Yin–Yang and its relevance to Taijiquan

Richard Howell has written an in-depth article about Yin-Yang in Taijiquan.  Providing investigation into its meaning, its relevance to the practice of Taijiquan and a way of discovering how it is works within applications by the use of basic push hands techniques. A copy of the full article can be downloaded here: Yin-Yang-and-its-relevance-to-Taijiquan

Bruce Lee the Millenium Man

Bruce Lee, kung fu martial arts movie star millenium man, his technical skills extraordinary but his character and determination provide lasting influences for future generations of martial artists. Kung Fu’s Bruce Lee was the pioneer in making the Chinese martial arts a cinemagraphic art. In doing so, Bruce Lee richly deserves a place in the […]

Chinese New Year 2016 – The Fire Monkey

Celebrations for the Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey are already in progress in Melbourne with the excitement building up to Chinese New Year’s Eve on the 7th February at Federation Square. Throughout February, various locations such as Chinatown, Crown Melbourne, Southbank, Yarra River, Docklands, Queen Victoria Market and the Windsor Hotel will offer […]

Tai Chi Walking Stick

Tai Chi Walking Stick

Tai Chi walking stick workshop lead by Sifu Chris Everett was attended by a large number of students, all carrying walking sticks as they arrived. Sifu Chris laid out the plan for the afternoon involving the 9 moves which she informed us would be taught in blocks of 3 explaining this would essentially mean 3 […]

Cat Stance Chinese Martial arts Kung Fu

The Cat Stance in Chinese Martial arts of Kung Fu gives important tips below. It is a flexible stance that is mainly used in defensive movements. The Cat has always had a place in Chinese culture. In Chinese astrology the Cat is said to have missed out on a place as a zodiac animal symbol due […]

Shaolin Kung Fu Short Stick Techniques

Shaolin kung fu short stick techniques are quite unique in application. Training with the stick is different also. Below is an account of that workshop by Si Hing Bruce Ryan, Kung Fu Instructor at our Golden Lion Berwick Academy. My mother used to say, “don’t play with sticks, you’ll poke someone’s eyes out”, so when Sifu Steeve’s […]

Tai Chi Relaxation for the Body and Mind

Tai Chi Relaxation for the Body and Mind

Tai Chi relaxation techniques for the body and mind include breathing mindfulness. This was presented in a workshop by Sifu Arlene at Golden Lion Academy’s Rowville Tai Chi  centre. Lincoln Rigby, Tai Chi Instructor at Berwick, recollects below some ideas given at the workshop. When do you relax or find yourself most relaxed? When do you find yourself relaxed […]

Martial Arts Children and Kung Fu

Martial arts children and kung fu training. This article tells the reasons why children should participate in kung fu. The training of children in martial arts has been the source of contentious debate within the community. It sometimes is incorrectly attributed to the development or encouragement of violence in children.  This is not an accurate assessment […]

ed from beginners to second level black belts with everyone enjoying the whole 3 hours which passed very quickly. Sifu Craig explained in his entertaining and humorous way the origin of the adaption of animal fighting styles to martial arts. One story was that a monk trying to shoo a crane from a vegetable garden was unable to hit the crane with a stick, every attempt to strike the crane would be averted with the monk realizing that the crane’s method of defense would be useful in martial arts. The 5 animal styles form part of the golden lion syllabus but does not define golden lion; rather it adds to a very broad and extensive body of knowledge. The 5 animals which are taught at golden lion are ‘best of class’ and represent the most efficient and skilled fighters for that type of animal. The 5 animals also represent 5 different types of abilities and related skills allowing the Practitioner to change between animal fighting styles when required. The animals themselves include the Tiger, leopard, Crane, Snake and Dragon. The Tiger is the largest and most powerful and tends to charge the opponent and attack directly with brute force using circular arm movements to overwhelm the opponent. The hand shape resembles a tiger claw which is used to strike and rip. The spirit of the tiger is fierce and fearless and is best used when an opponent is smaller or weaker. The Leopard is smaller and not as powerful as the tiger, it relies more on speed and accuracy with its strikes and targets: soft-tissue regions and other vital areas such as the neck and temple. The Leopard uses the second set of knuckles to strike in order to reach areas that a traditional fist shape could not access. The Crane is a skinny hollow boned bird with little muscle power; it uses evasion, speed and accuracy to overwhelm the enemy with rapid strikes and evades using circular movements. The crane’s weapons include the crane’s beak, wings and legs. The crane’s beak hand shape which if formed by placing the tips of the fingers and thumb together to strike soft areas such as the eyes, throat, ears and heart; sides of the head; ribs. When facing a more powerful opponent, using the speed and evasiveness of the crane style can be used rather than trying to match an opponent using power. The Snake has no fists and relies on coiling motions and rapid and accurate striking to the vital parts of the body, especially the eyes, face and throat using the ends of the fingers to emulate the snakes head. The snake utilizes simultaneous striking and locking techniques to evade and strike at the same time assuring that the practitioner has a high chance of causing extreme damage with little strength. Like the crane, the snake style can be used against a more powerful opponent. Dragon is an internal, Chi cultivating style and is characterized by grabbing, breaking and locking techniques using apposing thumb and fingers. The style combines the elements of the four other animals. If you are ever lucky enough to have Sifu Craig demonstrate the dragon claw strangle on your throat it is something you will never forget. Sifu Craig showed us a drill for each of the 5 animals and when the class was able to perform the exercise a further extension would be added to give us some very effective and powerful techniques. Some of the drills involved sending your opponent to the ground forcibly (which most people agreed strangely) provided quite a sense of satisfaction. Each set of techniques involved quite different movements ranging from striking the side of the neck with snake to using transition to a dragon stance to send an opponent to the ground. It was also stressed throughout the seminar that correct stance work was essential for any of the 5 animal styles to be correctly applied. Dave Mallon M’Beena student

Shaolin Kung Fu 5 Animals Self Defence

Shaolin Kung Fu 5 Animals Self defence seminar by Sifu Craig Rayner was held on 21 September at Golden Lion Rowville, assisted by Sijie Joey Baful. Attendees ranged from beginners to second level black belts with everyone enjoying the whole 3 hours which passed very quickly. Sifu Craig explained in his entertaining and humorous way the origin of […]

Tai Chi Anja Weise

Tai Chi Grading 4th Degree Black Belt

Tai Chi 4th degree grading of Si Jie Anja Weise was held on Saturday 19th of September in front of a gathering of parents, friends and students at the Golden Lion Rowville Tai Chi Academy. This was an exceptionally demanding grading in its complexity and required strength, stamina and focus, as those who have gone before can certainly […]