I Know Kung Fu
"Yogis make the best martial artists." I heard this sentence once at a class I attended which was an intense fusion of martial arts and yoga.
Is it true?
In my ten-years experience as a martial artist, yes. The more I awakened to yoga, the more my kung fu practice evolved. Yoga is the union of mind, body and spirit (include 'feelings' with spirit). When these aspects of the Self are in harmony, you truly become a force to be reckoned with. There were many occasions in the past where my martial arts practice had been interrupted, whether this be for academic pursuit or because of life's challenges and obstacles. Whatever happened in life however, I always found my way back.
I am a member of the British Kung Fu Association and proud to be taught the art under the guidance of Sifu 'Monk' Norris - or the 'Monk' as he is known in close circles, a prominent tournament fighter and coach in the 80s and 90s. He fought around the UK with a winning team, developing a reputation as a formidable fighter and practitioner of Lau Gar Kuen. One of his students, Dominic Moore, received gold and silver medals in tournaments abroad and credited his wins to Sifu Norris' successful coaching. There are many such stories but his most recent student success story is Jumani Cameron, who won all of his fights in the Lego Super League and is now training as a professional boxer.
In 2007, along with other Lau Gar members, Sifu Norris made the 6 O'clock news in China during a visit to the Wong Fei-Hung temple. He maintains his own training to date with Grand Master Yau, keeper of the system, attending masterclasses regularly and will be appearing at the Summer Course in Wales for the 40th anniversary of the British Kung Fu Association.
His passionate teachings and unending belief in me has been the chief factor in the cultivation of my own self-belief and confidence in the last decade. He never fails to tell new students the story of how I walked in alone to the class of men, many years ago, clasping a small handbag at my side, with no athletic skill or strength declaring, 'I want to learn kung fu.'
(Permission to laugh.)
That vocal expression was my only conviction!
I also attend separate kickboxing classes with mix martial arts and am currently getting a taste for wushu. Along with my own hatha yoga practice, I experience continual growth in mind, body and spirit through all of these spiritual systems of embodiment.
I am now very excited to bring students unique sessions that blend yoga and kung fu together and ignite the spirit onto another level! My aim is to cultivate 'Shakti' or life force energy; feminine essence and power. I have so far created my classes in consultation with my kung fu instructor and will continue to develop this fusion to spark the creative fire that is Shakti!
No physical strength is necessary - true strength resides in spirit and will. My classes are creative and fun. A playground of sorts. If you're a highly sensitive soul with a petite frame and soft exterior - well, welcome - you are me. All body shapes and sizes welcome! All identities. The only requirement is a warrior's heart and spirit or at least the desire for it, and if you don't feel it yet, I'm here to help you discover it.