Alec Chan started his shaolin kung fu training 11 years ago at age six. From then to today he has been diligent, focused and determined. He asked insightful questions, worked tirelessly, and never gave up in the face of any setback. His talent, strength of character and mental fortitude allowed him yesterday to earn his red stripe.
Since 1982 thousands of students all over the world have studied the YMAA Shaolin program. Of those students only 39 reached the red stripe level, Alec is the 40th to join this elite group.
It has been an honor and a pleasure to be his teacher these past 11 years. I am deeply proud of his accomplishments. Alec truly embodies the spirit of kung fu.
Congratulations to him for this outstanding achievement.
It's never too late to start!
Check out this 8 minute documentary a son made about his mother's experience with tai chi.
A lot of our jobs require us to work on a computer. Here's a little tip from keyboardathletes.com for keeping your eyes fresh, the 20/20/20 rule
The YMAA Boston lost & found is getting full. Please check to see if you're missing anything before it goes to goodwill at the end of the month.
I'm sure just about every teenager on the planet would prefer to sleep in and start school later. I remember having a lot of trouble getting to high school on time for the 7:30am start.
This New York Times article cites research which has shown that teens tend to have a later sleep cycle than adults.
Perfect practice makes perfect...
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Check out this great video of a typical morning for the students at the YMAA Retreat center.
Most people would be proud to be as strong as Steve Maxwell in their 30s. In this video he's 60 years old. Steve stays this strong by keeping smart in his training.
I really enjoy the Kung Fu Quest series. It does a good job of exploring Chinese martial arts.
This episode on Ba Ji Quan is great. There are a lot of similarities between Ba Ji Quan and our Shaolin training.
A couple points of note.
5:00- spear/long weapon training
8:00- sparring. Check out the arm conditioning and the power training.
19:00- more long weapon training
20:45- similar to our staff fighting forms
26:00- more sparring
28:00- more long weapon training
39:30 more sparring
This article from Lifehack.org gives a great visual explanation of why sitting for hours at a time can lead to degenerative conditions.
Remember, it's not just how much movement/exercise you get that matters, it's also the frequency. If you have a desk job try to get up at least every 30 minutes and move around.
Traditional Chinese martial arts for mind/body development