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

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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)

Yoga for Health / 健康瑜伽齊齊練

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Spending your Sunday evening doing yoga sounds rather relaxing, doesn’t it? Well, wait until you’ve actually tried it and the word “relaxing” will find a new meaning. But before the relaxing bit comes an hour-long battle between your mind and your body: a battle the art of yoga trains your mind to win!

Sitting through this one class, I felt the urge to join the fun. There was something very calm about this particular brand of fun; perhaps it was Master Yogaraj CP’s music or the steady breathing all those practising were careful to maintain. Towards the end of the class, despite not being a participant, I felt like I had been through all the stretches or aasanaas and I was eagerly awaiting the Master’s famous 15-minute cool-down session. Despite its brevity, this 15-minute session puts one in a therapeutic, meditative state instantly and when the Master finally rings a bell as reminder that class has ended, one feels rejuvenated and at peace, as opposed to exhausted and restless.

There were students of various fitness levels who joined the class-some of them were practising Yoga for the very first time, in fact. John DUMAS from France, for instance, is a Year 5 Computer Science student who resides in Lee Shau Kee Hall (Hall 6). When asked about his experience as a first-timer, he says, “I feel more flexible, despite a few pains sometimes. This is a very interesting experience and I quite like it. Especially at the end of the class, I feel very good!”

Another first-time practitioner, Taya CHENG of Jockey Club Academy Hall (Hall 4), studying Information Management in her 4th Year, said, “I find my flexibility improving every class, and outside of the yoga class, the quality of my sleep has improved- I sleep better after doing yoga and for even a few days following that.”

We also have among us a few seasoned yogis who have been practising Yoga with our Yoga Guru-in-Residence since many semesters. Jack YEUNG (Jockey Club Academy Hall, Year 3, Construction Engineering & Management) joined this class some time last year as it supplements his other sport activities. He also attended CityU Yoga Day two years in a row and loved them both. Through his one year of yoga practice, Jack said he has observed a few changes, “I think I’m a lot more relaxed, overall. I’m also more focused- my grades have improved. Besides studying hard, yoga really helps in that respect.” Jack would recommend this class to other residents, he says, because he believes it is a very refreshing experience.

Ellen DING (Alumni Civility Hall, Year 2, Global Business Systems Management) is another one of our own seasoned yogis. Ellen said her flexibility has increased while her muscle tension has decreased over the last year of practising yoga in the Student Residence. She said, “What’s different about this class is that it is more spiritual. Master Yogaraj brings an Indian style to class and it’s more than yoga-it is also meditation. The very best thing about it is doing it on Sunday evenings!”

Having witnessed the class and spoken to its participants, I can say that Student Residence’s brand of Healthy Yoga is truly one to experience. Our residents surely bear testimony to that!

Writer:   Sadhika NANDA (Residence Tutor, Hall 11)
Photographer:  Yikki LAM (Lee Shau Kee Hall)

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悠閒的星期天傍著斜陽練瑜伽聽起來相當輕鬆吧?但當你真正練過,便知道瑜伽的 「輕鬆」似乎要重新定義了。在放鬆之前,你的心神和身體得進行一場為時一小時的交戰:瑜伽這門學問將會鍛練你的心神成為赢家!

我只上了這麼一堂課,已經受箇中樂趣深深吸引。在空氣裡可以嗅到一種盡在不言中的寧靜,或是來自Yogaraj CP大師的音樂,或是來自通過用心練習而保持的平穩呼吸。雖然我不是參與者,但完堂後我感覺身體好像也有跟他們一同做了伸展瑜伽。我急切地等待大師做完收操運動。雖然收操只有15分鐘,但瞬即帶人進入治癒、冥想的狀態。最後,大師響起一聲鈴聲,以示課堂結束。無一不感到內心平安、煥然一新,疲憊不安一一盡散。

無論有沒有健身習慣的同學均樂在其中,有些還是第一次練瑜伽呢! 李兆基堂的John DUMAS是大五的法國交流生,主修電腦科學。第一次嘗試瑜伽的他這樣形容:「我覺得身體變得靈活了,縱使有時候會有點痛。但我挺喜歡這個有趣的體驗。特別是完堂後,整個人很舒服!」

另一位初學者是來自賽馬會群智堂的Taya CHENG,她正在修讀資訊管理的第四個年頭。她發現:「每堂我的筋骨都變得愈來愈柔軟,睡眠質量大大改善。做瑜伽的那天,甚至往後幾天,我都會睡得特別沉穩。」

我們班上幾個經驗豐富的瑜伽士已經跟著我們這位駐校精神導師練習瑜伽多年。楊家穎(賽馬會群智堂,建造工程及管理系三年級)去年加入瑜伽班以增強其他運動的表現。他已經連續兩年參加城大瑜伽日。經過一年的練習,家穎觀察到一些變化:「總括來講,我的身心學會了放鬆,專注力有所提升,成績有見改善。除了用功學習,瑜伽在這方面起了很大作用。」家穎向其他宿生大力推薦練習瑜伽,因為他相信這是一個令人氣象一新的體驗。

校友樂禮堂的丁琳笠是環球商業系統管理的大二學生,也是一位閱歷豐富的瑜伽士。琳笠指自去年開始練習,手腳沒那麼生硬了,肌肉沒那麼繃緊了。她說:「這個班的不同之處在於它更注重靈性的發展。老師把課堂注入印度風格,不單單練瑜伽,也教導我們冥想。最棒的是我們正正可以在星期日晚悠悠閒閒練瑜伽!」

親眼見證瑜伽班的效果、與參與者交流之後,我敢說,學生宿舍處的健康瑜伽班可謂實實在在地,改變著宿生們的生活!

文:   Sadhika NANDA (舍堂十一導師)
譯:   楊雅怡
攝:   林奕淇 (李兆基堂)

Alcohol, Devil or Angel? / 酒精:惡魔還是天使?

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Just imagine this scene: you are lying in bed with a bottle of Vodka in hand, looking out of the window at the night sky. Maybe there are even more empty beer cans around. Isn’t this a classical scene in films when a character falls into the lowest point of his/her life? Well, bottles are never a useful treatment for your stress. All it can do is merely providing you with a brief escape from the dark side of your life. What else can you get after all the unconsciousness and false comfort?

I know clearly that university life can be full of stress. A failure of an important exam or interview, a broken relationship, financial burdens or some emotional problems you are afraid to expose to others… these can all become triggers of alcohol abuse. But look around, what else do you have? Don’t forget that you still have people backing you up. Give a call to your parents or old friends, to those who are there for you all the time; put on your sportswear and go for a run at night, letting the stress evaporate with your sweat; visit the SDS Counselling Service to receive help on dealing with your emotional problems, as pouring negative emotions out is the best way to alleviate your stress.

A bit of social drinking may be relaxing and comforting. However, you cannot pretend that everything is fine with bottles of wine. Sometimes it gets worse. Alcohol abuse will bring you even more emotional turmoils, let alone physical harm. As drinking is a personal choice, just bear in mind the following tips for safe drinking:

  1. Eat something before and while you drink.
  2. Don’t drink too fast.
  3. Think before you combine anything.
  4. Try to avoid drinking games.

Writer:   Joanna CHEN (Hall 10)
Image:   dupagehealth.org

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想想這樣的畫面吧:你獨自一人躺在床上,手裏握著一瓶伏特加,滿面愁容忘向窗外的夜空。身邊還盡是空啤酒罐。聽上去是不是就像電影裏面主角遭遇人生低谷時常有的場景?但是,酒精根本不能幫你緩解壓力。它除了給你帶來短暫的安慰,還能讓你得到什麽?

我知道大學生活有時會讓人喘不過氣。考試面試失敗了,和好朋友鬧僵了,和另一半分手了,經濟上的負擔還有許多情緒問題,都可能成為濫用酒精的誘因。不過仔細想想吧,你真的一無所有嗎?不要忘了始終有在你身後支持你的人。跟父母或者老友,跟那些你知道永遠不會拋棄你的人聊一聊吧;換上跑鞋,開始一場酣暢淋漓的夜跑吧,讓煩惱隨著汗水一起蒸發;或者去學生發展處的個人輔導服務尋求幫助吧,這才是緩解壓力的最好方式。

酒精不能讓一切變得更好,相反,它只會讓一切變得更糟。酒精濫用會帶給你一系列生理和心理的麻煩。不過,飲酒始終是個人選擇,但是請記住下面這些安全飲酒的小貼士:

  1. 喝酒之前和喝酒時都吃點東西;
  2. 不要喝得太快;
  3. 不要隨便混合不同的酒類;
  4. 盡量不參加喝酒遊戲

文:   陳妍宇 (舍堂十)
圖:   dupagehealth.org

CityU Yoga Day: Embracing Peace & Harmony / 放鬆心情,淨化身心:城大瑜伽日紀實

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On the 6th of November, more than 250 students and staff joined together to celebrate the CityU Yoga Day, since the previous year one had been such a total success and a hit amongst students. What better way to commemorate the end of midterms than a day of yoga?

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Mr. Puneet AGRAWAL (Consul-General of India to Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR), Dr. David CHENG (Associate Vice-President, Global Services), Master Yogaraj C.P (YogaGuru-in-Residence and Founder and Director of Prana Yogam), Miss Ann Ho (Associate, Kishinchand Chellaram Foundation) and a few other officiating guests kicked off the event by conducting a Jal-anjali, a ritual that symbolizes the cleansing and purification of the earth.

After an opening speech by Mr. Agrawal followed by a vote of thanks by Dr. David CHENG, Master Yogaraj amazed us all by his yoga art, which he demonstrated with his performance partner, Ms. Coffee LAM. Master Yogaraj is a Guinness record holder, so his performance  left us breathless and constantly fascinated in awe. It was a performance of many shapes: yoga poses that require flexibility and strength that one can master only through sweat, effort and time.

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The mass yoga practice started shortly afterwards and the team of Prana Yogam instructors spread around the area to help students perfect their poses. It was a very relaxing session as the wind blew softly on our faces and the relaxing voice of Master Yogaraj released any leftover tension in our bodies. For me personally, the best part was when he told us to lie on our backs and close our eyes. I could hear the birds chirping and the leaves rustling. It was the best remedy to de-stress.

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The event, once again, was a huge success. A few residents were asked to describe their experiences:

How did you benefit from this event?

“It was a short session but I felt healthier after doing yoga. The free energy drink kept me hydrated the whole time too! It felt nice to have a day off to practice yoga and not think about the upcoming deadlines.”
–   Adelina TJOKRONEGORO, Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall, Year 3, Finance, Indonesia

“I benefitted a lot from this event, both mentally and physically. The weather was perfect for doing yoga. Many people were doing the same thing so I didn’t feel awkward at all. Mr. Yogaraj was humorous too! Everyone laughed and that made me feel happy.”
–   Scott SHIH, Jockey Club Academy Hall, Year 4, Finance, Taiwan

Do you think this event will encourage you to do yoga in the future?

“Yes! I’ve been doing yoga since secondary school, and the habit caught on till now.”
–   Brigitta Melvina WINATA, Lee Shau Kee Hall, Year 3, Finance, Indonesia

How do you feel about the whole event?

“The whole event was marvelous. The Kishinchand Chellaram Foundation and Cultural and Sports Committee of CityU gave great support and sponsored the yoga mats for the participants. We are also thankful to Mr. Yogaraj and his team of coaches for coming to help and facilitate the whole event. This year’s event was definitely better than the last because every student got goody bags as well! Everything was well organized.”
–   Dr. David CHENG, Associate Vice President (Global Services), CityU

Writer:   Natasya Viona CHANDRA (Jockey Club Harmony Hall)
Photographers:   Mr. Derek KWAN (SRO), Ellen DING (Alumni Civility Hall), Rachel MAN (Lee Shau Kee Hall), Kelvin NG

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十一月六日,學生宿舍處再次舉辦了一年一度的城大瑜伽日活動。去年的瑜伽日取得了圓滿成功,今年人數更勝去年,逾兩百五十名師生一同在這個秋涼的下午一起做瑜伽,場面壯觀。想要慶祝一大波考試結束,還有什麼比嘗試練習一天瑜伽更好的方法呢?

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印度駐香港特別行政區和澳門特別行政區總領事Puneet Agrawal 先生、協理副校長(環球事務)程星博士、瑜伽大師兼Prana Yogam創始人Yogaraj C.P 老師、Kishinchand Chellaram Foundation代表Ann Ho女士以及其他幾位嘉賓一起主持一個名為「Jal-anjali」的開幕儀式,象徵潔淨地球,滋潤大地,為活動正式拉開帷幕。

Agrawal 先生首先進行開幕演講,而後程星博士公開致謝,緊接著由Yogaraj 老師與他的搭檔林芊妤老師進行驚艷全場的瑜伽表演。Yogaraj 老師是世界健力士世界紀錄保持者,曾連續40小時做瑜伽。他的表演使大家著迷而又敬畏。瑜伽表演中的動作對身體柔韌性和力量要求很高,這些只有通過經年的不懈努力才能做到。

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接下來是大規模瑜伽練習,Prana Yogam 的導師們走到場地各處糾正學生的姿勢。微風輕拂臉頰,大家都很放鬆,Yogaraj 老師輕柔的聲音使大家將體內的壓力都釋放出去。小編個人覺得最愜意的部分就是閉眼平躺了,聽著鳥兒鳴叫和樹葉的沙沙聲,是消除壓力最好的方式。

瑜伽日活動再一次圓滿成功,小編隨機採訪了一些參加者。

你覺得此次活動的益處有哪些?

「雖然只是短短一小時,但做完瑜伽后覺得自己更健康了。主辦方提供的能量飲料幫助我補充了不少水分!將繁忙的生活放下,通過練習瑜伽來休息, 感覺很不錯。」
── Adelina TJOKRONEGORO (胡應湘爵士伉儷堂,金融系三年級,來自印尼)

「這次活動使我身體上和精神上都收穫良多,天朗氣清,非常適合做瑜伽。大家一起練習也不會覺得尷尬。老師也非常幽默!每個人都輕鬆自在地笑,我也很開心。」
── 石曜綸(賽馬會群智堂,金融系四年級,來自台灣)

這次活動會鼓勵你今後繼續練習瑜伽嗎?

「當然!我從高中就開始練習瑜伽了,一直堅持至今 。」
── Briggita Melvina WINATA(李兆基堂,金融系三年級,來自印尼)

總結一下此次活動吧!

「這是一次很了不起的活動。感謝Kishinchand Chellaram 基金會與城大文康委員會出資為參加者配置瑜伽墊。我們也非常感謝Yogaraj老師和他的導師團隊對本次活動的貢獻。今年的活動比去年更加成功,每位參加者更獲贈予禮品袋及免費瑜伽墊,想法週到!一切順利,圓滿落幕。」
── 程星博士(香港城市大學協理副校長(環球事務))

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文:   Natasya Viona CHANDRA(賽馬會群萃堂)
譯:   王琪(舍堂十)
攝:   關允聰先生(學生宿舍處)、丁琳笠(校友樂禮堂)、文苳晴(李兆基堂)、吳啟楓