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Wushu Masters Meet @ Lion City

We are honoured to have been invited by the Chen Style Taijiquan Association to give a speech and perform a demonstration of Taichokun at the Wushu Masters Meet.

The demonstration was a big event in the Traditional Wushu world of Singapore with 29 teachers from different arts, including 80 year old Li Jia Quan’s leader “Boxing Sai”, who is an inspiration to all of us.

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We are grateful to have had opportunity to perform on the same stage with these legends.


To check out a video of this event, visit our Facebook page!

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Taichokun Visits Yongchun White Crane

After a fruitful exchange with Sensei Hanshi Tetsuhiro Hokama and his students in Okinawa, we passed by Hong Kong and visited the famous White Crane teacher, Master Lee Kong, on our way back to Singapore.

Sifu Lee is nicknamed the “Ironpen” of the Chinese martial arts world for his firmness when addressing and writing about issues going on in Chinese martial arts. He is a close friend and someone our school respects a lot. Every discussion with him opens a new level of understanding in martial arts and sometimes in life.

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Every opportunity we have to engage him, whether in discussion or by crossing hands, has proven fruitful, and we are always grateful for the time he can spend with us.

Thank you as well to Master Lee’s Hong Kong Yongchun White Crane Kungfu Study Group for their kindness and warm hospitality during our visit.

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Okinawa Visit & Training (Sep 2018)

In September 2018, representatives of Taichokun Singapore, led by Dominic Lim, visited Okinawa and were warmly received by Sensei Hanshi Tetsuhiro Hokama (10th Dan Goju Ryu) of the Okinawa Gojuryu Kenshi Kai Karatedo Kobudo Association. During our time in Okinawa, we had a chance to understand the unique culture of the Okinawans and its relationship to Chinese culture.IMG_3488For example, we learned about the origins of the word karate. The character “kara” 唐 means China, and “te” 手 means hands. Interestingly enough, karate seems to be a bridge between both cultures. Kungfu was spread to Okinawa from Fujian, China, where it developed into karate.

Yet, it was through our training with Sensei Hokama that we were able to see the similarities between our two arts. This further reinforced our view that Okinawan karate and Hokkien kuntao, such as Taichokun, share the same roots.

Goju in Okinawan means hard and soft, and training for both was done. The hard part of the training seems to derive from Chinese taichokun/luohan, while the soft segment is closer to Fujian White Crane.

We were honoured to train with Sensei Hokama, and training in karate at his school opened new insights in our own training. From conditioning to practising techniques, the Okinawans still preserved the traditional way of training, which is very similar to the methods employed in Hokkien kuntao.

After the training, we were pleasantly surprised with a celebration by Sensei Hokama and his students. Dominic Lim had the honour and good fortune to experience real Okinawan cuisine, side-by-side with one of the greatest masters in karate!

We thank everyone at Kenshikai for the amazing hospitality. It was great fun training with you all. We hope to see you soon, and please come to visit us in Singapore!

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