|Shaolin in Ann Arbor
||[Aug. 22nd, 2006|07:20 pm]
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So my brother was working at a bar one night and he invited me to come see the show and hang out. I obliged and came in early with him and helped him set-up the bands stuff and other odds and ends that occur before a performance. In between all the moving and shuffling there was this guy. In the middle of the dance floor. Doing horse stance! I thought it was interesting and let things play out. He would sometimes bust into a few mantis movements or other kung fu like maneuvers. A bandmate would walk by and they would slap box for a minute and he would return to his stance training. A bouncer, I noticed, was always paying close attention and he approached the stout bearded young man. The chatted for a minute and then the show was beginning so then were left unsaid until after the show the two began discussing their styles. The bouncer was a Jeet Kune Do student (Bruce Lee's modern martial art) and was showing off his tattoo and saying how his style was superior to that of this interesting horse stancer. Then somehow I became part of the conversation and was introduced to AVI aka Horse stance guy on the dance floor. He invited me to his martial arts class, No bullshit Shaolin. That is paraphrased but it was something along those lines.
I couldn't wait. I went to the first class of the new year. I followed his directions through the snow covered roads and ended up at a tennis club. I went deep into the bowels of the club into the small handball courts. To my surprise there were many students there. Mostly your standard Ann Arbor/ypsi student/musician/organic/neo-hippie fair. Being shy I just kind of played the background and went in and began stretching out and such. Anyway, Long story short, another group of good people. No egos here other than my own. After some introduction and conversation I learned the teacher was Mr. G. Class began without him. Warm-ups, stretching, and some lovely horse stance. I never really practiced it. It wasnt easy. The student teaching the class was running us all through the basics. Then "he" came, Mr. G. Dressed in black and ready to teach. He had us do some exhausting work out. I just remember that after 2YRS of "SHAOLIN KUNG-FU (aka Yue Chia)" I never worked out this hard. One CLASS!
There is so much more to tell about the training and the times spent with Mr. G and his group of loyal students. However, something are better experienced than spoken to. If you are looking for a great way to stay in shape and let loose some tension from your 9-5 job this is the place. If you are looking for spiritual fulfillment, if you search hard enough you will find it here. If you want a "No-BS" fighting style, well here you go. If you want to practice qi-gong or forms or just hang-out with a good group of people, well send me a msg and I'll invite you.
There are many things that Mr. G is willing to teach. He has taught animal style (mantis, monkey, tiger, white ape), shuai jiao, pa kua, qi-gong, Longfist, Iron Palm, and others during the 3yrs I have trained with all of them. I have seen quite a few new students come in on their first day and proceed to puke up all the toxins half-way through the work-out. I have seen people make astonishing progess in both the personal life and in their kung fu. It's amzaing how a little discipline goes a long way.