The New Cardio: Hakka Kung Fu / 全新有氧運動:客家功夫

(按此看中文版)

Many of us have watched in anticipation the last match between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. We glue our eyes to the television, with one hand in our popcorn bucket, to watch the Fight of the Century. However, have we ever stepped back from the world of violent boxing and maybe think of something more… eastern? Our knowledge about martial arts is very limited to the number of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan movies we watch during our childhood days and that too, we are more focused on the perfectly choreographed moves and sound effects. Today, we explore the world of Hakka Kung Fu, one of the most distinctive and important martial arts systems in South China.

The Hakka clan first emerged out of the “misty mountains” where Fujian and Guangdong joined, during China’s chaotic period in the early Qing. The Hakka martial arts developed along with the development of Hakka as a clan. When the Hakka masters moved from villages to cities, Hakka kung fu also developed into being more ‘modern’.

Held every Monday at 8 pm in March, you could simply walk to the Skygarden to learn this form of Kung fu. It was open for every level and everyone was learning together, so don’t worry about being an awkward small potato. Listening to the grunts of the other participants, I was intrigued to try out this new martial art as well.

It was honestly quite the experience! Master WONG was particularly meticulous about our stance, and we had to hold in a half squat position for at least 5 minutes. Way to work on those glutes! The air punches proved to be a good stress reliever as well. With the wind blowing in my face, it felt more like a refreshment instead of a workout.

There were quite a lot of participants too! Here’s what they have to say about the workshop:

“I was honestly quite scared at first! I usually do yoga so being exposed to martial arts—with the grunts and air punches—was quite shocking for me! However, it was a new experience. I could never experience this in my home country.”
Sophie BRANDSTRUP, Hall 10, Exchange Student, Business Communication

“This is a really good workout session for me. The timing fits with my schedule well and I was really inspired by the teacher’s passion towards the sport. He’s in his own bubble!”
Camille PIOT, HSBC Prosperity Hall, Exchange Student, Finance

“I will definitely come again if there were upcoming events like this! I have always been interested in martial arts but never had the opportunity to try it. Now that I tried it, I’m hooked!”
Minxin ZHU, Lee Shau Kee Hall, Year 2, Energy Science & Engineering

Writer: Natasya Viona CHANDRA (Jockey Club Harmony Hall)
Photographer:   REN Ling (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall)

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很多人已經看過曼尼·帕奎奧和弗洛伊德·梅威瑟的最後一場比賽了吧,想必是一手拿著爆米花,眼睛一刻不離屏幕地觀看這場「世紀之戰」。但是,從暴力拳擊的世界里回過神來,你有沒有想過東方武術呢?我們對於武術的認識僅限於童年時代看過的李小龍、成龍的電影,而且我們更加關注的還是精心製作的動作和音效。今天,我們探索客家功夫,這是中國南方獨具特色的重要武術系統。

在中國清朝早期,國內秩序較為混亂的時候,客家宗族興起於福建和廣東省一帶。客家武術也隨著客家宗族的興起而發展。當客家人從村莊搬到城市以後,客家功夫也變得越來越現代化。

每周一晚上八點,你可以來天台花園,學習客家功夫。不管你基礎如何,都可以加入。大家一起學習,不用因自己是初學者而擔心。被其他參與者所感染,小編自己也對客家功夫感到十分好奇。

這實在是一次不錯的體驗。黃師傅會謹慎地調整我們的姿勢,我們要紮馬步至少五分鐘。向空中揮拳,也是一個很好的緩解壓力的方式。微風吹拂,你會覺得神清氣爽而非覺得在接受沈重的訓練。

此次活動有許多的參與者。我們隨機採訪了一些人:

「一開始我真的很害怕!通常我練習的是瑜伽,所以當接觸武術時,尤其伴隨吼聲還有揮拳的時候,我覺得很驚訝。但是,這是一次全新的體驗。這是在我的國家體驗不到的。」
── Sophie BRANDSTRUP(舍堂十 / 商務傳播系交流生)

「對我來說這是很好的一次鍛煉機會。時間也正合適。師傅對於運動有著極高的熱情,我也被他深深感染了。他真的沉浸其中。」
── Camille PIOT(滙豐業昕堂 / 金融系交流生)

「如果未來還有這樣的活動,我一定會再次來參加。我對武術始終都很感興趣,但是一直沒機會嘗試。嘗試過之後,我已經著迷其中了。」
── 朱敏華(李兆基堂 / 能源科學及工程學系二年級)

文:   Natasya Viona CHANDRA (賽馬會群萃堂)
譯:   王琪 (舍堂十)
圖:   任伶 (胡應湘爵士伉儷堂)

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