Sunday, March 29, 2009

Jeff's and Scott's grading

We are proud to announce that on Saturday 28 March 2009, after a gruelling test, Jeff Cosgrove graded to Sandan (3rd dan) 1st level, while Scott Ponton graded to Shodan (1st dan) second level (one level below Nidan or second dan).

As we stated at on the day, the performances were outstanding and we look forward to seeing both Jeff and Scott work on the foundation they have built to develop their skills to much higher levels in the near future. Both of them showed significant advancement to their next levels.

So may they not pause too long to reflect on their achievements, but press on to towards the future!

Well done Jeff and Scott - you have made us proud.

A special mention should be made that Jeff now has the title "Sensei" or "teacher". Jeff is only the 5th student of the Academy to achieve this title. "Sensei" can be translated as "one who has walked the path before you". In Jeff's case this is amply true; he has been a student of ours (on and off) since 1987 and we have seen a lot of water go under the bridge together. His wealth of experience, high level of technical skill, indomitable fighting spirit and physical condition mean that this title has never been more apt. The more junior students of the Academy would be wise to listen to his counsel, accept his correction and follow his example.

Scott, we look forward to according this title to you in the not too distant future. Keep up the good work!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Interview with James Sumarac

On 22 March 2009 Nenad and Dan interviewed Kyoshi James Sumarac on SportFM 91.3.

The podcast is available here.

James Kyoshi will be visiting Perth in late April to attend the Alex Kostic Systema workshop (details available soon) and the Academy will be fortunate enough to have James hold a special class at the Bayswater Martial Arts and Yoga Centre on Monday 27 April 2009 at 7.30 pm.

[Note that normally there would be no training on that Monday because it is a public holiday, but we're making a special exception on this occasion - so don't miss it!]

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Chen Pan-Ling taiji classes starting 14 March!

Following his recent acceptance as an inner circle student of Master Chen Yun-Ching, Shifu Dan is starting classes in Chen Pan-Ling internal arts at honbu dojo (the Bayswater Martial Arts and Yoga Centre), commencing with an 8 week course in taijiquan (t'ai chi chuan) commencing on 14 March 2009. The classes will take place on Saturdays from 9.30 to 10.30 am. Students of the Academy are encouraged to attend and bring any friends who might be interested.

This is a rare opportunity to learn the highly respected art of the late Chen Pan-Ling, responsible for preserving (in one form) the essence of the major taijiquan styles that were facing extinction in the face of the Japanese invasion and later the Communist takeover.

The art has been faithfully preserved by Chen Pan-Ling's son, Chen Yun-Ching and the responsibility has now been passed onto Shifu Dan as the next generation.

In future classes, students wishing to learn other Chen Pan-Ling arts (eg. xingyiquan and baguazhang) will be welcome to train at the same time with correction by Shifu Dan and his assistant instructor Trevor Aungthan.