Ruhi had been asking to come watch me train for a while, and since I’ve been at the wushu school for a little while, and Yue Xiao Yu had thought it would be okay, we both headed over to the Shaanxi Provincial Sports Training Center’s wushu guan for a bit of Monday afternoon forms training.
My alterior motive for doing this was to get some videos of my own training so that I could see what I looked like and figure out what I need to work on. (my own wushu videos will only be available for those registered on wushuzilla.com, just because it is a little embarassing. lol.)
For the rest of you who aren’t on wushuzilla, you can still enjoy the ton of footage that Ruhi was able to take for me. I discovered that the best way to get a lot of wushu footage is to just ask someone to take it for you. Trying to train and get media for you guys to watch was a little problematic, but having my wife the film director there made it a breeze. Thanks Ruhi!
As a result, I don’t actually have to talk too much about what happened. I can just show you! First off, here is some wushu tag and warm-up videos:
For some reason the wushu hall was a bit chilly today. Probably due to the snow falling outside (I finally get to see snow falling in Xi’an!) and the sub-zero temperatures coming in through the super drafty windows, but it took us a while to warm up.
And then it was time for forms. I asked Ruhi to focus on capturing the nanquan athletes. So for your viewing pleasure you can see Ting Jing Fan, Yuan Ming and Yue Xiao Yu practicing some southern wushu weapons. Enjoy!
Over on the other carpet with Chu Feng Ling’s group I noticed that the kids were working on some cha quan combinations. Pretty neat and a great way to really drill some good long fist technique. Here is a short video of that:
During class an interesting thing happened. As I was practicing my form, Coach Zhang asked me to show him a combination from my 3rd section. It was actually a combination I had learned back in 2006 from Zhu Wen Jun and worked in to my choreography. I ended up showing him, as well as Yuan Ming and Yue Xiao Yu. I have it on wushuzilla as a bonus video.
Also, After class I got to sit and talk with a few of Chu Feng Ling’s kids and introduce some of them to Ruhi. It is fun to meet these kids and get to know more and more of the athletes. I think they are slowly acclimating to me being there. it has been about 2 months now so I suppose I’m becoming more and more of a familiar face. Should be fun to see what the coming months will bring. Another bonus video of the kids is also on wushuzilla.com
Finally, if you want to see my nanquan video, just go to wushuzilla, login (or register — it’s free and way easy) and then go to the “members” area where I have it posted.
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