Chans Martial Arts News
CMA 19-03 20th Sept 2019
Annual Camp in Nelson
We had great weather on the weekend in Nelson. The venue was the biggest and best located we have ever had. It was a luxury for everyone to complete quite a good number of combinations before having to turn around. Mr Findley, the camp commander and his excellent team ran everything brilliantly without drama. All of the feedback we had so far have been very complimentary.
What we worked on at Camp
After 44 years from the founding of Chans Martial Arts and around 40 years of camps, we have evolved from practicing hard traditional martial arts to Shao Chi Chuan: a modern stress free system, based on Tai Chi Chuan principles.
Currently, we begin by immediately teaching new students the basic principles so that they have the optimal bio-mechanical advantage. As the students have more natural and controlled movement, they are taught to use less and less physical effort to produce power in their techniques. Ultimately, we use almost no force but only utilise ‘Yi’ (intent) to produce ‘Jing’ (internal energy), exactly as in Tai Chi Chuan.
The benefits of using ‘Jing’ are: 1) It requires very physical strength. 2) It is extremely quick and explosive. 3) It is difficult for the opponent to see it being generated. 4) It has little residual momentum, hence enabling very quick recovery. 5) It is very flexible in angels & range. Therefore, it has virtually unlimited attacking & defensive options. 6) Finally, it is the most effective way to activate the vital pressure points of the opponent.
We have some of our senior members on the cusps of entering this zone. This means that CMA is very close to fulfilling my aspiration for SCC, ie to truly be the practical interface between Shaolin Chuan and Tai Chi Chuan.
Shao Chi Chuan not only has exceptional effectiveness, it also saves the practitioner from the most common martial arts injuries. It also enables the person to continue to improve regardless of age. We certainly have a very bright future ahead.
Next year we will look forward to having Annual Camp in Invercargill, dates are on the website so plan early.
Raffle for Champion Crusaders Rugby Ball
We thank Mr Jeremy Elrick for donating the ball and our members who bought the raffle tickets or made generous donations to the Mahmood family. We sold 200 tickets and we had several large donations from generous Chans Martial Arts members. We have also included the profits we made this year from the sale of the Entertainment books. In all we raised over $1700. This is not including the cash donations we collected over the Queens Birthday Weekend seminars and tournament plus the collections from Lincoln branch we are able to pass on a grand total of $4879. A video of the draw is posted on our Facebook page.
Dr Haroon Mahmood was killed in the March Christchurch terror attacks. He tutored economics and statistics at Lincoln University from 2014-2016. He also lectured business studies at Linguis International in Christchurch from 2014-2017. He was at Canterbury College and gained a PhD in Finance at Lincoln University.
His two children Ahmad (12) and Izzah (11) are green tips students at our Lincoln branch. I hope we will continue to love and support Ahmad and Izzah to become good Kung Fu seniors in the future and pay particular attention to fight racism, bigotry and extremism.
Candidates for Black Belt Grading
Some of our requisite for Black Belt upgrading are 1) Technical skills and knowledge of Shao Chi Chuan, 2) Physical & mental strength & endurance 3) Good conduct and attitude, 4) Attendance, participation and contribution. After very careful deliberation the following are invited to be candidates for this year’s Black Belt Grading.
Craig Fisher - North Shore, Auckland
Daegal Hodgson - Nelson
Carl Beuke - Kelburn, Wellington
Lexi Clarkson - HQ
Lois Bason - HQ
Zane Thompson - HQ
Ms Amanda Ellis - Parklands, Christchurch
Mr Malachi Soper - Blenheim
We wish to congratulate them for being invited to grade. It is a big honour and yet they have a great deal to work on to meet the required standard on the day.
All senior students are expected to take part in this very important event from 10:00am on the 30th of November at HQ. All are invited to the Annual Dinner which will be held at the Jolly Seafood Restaurant, please purchase your tickets early as they sold out last year. The Annual Awards will be at HQ at 7:30pm, no tickets are required to attend the awards.
May Chi be with you,
Grandmaster SC Chan
Canterbury TC Ex Grading
Canterbury KF Grading
China trip begins
China trip ends
Dunedin*, Nth Zone KF Grading & Seminar
Dunedin* TC Grading & Seminar
Wellington KF Grading & Seminar
Wellington TC Grading & Seminar
Annual BB Meeting
Annual BB Grading & Awards
Canterbury TC Ex Grading
Canterbury KF Grading
HQ last day training