(Not only) For fighters and kung fu/wushu serious practitioners
The premise is simple. Adults, at least in my Curriculum, do not learn only the movements or forms, but also how to apply them. Even if they join more of a "self-defense fitness oriented" program, we would do some exercises with the help of partner drills, boxing gloves or pad work.
But how about children?
âChildren's classes are different. They focus on different skills, are more general, so even if the kid won't stick with kung fu, he or she will be ready for anything else. They do lots of strength training, games, speed and coordination exercises. We spend big amount of time on basics, which I believe are more important than forms.
But we also do application. Altought, the kids maybe don't know.
For my kung fu coaching, I have developed several programs based on what people are coming for to me. Generally, for the Hung Kuen kung fu Curriculum, I use colored stripes as levels (similar to belts) and I adopted BJJ way of having a range of color stripes for kids, but nothing between white and blue for adults. The top box shows a screen shot of a part of my lesson plan, where I remind myself what are the technical goals for the current level (such as what kind of strikes they are learning at this stage).
Except for kids, I teach adults too. So far, there was a demand for two types of training. The first one I would call something like Asia-Combat-Fitness. Simply said, people want to work out, hit the pads, do some self-defense drills, and also learn a form or do some breathe exercise. It is a combination of what kung fu offers and what is a typical combat class for non-fighters. I usually hope this will bring them to the other program I have.
The third one, green on picture, I call by a working title “Complex Program”. This one is much more oriented on detailed technical site, application in fighting, as well as pads, breathe etc. Surprisingly I offer this one the least, but it is the most important one.
For these two adult programs, I again remind myself in the lesson plan what the goals and the contents are, and as you can see, I use shades of the color to note for myself how important/how much present they should be in the lesson.
There were moments when I thought: Hey! I want to write a blog post about this! And… nope. I was postponing until the topic was no longer hot, so I decided I will do a long one for spring 2019. Looking back now, I am proud that I really sit down and wrote it, and it’s not even Christmas yet!
Fight in Thailand
I was desperately seeking for a fight in Hong Kong, but I just could not get any. After few months of frustration, I liked all the MMA facebook circles in Asia that I could find, and through that I heard about this competition called K Warrior in Thailand. This amateur MMA event at the end was absolutely great. They did everything so that we, amateurs, could feel like pros. There was music, lights, walk in, public weight ins, stare downs, live stream, commentators… 20 out of 10 would go again!
The problem was, not only it was 4 hours by car north from Bangkok, but I had no team willing to go with me. I found out that Tiger is going, so I was waiting to see who exactly and if they could corner me, too. The time was coming close and I still didn’t know, so I decided I will go anyway. Even if I have to grab a random Thai person on the street and drag him to the cage, “You will be my corner now! Here is my water bottle!”, simply, I was going to have that fight!
I have been practicing martial arts since 1999. It became the reason for moving to Hong Kong and it guided many of my life decisions. I am addicted to hung kuen kung fu and MMA. Follow my path to pro fighter on this blog or my social media.
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