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Wushu : Turning to traditional wushu
Posted by MCM on 12/3/2009 11:10:00 . News by the same author
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By Y.P. SIVAM


Training hard: Loh (left) going through a training session with his elite students


SHAOLIN GOH CHOR, unlike other wushu clubs which focus on routines and shan shou, has established itself as an organisation focusing on traditional wushu.

Shaolin Goh Chor chief instructor Alex Loh said their vision was to produce exponents in the more combative and aggressive wushu routines.

“Traditional wushu is very different. It is not competed in the SEA Games or Asian Games. In the SEA Games and Asian Games, it is more an exhibition of routines and beauty. But, in the traditional wushu, the exponent has to be a fighter with attacking qualities.

“There is no place for anyone with fear in their minds in traditional wushu,’’ Loh said.

Although traditional wushu with origins from China has many variations, Loh has adapted five disciplines – monkey, white crane, monk, nun and thai chor – at his centre based in Pusat Bandar Puchong.

Loh said traditional wushu was a life-long learning programme and anyone with a brave heart could adopt the training programme.

“There is a grading system but it is simplified. Trainees with natural abilities, agility and are fast will find it easy to be active in traditional wushu.

“Any one aged from six onwards can take up the activity. Even if the person is not keen to be competitive, he or she can been involved in demonstrations and stage shows,’’ Loh said.

It will take about three years for an exponent to master the skills. Once they have graduated, the exponents are given the chance to display their skills at demonstrations and shows. They also have the privilege to perform at dinner shows as well as during festivals.

“We are quite busy during the Chinese New Year festival with our exponents involved in dragon dances. It is also a source of income for the club. We are also lucky to have a supportive patron in Datuk Danny Tan,’’ said Loh.

Every year, exponents from Shaolin Goh Chor take part in national competitions. Every two years, they also take part in the World Traditional Wushu championships. Last year, eight exponents from Shaolin Goh Chor took part in the World Traditional Wushu championships in Shiyan, China.

Represented by four men and four women, the Shaolin Goh Chor returned with two gold, four silver and six bronze medals.

The gold medals came from Low Yi Qian and Chong Yen Yee while Chong Yen Yee, Lai Pei Chee and Chan Huan Ling won silver medals. The bronze medallists were Lai Pei Chee, Chan Huan Ling, Low Koh Hing, Matthew Chen and Tan Tsienn Han.

The 21-year-old Low, who is a UUM student, has been involved in traditional wushu since she was 16.

“I took up the sport when I was a student at SMK Bandar Sunway. I found it interesting and challenging.

“Two years ago, I won a silver medal in the World Traditional Wushu championships. I am happy to win the gold medal last year. I hope to take part in the next world championships also,’’ said Low.

FACT FILE

Shaolin Goh Chor

Patron: Datuk Danny Tan

Chief Instructor: Alex Loh ((012-2295727; e-mail: alexlot@hotmail.com)

Centre of Excellence: 2-3, Jalan Bandar 3, Pusat Bandar Puchong, Selangor (9am to 5pm daily)

Classes: Traditional Shaolin Goh Chor, Southern Wushu Routines, San Shou Kick Boxing, Lion Dance, Drangon Dance, 8/18 Prosperity Drums.

Members: 250

Fees: RM20-RM40 monthly

Activities: National Under-18; National Under-21 and Open (both men and women)

~The Star



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