First Success

Today is Day 66 of the 100-Days Yum Chui Challenge and one member has made the mark.

This is proof of concept that it is possible to learn SKD to a level of competence via online learning and guidance.

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SKD Member Training

We are nearly 3/4 of the way through the SKD 100 days Yum Chui challenge.

One of the SKD members from Australia came for training in Level 1 syllabus. The objective is to bring him up to speed on knowledge and skills so that a training group can be formed there.

Level 1 training covered the refinements and application of Yum Chui and Chau Chui, integration of techniques into a arm contact training platform, and 6-blocks (practice and application).

Some of the training is shown below :-

Yum Chui training

Arm contact training

6-blocks training

Watch all 31 short here.

SKD Easy

Take a look at this clip. It is a clip of my student, PL, doing the Yum Chui :-

For the fun of it I asked the Slack SKD Learning Group how long they thought PL has learned the Yum Chui. Two members guessed a week.

I have said that SKD is not difficult to learn and this video helped to make my point. The reason – PL had only learned it about 10 minutes before this video was taken.

First 100 Days Challenge for 2019

We will run the first SKD 100 days challenge for 2019 from 1 Jan to 10 Apr 2019.

The objective is to put in a serious, focused effort to master the first strike of SKD. Paul has already made good progress. All he needs now is one major push to master it.

You can see how Paul’s posture and body alignment has changed over a 9 month period below :-

The evolution of Paul’s body alignment – by using the same yellow line slant on each of the three photos we can see how his alignment progressed from totally out to just nice.

At the end of the 100 days we will make a 100 days video to see how members who take part have progressed.

To join the SKD learning group click here.

SKD Training on Slack

As the end of 2018 draws to a close it is time to take stock of some of the things that have been achieved over the year and how to move ourselves forward in 2019. 

Over the past few months I have seen Paul for whom the art of SKD was created for make progress (if you are wondering what SKD is about read it here). He has applied himself diligently and made decent progress in his basics.

The Facebook SKD Learning Group has been fun but I find it a pain in the neck to search for topics or organize them particularly the video uploads. In the past I had looked at Google+ and Patreon so see if there was a better way to organize the information and disseminate the knowledge. 

After keeping the Facebook SKD Learning Group closed to the public in 2018 I am going to open it to the public in 2019 but will run it within Slack. I’ve used Slack before for work and I’m going to use it for the SKD Learning Group as of 1 Jan 2019. The Facebook group will still be there for current members to refer to the material that have been posted.

I have already set up the basic framebook for the Slack SKD Learning Group and still tinkling with it but anyone who is interested can sign up now. To join the Slack SKD Learning Group you just have to sign up here. On clicking the link you will see the window below – just follow the instructions to sign up. Slack is also available as an app for iOS and Android.

New members will join #general and #skdlevel1 where the learning takes place. Be sure to introduce yourself if you want to make friends with other members. You can also share your practice videos with members and discuss with each other on how to improve.

Three rules in this group :-

Rule 1 – do introduce yourself in the channel #general or #skdlevel1 on joining the group. Let members know your name, training background, reason why you want to learn SKD, and any other information of interest that you would like to share

Rule 2 – keep discussions cordial, offer constructive criticisms, do not engage in personal or racist attacks, do not threaten violence, and keep the politics out.  Everyone is here to learn so being wrong is part and parcel of learning. Members who violate Rule 2 will be deactivated without warning

Rule 3 – to keep the group vibrant we would rather have a small group with active members than a large group with many inactive members. An inactive member is defined as a member that shows no sign of activity, does not post training videos or take part in discussions within the last 30 days. We will periodically cull the group of inactive members by deactivating them

Members who need to have guidance and critiques can sign up for them in the group. Guidance is offered for those who want get a leg up in their training with a view to mastering the core basics of SKD. More information will be posted in #general in the coming weeks.

So that’s it for SKD. A Slack Tai Chi Learning Group is in the works if the SKD group works out. We’ll see how it goes.

SKD Meetup 17 Nov 2018 Part 2

All the clips for the SKD meetup on 17 Nov 2018 have been uploaded.

The later clips moved on to standing discussions such as the one below :-

You can also see examples of SKD partner practice for the first basic strike below :-

Then there’s monkey stealing peach – did you spot the peach being stolen in the clip below?

I also explained the front part of the 24-blocks form and its use including the biomechanics of power using swallow-spit and push-pull mechanics.

SKD Meetup 17 Nov 2018

I have begun uploading the clips from the meeting with SKD member, Melvin, on 17 Nov 2018.

Over the 2-hour meeting I shared info with Melvin on SKD and related topics. One topic is that of close range bridge arm which SKD Level 1 does not address. I used Hung Gar of which Melvin is a practitioner as an example to talk about the subject.

We also talked about the two strikes in SKD Level 1 and application :-

Of course, we also talked about power which is everybody’s favorite topic. Except in this case its the power developed from SKD Level 1 rope pulling exercise :-

In SKD the power needs to be functional in that it is integral to the use of the technique. In this case, this would be the Yum Chui where the exercise enhances the power and use of the technique.

Not to forget that all strikes must go with blocks. At the end of the clip below is a short demo of SKD’s 6-blocks.

For more information on SKD check out the page here.