A Typical Day at The Alan Winner Academy by Jewel Leach

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Hello, my name is  Jewel, I am 10 years old and have been training with The Alan Winner Academy for nearly 8 years.

How we start the lesson

We start the lesson by running up and down the room for about 10 minutes to get us warmed up.  After that we sometimes do a running race (6 laps.)  We jog into a semi-circle and go into a stretch.  To take our minds off of stretching and we play a variety of games.

Middle part of the Lesson

After that we start doing gymnastics.  We learn a variety of things like forward rolls, hand springs, back flips, cartwheels and many others.  We then practice self-defence which involves putting boxing gloves on. Alan our teacher demonstrates what we have to do with his partner Salie and then we copy.  Sometimes Alan gets us to spar with one another so we have to all sit down and the two people that are chosen get head geared up and if they have to put their mouth guards on.   It is supervised.

As we come to an end

After that we have a break and then we play a game.  The games are really fun and contain team work.  At the end of games we all line up and our names get called out and we get given our license back, which shows that we are members of The Alan Winner Academy.Jewel Leach

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Wushu Sport – a brand new tv channel

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Wushu Sport logoThrough our experience which spans over 35 years, a lot of people are not sure of the difference between Karate and Kung Fu. In regards to efficiency, power, the ability to protect oneself and general health, they are both equal, based on the knowledge and the experience of the teacher. The difference is in their roots and history.

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Kung Fu (Wushu) is the most original Chinese Martial Art born in China. Over the years it has developed into the art of Wushu international. Wushu international contains Tai Chi, Qigong, Meditation, San Shou (sanda), Taolu and the discipline of Shaolin Kung Fu for day-to-day life.

The reason for creating Wushu Sport as a TV channel is to offer the public an alternative way to achieve health and wellbeing.  Also the channel will provide the public with the true history of Kung Fu (Wushu).

Wushu’s history goes back over 2000 years, when all the monks of the Far East and Asia used to meet in a place called Shaolin Temple in Henan province, China. One day an Indian prince called Bodidarma approached the monks indicating that together with the spiritual belief they must exercise. As a healthy body leads to a healthy mind and a healthy mind purifies one’s perception of the Divine.

San ShouOver the years the original style and essence of Shaolin Kung Fu (Wushu) has not changed. Total dedication and serious practice is required for the individual to become a master of the art. It consists of various routines which involve Martial Arts movement. These include hand routines, short weapon routines such as swords and other short weapons and long weapon routines such as stick, spear and other long weapons and the fighting skill of San Shou (Sanda).

Tai Chi practitioner

Over the years the sport has become Wushu international which has its unique legacy and unique performance.

Also the foundation of The Shaolin Temple is based on meditation, Qigong and Tai Chi. Meditation is the connection between the conscious and the subconscious and helps the individual to understand oneself. Qigong helps the individual to awaken their internal energy so, internally and externally, they are equally strong. Tai Chi is effortless combination of moves. It helps the individual to relax and holds the secret to understanding body movement in Martial Arts.

The Wushu Sport channel will be explaining the above in more detail, as well as share documentaries and interviews with the top teachers and athletes of Kung Fu (Wushu) in China and around the globe.

We believe that wushusport.tv will be highly beneficial to the public in terms of health, fitness and understanding oneself.

interview with Sifu Alan Winner

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This interview with Alan Winner was recorded live on the launch party of DVD’s volume 1 and 2. interviewer: Marie Martens, location: Overijse, Belgium, date: 19/9/2010.
 

Marie: First I would like to ask you how long you have been involved in sports?

Alan: I have been involved in sports from the age of 8 and I am now 54.

Marie: What kind of sports did you do when you were a child?

Alan: I started with swimming. I really didn’t have much choice. I was pushed into it by my parents. And this is for the kids here, I really didn’t like it but now I am so grateful that I listened to them and that I was pushed into it.

Marie: Then how did you become a teacher?

Alan: I was always interested in sports and I wanted to teach so I went to the university of physical education with the intention that once I was qualified was going to teach.

Marie: You have school. What kind of students take your classes?

Alan: In The Academy, which has been established in the UK for the last 27 years, I have all different age groups. I take from 4 years old but sometimes they bring their brother or sister who are 2 years old, they are the youngest. And the oldest is I would say 68 years old

Marie: What is your main purpose in teaching?

Alan: It’s very important to enjoy life to the full. And to enjoy life to the full you need to have a strong mind, a strong body and a strong spirit. Exercise and sports will provide that for you and that is my main task in teaching.

Marie: What are the reasons for your pupils to come and train?

Alan: The Academy provides to each person according to the need of the individual. It’s like when you go to a restaurant or you go to any shop and when you find that you have gained exactly what you were looking for you will return back to that same shop again.

Marie: Not being an athlete like me and also not interested in martial arts or sports like me, why should I practice Qigong?

Alan: Well, Qigong will help you to awaken your internal energy and a lot of people are not aware of this. Everyone you see, they wake up in the morning they look at their hair, look at their face, put on make up, making sure they’re dressed nice. Everybody is really looking at the outside. And the most important is the inside because the beauty and the health is more internal. And once you awaken it, or discover it, or you become aware of it you are there.

Marie: Your first DVD is called “The Power of Relaxation”, can you tell us a little bit more about the content?

Alan: Yes definitely, with great pleasure. It is important to understand different cultures. In the West we have our own culture, in the Far East they have their own culture. And it is really very beautiful to have an open mind and to try to understand other cultures. And I was very much like everybody here, Qigong sounded very strange, I didn’t know exactly what it was. And when I met with my teachers in China and they explained Qigong to me it has become one of the most important things in my life. Because, as Qigong means internal energy, I was able to awaken and discover my internal energy. And once I discovered this, again it became like the example I gave earlier, when you go to a restaurant and you eat something very nice you go and tell your friends. And Qigong has completely transformed my life and therefore I decided I wanted to pass it on to the people. So when I became qualified I took it as a job.

Marie: Your second DVD is also out and is called “The Way”. It is about Qigong and Tai Chi, I want to ask you is it first things first or can we start with the second DVD?

Alan: It’s definitely first things first. And as they say in the Far East; A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step in the right direction. Also the first DVD does not really have any movement, almost everything is sitting down or standing. That is the first step: to become aware of your internal energy. The second DVD has more depth in understanding it but also has motion, it’s more dynamic and that is why it has become the second.

Marie: Is there still something else you want to share with the public?

Alan: I would like very much to indicate that everything in life is really very complicated and difficult but we have the choice to either look at life that way or look at life as simple. And for anybody to be able to see the simple side of life, you will need to equipped with two points: knowledge and experience.

And one last thing I would like to say about the history and origin of Qigong. In the old time there was an emperor who had everything and everyone involved in Qigong destroyed, and had all the schools closed. But then one day he became very ill and none of the doctors could help him. And when his adviser told him there is one Qigong master still alive, you have run out of options, why don’t you try him out, the emperor was healed by this master. And from that time Qigong has spread widely across the Far East.

Marie: I would like to thank you also for being here and sharing your way of life with us.

Alan: And I would like to thank everyone for your effort to be here and I am so glad and proud to be part of it.

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DIARY OF A WUSHU ATHLETE – Filling in Forms

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Wushu sport has its very own judging system. You have A judges B judges and C judges, they all look at specific things in the athletes performance, f.i. Some look at technical requirements, some look at performance and then some look only at the jumping kicks.

In order for the judges to be able to do their jobs correctly, athletes have to fill out all sort of forms. A form for the required movements and a form  for the jumps, how many turns, which landing or how two jumps are connected. The more difficult the higher the score. two forms for each event: hand form, sword and spear.

The deadline is the 25th February, so I have to finalize which moves I will be doing. And I really need to take my time to fill in the forms correctly as last year I made a mistake and had a very low score as a result.  A few years back we all went for a judging course to understand how the system works and now after all those years I finally understand… But still it’s tricky and they need to be filled in with care.

I’m sitting at my desk at the Academy in the Hanwell Community Centre. Normally I take registrations here but now I am filling in my nandu forms… WATCH CLIP

DIARY OF A WUSHU ATHLETE – wushu jumps

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I love Wushu because…

At one time or another we’ve all wondered: “wouldn’t it be great to be able to fly”. We look at the birds and wonder what it must be like and sometimes when we have that dream where we are flying, we know what it feels like.

In an attempt to defying gravity I train wushu jumps. You lift off and hover in the butterfly kick, turn upside down in the areal, twist like a tornado in the whirlwind kick and twist horizontally in the 360 butterfly. Even when you’re a little chubby like myself it doesn’t matter as you create your own airtime by the way you time the take off, kick, turn and landing. It takes some years to perfect this timing but what keeps you going is that feeling of weightlessness. That feeling you get for a second when you are still in the air, suspended between time and space.

In competition routines 2 points of the total 10 are awarded to the execution of your jumps. The 2 points you can only get if you reach a starting value of 2 points. This means you have to include all the basic jumps: high kick, butterfly, single whirlwind and single lotus. But just with the basics you cannot reach the 2 points. You will have to add the areal (cartwheel without hands), a combination like a high kick into an areal, and some extra turns and/or more difficult landings like landing in splits, ouch… I’m not landing in splits anymore, I ripped my hamstring int he worlds in Beijing and was never comfortable with this move. Otherwise why do I have feet. It looks great though, when it’s done with ease, that is. This is the new era of wushu sport, 10 years ago the basics would have sufficed but in a bid to become an Olympic sport they have come up with this new scoring system that mainly focuses on difficulty in jumps.

I leave competition for what it is, you have to play by the rules. It’s the practice that is the enjoyable part and if you do well in competition it’s definitely a bonus.

Having fun at the end of the class. WATCH VIDEO

DIARY OF A WUSHU ATHLETE

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My name is Salie Lewi, I train wushu at The Alan Winner Academy and have been selected to represent Belgium at the next European Championships in Tallinn, Estonia from the 25th-30th March 2012. To show people how I prepare for this event I will be posting regular posts and video clips.

Wushu is the national Chinese sport and comprises out of two disciplines: San Shou and Taolu. The first is full contact fighting and the second is forms.

Myself, I compete in forms; hand form (chang chuan), straight sword (jian shu) and spear (qiang chu).

It has snowed overnight and the parking lot at the back of our house is all white. This is where I put in some extra practice by myself… Here is the video clip.

new DVD out today: “WING CHUN – First form: Siu Lim Tao” by sifu Alan Winner

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This DVD is the first in a three-part Wing Chun series. Guiding you through the first form called Siu Lim Tao, its application and a complete set of training exercises.

Wing Chun is a system of self-defense created by a Chinese nun. It is simple yet effective, soft yet powerful. Based on touch and speed instead of physical strength, this style is suitable for all ages and abilities.

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Welcome to a new era for The Alan Winner Academy

With a move to a new training centre comes a move into the online world of social networking.

Our aim is to unite the world of Chinese Martial Arts into one big family.

The Alan Winner Academy‘s base in London will be temporarily located in the big hall of the Priory Community Centre, Acton Lane, Acton W3 8NY, from January 9th until March 31st 2012.

The 2012 timetable will be published on the http://www.thealanwinneracademy.com/timetable from January 2012.

During the month of December Sifu Alan will be traveling with his family and some students to Hong Kong  to visit his teacher, Ip Chun and to spend time in the temples ofTaiwan.

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