Why this particular form ?


I have asked Sifu to teach this particular form
 of the long style of 108 movements of the Wu Family Style for a number of reasons:

Also known as the Old Yang Style, it is an old traditional style,which encompasses much of the original knowledge and insights of the form. (Meaning that the Wu Family Style originated out from the Yang Style, but whereas there was a further evolution of that style, this off-shot retained more of the original style).

The form is suited to all ages and body builds remembering that once the form is learnt the teacher gives personal guidance according to physical constitution and form.

But its techniques are particularly suited to those of a stronger and heavier body build (kraftig bygd) such as those that found in Scandinavians, men and women alike.

The movements are a little bigger and wider, (rather than being small and close) with more open and ´longer arm`. The stances are slightly deeper, with more ´sitting legs`, together with more movement directed from the waist.

This latter requires a very good rooting of the legs & so builds up both strength and stamina in them. A necessity for a person with a heavier build, as well as an enormous benefit with ageing.

The internal work (Nei Gong 內功 ) is more dynamic (than the ordinary Yang style), which leads to the creation of more internal power; though the outer form looks the same.

In these ways it is well suited for older people, who are also obviously often of a heavier, more sturdy build; need to build up lower body strength; and need to create and preserve internal reserves of energy.

This particular form, and its lineage, will die out if there is not the next generation of practitioners. With dedication to learning and perseverance in practice we can have the honour of being the group to nurture and preserve this; which also suits the inner characteristic of Scandinavians.
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