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Posted by VCK on April 12, 2012 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (2)



It doesn't get any better. Five hours with senior Instructors on Friday, a five hour workshop on Saturday, and a second five hour session on Sunday. Surrounded by eager students hanging on his every word Wing Chun Master Beau Bouzaid barely paused for breath as he gave each participant personal hands on guidance interspersed with tales of his most recent training experiences in Hong Kong.


Add in class visits on the eve of his arrival and again on the eve of his departure - when an impromptu workshop extended the class by almost an hour, and a picture begins to emerge of an entertaining perpetual motion human dynamo.


Known for his dynamic yet simple demonstrations it's no wonder the workshops were oversubscribed, but we did our best to fit everyone in. And fit everyone in we did! Speaking to participants at the close of the workshops it seems that everyone left with at least one gain in their understanding of Wing Chun and plenty to work on.


One common denominator: Everyone expressed interest in another workshop with the indomitable Wing Chun Master, Beau Bouzaid.


Posted by VCK on March 23, 2012 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)


We have finalised the details for Master Beau's "Flying Visit" workshop, and we are pleased to announce that there will be two workshops. Unfortunately there is only time for workshops in Christchurch. $100 & $35 sessions. Other important details below.

Saturday April 7th 1:00pm.

Master Beau, In his capacity as Technical Advisor to the Australasian Ving Chun Kuen Instructors Association will be conducting an intensive hands-on advanced technical workshop.

Places will be limited to a maximum of 10 participants. The cost is $100 to financial members of the Association. ($200 otherwise). Bookings are essential. The good news is that in this session Master Beau will be sharing all the good oil from his recent trip to Hong Kong.

Sunday April 8th 1:00pm.

A general workshop that is open to all members. The cost is $35 for financial members. ($100 others). You are advised to book in advance. For those who pay to attend the Saturday session, there will be no cost to attend the Sunday session.

If you are booking for the Saturday session, we suggest you set aside time for the Sunday session as well. There will be no charge for you to attend the Sunday session.

If $$'s are not really an issue, you should not bypass the Saturday session for the Sunday session, as the format and the presentation will be different, however it will be conducted by Master Beau.

If at all possible you should attend these workshops.
If you can't make it, you may be able to book a private lesson on Monday the 9th...
Better book early for all sessions.... It's only two weeks away.....

Master Beau's Upcoming Workshop 2012

Posted by VCK on March 14, 2012 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Don't say we didn't warn you all to put aside some savings for another workshop by the indominitable master of Wing Chun, Beau Bouzaid.

Well, he could be here in Christchurch as early as the first week of April! Fresh from his recent trip to Hong Kong where he received hands on instruction from the legendary King of Siu Nim Tao, GrandMaster Chu Shong Tin, Master Beau has taken some time to reflect on those lessons, and now he is ready to regurgitate that information for you!

You are no doubt aware that a number of Wing Chun practitioners world-wide make the trek to Hong Kong to train with GrandMaster Chu Shong Tin, however what you may not know is that the first group tour organised for the specific purpose of training With Chu Shong Tin in Hong Kong was led by our very own, Master Beau Bouzaid. The year was 1989.

(You will find photo's of that historic inaugral event in our new Album titled "Master Beau's Collection". The series of photo's is led by a picture of Chu Shong's class of students from the opening year of his school, 1964.)

At this point in time the projected cost for the workshop is $200 (or about $40 per hour) (NOTE: with a 50% discount to financial members of the Association - about $100).

A drop in the ocean compared to the cost of traveling to Hong Kong to train, and we are grateful to Master Beau for sharing his experiences with us. We hope that you will avail yourself of this opportunity - and we suggest that you book your space in the workshop now, as this will be a 'flying' visit, and spots in the workshop may be limited. ($50 deposit to secure your place).

We will notify exact workshop date/time as soon as flight times are finalised.

Indominitable? Glad you asked. It means 'he who cannot be subdued or overcome: unconquerable: an indominitable warrior: invincible; seems to sum up Master Beau...

Oh, and a big welcome to our newest members, hope you enjoy the articles, photos, and videos on the website. Check it out for all the good stuff.

Sifu Danny Xuan's Christchurch Visit 16.01.2012

Posted by VCK on February 14, 2012 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

When possible I have always endeavoured to make welcome visiting Wing Chun Instructors, and in January of this year Master Clay and myself were invited to participate in the Wing Chun seminar hosted by Sifu Danny Xuan and his New Zealand student Zayid Jones.

Prior to receiving the invitation I had read the internet advertising of Sifu Xuan's impending visit and my first impression was of a slick commercial operation, so we were both pleasantly surprised to receive an open invitation to attend the seminar on the opening night.

At six in the evening we were joined by about a dozen others in the yard at Zayid's home. A mixture of practitioners from other arts attended. There were some from mma, Shaolin, boxing, a bodybuilder, some from Wing Chun. Sifu Danny looked in excellent condition and moved with an agility that belied his age. He kept Zayid busy passing him objects that lay about the yard - a brick here, a board there - to use as props to illustrate a point or two before getting the participants to try out various methods, thus I found a familiarity in the way that he taught.

I found Sifu Xuan's theory into the history of Wing Chun extremely fascinating. I had read much of his research on his website and found the evidence he presented not only believable but compelling. It was interesting to hear him expounding those ideas in person. I am sure he won't mind if I direct you to his website,, where you can read it for yourself.

By 9pm the light was beginning to fade, and not wishing to take up time that Sifu Xuan should be spending with the other participants, Master Clay and I asked to be excused. But not before inviting everyone to join in a group photo, at which time we presented Sifu Xuan with a Patu carved by our own Wing Chun Instructor Rapheal Stowers. (Those photos can be viewed in the "Wandering Monks" album on the website).

Since the workshop I have been asked by a couple of persons to make comment on the veracity of Sifu Xuan's teachings and training methods, however it would not be possible to reach any reasoned conclusion since we only attended for some three hours on the first evening of a seminar that was to extend over some twenty hours, or four nights. Further I point out that just as I do not compare one student to another student I did not attend the seminar to make a comparison or pass judgement. If one wishes to gain some insight into Sifu Xuan's teachings they should attend his seminars and I leave it to them to form their own conclusions. I will say that some of his ideas and methodology were interesting.

Personally I found Sifu Xuan to be of generous nature, very open and genuine in his efforts to pass on his understanding of Wing Chun. I am in no doubt that those who attended over the course of the week were given more than their monies worth. I hope they took it in. It behoves one to listen when a teacher of Sifu Danny Xuan's experience and knowledge travels halfway around the world to pass on that experience, for little more than the price of the airfare, and I congratulate Zayid Jones for the effort he no doubt put in to bring his teacher to Christchurch. Kevin

Wandering Monks

Posted by VCK on March 16, 2010 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (2)

05.03.2010 Arrived in Nelson where I met up with Paul Patterson, whom I haven't seen for some (just guessing) ten years. Paul was part of our original Nelson group organized by Paul Woods, an unassuming, modest, hugely talented young man of tremendous Wing Chun potential whose character was as upright as his posture. It was a great loss to the Nelson area Kung-Fu followers when Paul Woods followed his own path and moved to Thailand. Anyway, I spent an enjoyable afternoon having coffee with Paul Patterson, some catch-up conversation, and naturally a little Chi Sau after looking at his form.

Apart from the odd infrequent visitor Paul P. has had no Wing Chun contact since Paul Woods left town some 10 years ago, yet the basic skills in Chi Sau were still evident. This is testament not only to Paul Woods instilling in him a good foundation, but also to his own dedication in practicing Siu Nim Tao every day. There is a lesson there for all of us. Thank you Paul Patterson for the coffee and the lesson!

06.03.2010. James Abbott took the time to travel over from Golden Bay with one of his students, Pat, whom I was meeting for the first time. Pat has only had a couple of weeks training, but his enthusiasm and willingness to learn really shone. It was a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon, but thankfully James was able to organize a friends garden for us to train in and it was cool and pleasant training for a couple of hours in the shade of the trees. Hopefully I was able to give Pat something to look forward to in his Wing Chun training. I know James will.

07.03.2010. To Blenheim where I met with Dave Oberdries. I was meeting Dave for the first time. Naturally, as in meeting anyone for the first time I didn't know what to expect, so arrived with an empty cup. Dave soon filled it with coffee and a welcoming smile, and really made Raewyn and I feel right at home. We spent about 20 minutes getting to know a little about each other until his wife, daughter, and friend arrived home. Then we got to know each other all over! Dave came to Wing Chun through Awatea in the heady Dunedin days, but then through work and circumstance drifted away. But the seed was sown and he has recently

returned. Anyway, after some pleasant conversation Dave took Raewyn and I to his training facility. He is currently going through resource consent issues. Hopefully they will be sorted quickly, for Dave has a good training area there that could benefit many people in the Blenheim area. Naturally enough we got into a bit of training. Awatea had built me up a bit so I told Dave I should have stayed away because the legend is always bigger than the man! Anyway Dave, I hope I left you with something to think about. You know, there is something about Wing Chun that attracts good people. I hope to see more of you and your family Dave.

All in all it was a great trip. Seems like all I did was train, but in fact I was on holiday, the purpose of our trip North the birthday celebration of a friend. Perhaps next time the purpose of my travel will be training, in which case I hope to spend more time sharing Wing Chun with old friends, new friends, and those I'm yet to meet. Catch-ya-up-soon! Kevin.

Who Popped In

Posted by VCK on February 8, 2010 at 4:57 PM Comments comments (6)

Hey! Nice surprise! Catchup with Adrian from Auckland last nite, 08/02/2010.

Just like riding a bike, isn't it Adrian!!