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  • Rob's Advanced Orange Test
    by Robert Bibeau on August 1, 2011 at 8:14 PM
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    Just a short 2 minute glimpse at the 2 hour test Rob endured for this Advanced Orange Sash Level. The heat was oppressive, the air was thick and literally viscous and the pace was fierce and relentless. Rob demonstrated clear and significant improvement, most noticeable in his kicks and in his waist motion. Although both need to improve even further, Rob has made amazing strides in the release, penetration and height of his kicks and is now accessing his center and his waist / core to both to generate and to absorb power. These are major milestones that many do not begin to achieve until the higher levels and after more time training. Stances need to continue to improve, rhythm and timing need to harmonize, transitions must get smoother and hand positions and formations must get tighter, so lot's of work ahead of us, but performance was solid, endurance was good, and improvement was much above average. - Sifu Mario Figueroa

  • Testing in the Rain
    by Robert Bibeau on August 1, 2011 at 2:39 PM
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  • Staff Set Getting Better
    by Robert Bibeau on September 15, 2010 at 2:39 AM
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    This was performed at the end of class, I had been practicing for over an hour at this point. It's a bit out of focus, but clear enough to make out whats going on.

  • Shen Kung Fu Conditioning Drills
    by Sifu Mario on September 11, 2010 at 4:43 PM
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    Shen Choy Lay Fut and Ng Ga Kuen in Vista, California. Timing, Distance and Conditioning Drills practice.

  • Learning the Staff Set 6-10-10
    by Robert Bibeau on June 14, 2010 at 5:34 PM
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    Rob learns the balance sequence of the double ended staff form. Not bad considering he could hardly stand with his eyes closed not too long ago......

    That line above was posted by Sifu Mario... wanted to clear up for readers that  I'm not referring to myself in the third person.

    Some info on the staff set:

    Sifu and I see this as sort of the center piece of this project right now.  We felt like the video was a good idea because due to the brain injury I can end up having some pretty severe memory problems.  This seemed like a good way to help me remember what comes when in the set.  Additionally it helps to identify, visually, improvement over time.  

    I would like to say that the work you can see at 1:44 in the video is the "Sot, Pek, Sot" drill the final move in that drill which you can see at 1:56 which is a spinning jump is my new Dok Lok Ma of sorts in that it has been exceedingly difficult for me to accomplish it.  This is the first time I ever did it with out becoming severely disoriented and its the first time I ever did it right.

  • White Sash Clip
    by Robert Bibeau on June 5, 2010 at 10:28 PM
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    After 4 months of practice ....

    At 1 minute 25 seconds into the video you'll see what was the bane of my existence at the beginning of my training, the Dok Lok Ma.  At 1:39 it becomes clear why.  I remember that the two things I was most concerned about going into this test were my balance and my memory.  The Dok Lok Ma in essence represents my Everest at the time because it is one of the last stances of Ng Lung Ma, the first form I learned in Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu and it was especially challenging to my vestibular function.

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