Everyone here at UK Shaolin Temple would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who attended and organised UK Shaolin Temple’s 9th annual Chinese Martial Arts Competition. We felt the day was a real success and we were delighted by the sense of camaraderie and community spirit exhibited by all the competitors and the spectators; who came from all over the South of England. The day featured San Da matches during the morning and Traditional Hand Forms and Weapons Forms in the afternoon. We were really spoilt for choice by the diverse range of skill and specialities of the competitors.
The Judging panel for the event included Head Judge Master Gou Gong Jie: a Chen Style Tai Chi Master and direct disciple of the Chen Tai Chi family, 4th generation. Shifu Shi Heng Liang is Headmaster of the Hu Long Temple – School of Shaolin Kung Fu and Qi Gong in Devon and a sworn 35th generation Shaolin disciple under Shifu Shi Yan Min. The final judge on the panel was UK Shaolin Temple’s Headmaster Shi Yan Min, a 34th generation Shaolin Warrior Monk from the Shaolin Temple in Henan, China and founder of UK Shaolin Temple. The Judges remarked on how impressed they were by all of the competitors: their passion and energy and they were delighted to see how diverse and varied our Chinese martial arts community is.
The first event of the day featured 10 thrilling San Da bouts. The San Da competitors showed real fighting spirit, with many of them having no previous history of competing. The judges were impressed by the performance and stamina of the fighters. Some particularly stood out with their technical skill and use of takedowns. The San Da categories featured three age categories, including Children, Junior and Adults. All competitors displayed their drive and skill and we were delighted to see a variety of ages taking part.
The afternoon Forms categories featured a diverse collection of traditional Hand and Weapons forms. We were treated to many traditional Shaolin forms like Lian Huan Quan, Qi Xing Quan, and Shaolin animal forms, such as, Tiger and Mantis forms. Some more rare forms were also featured including Ruo Quan, Bao Quan and Shi Zi Zhang Quan. Some of the weapons featured in the competition were lesser known and all the more delightful to watch for that reason. This included Double Quai (Chinese walking sticks), Rope Dart and Double Daggers. There were also some excellent performances of some familiar weapons, such as, Fan, Shaolin Spear, Stick, Three Section Staff, Pu Dao and Guan Dao.
The competitors and their friends and family came from Kung Fu schools across the UK. The competitors represented clubs including: Southampton University Shaolin Temple Kung Fu Club, Natural Elements, Bristol Shaolin Wushu Academy, The Longfei Taijiquan Association of Great Britain, and UK Shaolin Temple. We were so inspired to have so many competitors come to our Temple and exhibit their skill and passion for Shaolin Kung Fu with us. We’d like to extend many congratulations to all who took part and thank you again for coming. We hope that you are able to come and visit us again soon, no invitation is required, come down anytime to join our classes or our open training sessions. You can find our timetable here: www.ukshaolintemple.com/schedules/
We’d also like to thank all of the many volunteers and numerous behind-the-scenes organisers for making the event possible and not only that but making it the success it was. We would like to acknowledge the many hours everyone spent towards prepping, as well as, the execution of the competition. We feel truly blessed and appreciative by everyone’s collective effort and we’d like to congratulate you all on an excellent job.
By Jennifer Chen