Bernard, James, Ronald, Trish, Grand Master, Andrea, Lucy & Steve.


(Photo #11) WSK members from England & Trinidad enjoying bake & shark: (from left) Grand Master, Trish, Lucy, Andrea, Ronald, James, Steve & Bernard.


(Photo #12) This is the life for mad dogs & Englishman (and three English women): (from left) Lucy, Andrea (English convert), Trish & Steve enjoying the sunshine with their favourite drinks.

Beautiful Trinidad
Trinidad & Tobago (Photo #1) is a nation in the West Indies comprising two islands. The land is beautiful and endowed with year-round sunshine. The people are of various ethnicities and cultures leading a relaxed and peaceful life.

2016 Team England (Photo #2)
From Monday 15th August 2016, Grand Master C. K. Chang, Trish Chang, Andrea Farmer, Steve Bishop (an Ironman as well) and Lucy Outred from England started to arrive in Trinidad to bring out the best from the performance of the Trinidadian (and Jamaican) candidates preparing for their 1st Degree Black Belt and Higher Degree grading under the expert and rigorous supervision and guidance of Grand Master.

Big and Highly Respected
Wu Shu Kwan is very big, highly respected and greatly admired in the West Indies. Team England were supported by Team Trinidad which include Dr Ronald Noel, James Legall Jr., Bernard Quesnel and Robin Singh. Richard Blackman (Wu Shu Kwan Chief Instructor of Barbados) travelled from his country and was fully involved in the training and grading. Likewise, Rory Robinson (Wu Shu Kwan Chief Instructor of Jamaica) was specially in Trinidad to give his personal support. It was an unforgettable West Indian Wu Shu Kwan get-together. (Photos #3 & #3a)

Grand Master Turned West Indian
Grand Master’s techniques and achievement are legendary. The Trinidadians deeply admired him and wanted him to be their own; so the commercial T-shirt manufacturers copied his famous double-legged flying kick photo onto their products, and turned him into a Trinidadian. (Photos #4 & #4a)
Grand Master always found it extremely amusing whenever he saw himself being transformed into a West Indian! It’s the price to pay if you are famous.

Our Journey
Because of flight availability, Trish, Andrea, Steve and Lucy headed out first, one day before Grand Master. At Heathrow Airport, Trish and Andrea shared fond memories of previous visits to Trinidad whetting the appetite of Steve and Lucy, whose hearts then were already pounding with excitement before setting off.
We went via Newark Liberty International Airport, USA, which seemed like a good idea at the time of booking. However, after spending over an hour running about at Newark, with only a short window to catch our connecting flight to Trinidad, we knew we had a hard task on our hands. Still – we were trained martial artists and up for the challenge – even if it meant running the full length of a US airport (with baggage). In the nick of time we made it to the last security check. Lucy was first through followed by Steve, Trish and Andrea. Whether it was the effect of the long night flight or that Lucy was wearing a thick woolly jumper (despite travelling to a hot Caribbean island), airport Homeland Security didn’t like the look of her. Not only did they swab almost every item in her carry-on bag but two officers (one of whom was very Amazonian and could body block any doorway) decided to take her to a separate room to pat her down thoroughly! Thankfully the gate wasn’t far and Lucy was able to catch up with the rest, who thought she had already boarded.

The Team Had Landed
We landed at 5am but were thrilled to be met by James and Bernard, who welcomed us with open arms and a handy tourist pack to help get us, in particular the newer members, acquainted with the Island.
Ronald, James and his team had organised for us to stay in a lovely spacious house which looked out to the Northern Range – which are tall hills (not mountains). The house had everything we needed: air conditioning, fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, TV, 4 bathrooms and free Wi-Fi. The house was near a local park, with outdoor gym equipment, and an excellent public swimming pool. By 6am, we arrived at the house, and Steve, being an Ironman, was already plotting an extensive workout routine, to which James and Bernard smiled and said “in time” – Steve still had a lot to learn about being a Trini.

Well Looked After
We didn’t find anything wanting whilst we were there as everything was carefully arranged; for example, transport (by private cars) was conveniently provided regardless of our activity or destination. We were also kept hydrated and fuelled. Narine Boodoo regularly brought delicious local bakes (bake & smoked herring, bake & beef, bake & salt fish, …) and was on hand to offer physio treatment for any tight or sore muscles. Abundance of local fruits was brought round each day from the guys; Grand Master particularly liked pawpaw (papaya), mango, avocado and watermelon. (Photo #5)

Rum Initiation
Once they found out that Lucy drank rum, it was only right that she had to be acquainted with the (local) puncheon rum of 75% proof (not for the faint hearted) – and, because of the knockout effect, it should be drunk as near a bed as advised!

At The Class
The Trinidadians brought coolers full of cold soft drinks to class and a generous supply of local food prepared by some of the wives, sisters and relatives of the members: the food and drinks were so forthcoming, it was impossible to remember who brought what. However, Parmanan Beharry, in particular, ensured Grand Master had a constant supply of coconut water, and Joey Mohanlal kindly brought and prepared fresh coconuts from his garden (Photo #6), which the Team thoroughly enjoyed; and Joey impressed everyone with his coconut preparation skills with a big sharp machete. We were also mesmerized and captivated by James’s special pineapple cutting tool and skill – within a matter of seconds, a pineapple was cut, carved, sliced and ready to eat!

Sifu Tony Lazare’s Enduring Spirit of Goodwill
Sifu Tony Lazare (2nd Degree Black Belt), trained personally by Grand Master, was the Wu Shu Kwan pioneer in Trinidad. Sifu (meaning Master in Cantonese) was an endearing word widely used in the West all those years ago. When Sifu Lazare left for the United States, he gave a clear mandate to Dr Ronald Noel (now Chief Instructor of Trinidad and Tobago) and James Legall Jr (Ronald’s deputy) to “take real good care of Grand Master whenever he visits Trinidad” – and they (with two new adherents, namely Bernard Quesnel and Robin Singh) did this selflessly and tirelessly, and extended this goodwill to anyone who travelled to Trinidad with Grand Master.
Click here to know more about Sifu Tony Lazare.

A Healthy and Busy Day
A typical day for Team England would be: start with a swim at around 5.30am in the nearby swimming pool (Photo #7), followed by a workout in the local park (Photo #8), refuelling ourselves with some doubles (Photo #9), and then training and helping to prepare candidates. As a result, Trish, Andrea and Lucy easily got very trim and further improved their fitness, which was a dream aspired by many women. Mind you, Trish is a Guinness World Record Holder for chopping with her bare hand; click here to watch the video.

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 pronounced locally as shadow benny), cucumber, coconut, tamarind or extra pepper (chilli) sauce. Yummy. (Photo #9a)

Crack of Dawn Training
Getting up at the crack of dawn to train was just not a UK thing – the Trini’s would start early, often practising with their instructors before coming over to our house (they all called it the headquarters, temporary at least) to train under Grand Master's great diligence and his England team before going to work. The front porch of the house had ample space to practise and it was awe-inspiring to be amongst so many Wu Shu Kwan Black Belt holders, often totalling over 50 Degrees of Black Belt, all dedicated in the pursuit of total fitness and the ultimate self-defence the Wu Shu Kwan way. The England team were not alone, as we were loyally supported by Richard Blackman (WSK Chief Instructor of Barbados), and just before the grading by Rory Robinson (WSK Chief Instructor of Jamaica) – whose son Reano Robinson (who had trained with Grand Master previously whilst in London – and who hasn’t?) was sitting for 1st Degree Black Belt.

Great Honour
On certain days of the week, there would be a Wu Shu Kwan class held in the evening taught by Grand Master. All the classes were fully attended and the students, like their instructors, were attentive, respectful and thirsty for more knowledge (Photo #13). All the instructors and members alike considered it to be a great honour and pleasure to train under the expert guidance of Grand Master; and there is a strong belief that no one can be a complete martial artist without having trained with him!
The training sessions were assisted by Trish, Andrea, Steve and Lucy (from England); Dr Ronald Noel and James Legall Jr.(Trinidad WSK); and Richard Blackman (Barbados WSK).

Trinidadians’ Spiritual Wisdom
The Trinidadians learn WSK well because they listen well, and they picked up the minutest details from Grand Master. Their biggest learning asset must be their hunger for WSK knowledge from the number one person, coupled with high respect for any instructors or members who are senior to them. Training so hard and still loving it so much more must have made the standard of WSK there so high. 

Trinidad Food and Cuisine
Trinidad has one of the most diverse and eclectic cuisine which are known throughout the world – you are really spoilt for choice. But do take heed from our experience and don’t underestimate the power of a roti (flat bread similar to paratha served with curry potatoes and a meat such as chicken, duck, goat, beef or shrimp) – delicious but not to be eaten soon before a training session!

Be Alert and Prepared
Be sure to have plenty of insect repellent. Nightfall came quickly and so did the mosquitoes. Because of the pleasant tropical evening, it was so easily forgotten that we should use the repellent and not expose ourselves to the mosquitoes after a satisfying class training, when we leave the hall in good company, listen to the sound of crickets and spot the occasional bat flying around.

Black Belt and Higher Degree Grading
Sunday 28th August 2016 was the Wu Shu Kwan Black Belt and Higher Degree grading day, which was effectively organised by Ronald and his team. The grading started around 7.30am and the London team were more than ready despite being next door to a tremendous house party (celebrating Independence Day) the night before; the music shook the windows and it didn’t finish until 4am. What a party! We were invited but we politely declined to attend because of our grading the following morning.
It was a big grading limited to those taking the Black Belt or Higher Degree only. There were 8 candidates (7 Trinidadians and 1 Jamaican) going for First Degree, 3 for Second Degree, 4 for Third Degree and 1 for Fifth Degree. The grading did not finish until about 6:30pm – a very long grading indeed.
The group picture on the day of the grading (Photo #14) can be found at the end of this report.

For the grading results, click here.

Life Is a Beach
 “Train hard, play hard.” (Photo #10) We were fortunate enough to go to the beach on our rest day. After driving over the Northern Range we went to a lookout point that had stunning views of Maracas Bay. We then settled at Las Cuevas and, with fully stocked cooler, set up base under a palm tree. We all made it into the sea, and some went in further than others. Steve, an Ironman, was keen to swim but the Trini way is to soak and enjoy (according to James). The beach was picture-postcard perfect. Although it wasn’t the right time of day to see the turtles that nest there, we were amongst a pod of pelicans who were fishing – it was breath-taking to watch.
Afterwards the team stopped for bake & shark (their equivalent of fish & chips with delicious local condiments like shado beni – a type of coriander) ( Photo #11) and washed it down with a cold local beer (a couple of names like Stag and Carib come to mind).

Bake & Shark
Bake and shark is a fried pitta-type bread filled with shark nuggets, their equivalent of fish & chips with various toppings and dressings (delicious local condiments like shado beni – which taste like coriander) – don’t let the name put you off; it really is an absolutely must-try Trinidadian dish. A famous American food writer, based in New York, has voted it as one of his world top ten dishes.

Hot, Hot, Hot & Don’t Blow Your Head Off
When the Trinidadians tell you that their pepper (chilli) is hot, you’ll have to trust them – because it really is very, very, very hot!
Similarly, if a student bartender at one of the University drinking parties in England tells you that his special concoction can blow your head off, you’d better believe it!

Final Day – A Chance to Lime
Liming is a Trinidadian word for chilling out. (Photo #12) After the grading, and on the last day we spent together as a full team; we were cordially invited to a BBQ at Rawle Mitchell’s holiday home in Mayaro Bay (south-eastern part of Trinidad), which he was renovating. It was about a two-hour drive from our house, and we drove through some picturesque countryside and a 5-mile stretch of scenery with ocean on one side and rows and rows of coconut trees on the other. We were warmly greeted, and subsequently astonished by the work Rawle (an architect by profession) had done to his place.

Places of Interest
During our time we were also able to visit St Benedict’s Monastery – a place that has spectacular views of Trinidad. It is so highly regarded that people of all religions go there to worship. We also managed to visit the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens, Emperor Valley Zoo and spectacular Queen's Park Savannah.

The Bond Is Getting Stronger
The flame of Wu Shu Kwan is further ignited each time the Team visited Trinidad. The spirit of Wu Shu Kwan is extremely strong there and we were all impressed and inspired by the students’ and instructors’ total dedication, loyalty and hunger for more valuable Wu Shu Kwan knowledge as taught by Grand Master. It was a great honour and pleasure to train alongside and support our Trinidadian Wu Shu Kwan family.

Women Black Belt
There are a number of our Trinidadian women members who show great potential and are almost ready for their Black Belt grading and; we look forward to seeing and helping them next time when we are in Trinidad.

Hard to Reach England
It fact it was this “fire in our belly” (or it may have been the pepper sauce) that got Trish, Andrea and Lucy through their hellish trip back to the UK. Grand Master and Steve left for England slightly earlier, and managed to make it home trouble-free, but unfortunately it was not to be for the three ladies. A tropical storm that had been brewing a couple of weekends ago had shot up the Caribbean, turned into Hurricane Hermine, hit the coast of Florida and brought torrential rain to New York. This meant that flights were delayed and planes from Newark to the UK were unable to leave. The three ladies ended up on different flights back to the UK, but made it home safely, after totalling over 100 hours travel time between them.

Trinidad, We Thank you
We would like to extend our very special thanks again to Ronald, James, Bernard, Robin and everyone else in Trinidad, who made our stay so comfortable and rewarding.
Good-bye until next time.

Last But Not Least
On behalf of all the Wu Shu Kwan members in Trinidad, the chief instructor Ronald had this to add: "We want to express our most sincere thanks to our Grand Master and Team England for our achievement, and we look forward to the occasion when he visits us again."

               
 
(Photo 13) Training in Barataria conducted by Grand Master: Class was always full & well attended.
               
 
(Photo #14) Black Belt & Higher Degree Grading held in Aranguez on 28th August 2016.
               
 
   
               
 


Richard is presented his birthday cake at the party. His wife Betty (centre) and their family friend Carla Arthur were also at the dinner.

Bajan Celebrates Birthday in London

Richard Blackman, Wu Shu Kwan’s chief instructor of Barbados, West Indies, was invited to a surprise birthday dinner organised by John de Rebello, Laura Delaney and Jaswinder Sekhon while on a WSK training holiday in London. Attending along with Richard for his 65th birthday celebration were Betty, his wife, and Carla Arthur, a family friend living in England.

The dinner was held on Tuesday, 3rd November 2015 at a well-known curry restaurant in Hounslow, Middlesex. The food was excellent and plentiful, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

It was a very pleasant surprise to see Celia Sisman (5th Degree Black Belt) and Peter Taylor (1st Degree Black Belt) at the dinner after their long absence from WSK classes. There were many others attending, and they can be seen in the group photograph below.

Happy birthday, Richard!

               
 


Wu Shu Kwan members and instructors at the surprise dinner party for Richard Blackman’s 65th birthday.

               
 
   
               
 

Another Successful Advancement and Revision Seminar
held on Sunday, 25th October 2015

 
             
 

Introduction

The Wu Shu Kwan seminar was another fully attended and rewarding day. It was conducted by Grand Master C K Chang and Senior Master Eddie Cheah, with the help of team leaders Colin Johnson, Andy Hucklesby, Trish Chang, Peter Lewis, and Jeff Joseph, supported by many senior Wu Shu Kwan (WSK) instructors (please see group and team photos).


Grand Master gives a rundown on the day’s procedure.


Hard But Enjoyable Training

As always, the seminar was fully attended. Despite the long and tiring day, everybody enjoyed the very rewarding experience.
The junior members all benefited tremendously from the knowledgeable, helpful and attentive senior instructors.



Warming-up before the mission begins.


Precious And Unique Wu Shu Kwan Techniques

The techniques and knowledge of Grand Master C K Chang were more than just pleasurable and enlightening – his teachings and guidance elevated all the dedicated senior Black Belts’ understanding and achievement to a new horizon.

You Ain’t Learnt Nothing Yet

All senior WSK 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 him!

VIP from Barbados

WSK seminars always attract our instructors from around the world; this time without exception, Senior Master Richard Blackman (5th Degree Black Belt), our WSK chief instructor of Barbados, West Indies, flew in specially to participate.


Richard Blackman (left) is a very popular instructor, and was well received by all the seniors on the day.


Richard Blackman (5th Degree Black Belt), chief instructor of WSK Barbados (West Indies), flew in specially for this seminar.

 


Assessment of Grading Candidates

Candidates planning to sit for their 1st and 5th Degree Black Belt were also in attendance. They had the opportunity to perform in front of the Grand Master and their team leader(s) in order to be assessed. As expected, they all performed well and plan to grade in November 2015.

A Very Rewarding Day

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.

 


Grand Master
C. K. Chang


Senior Master
Eddie Cheah


A strong team led by Eddie Cheah, Phil Hames & Gustave Salako.


Another strong team led by Colin Johnson & Andy Hucklesby.


One of the strongest & most popular teams led by Trish Chang & Richard Blackman.


The team led by Peter Lewis, Jeff Joseph & Adison Bridet.


The team led by Andrea Farmer & Amit Roychoudhury.

Des Radcliffe (4th Degree Black Belt) (left), a senior WSK instructor of Cardiff (South Wales), is also the official WSK photographer.

               
 
Falling in to begin the seminar.
               
 
At the end of the day, a happy & proud group photo of all those who attended the seminar showing off their certificate
of attendance.
               
 
   
               
  Read All About Him

Senior Master Brian Fish –
A Wu Shu Kwan Big Fish in Scotland

   
               
 

Brian Fish (4th Degree Black Belt) on the cover of the bankers' magazine.
(Photo: The Bankers' Magazine)

An Important Wu Shu Kwan Member
Brian Fish is a very important member, and Wu Shu Kwan (WSK) is extremely grateful for his support and dedication.

Black Belt Banker
Recently he appears on the cover of a bankers' magazine Black Belt Banker. We are indebted to this magazine for reproducing two of their photographs here. You are invited to read about this interesting article by clicking here.

29 Years is Not Enough!
Brian has been with WSK for the past 29 years, and he is planning to complete the prestigious and revered WSK 5th Degree Black Belt – for him, only WSK 5th Degree Black Belt awarded by Grand Master C. K. Chang will do! Say no more.

Joining Brian in Training
Click here, if you are interested in joining Brian in WSK training, he runs a class in Edinburgh on every Wednesday evening.

Best Wishes
All the instructors and members of WSK wish Brian the very best in achieving the WSK 5th Degree Black Belt – soon.

Chopping 2 building bricks with his bare hand some years ago. Whatever happened to his hair now?

Showing a perfect side kick – still an envy of any martial artist half his age.
(Photo: The Bankers' Magazine)

               
 
   
               
 

Another Successful and Enjoyable
Wu Shu Kwan Advancement & Revision Seminar

   
               
 


Grand Master
C. K. Chang


Senior Master
Eddie Cheah


The seminar is about to begin.


Andy Hucklesby demonstrating a sitting technique using an outward curve kick to Gustave Salako.


Trish Chang using a lateral hand parry together with a spurn kick to Marios Sergiou’s knife attack.


Tyrone Tairu (left), The Special One, 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.


Introduction


The seminar was held on Sunday, 12th April 2015 conducted by Grand Master C. K. Chang and Senior Master Eddie Cheah, with the help of team leaders Andy Hucklesby, Trish Chang, Peter Lewis, Peter Johnson, Jeff Joseph and Paul Ingleton, supported by many senior Wu Shu Kwan instructors (please see group and team photos in this report).

Dedicated Training

The seminar was fully attended. Despite being a very long and hard day, the enthusiasm and willingness of all participants to learn correctly made it enjoyable and rewarding. Each and every one attending was very helpful and sincere, showing the true spirit of WSK.
The senior instructors were knowledgeable, friendly and helpful, whilst the more junior members receptive and appreciative.

Priceless Historical Background and Practical Techniques

The training under Grand Master was more than just pleasurable and enlightening – his guidance transcends the limits of the understanding and techniques of everyone’s achievement in martial art by adding depth and authenticty: his teaching and knowledge are matchless.

The Special One

We had a special visitor all the way from Canada, Senior Master Tyrone Tairu (4th Degree Black Belt). To find out more about Tyrone click here.

Assessment of Grading Candidates

Candidates planning to sit for their Black Belt, 2nd Degree Black Belt and higher were also in attendance. They had the opportunity to perform in front of their team leader in order to be assessed. The great majority of them appeared to have learnt and performed very well.

Measureable Improvement

Those candidates who sat for the past grading performed at higher level of accuracy of movements, better free-sparring and breaking after attending previous WSK seminars. Therefore many other candidates are looking forward to their turn to be invited to the seminar.

Staunch and Sincere Wu Shu Kwan Supporters

Wu Shu Kwan wants to thank all the participants because they really made the seminar a happy, successful and memorable one.


Andrea Farmer jumping to avoid Peter Lewis’s stick attack to her legs.


Peter Johnson demonstrating how to use a knee technique to Aldo Bruno’s head in free sparring.


Adison Bridet delivering a punch to Jeff Joseph, who counter-attacks with a chop.


Paul Ingleton showing how a proper side kick should be delivered.



A group photo of Wu Shu Kwan's high-ranking group leaders, their senior assistants and their group members happily displaying their certificate received for their completion of the advancement seminar.

               
 
   
               
  A Dedicated Visitor from Canada    
               
 

Tyrone Tairu (4th Degree Black Belt)

Exemplary Instructor

Senior Master Tyrone Tairu (4th Degree Black Belt), Wu Shu Kwan’s instructor in Vancouver, is a great supporter of Wu shu Kwan – he makes regular visits to London to specially train with Grand Master C. K. Chang. His dedication and determination to constantly improve and further his techniques and knowledge never cease to inspire other fellow instructors.

Special Trip

 

Tyrone made a special trip to London to train with Grand Master with a view to further his achievement in Wu Shu Kwan. He planned this trip with the main intention of attending the Advancement and Revision Seminar held on 12th April 2015 (click here for the seminar report).

You can read about Tyrone by clicking here.

 



Tryone Tairu (1st right, middle row) with fellow members taken at Grand Master’s Fulham WSK class on 8th April 2015.

               
 
   
               
 

A Scientist’s Love for Wu Shu Kwan Training
– Our Man from CERN

   
               
 

Adrian Oeftiger (Blue Belt)

A Scientist from CERN

Adrian Oeftiger, a CERN scientist from the WSK club in Geneva, attended a conference on accelerator physics in Oxford, England, and he made it a point to train with Grand Master at his Fulham, London class. At the same time he had the chance to catch up with Trish Chang, Lucy Outred and Camila Lake, who he met after their last visit to CERN to help with the intensive Wu Shu Kwan training for a promotion grading conducted by Grand Master. Unfortunately, Gustave Salako and Steve Bishop (Liverpool), who were also members of the London demonstration team were unable to be at the Fulham class because of work commitments. Please see the group photos taken after the Fulham class training and last year’s grading group photo.

What is CERN?

CERN (short for the European Organization for Nuclear Research) is the world’s largest particle physics laboratory situated near Geneva, Switzerland. For more information about CERN, please click here.

Inside the Heart of a Scientist

Adrian’s great desire to attain the much sought-after and treasured Wu Shu Kwan Black Belt has made him determined to continue his training in CERN and London, however time consuming it may be.

Dr Androula Alekou

The CERN class was started by Dr Androula Alekou, another brilliant scientist. If you want to know more about her, please click here.

Many Great Friends

Adrian has made many great friends within WSK because of his friendly and sincere attitude. He plans to invite Gustave, Steve, Lucy, Camila and Androula to CERN to continue with his training and grading.

Dedication and Faultless Planning

We admire his absolute dedication and detailed planning. All at WSK will support him in all possible ways and we wish him every success in achieving his Wu Shu Kwan Black Belt ambition.

(Text and photos by John de Rebello, Michael Johnson and Camila Lake)



Adrian (2nd right, front row) with Grand Master, Black Belts and friends at Fulham Wu Shu Kwan class after training.



A group photo taken at the CERN grading in 2014 – Adrian is second from the left in the front row.

               
 
   
               
 

A Welcome Visitor from Jamaica
– the Land of Reggae and Sunshine

   
               
 

Neville Scott (Brown Belt)

Our Man from Jamaica

Neville Scott, a Brown Belt from Jamaica Wu Shu Kwan, visited Grand Master C K Chang’s Willesden class in London with a view to preparing for his Black Belt grading. He trained hard under the supervision of Grand Master and other senior Black Belt holders (please see the accompanying group photo), and showed great ability and understanding of Wu Shu Kwan techniques.

Fortunate

He is extremely fortunate, and spoilt for choice, to be able to sit for his Black Belt grading in England, Trinidad or Jamaica so as to suit him.

Many New Friends

He has made a lot of new Wu Shu Kwan friends during this trip, and they will all be keeping in touch with him about his progress toward sitting for his Black Belt. Even the Chief Instructor of Trinidad and Tobago, Senior Master Dr Ronald Noel, has been in touch to offer his help and hospitality in inviting Neville to visit Trinidad for training.

Jamaica's Wu Shu Kwan Administrator

By the way, Neville is the Wu Shu Kwan’s administrator in Jamaica, and if anyone is interested in Wu Shu Kwan training there, please click here for his contact details.

Best Wishes

All the Wu Shu Kwan instructors and members would like to wish him every success in attaining his Black Belt in the near future.



Neville (2nd right, front row) with Grand Master and the Black Belts at Willesden Wu Shu Kwan class after training.



First Wu Shu Kwan grading in Jamaica held in 1976 by Grand Master C. K. Chang, more than 40 years ago.
               
 
   
               
 

End-of-Year Training Session in Trinidad

   
               
 


Group photo of end-of-year training session on Saturday, 29th November 2014.

Senior Master Ronald Noel, WSK's chief instructor of Trinidad, conducted an end-of-year training session on Saturday, 29th November 2014 at Mehalal Community Centre in Aranguez, Trinidad.


The training was intended for instructors as well as Black and Brown Belt holders.

Some of them followed up the following weekend for an end-of-year "lime" (a get-together party Trinidadian style) with traditional Trinidad & Tobago dishes of curried goat and stewed chicken with buss up shut (paratha roti). These tasty dishes were prepared by the wives of Robin Singh and Joseph Mohanlal, who are both WSK instructors in Trinidad.

The instructors and students in Trinidad would like to extend their season's greeting with all good wishes for the New Year to all WSK members.

               
 
Eagerly awaiting delicious food to be served.
 
Sharing their training anecdotes before eating.
               
 
   
               
 

A Report on the Enjoyable
Wu Shu Kwan Advancement & Revision Seminar
Held on 26th October 2014

   
 


Grand Master C. K. Chang (right) and Senior Master Eddie Cheah (8th Degree Black Belt) demonstrating defence against a stick attack. They have been training together since childhood, going back 65 years!

 

Introduction


The seminar was held on Sunday, 26th October 2014, conducted by Grand Master C. K. Chang and Senior Master Eddie Cheah – they have known each other and have trained together for more than 65 years; to this day he still trains with Grand Master every week.

 

Group Leaders


Group leaders assisting on the day were Andy Hucklesby, Trish Chang, Peter Lewis, Peter Johnson, Jeffrey Joseph and Evelyn Ingleton. Please see the group photo at the end of this article of all those who attended.


One noticeable absentee was Senior Master Colin Johnson; he had to look after his mother who unfortunately suffers from severe dementia.

Hard but Rewarding Training

Everybody was very glad to learn correctly the authentic WSK techniques from Grand Master himself. All those attending put in their best effort to learn and practise.


WSK members practising techniques being taught to them with great concentration while under the watchful eye of their respective team leaders.

Although it was a very tiring day, the eagerness of all those who attended kept them going. When the going got tough, the enthusiastic got going. You could notice the satisfaction from their expression.

 

New Opportunities


Those intending to sit for their Black Belt and for 2nd Degree Black Belt were also in attendance. And they had the opportunity to perform in front of their group leader in order to be assessed for eligibility to sit for the grading. The great majority of them appeared to have learnt and performed well.

 

Special Thanks to Senior Master Des Radcliffe


He is the official WSK photographer, and his photographs have livened up the pages of WSK website and Facebook page for many years. By the way, he has been with WSK for 43 years!

 


Senior Master Andy Hucklesby leading the practice of the Wu Shu Kwan stick form while Grand Master, Senior Master Eddie Cheah and other team leaders look on.

Grand Master’s Seminar in Great Demand


After the seminar, many who were fortunate to attend had emailed WSK to express how much they had enjoyed the experience and how much they treasured the real knowledge.


Even before the seminar came to an end, numerous requests have already been received for another follow-up. The likely date for this will be sometime in April 2015.

 

Many thanks for your sincere support.

               
 

Group photo of Wu Shu Kwan's high-ranking group leaders, their senior assistants and their group members proudly displaying their certificate received at the seminar for their achievement.

               
 
   
               
 

 

Amit Roychoudhury’s Wedding


Many congratulations to Senior Master Amit Roychoudhury (5th Degree Black Belt, MSci, FIA ) on his marriage to Sreety Das on Saturday, 26th July 2014. The ceremony was held in West Ealing, London according to the traditional Hindu marriage, one of the most beautiful and colourful ceremonies.

Sreety and Amit (known as 'Roy' in WSK) met two years ago and got engaged in Rome last September.

Sreety trains at Roy's class in Palmers Green, London and has met many WSK instructors and members. Many of them attended the wedding and reception.

The new couple is now on their honeymoon, and will be visiting exotic Tanzania and beautiful Seychelles.

WSK wish them both a long and happy life together.

 


The newly weds, Roy and Sreety, with Grand Master C. K. Chang and Trish.


Gustave and Dominika join in for a quick photo shoot with the newly-weds, inviting Grand Master to join them.

               
 
A happy group photo of all the WSK instructors and members taken at the wedding of Roy and Sreety.
               
 
Another group photo after a quick rearrangement.
               
 
   
               
 


A Special and an Unforgettable Trip to Geneva
(July 2014)


Grand Master C. K. Chang led a team of Wu Shu Kwan (WSK) instructors and Black Belts travelling to Geneva in July 2014 to conduct a class, hold a grading and give a demonstration of WSK techniques to our members, and staff and researchers of CERN.

CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) is the world’s largest particle physics laboratory situated near Geneva, Switzerland. It is a vast complex where most of the activities are currently directed towards operating the new Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Using massive magnets, particle beams are generated and are whizzed round a 27km circular tunnel located 100 metres underground smashing them into each other at close to the speed of light, in order to re-create the same conditions that existed just after the Big Bang. Its enormous size and scientific installations (including its magnets) have got to be seen to be believed.

Training

The WSK training was conducted in one of the halls in CERN and all our members were very enthusiastic and trained very hard because they felt extremely honoured to train under Grand Master.

Regular training at CERN is run by Dr Androula Alekou (1st Degree Black Belt), who is an accomplished WSK instructor and a brilliant scientist; the latter accolade can also be ascribed to most of the WSK students training with her – so many outstanding PhD degree holders in one WSK class! She is known to her friends and students as Andri.

Tour of CERN

Following the training session, a tour was organised for the London team. All visitors require a special individual permit/pass to enter the premises. The tour was such an unforgettable experience for each and every one of us.

Chill Time

In the evening, Andri (CERN WSK instructor) and her students organised a picnic in a park with stunning scenery next to Lake Geneva. In such beautiful surroundings one can easily lose oneself doing nothing all day long just taking in and marvelling at the scenery.

The Swiss love their outdoor life, and toward the evening a big crowd had already assembled in and around the park. As the evening got darker, there was a large outdoor cinema screen showing a free movie for added entertainment. Andri and her students had picked a good spot for us all to sit and laze in timeless comfort with the help of plenty of food and drinks, making it a very enjoyable evening.

Grading

The grading was conducted by Grand Master. Since the candidates had all prepared themselves very well, they went on to pass with flying colours.

Demonstration

The audience was most impressed by WSK techniques, especially those involving breaking. A selection of photographs of breaking from the demonstration can be seen accompanying this article. Members of the demonstration team led by Grand Master were: Trish Chang, Gustave Salako, Des Radcliffe, Steve Bishop, Alex Sutter, Lucy Outred, Camila Lake, Androula Alekou and Pritesh Mehta.

Special Guests of Honour

Alex Sutter (2nd Degree Black Belt) and his wife, Iris, both Swiss, started training with Grand Master 44 years ago. They specially made the journey of over 240 km in order to be present at this momentous occasion. Alex joined in the training session and thoroughly enjoyed it.
* Know more about Alex *

Farewell Dinner

The London and CERN WSK teams got together for a nice meal at an Italian restaurant in Geneva before saying our farewells.

We will meet again!

 


A spectacular and mind-numbing view of the Hadron Collider.


Grand Master C. K. Chang and Trish during the CERN tour.


Our special guests of honour, Alex and Iris Sutter, enjoying the tour with the WSK team.


Part of the WSK group waiting for the lift to take them 100 metres underground.


A group photo in front of a life-size image of the Hadron Collider.

               
 


Alex (left) called up his WSK knowledge he learned 44 years ago from Grand Master to defend himself against a stick attack.

               
 
Steve slicing a building block placed on a table.
 
Gustave chopping 4 building blocks.
               
 
Lucy breaking a building block with her palm.
 
Camila breaking a building block with a side kick.
               
 
 
Androula chopping a building block.
               
 
Gustave breaking 5 building blocks, placed on a table, with a side kick.
 
Androula punching a stack of 5 roofing tiles.
               
 
A selfie in the park next to Lake Geneva.
 
The picnic in the park in full flow.
               
 
Taken before the training session.
               
 
A group photo taken at the grading.
               
 
Group photo taken outside the restaurant after the farewell dinner.
               
     

If you want to know more about where they teach:

*Grand Master C. K. Chang (8th Degree Black Belt)
   Fulham (London SW6)
   Willesden (London NW10)
*Trish Chang (7th Degree Black Belt)
   Guinness World Record Holer
   Fulham (London SW6)
   Willesden (London NW10)
*Gustave Salako (5th Degree Black Belt)
   South Kensington (London SW7) (Imperial College)
*Des Radcliffe (4th Degree Black Belt)
   Cardiff (South Wales)
*Steve Bishop (5th Degree Black Belt)
   Aigburth (Liverpool L17
*Lucy Outred (3rd Degree Black Belt)
   Twickenham (Middlesex TW2)
*Camila Lake (2nd Degree Black Belt)
   South Kensington (London SW7) (Imperial College)
*Dr Androula (Andri) Alekou (1st Degree Black Belt)
   CERN (Near Geneva, Switzerland)

Members all over the world are warmly welcome to train – please show your Wu Shu Kwan membership card

   
               
 
   
               
  The Dragon Rowers        
               
 
A happy group photo of the Tadworth WSK rowing team.
               
 

Enter the Dragon Rowers

For the third year running, Tadworth WSK competed in the annual Kingston Dragon Boat Challenge in Surrey to raise money for the Children's Trust.

The Children’s Trust Charity

"The Children’s Trust is the UK's leading charity for children with brain injury. We work with children and young people from across the UK, both from our specialist centre in Tadworth, Surrey and in communities around the country".

The Trust is kind enough to let Tadworth WSK use their hall on a Saturday morning for our WSK class, so raising money for this worthwhile charity is our way of giving something back. If you would like to make a donation, please visit our justgiving page.

Tadworth WSK Team

The rowers competing in the event were led by Aldo Breda (4th Degree Black Belt) and co-ordinated by Peter Georgiou, on whose swimming and rowing knowledge the team depended. Other WSK Black Belts and members include Pedro Martins, Julia Liles,  Faye Brislen Asher, Simon Dixon, Will Carew, Kevin Canavan, Janna Howard, Betti Reeves and Paulo Ribeiro.

The WSK team has a little help from friends and family to make up the numbers, namely, Chris Asher, Rachael Georgiou, Sarah Wiltshire, Lee Westcott, Tracy Van Doven and Patrick Milnes.

Our Dragon Boat team for 2014, creatively called Wu Shu Kwan, was captained by Peter Georgiou, who expertly (and patiently) organises our team’s entry each year. This time we finished a respectable 31 out of 54 teams.

Looking Forward to 2015

Whilst we have never quite made it to the finals, we had a fantastic day and look forward to participating again next year. We are really glad to be able to contribute towards the excellent charity work of the Children’s Trust. We hope you enjoy browsing through some photos of the day, and if you are in the neighbourhood in 2015 come along and cheer us on – you never know, we may even make the finals.

 


Some of the members warming up and getting into the spirit for some serious rowing.


The Tadworth WSK rowers take up their positions.


Making their way to the starting point.


Waiting for the starter’s order.

               
 
Time to chill out after the race.
               
 
   
               
 

Lily Wang Becomes a Mum

 

Lily had given birth to a baby girl in Beijing on 1st July 2014, and she has been named A'isha. Mother and daughter are both doing well.

 

Her Chinese name is Han-Xi (Yao), which means the sun in the morning.

 

It is wonderful news right across Wu Shu Kwan. Many congratulations to Lily and her husband Yao Jie.

 

Wu Shu Kwan wish them and their daughter all the happiness and good health.

 


Baby A'isha.

* Know more about Dr Lily Wang *

 


Lily & Yao Jie on their wedding day (24th July 2011) in Beijing.

               
 
   
               
 

Dave Carver and Hannah White's Wedding


Love & Friendship Abound in Wu Shu Kwan

Love was in the air at the wedding of Dave and Hannah Carver. Dave and Hannah (née White) are both Wu Shu Kwan (WSK) Black Belt instructors from Tadley, Hampshire.  Their wedding took place at the fantastic venue of Audleys Wood in Basingstoke on 17th May 2014.

 

How They Met

Dave and Hannah met through WSK and have a beautiful daughter, Rose, who is 2 years old.

A number of WSK students and high ranking instructors, both past and present, who have influenced Dave and Hannah were in attendance, including Simon Gillett, the man responsible for introducing Dave to WSK some 28 years ago, and Celia Sisman, one of the most admired and respected WSK 5th Degree Black Belt holder.

Special Highlights

Amongst a number of highlights, was the wedding cake which had a certain oriental feel.  It was designed by Dave and Hannah and represented a Rose between two cranes surrounded in cherry blossom.  The cake was decorated in a yin and yang and a Chinese happiness symbol embossed in white icing.  The cutting of the cake was carried out with a set of martial art swords.
 
The evening ended with a disco and casino which proved to be very popular amongst the guests.

 

Honeymoon

The happy couple and Rose had a great honeymoon in the city of York, England.

 

Best wishes

WSK wish them both a long and happy life together.

 


The newly-weds, Dave & Hannah.


A beautiful photo of the bride in the park.

               
 
Hannah reminds Dave who the boss will be from now on
as witnessed by Phil & John.
 
The happy couple with their adorable daughter Rose.
               
 
Cutting the wedding cake in style with a martial art sword.
 
Casino and disco are very popular with the guests.
               
 
Group photo of WSK members & instructors at the wedding.
               
 
   
               
 

High-Ranking Wu Shu Kwan Black Belt
Pops Up from Down Under

Wu Shu Kwan received a surprise visit from Senior Master Mark Lewer (5th Degree Black Belt). Grand Master C.K. Chang, Trish and Jeff met him for a coffee and a long catch-up at Whiteleys in Bayswater, London on Monday, 14th July 2014.

Mark is now living in Perth, West Australia, with his wife and their three sons. They are all doing very well and living a good life: very happy and extremely prosperous.

Following our coffee, Mark and Jeff got together in the afternoon for a few hours' training and revision, with a view to reacquaint himself to carrying on instructing Wu Shu Kwan from where he left off. He has promised to get in touch frequently and let us know how he gets on with the spreading of Wu Shu Kwan teaching and its unique philosophy.

We wish him and his family all the very best for the future.

   
               
 
(From left) Grand Master, Trish, Mark & Jeff at Whiteleys in Bayswater, London
   
               
 
   
               
  A Report on the Successful
Wu Shu Kwan Advancement and Revision Seminar

Sunday, 6th April 2014
               
 

Introduction


Grand Master C. K. Chang

A short introductory talk on the day at the fully attended seminar by Grand Master C. K. Chang

The seminar was conducted by Grand Master C. K. Chang assisted by group leaders Colin Johnson, Andy Hucklesby, Trish Chang, Peter Lewis, Peter Johnson and Richard Ross. All in all, thirty-eight senior members and officials attended. Please see the group photo of those who attended.

  One noticeable absentee was Senior Master Eddie Cheah: he is currently on a 40-day tour of Southeast Asia including Singapore, Malaysia, Burma and Laos.

 

Intensive and Interesting Training

At the seminar, the training was comprehensive and very rewarding. Everybody was absolutely tuned in to the correctness and efficient performance as well as the practical application of all the Wu Shu Kwan techniques, and precious knowledge expertly imparted by Grand Master was continually received and absorbed by them.

  The training was tiring, but you could notice the wearied bodies being buoyed up by the happy atmosphere, and vitalised by the encouraging and enlightening words of Grand Master. The whole class was like a big family reunion enjoying themselves.

 

A Long but Fruitful Day

The seminar started at 9:40 am and it didn’t finish until about 6:00 pm, with a snack and refreshment break in-between for twenty minutes followed by a brief group photo session arranged by Des Radcliffe.

 

Strict Code of the Past

Grand Master let the seminar into the old practice in his days when new recruits had to take an oath of allegiance, training secrecy and strict code of respect. Those martial art styles or organisations were not secret societies, but nevertheless they had training secrets to protect. All members were taught to be unquestioningly loyal to their organisation and instructors; absolutely respectful to their seniors and peers; and tirelessly helpful to and valiantly protective of their juniors.

  Wu Shu Kwan members nowadays do not take any such oath as Grand Master used to do. However, it is an excellent idea to preserve that sort of martial art spirit, and the importance of honesty and righteousness cannot be too strongly emphasised.


Grand Master disarming a soldier armed with a bayonet. Practical martial arts, such as Wu Shu Kwan Chinese Kickboxing, originated from the military art.
  Grand master spent many years here and abroad instructing various armed forces and commando units.


Kicking an apple off someone's head: a classic study of Grand Master C K Chang's achievement in martial art involving extreme precision, agility and skill with sheer elegance.

 

Record and Historic Gathering of Black Belt Degrees

The gathering of Black Belt holders at this seminar totalled 161 degrees (of Black Belt)! What an awesome record! Everybody was extremely proud to be counted as part of that magical number.

 

We Shall Meet Again

Grand Master has subsequently been inundated with earnest requests by those who have attended the seminar and those who have missed out to hold another one – soon. He is now seriously considering another seminar as and when time permits.

               
 
Group photo of Wu Shu Kwan's high-ranking instructors & outstanding members totalling 161 degrees of Black Belt.
They are shown with their certificate received at the seminar for their achievement.
               
 
   
               
 

First Wu Shu Kwan Grading at CERN (Geneva)

 

First WSK Grading in Switzerland

The first ever WSK grading in Switzerland was held at the CERN Centre, Geneva, Switzerland on the morning of Sunday, 30th March 2014.


Grading Preparation Details
Master Instructress Dr Andri Alekou (1st Degree Black Belt, PhD), the instructor at CERN WSK, organised the grading to be held on Sunday morning, and the examiner representing Grand Master C.K. Chang was Senior Master Gustave Salako (5th Degree Black Belt), an official WSK instructor at Imperial College, London.
  Gustave travelled to Geneva on the morning of Saturday, 29th March, and was met at the airport by Andri and a couple of her students.
  A special class was conducted in the afternoon so that the students could benefit from some extra tuition before their grading the next day.

 

Special Guest of Honour
The special guest of honour joining Andri and Gustave was Senior Master Alex Sutter (2nd Degree Black Belt), along with his wife Iris, making the journey of over 240 km in order to be present at this momentous occasion.


Emotional and Encouraging Words

After the grading, Andri and Gustave invited Alex to say a few words to the candidates. Alex expressed how very impressed he was with the dedication, interest and discipline shown by the CERN WSK students, who have only been together for just over 8 months. He was happy to see that the true team spirit and collegiality that he experienced during his WSK training days with the Grand Master in London during the 1970’s still exists today with the WSK ‘family’, and is stronger than ever. Andri, Gustave and the students found his heartfelt words to be touching and moving.


Dedicated Instructor and Members
Gustave and Alex jointly complimented the dedication of the instructress, Andri, and her students, some of whom have families and have to drive 40 minutes every time to attend the CERN WSK class.


A Job Well Done
Our thanks go to Senior Master Gustave Salako, Master Instructress Andri Alekou and Senior Master Alex Sutter on a job well done.


Grading Results
Click here to view the pass list.


Invitation
There will be a WSK demonstration at CERN, led by Grand Master, toward the end of June or beginning of July this year, and this demo will be held over a weekend. Any WSK seniors who are interested can contact Trish at the WSK headquarters.


Unique Opportunity
Andri will arrange for a scientist to give a tour of CERN for the WSK demonstration team. It is not an opportunity to be missed.

 


CERN, where this grading was held.


Wu Shu Kwan examiners and their partners: (from left) Andri (CERN, Geneva), Alex and Iris (Widen, Switzerland) and Gustave and Dominika (London).


Saturday afternoon practice session held outdoors at CERN, taking advantage of the beautiful weather and surrounding.


Wu Shu Kwan examiners: (from left) Gustave, Andri and Alex.


Gustave and Andri giving a pre-grading talk.


Wu Shu Kwan examiners and members enjoying a meal together after the grading.

               
 
Group photo taken after the grading.
               
 
   
               
 

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.

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
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.
               
 
   
               
 

Articles
Click title to read article:

   
  How I Broke the Guinness World Record
  (by Trish Chang) (1999)
   
  Trinidad: Black Belt Grading and Training Trip 2005
  by Celia Sisman) (2005)
   
  Wu Shu Kwan Christmas Party 2006 – A Chinese Cracker!
  (2006)
   
  Sun, Sea & Wu Shu Kwan: Trinidad Black Belt Grading & Training Trip 2007
  (by Celia Sisman & Andrea Farmer) (2007)
   
  Wu Shu Kwan Christmas Party 2007 – A Curry Banquet!
  (by Des Radcliffe) (2007)
               
  Wu Shu Kwan Exponents Shine in My Beautiful Trinidad
  (by Richard Ross) (2008)
               
  Wu Shu Kwan Christmas Party 2008 – A Time to Enjoy & Meet Old Friends
  (Text by Warren & Louise Blyth – Photographs by Des Radcliffe) (2008)
               
  Wu Shu Kwan's Memorable Chinese Christmas Dinner Party 2009
  (Text by Jackie Strutt – Photographs by Des Radcliffe) (2009)
               
  Christmas "Greekings" 2010
  (Text by Andre Hazel – Photographs by Melissa Creighton) (2010)
               
   
     
     
    Congratulations!
Many congratulations on their extraordinary achievement in the academic field, their new arrival in the family, their personal consummation, their …
Click picture or name to read details:
                 
     

Dr Chris Kai-Hu Chang
Brown Belt
MA (Cantab), MBBS (London), MRCP (UK), DTM&H, Medical Gold Medal Winner 2007
Wu Shu Kwan's Principal Medical Adviser

                 
      Catherine How
3rd Degree Black Belt
BEng (Hons), ACA
                 
      Pedro Martins
2nd Degree Black Belt
                 
      Najib Orfani
1st Degree Black Belt
                 
      Amit Roychoudhury
5th Degree Black Belt
MSci, FIA
                 
      Dr Lily Wang Huan
Maroon Belt
PhD
                 
   
     
                 
   

Where Are They Now?
A selection of those members who have been away but are still in touch with and close to Wu Shu Kwan.
Click picture or name to read about the latest news:

                 
      Matthew Guntrip
1st Degree Black Belt
       
                 
      Anthony F. Lazare
2nd Degree Black Belt
FCCA, CA, MCMI
   
                 
      Patrick Maher
3rd Degree Black Belt
   
                 
      Alex Sutter
2nd Degree Black Belt
       
                 
   
     
                 
   

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