Apr 20

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2017

Yee's Hung Ga Kung fu Academy, Qigong classes

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2017 #WTCQD17

In honour of the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy, Inverness will be hosting a FREE workshop on The Silk Reeling Exercise, beginning at 10am on Saturday the 29th of April. This will be the fourth time that YHGInverness has hosted a free event for WTCQD.
The Silk Reeling exercise is a set of repetitive spiralling movements with the arms and hands. The gradual opening and closing movements create inner energy circulation. The silk reeling exercise not only improves one’s spinal alignment but it can increase one’s flexibility, joint movement, and balance.  It is also an exercise for internal power training. 
The Silk Reeling exercise is easy to learn and suitable for beginners as well as people of all ages and skill levels. The exercise will be taught in easy to learn steps by Sifu Simon Hepple, chief instructor and owner of Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy in Inverness.
After the workshop The Silk Reeling exercise will be added to the comprehensive qigong curriculum at Yee’s Hung Ga, Inverness, so don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to learn this set absolutely FREE!
For updates on the event you can check out our Facebook Event or you can contact Sifu Hepple with the following form: 

Feb 17

Student Spotlight

Sifu Hepple & John Weaver

 

This is a picture of Sifu Hepple and John Weaver. John has been practicing for 3-4 years now and is currently training towards his Yee Cup Jr (1st test of the 2nd level) Grading. Here John tells, in his own words, of his experience training at Yee’s Hung Ga Academy in Inverness.

What made you want to train in martial arts?

I previously trained in Jujitsu when I was about eight years old. When I reached twenty four, I became very interested in practising meditation, healing arts and focusing (balancing) my mental/physical energies. I read books, became Reiki attuned and watched videos to increase my knowledge on the subject. This led me to learn versions of qi gong, from some new age teachers and other kung fu personalities. I think I was the ripe old age of thirty one before I attempted to do kung fu work out drills; I was completely exhausted and realised I knew nothing of the hard work and discipline that was required to achieve what I wanted. It was then I started looking for a teacher.

How did you hear about this school and why did you want to train there? What were your expectations before you started?

Kung Fu was the obvious choice for me based on my interests. I did a little research on the different styles, and thought about what may suit my body type. I knew already I would prefer something that would be powerful and balanced, but more hand based rather than the flippy-flappy leg kicks. I saw some videos of the Hung style online after finding out that a new had school opened up in Inverness. I contacted Sifu to see if he would accept me as a student, and the rest is history. My expectations were realistic; having tried to keep up with drills on dvds and failed, I was open to whatever lessons Sifu had for me in order to progress.

What was your first class like?

I was slightly nervous and wondered what the other students would be like. At that very first class, I mentioned some of the things I had been doing and Sifu responded “this may be a little different to what you’re used to!” He proceeded to show us Tiger techniques, specifically how to break an opponents arm. After that class, I was aching all over. My legs felt like jelly, and I thought it would be very hard to build up my fitness to an acceptable level to continue. However, I stuck with it and after a further four or five lessons I got used to doing the warm up exercises! It is quite invigorating once you have built up the stamina and I am glad I have continued with my training. My life has changed considerably in the last two years and I now have a young family and a home to maintain. I haven’t had as much time as I would have liked to train recently but as my understanding of Hung Ga grows, so does my desire to push myself further.

What do you think of your training so far? Is there anything that you would change?

So far I have learnt the full Gung Gi Fuk Fu form and am now learning Fu Hok. I have also learnt about the theory of Hung Ga and some of the additional exercises that can be done to unlock potential skills; fighting and some softer skills like balance, conditioning and strengthening. I have attended seminars in Aberdeen with Grandmaster Yee Chi Wai and our Sifu’s teacher, Si Gung Bruce Clark – both are very well respected Martial Artists. It is hard to start with, but if you try and push through it is very much worth your while. Our Kwoon (school) is very friendly, and Sifu obviously loves Hung Ga; showing us how it becomes a solid foundation in life. I would change nothing about the training given but if I could give advice to other beginners it would be to put three times as much effort in to practising at home, as you do in class. Basic drills, form and practising stances – but also looking at the ways in which Qi Gong and breath exercises can improve your general well-being.

What are your hopes for your future in martial arts?

My hopes for the future are to continue training, and to push myself further. My aim at the moment is to improve my stances, transitions between movements and get more sparring practice to apply what I have learned. I enjoy the traditional Lion Dance practice and would like to do more of that for the school in the coming years.

Anything else that you wish to add?

While studying for the Fuk Fu test, I wrote this down. ‘Kung Fu is something that cannot be bought or stolen; you cannot cheat or make it easier as it is what it is. You get out what you put into it via training – body and mind with a strong spirit.’ I am beginning to understand more on the concept of ‘martial virtue’ and can say that with Kung Fu, actions speak louder than words – so come join us.

Jan 07

Motivation: Hints, Tips & Good Practice

The training schedule and classes at Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy are now back in full swing for 2017. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a seasoned warrior, it can sometimes feel difficult to keep yourself motivated, especially with the cold weather, dark nights, the hectic partying over the festive period taking its toll on the body. It can be a bit of a slog getting yourself back into a routine and keeping that routine going. If one of your New Years Resolutions is to get fit and healthy, like many other people, you might be thinking about attending one of our classes. If you are serious about taking it past the thinking stage and really want to attend, (obviously we would highly recommend that you do and you would be most welcome.) what steps can you take to ensure that your first class isn’t also your last? What if even your best intentions aren’t good enough and you run out of steam before you even get up and running? Well we’re not going to lie to you, there’s no magic wand. You still have to actually make it to class (on time!!) and you still have to do the work but here’s our top 10 hints & tips on keeping yourself keeping going.

  • #1. Patience is a virtue.

It takes time, don’t be put off if you don’t see results straight away. Looks can be deceiving. You may not see results for a while, especially if you are just starting out. It takes time to learn and to build muscle memory. You may hear claims that you can be a master in a short time, “Learn Kung Fu in 3 Months,” “Become a master in only 2 weeks.” There are some things that you can learn and use straight away but to be a master you first need to learn and that can take time, patience and lots of practice.

Just because you’re not seeing results it doesn’t mean that you are not getting any. You are better today than you were yesterday, try to remember that. Your brain will get better at sending messages to your body and your body will get better at receiving and understanding them. You will actually be able to activate a higher percentage of your muscle fibers, commonly referred to as neuromuscular efficiency. Your coordination will improve, reflexes start to become faster, your breathing and focus will increase. It is a slow process because you are bound by your body’s limitations, just be patient. Don’t look in the mirror after two weeks and wonder why you’re not looking like Bruce Lee or why you’re not managing to quite get the results that you are looking for. Be patient and put in the work, the results will come.

  • #2. Enjoy the journey.

Try not to think of your goals as the soul purpose for training, that’s just a destination. Enjoy the process and get excited about what you are learning. If you enjoy what you are doing you are more likely to keep it up. Get excited. You have to want to do it. If you force yourself, it could have negative results. Instead of looking negatively at things that you are not so good at or find difficult, try and turn your thinking around. Be positive about it and see if you can work at those things, bit by bit, to get better at them. Chip away a little bit every day and they will soon become less of a problem.

  • #3. Don’t rush!

Arrive early, give yourself time. If you leave things to the last minute it gives your mind one more excuse to back out of it. If you have plenty time and are well prepared then you are less likely to change your mind at the last minute. Make sure you have your kit ready the day before. Write a list of all the things that you need to take with you and make sure you check your list every time you get yourself ready. Plan your trip, where you’re going to park the car, how long will it take you to get there? Allow extra time in case of slow traffic or events beyond your control. If you think ahead and plan in advance you will put yourself in the right frame of mind and it will give you less excuses to not go through with it.

  • #4. Are you keeping track?

Keeping records can help you to remember what you have learned. What did you get out of class today? Did you just go through the motions or did you pick something up? Were there any “light-bulb moments?” Keeping a training diary can help you to remember information and focus on learning. It can also help you to look back and see how far you have come in your training. You can also see what went wrong, should you get injured, and learn from any mistakes.

If you can only make it to the occasional class, it is down to you to make the effort to practice between those classes. Your Sifu will give you advice on what and how to practice. If you just practice bits of what you remember, it may be that you are not paying attention to the right things or worse, practicing them the wrong way. You should know it inside out and back to front.

  • #5. Stick to a plan

Remove the randomness from your training. This is the best way to improve your speed, strength, focus, body weight…. any of your goals in fact. For a beginner it can be tempting to try out all the different classes that are available to you at Yee’s but it is better to pick one or two which you can definitely, regularly make, every week. Stick to them and make them part of your routine. When you feel more confident in what you have learned and you have time available to try out the other classes, then give them a go. Too much, too soon is a recipe for failure.

  • #6. Do it for yourself.

Do it for yourself, not because of anyone else. Come with friends but don’t stay at home just because they decided that they couldn’t be bothered. Their excuses will turn into your excuses. You must do it because you want to do it for yourself. Similarly, try not to compare yourself to others. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses so whilst you might not be as good as the one you are comparing yourself to, they might not be as good as you at other things. They may also be further ahead in their training or have practiced more or many other reasons. If you practice, you will become better. If you practice a lot, you will become a lot better. Sometimes it takes longer for some people so just relax and enjoy the ride.

  • #7. Prevention is better than cure.

Be sensible about how you train. An injury can set you back months, perhaps even years. It may stop you training altogether. It is important in the beginning to take things slowly until your body gets used to it. If you push too hard, you can injure yourself. Ensure that your body is warmed up gently and muscles are stretched before you do your main practice. You will have to do this every time and you will have to factor the time it takes into your practice. Similarly, a cool down routine can help to bring your body back to normal. Again gentle stretching can be useful. After your training your muscle fibers will be warmed up and loose. The sudden shock from the cold outside, especially in the North of Scotland, can cause them to constrict. Problems may result from over tension such as muscular cramps and pain, twisting and knotting of the muscle fibers. Be sensible and have an extra layer of clothing to put on before you head out into the cold. Our training hoodies are perfect for this purpose.

  • #8. If you don’t make time, you’ll never have time.

You need to factor time into your daily routine or weekly schedule. If you don’t have one, make one! Fit it into your lifestyle. It is difficult juggling everything in your life but the bottom line is that if you don’t do it, then you won’t do it. Spare time can seem to be a rarity in modern life and if you really want to do something, you will have to make the effort to make it happen. With kung fu this means making time to practice. In the same way though, if you do nothing but practice then you will not have time for anything or anyone else so you need to find a balance. Make it happen!!

  • #9. Rise to the challenge!

Treat it like a test. Everything that you find hard is an obstacle to you becoming better and achieving your goals. If you clear the obstacle then you are one step closer. If you don’t quite make it then it’s no big deal, just try again. It may take you many attempts. Many, many, many attempts in fact. This is the challenge that you face. Give up, find an easier way or just keep chipping away until you get it. The nature of kung fu means that you kind of do all 3. You try until you get it, you understand the movement. You then find an economy in the movement, simplify it, make it easy. Then, when you get it, you leave it. It’s there now until you need it. You just need to maintain it. Great skill obtained through hard practice.

  • #10. Don’t beat yourself up

You’ve all seen the motivational memes on social media, “Failure is not an option!” “Winners never quit!” ” You haven’t failed until you quit trying!”

Jeezzz….. Give yourself a break, we are only human. Circumstances might mean that you have to put things aside for a while. You might have to give yourself some time to focus on other areas of your life. Family, work, friends, commitments. You know what that is? That’s life! (That’s what people say, You’re riding high in April, Shot down in May) It doesn’t mean that you’ve failed. If you falter or can’t remember or didn’t practice or took the day off, it doesn’t matter. Everyone needs a break. In fact it is advisable to take a break every once in a while. “All work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy!” Have you never seen ‘The Shining’ before?!? It only becomes a problem if you let it. You gave it a shot, you turned up for class and you trained really hard. That’s more than a lot of people ever do. A lot of people never get further than giving it a whimsical thought. “Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to move like that?” “I wish I was as strong or graceful as that?” But you actually made the effort. That is amazing in itself. (a round of applause please!) If you need a breather, that’s not failing, that’s being realistic. Just don’t let it get to you. Get back in the saddle again and own it!! Take your training to the next level and achieve what you set out to do.

See you in class…

 

 

 

 

Oct 11

Who’s the guy with the big sword thingy?

Guan Yu with his kwan do

Guan Yu with his kwan do

The guy with the big sword thingy goes by a few names, Guan Yu, Guan Gong, Guan Di, General Gwan, amongst many others. In the ancient times of the East, there was a great war between Three Kingdoms. Guan Yu, and his friends, Liu Bei and  Zheng Fei, swore an oath of brotherhood in the mystical Peach Garden, vowing to create a new, righteous world. Together they fought countless battles against the warlords Cao Cao and Sun Quan. Guan Yu grew famous for his combat prowess and unwavering honor.

Cao Cao captured Guan Yu and at the time, Liu Bei’s fate was uncertain. He agreed to fight for Cao Cao under specific terms, chiefly that he would abandon Cao Cao if ever he learned the whereabouts of his sworn brother. Despite Cao Cao’s gifts and promises of wealth, when Liu Bei resurfaced, Guan Yu immediately went to his side. Years later, Guan Yu again faced Cao Cao on the battlefield as the warlord fled from his defeat at Red Cliffs. Guan Yu cut off Cao Cao’s retreat and obliterated his forces. He spared Cao Cao, however, and released him, as an act of honor.

Guan Yu is one of the best known historical figures in ancient history. Part of the reason for this is that he appears in popular comics and movies, even modern video games. He is also a major character in The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a semi-historical novel said to be written by Luo Guan Zhong at the end of the Yuan Dynasty period (1279-1368). This novel is one of China’s four greatest classic novels. Partly because of fictional portrayals in The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, his reputation has only increased over the years. A famous tale about Guan Yu is that he was once injured in the left arm by a stray arrow, which pierced through his arm. Although the wound had healed, he would experience pain in the bone whenever there was a heavy downpour. A physician told him, “The arrowhead had poison on it and the poison had seeped into the bone. The only way to get rid of this problem is to cut open your arm and scrape away the poison in your bone.” Guan Yu then stretched out his arm and asked the physician to heal him. He then invited his subordinates to dine with him while the surgery was being performed. Blood flowed from his arm into a container below. Throughout the operation, Guan Yu feasted and drank wine and chatted with his men as though nothing had happened. In some accounts of the tale he sits calmly and plays a game of weiqi (Chinese chess)

 

Guan Yu being opperated on.

Guan Yu being opperated on whilst playing a game

A comic book of Guan Yu

Guan Yu Comic Book

first volume of The Romance of the Three Kingdoms

The Romance of the Three Kingdoms book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guan Yu is worshiped by many Chinese people today, especially in southern China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Small shrines to Guan Yu are almost ubiquitous in traditional Chinese shops, restaurants, homes, police stations and martial arts schools. He embodies the virtues he lived by. His statues ward against evil. Red faced to represent loyalty, his likeness is carried by merchants as proof that they can be trusted.

In the Western world, Guan Yu is sometimes called the God of War, probably because he is one of the most well-known military generals worshiped by the Chinese people. This is a misconception of his role, as, unlike the Greco-Roman deity Mars or the Norse god Týr, Guan Yu, as a god, does not necessarily bless those who go to battle, but rather people who observe the code of brotherhood and righteousness.

 

Giant Guan Yu being constructed

Giant 190ft statue of Guan Yu under construction

A giant statue of Guan Yu

Giant Guan Yu Statue, 190ft tall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The big sword thingy that he can be seen with is the Spring/Autumn Great Knife. It is often named after him, some legends say that he invented it. The Guan dao, or kwan dao, is a large halberd which was used by the general during combat on horse-back. It is a heavy weapon with a sharp edge on one side for cutting and slicing. On the other side is a jagged edge with a hooked point which is used to maim and stab as well as for catching the opponent’s weapon to disarm them. The weapon is balanced with a pointed counterweight at the other end of the central shaft. Guan Yu’s “guan dao” was called “Green Dragon Crescent Blade” which weighed 82 Chinese jin (estimated 18.263kg or around 40lbs, there are tales of it being over 300lbs) and that he was extremely proficient with it on the battlefield.

 

Guan Do

Green dragon Guan Dao

Dec 10

Flooring Facelift

Almost 2 years ago at YHGInverness, we did some major work in the school. We took down a wall and put new flooring down to make the training space bigger and level out the floors.

Original school layout with temporary mats for flooring.

Original school layout with temporary mats for flooring.

School after wall had been taken down and new suspended flooring laid down.

School after wall had been taken down and new suspended flooring laid down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the above photos you can see the changes that we made.

We recently gave the flooring another facelift, just to spruce it up a bit. you can see from the following photos how they have been transformed.

We are very proud of the finished result. It makes the training space look a lot more spacious and better to train on too. 🙂

Nov 17

Grading 15/Nov/15

Congratulations to everyone who passed their gradings at the weekend. 4 Students from YHGInverness went through to Aberdeen to be tested at the Yee’s Hung Ga European Headquarters. All students passed with flying colours and did their school proud. Congratulations and keep training! 🙂

Students practising before the tests

Students practising before the tests

YHGInverness Students

YHGInverness Students

Nov 07

School Garden

After a lot of hard work, our school garden/training space is slowly taking shape. All the organic waste from the school (paper, card, tea bags, banana skins, weeds old oranges from the altar etc) gets turned into compost. At this time of year we collect all the leaves from the sycamore tree in the garden too, and turn those into leaf mold.

The compost and leaf bins at YHGInverness

The compost and leaf bins at YHGInverness

We use the compost and leaf mold to grow specific plants. One of them is Jing Jie, sometimes called Japanese Catnip or Schizonepeta Tenuifolia. This medicinal herb has many uses including the treatment of the common cold, sore throats, nettle rash and skin disorders like eczema. We grow the plant because it relieves body aches and it has hemostatic, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. All of which mean that it is excellent for treating bruises. It is one of the plants used in our famous Dit Da Jow recipe.

Keep an eye out for future updates about our garden/training space and our Dit Da Jow medicine.

Japanese Catnip Jing Jie schizonepeta tenuifolia

Jing Jie (schizonepeta tenuifolia)

 

Oct 26

Oranges

Oranges on the altar.

Oranges on the altar.

A common question from new students is, “What’s with all the oranges on the altar?”

Oranges are a common sight on Chinese shrines and altars. You may also see flowers or cups of tea as well as other types of food with incense burning nearby and statues or figures of deities. During Chinese New Year tangerines and oranges are given as a symbol of good fortune and riches because of the golden colour and their round shape which are both seen as auspicious. Tangerines represent wealth where oranges are a popular symbol of good luck. The associations come from a similarity between the Chinese words for tangerine and gold, as well as a resemblance between the words orange and good luck.

Hung Ga Kuen is also a style of kung fu derived from the Shaolin Temple. Shaolin is a Buddhist temple and in Buddhist culture, fruit symbolizes enlightenment, the ultimate goal of all humans. Offerings are not made to please Buddha, since he is seen to already possess universal love and compassion. Instead, the altars and offerings promote positive energy for the ancestors of the family or tradition.

Aug 17

Kids Classes Every Wednesday 4.30pm

With the new school term starting back up, it’s a good time to think about extra curricular activities to help keep the kids busy afterwards. Hung Ga Kung Fu is a great way for kids to get some exercise as well as keep their minds active and focused.

We run a kids Hung Ga class every Wednesday from 4.30pm-5.30pm for children aged 6 upwards. The first class is FREE, as normal, and only £4 per class thereafter, offering great value for money. They will be taught by Jenny Thomas, a senior student at YHGInverness. Jenny is a member of the PVG Scheme (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) with an ‘Enhanced Disclosure’ so you know that your children are in safe hands. She is also a very friendly and approachable person.

The school is centrally located on the High Street, in the middle of the main shopping precinct. There’s plenty of adequate parking nearby and a pick-up and drop-off bay right outside the school on the pedestrian zone.

After being sat at a desk all day, kung fu is a healthy,fun way to get the blood pumping and the the body kick-started again. It will help with the child’s knowledge retention as well as keeping their bodies fit and healthy, not to mention working up an appetite for their evening meal. Kung fu is not all about self defence, your child will also learn essential skills which they will need in later life. Being respectful to their elders and each other, working as a team, problem solving, acting fast and thinking on their feet, learning about other cultures and history, learning about the body and the functions of the organs, learning virtues such as patience, perseverance, humility and integrity. All martial artists need these basic skills to progress and develop but sadly they are overlooked in modern teaching methods. Your child will learn all this and more at Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy but probably the most important quality that they will learn is self-worth.

Apr 25

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 25.4.15

The last Saturday in April every year plays host to World Tai Chi & Qigong Day. It is part of a global effort to promote the healing aspects of Tai Chi and Qigong within our society. For the second year running YHGInverness participated in this global celebration by hosting a free Qigong seminar/workshop. Sifu Hepple, Chief Instructor at YHGInverness, conducted the seminar on the Yi Jin Jing, (Muscle/Tendon Changing Classic) which is a Qigong set or ‘form’ thought to have been developed by the Indian Buddhist Monk Bodhidharma, the legendary monk who began the physical training of the monks at the Shaolin Temple and thus credited as the originator of Shaolin Kung Fu.

The set was taught step by step until complete. Once the whole set had been learned, the key points of each exercise and how they work with the meridian channel system of the body was discussed. During Qigong exercises Qi, or internal energy, within the body is manipulated for specific health purposes. This can be achieved by moving your body in a certain way to stimulate specific organs of the body or using your mind’s eye, will or intention to lead Qi around your body or through certain meridians of the body. Using your mind and body together with coordinated breathing increases the function of many systems of the body. It also reduces stress and fatigue, calms the mind, improves circulation and many other documented health benefits. Qigong can be practiced by anyone and although it originated in China over 2000 years ago, it is still practiced today by people all over the world, from all walks of life.

The seminar ran over the scheduled time by quite a bit, so thank you to everyone who attended and managed to focus for the whole seminar. Also thank you to everyone who helped make this a successful event, including anyone who shared our Facebook posts and helped to spread the word. Hopefully YHGInverness will continue to make this a regular event every year and continue to preserve the art for future generations. Special thanks to the organisers of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day who help to promote this art worldwide. Without their efforts we would never have all come together at the same time for their common vision of health and healing on a global scale.

If you are interested in finding out more about Qigong or would like to attend one of our Qigong classes, please visit our Qigong page: http://www.yhginverness.com/qi-gong-classes/

 

Participants of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (25.4.15)

Participants of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (25.4.15)

Apr 19

FREE Qigong Seminar/Workshop for World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

In honour of the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy, Inverness will be hosting a FREE seminar on the Yi Jin Jing or Muscle-Tendon Strengthening Qigong. Beginning at 10am on Saturday the 25th of April.

The Yi Jing Jing is a qigong set, thought to have been developed by the Indian Buddhist Monk Bodhidharma, the legendary monk who began the physical training of the monks at the Shaolin Temple and thus credited as the originator of Shaolin Kung Fu.

The exercises in the Yi Jin Jing set feature soft even movements which will invigorate the limbs and organs of the body. Practice of the set will improve your flexibility and balance, muscle tone and strength. It is particularly beneficial to your breathing and has many documented health benefits.

The Yi Jin Jing set is easy to learn and suitable for beginners as well as people of all ages and skill levels. The set will be taught step by step by Sifu Simon Hepple, the chief instructor at Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy. Once the complete set has been learned, we will discuss the key points of each exercise and how they work with the meridian channel system of the body.

After the seminar, The Yi Jin Jing will be added to the comprehensive qigong curriculum at Yee’s Hung Ga, Inverness, so don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to learn this set absolutely FREE!

This seminar is open to all members of the public, you do not have to be a member of the school to join in. If you would like to attend, you only need to turn up on the day. The seminar begins at 10am so please arrive in good time for the beginning. Participation is mandatory so please do not turn up expecting to be able to sit and watch. If you would like to make your attendance known then here is a link to the Facebook Event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1593102387624817/

You should wear loose comfortable clothing and flat shoes or trainers. Bring a drink with you. If you wish to make notes, bring a notepad and pen with you too. There is no strict age limit to the event however please exercise common sense if you are thinking of bringing very young children. You can always contact Sifu Hepple beforehand, via the Contact Us page of this website, if you are at all in any doubt.

 

Feb 27

Gradings & Seminar 22/02/2015

Congratulations to everyone who sat, and passed, their gradings last weekend (Sunday 22nd Feb 2015)

Branches from Aberdeen, Inverness, Ellon and Peterhead assembled to test the skills of some of the students. It’s always great to get together and see old friends and new faces from Yee’s Hung Ga, pass on knowledge and learn new skills. On this occasion Sifu Bruce Clark conducted a great seminar on elbow techniques and fighting applications after the gradings had finished. Here are a few photos from another great day of practice and training at our UK Headquarters in Aberdeen.

Jan 29

Hung Ga: Iron Family

Here is a pretty cool video, from our relatives across the ‘wee pond.’ It embodies the essential elements of Yee’s Hung Ga which, I’m certain, are pretty much the same wherever you go. Yee’s Hung Ga is synonymous with Hard Work, Practice and Family. If you are looking for a way to live your life…. Watch the video already!!!

 

Dec 06

Student Spotlight

Sifu & Jenny

Sifu Hepple & Jenny Thomas

This is a recent photo of Sifu Hepple with Jenny Thomas, one of the senior students of YHGInverness. Jenny has been training for almost 3 years now and is currently at Yee Cup Senior Level. Jenny occasionally helps teach some of the classes at the school and will also teach some Qigong classes in the new year. (Find out more details here: NEW CLASSES)

Here Jenny describes, in her own words, how she found out about the school and her training so far:

About 8 years ago, maybe more, I watched a documentary about a disillusioned priest…
On his journey through life he had lost his vision,lost his passion for life, lost his reason to be alive,even lost his faith and finally lost his family.
He had given up his secure,safe ,well paid yet now meaningless job in the clergy and was seeking. Seeking a refuge, seeking to fill the endless void, seeking a new life, seeking to end that dull painful ache inside, seeking a reason, seeking to find the answers to the questions he didn’t even know…
And all this he found in Martial Arts. He travelled extensively , visiting monastery’s, retreats, Martial establishments, government Martial groups and displays in the far east .He spent time in mist enshrouded mountains and beautiful lands…yet it was one day when he was sweeping a dirty floor that it suddenly clicked into place and his peace flowed from within. I can’t tell you how he found this peace, he didn’t know himself….but he found it inside himself through lengthy practice and meditation.
A true story and exactly what brought me to Yee’s Hung Ga! I felt exactly the same as that priest and I wanted exactly what he had found. And if he could do it so could I!
And so my journey began…I had done a bit of karate in my younger years but had moved away and never took it up again. I tried a few different styles which worked for a while but then I grew restless again. The self defence was good but the fitness was lacking…or the style was good but the egos were too big…or the fighting was great but the spirit was dead….I finally feel I have “come home”…in Hung Ga I am continually learning; it is a constant in my life amongst the ups and downs of every day life; I am strong, physically, mentally and spiritually ;I have met wonderful people and have lovely training brothers and sisters…the list goes on. I can truly say that walking up those stairs to meet my Sifu for the first time was the best thing I’ve done!
Speaking of those stairs…after my first lesson I could hardly get down them! My legs were shaking so much from using muscles I had never used before. But I knew straight away I had found what I was looking for …Lazy legs however soon learn the stances and you’d be surprised how soon your muscles get stronger and you can do things you never thought possible. Practice, perseverance and patience is what you need. And if you don’t have them you can learn them too! Anything is possible if you go for it. We train our minds with horse stance…you’ll just have to come to a class to find out how! We do patterns, techniques, applications and drills, sparring,body conditioning….and just when you think you’ve sussed it, then you develop on what you’ve already learned and it suddenly makes sense as to why you had to twist that hand in that direction in the first place!
And Qi gong, Hung Ga’ s gentle twin…or rather the yin of the two: the internal, the subtle, the gentle, the dark …Compared to yang: the external, the extrovert, the vivacious, the fire…..Hung Ga is a hard and soft style, without one you cannot balance the other and both should be trained. Qi gong trains the use of the internal energy, the bodies Qi. It also nourishes the spirit , trains the breathing, balances the bodies organs and helps the body remain in a healthful state. Regular practice can help increase your spiritual awareness, develop perception; you learn to use and lengthen that gap between stimulus and response, to act but not react…. It is slow, gentle and relaxing yet still powerful. (Qi Gong is trained during Hung Ga classes and as its own class. It is suitable for all ages, we currently have age 10 to age 75!)
Of course we also learn to fight, to defend ourselves and our families if the need arose, and to spar amongst ourselves and also in competitions. But if you only know how to fight then you are a fighter, not a Martial artist. Our Grandmaster Yee Chi Wai says: “To be a martial artist you must learn Martial virtue, Martial knowledge, Chinese medicine and Chinese philosophy.
And that you shall! All of this and more at Yee’s Hung Ga …like the priest, I too have found my peace, I don’t really know how either. It just happens!
Come and find out for yourselves! Enrich your life!

Dec 02

New Classes

With the arrival of 2015 fast approaching, YHGInverness have been busy arranging some extra classes in some new locations for the New Year. From the 5th of January we will be adding extra classes in the Apatite Suite at the Crystal House, Church Brae, Strathpeffer. There will be a Hung Ga kung fu class from 12-1pm every Monday afternoon, followed by a Qigong session from 1-2pm. You can view a map of the location here:

Crystal House, Church Brae, Strathpeffer MAP

We will also be adding two more Qigong evening classes from the 5th of January 2015 at the R.N.I. Chapel, Ness Walk, Inverness. Every Monday there will be a class from 6.30-7.30pm and another from 7.30-8.30pm. You can find a location map here:

R.N.I. Chapel, Ness Walk, Inverness

We are also working on bringing you some after school children’s classes in Dingwall in the New Year, so stand by for some more information on those.

If you would like some more information on any of these classes please contact us via email or phone us on 07825485934.

Sep 24

Tests and seminars September 2014

There was a large turnout for the recent tests and seminars at our headquarters in Aberdeen. Sigung Pedro Cepero Yee and Sifu Bruce Clark oversaw the tests of a range of different levels from Yat Cup Junior to Jo Gow and Dan level. Sifu Simon Hepple completed his 4th Dan test too. Many students from the Inverness branch completed their tests too. Congratulations to everyone who passed. 🙂

The beginner seminar, conducted by Sigung Pedro Cepero Yee was on the internal power applications of fighting with the tiger, which was very interesting and informative. Lots more to practice and learn from.

Here are a few photos of the day.

Aug 30

Caledonian Canal Memory Walk

A student of YHGInverness has organized a fundraising walk along the Caledonian Canal in Inverness to raise funds for Alzheimer Scotland. It will take place on September the 13th at 11.30, meeting at Canal Park, Inverness, IV3 5SS, and walking to Dochgarroch. You can choose to walk 5 or 10 miles along the canal.

Sifu Hepple will also be conducting a few Qigong taster sessions at the end of the walk to cool down and stretch the limbs. These will take place at 1.30pm, 2pm and 2.30pm for people finishing the walk. There will also be a picnic and bake sale.

Sign up online by going to: http://www.alzscot.org/fundraising/events/sponsored_events/walking/3127_caledonian_canal_inverness_memory_walk

If you have any additional questions about this Memory Walk, please contact Karen on 01463 711707 or [email protected]

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May 09

Updated Timetable

There has been a re-jig of the current timetable which takes effect immediately. You can find a copy of the current timetable —> HERE.

Basically Qigong Classes now take place on Tuesday evenings at 6.45pm instead of Saturdays and the Display Training Class has been moved to Friday evenings at 6.00pm

If you are interested in trying out Hung Ga or Qigong please visit the “How Do I Join” section of this website or Contact Sifu Hepple.

Feb 22

And our survey says….. Qigong!

A massive big thanks to everyone who completed our survey last month. People from all over the world were generous enough to give YHGInverness a couple of minutes of their time to help us out. We had people respond from a huge range of different sports and martial arts ranging from running and cycling to touch rugby and Jiu Jitsu.

60% of all people who responded had trained in their chosen pursuit for 10 years or over. Most, if not all, responders combined different types of training together such as swimming and yoga or stance work and body conditioning. Only one person recognised ‘breathing’ as a form of training though. I thought that this was quite remarkable. Surely greater breath control would result in a better performance? A marathon runner, who runs out of breath, is not an efficient runner. A fighter, who can’t control his breathing, is sure to lose the fight. This seems to be a fundamental of training which is so often overlooked.

How can you train your breathing? There are many different breathing techniques in qigong, most focus on long, deep, diaphragmatic breaths which draw oxygen and nutrients to the base of the lungs. This, in turn, results in a greater concentration of oxygen and nutrients within the blood and a greater efficiency of the organs overall. If the body is running more efficiently, then it shouldn’t need to work as hard to pump the nutrients it needs around the body to the muscles and organs.

There was quite a range of responses, when asked what you thought your biggest hurdle in training was. Some people said that their physical location was a problem. Others smoked or drank too much. Some people recognised that they over-thought things too much and were their own worst critic, some were not satisfied with the consistency of their teachers. Others had physical problems such as recurring injuries, Reynaud’s Syndrome and old(er) age. Almost everyone said that time was a factor in their training and that they would like to spend more time training and less doing paperwork or working.

Believe it or not, Qigong can help with most, if not all, of these problems. Physical location isn’t a problem because Qigong can be done almost anywhere, at any time. You can do it in a park, underneath a waterfall or on top of a mountain, as you might imagine, but you can also do it at your desk at work, while waiting for the kettle to boil or the microwave to ‘ping’. You can do it in the shower, on the train, whenever you’ve got a spare minute in fact.

Drink or smoke too much? Wish you could quit or cut down and spend more time training or just being that little bit healthier? Qigong does so much more than helping to recover from addiction with exercise and meditation. Research has shown that prolonged drug and alcohol use leaves a build up of toxins within the tissues of the body. Qigong helps release toxins that have built up over time, helping your body to heal itself faster. It gives your mind something to focus on when distracted by cravings and, through added treatment methods, individuals are given a better chance to focus on their recovery.

Over-thinking things is surprisingly common. Sometimes it is just difficult to switch off and unwind. It is a product of our society, everyone seems to be walking around stressed up to the eyeballs with work, family, commitments or money problems. It really doesn’t have to be like that though. By simply taking a few minutes each day (perhaps a few more for some people 😉 ) to consciously relax, focus your mind and switch off, you can save yourself from just about any disease that you can think of. Modern medical science relates stress to 70-90% of all illnesses that you would go to see your G.P. for. That is a HUGE amount. Stress is a killer, make no mistake. Stress can also lead to the release of harmful hormones, such as cortisol, that break down the body. Anxiety also interferes with the production of beneficial hormones, which are already in decline as people reach their mid-40s. Qigong and Tai chi counteracts this by calming the mind, slowing the release of stress-related hormones. Next time you find yourself over-thinking something, try a couple of Qigong exercises and see the difference it makes to yourself.

Qigong has been known to help recurring problems and training injuries too. The gentle, low impact movements of Qigong and Tai Chi help to strengthen joints and bones within the body, aiding recovery. The increased efficiency of the bodily organs helps to remove toxins and promotes new growth. The immune system is also given a boost which can heighten the effects even further.

Many people practice Qigong well into their old age. The exercises are easy to do, you can practice them at a rate that is comfortable for you and you don’t need a huge amount of time or space. You can even do them lying down or in a seated position. Getting older happens to everyone though, it’s a simple fact of life that nobody escapes. In a study sponsored by the NIA (National Institute on Ageing) Dr. Steven L. Wolf, Ph.D., and colleagues at the Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga., found that older people taking part in a 15-week Tai Chi program reduced their risk of falling by 47.5%. Qigong has also been known to slow the ageing process. Research at Baylor Medical School has found that some cells from the bodies of long-term Qigong practitioners live five times longer than the same cells from ordinary test subjects. Other research from The Shanghai Institute of Hypertension looked at several aspects of ageing. They determined that Qigong is an effective measure in preventing and treating geriatric diseases and delaying the ageing process.

Reynaud’s Syndrome is fairly common and affects about 5 million people in the UK. I actually suffer from Reynaud’s Syndrome myself and I have found a huge improvement since I first started practising Qigong. I find the Fu Jow (Tiger claw) Qigong, that i teach at YHGInverness, of particular benefit. Improved circulation is just one of the many benefits of Qigong.

Time? Surely Qigong can’t help you change time?! No, of course not, that’s ridiculous. What Qigong can do is help you manage the time that you do have a little better. When you practice Qigong and your blood is oxygenated to a higher degree, the organs in your body perform better. This includes the brain. The brain is a highly sensitive organ and when it is functioning better it can perform some incredible tasks. This gives you the potential to improve your life unimaginably. You will easily be able to understand the work load that you have and factor in extra time for training without compromising either. It sounds simple but that’s because it is! Qigong is very simple. Some of the exercises are so easy that you would never guess the exceptional effects that they will have on you, your body and your life.

The last question of the survey was to gauge who, in your life, inspires you to achieve better results. 90% of everyone who replied said that it was someone that they knew personally and only 10% said someone famous who they were unlikely to meet. This shows how we can all affect one another on a much personal level than you probably realise. Just by being who you are and doing what you are doing, you will meet people and change the way that they might think and act. Can Qigong help with that?

Give it a go and YOU decide.

The last Saturday in April (26th April 2014) is World Tai Chi And Qigong Day. To celebrate this, YHGInverness will be hosting a FREE Qigong class in the morning. Anyone can attend and take part. For more details contact Sifu Hepple
or just come along on the day,

Feb 09

Gung Hei Fat Choi!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Inverness had a visit from the same lion dance team (Hong Lok Dragon & Lion Dance Team) that was filmed last year on the doorstep of YHGInverness.

Here is a couple of videos of them performing on the High Street this year. One at the bottom of the steps and another one where they pass right outside the front door of YHGInverness.

Lion Dance

Lion Dance 2

Jan 29

Practice a sport?

Do you practice a sport or physical discipline? It doesn’t matter if you are a professional, semi professional, amateur or just do it for a laugh. We’d love to hear more about it with this short survey that we’ve created. Please help us out by completing it 🙂

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/G9GS6GJ

Jan 21

Hung Kuen – The Great Fist of Southern China

Here’s an interesting Chinese documentary video on the various styles of Hung Kuen

Jan 12

Cubicles

Whilst YHGInverness was closed for the festivities, we were also busy doing some work inside the changing room. With the help of Graham, Kenny, Davis and Seamus, Sifu constructed three new changing cubicles for students to have a little more privacy whilst they are getting changed and psyching themselves up for their classes throughout the coming year ahead. Any new or interested students who would like to come along and see what Hung Ga is like should have a look at THIS PAGE

Here are a few photos taken during the process.

The side panels for the cubicles

The side panels for the cubicles

Checking the alignment of the first panel

Checking the alignment of the first panel

Strengthening the whole construction with a cross beam.

Strengthening the whole construction with a cross beam.

Here you can see that the cubicles are pretty spacious for getting changed in.

Here you can see that the cubicles are pretty spacious for getting changed in.

In the original design, three doors were going to be re-used, one for each cubicle.

In the original design, three doors were going to be re-used, one for each cubicle.

The original idea of re-using doors was shelved, for the time being, and curtains were put up instead for simplicity.

The original idea of re-using doors was shelved, for the time being, and curtains were put up instead for simplicity.

 

 

 

Dec 30

New Year, New Start

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Happy New Year

We would like to wish everyone a happy new year. 2013 was amazing for YhgInverness and we are hoping that 2014 will be even more memorable.

To kick off the new year we have re-introduced the Qi-gong and Tai Chi classes at a more user friendly day and time. They will begin on Saturday the 4th January at 3.30-4.30pm. As always, the first class is free. You can find out more information HERE. Qi-gong is great for your mind, body and spirit and these classes are suitable for most people of all ages and abilities.

Gift certificates will still be available throughout the year, so if you know someone who wants to train but lacking in motivation, this would be the perfect gift for them. You can find out more info HERE.

If your new year’s resolution is to get fit, have fun, lose weight, make new friends, learn something new, or just to be able to defend yourself, Yee’s Hung Ga has everything for you. To begin your new journey, it’s a lot easier than you might think. You can find out what to do HERE.

Nov 25

Let there be light…..

The hours of daylight are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder but at Yee’s in Inverness we can now make good use of the light that we do get with the new windows that Sifu has renovated in the stairwell.

From this…..

The old boarded up Stairwell window

The old boarded up Stairwell window

To this….

The renovated windows viewed from the alley.

The renovated windows viewed from the alley.

It’s just like ‘Changing Rooms’ 🙂

Special thanks to Seamus for your help installing them.

Nov 20

Gift Certificates

Know someone who wants to train but haven’t managed to get themselves off the sofa yet? Here is a great way to get them motivated and a perfect Christmas present for any budding Hung Ga enthusiast.

yhginverness gift certificates

yhginverness gift certificates

Certificates are available for:

  • Monthly class subscriptions at £30 (£25 Students)
  • Private one-one tuition classes at £20 for a one hour session (£15 for students)
  • Or even a mix of the two, all classes and a private one-one session every week for a whole month for £75 (£60 for students).

A fantastic way to get fit and healthy in 2014! 🙂

 

Aug 08

Seminar August 17th

YHGInverness will be hosting a seminar on the 17th of August for all students. The seminar will cover body conditioning theory, drills and routines. We will also cover techniques and applications from the form Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kuen. The seminar will start at 11am and is open to all students for only £20.

There will also be an intermediate seminar, shortly after, which will cover more advanced training. This seminar is for senior students only.

All enquiries should be directed to Sifu Hepple at: [email protected]

Please make sure that you also note the changes to times and classes in our class timetable.

Apr 28

Sifu Pedro Cepero Yee Visits Aberdeen

Students of Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy in Inverness have been invited to attend a very special test and training day in Aberdeen on the 19th May 2013.

Sifu Pedro Cepero Yee will be visiting from America to oversee tests

Sifu Pedro Yee was the first non-Asian ever on the cover of New Martial Hero Magazine

Sifu Pedro Yee was the first non-Asian ever on the cover of New Martial Hero Magazine

and to pass his extensive knowledge and skills on to further generations with a series of seminars.

Sifu Pedro Cepero Yee is a 7th Dan Sifu. He has demonstrated all over the world and is a well published author on Hung Ga Kung Fu. He is also an accomplished therapist, experienced in Tuina-Chinese Bodywork Therapy and Swedish massage therapy as well as Traditional Dit Da (Traumatology Medicine). He is the eighth Senior Yup Sut (In the Room) Disciple of Master Frank Yee (Yee Chi Wai), as well as one of the first Americans to be accepted into the Yee’s Family Lineage at the New York Chinatown’s Yee Fong Toy Association and their world headquarters.

The forthcoming tests and seminars will further enhance students skills and hopefully inspire them to continue to train hard in their chosen art. Keep an eye out for updates on their progress.

Mar 10

Chinese New Year 2013, Year Of The Snake

Yee’s Hung Ga Inverness has been busy over the Chinese New Year Period. The festivities started off with a traditional Lion dance, right outside the front doors of Yee’s, on Inverness High Street.

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Sifu Hepple demonstrated the Chun Choy Dai Do (Spring Autumn, Great Knife), or Kwan Do, before a screening of a Jackie Chan film, as part of the Forres Chinese New Year celebrations.

There was also a seminar on the legendary Chinese folk hero, Wong Fei Hung. This seminar focused on Wong Fei  Hung and what made him famous. Snake techniques were used to demonstrate the martial skill which made him renowned throughout China and the rest of the World. Here are a few photos from the seminar:

New Year

 

Feb 06

Chinese New Year Demonstration and Seminars

Yee’s Hung Ga Inverness students were invited to attend an insightful day of seminars and introductions to other martial arts, last weekend, by the Scottish Fighting Arts Society.

Birthday Seminar

The event was organised by Alan Mitchell from the Smithton Kempo School and seminars were hosted by instructors from Hapkido, Kempo, Ju-Jitsu and also from Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy.

The seminars were very insightful, giving students and instructors a glimpse into the world of other styles and systems which they may not have been introduced to before. There were many similarities between the various arts which demonstrates the common bond that we share. It was refreshing to see the differences in similar techniques and the thought processes behind them. “We all have similar goals but go about it in different ways.” Sifu Hepple, from Yee’s Hung Ga, stated during his seminar. “We are all part of the same family, yet have different paths.”

Here are a few photos from the day:

Sifu Hepple has also been invited to host a free seminar and kung fu demonstration in his home-town of Forres, for the coming Chinese New Year celebrations.

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Sifu Hepple will be performing the Chun Choy Dai Do (kwan do) on Friday the 15th of February, in the Forres Town Hall shortly before the martial arts film at 6.30pm.

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Sifu Hepple will also be hosting a free seminar on Saturday the 16th of February in Forres House at 2pm where you can find out about the legendary Chinese hero, Wong Fei Hung and try your hand at some Hung Ga Kung Fu fighting techniques.

Jan 29

Crane

My students bought me this scroll for Christmas. It is made of silk and, as you can see, it depicts two cranes.

Crane Scroll.Christmas 2012

Crane Scroll.
Christmas 2012

It is believed that the White Crane can live for a very long time because it knows how to conserve and protect its essence (jing). The Crane trains you to recognise proper timing and patience. It teaches perfect control and balance. When it is necessary to be slow (stillness), then be slow, have patience. When it is necessary to be fast, act fast, do not waste time or the opportunity will pass you by and you may never get it again.

In Chinese 5 Elements Philosophy, the element associated to the crane is wood. It is also paired with the liver and the gall bladder organs in the body. The gall bladder and the heart are responsible for making decisions, which will help you know when you need to have patience and when to act fast. The liver is also associated with the mind. Strengthening these organs will give you confidence to act on the decisions that you make.

Hung Ga Kung Fu is centred around the attack and defence patterns of the tiger and the crane. They balance each other and compliment each other. The combination of the two produce extreme, hard and soft power. At Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy in Inverness you can learn about these two animals and the philosophies associated with them. In the Qi-Gong classes you can learn how to regulate and balance the associated organs within the body in correspondence with these philosophies, helping you to live a fulfilling and healthy life. New students are always welcome and if you have any further questions or would like to attend a class please email Sifu Hepple [email protected]

Jan 17

New Year, New School! :)

Yee’s in Inverness have now opened the school for 2013 classes. We have successfully upgraded the training area over the holidays. Special thanks to Charlie, Jenn and Graham for all your hard work and effort. We now have plenty of space to train in and to take on new students too.

If you are a beginner thinking of coming along to Yee’s to learn Hung Ga Kung Fu, the best days to begin with would be Tuesday evenings at 5.30pm or Friday evenings at 6.30pm. If either of them are unsuitable then Saturday evening at 6.30pm would also be a good time.

There have also been a few changes to the timetable and prices with regards to Qi-gong practice. This should hopefully engage students more in their practice and give them a better idea of how Qi-gong works and the benefits of practising it.

The new year should hold some exciting opportunities, including seminars and Chinese New Year celebrations. Look out for future blog updates on those.

In the meantime, here are a few photos of the new training area taking shape and we hope to see you all soon at your new Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy in Inverness.

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Jan 08

Delayed School Re-Opening

The school is currently undergoing some refurbishment to enlarge the training space. The work is taking slightly longer than anticipated and has delayed the re-opening slightly. We aim to be back up and running for next Tuesday. (15th January)

In the meantime, here are a few photos to whet your appetite and hopefully motivate you to come back to school and see how the school has changed over the holidays. Stand by for more updates over the coming week.

 

Student Jenn lending a hand to take a partition wall down .

Student Jenn lending a hand to take a partition wall down.

The remaining frame looking into the new space.

The remaining frame looking into the new space.

A view of the removed wall

A view of the removed wall

Dec 23

Success for students

Congratulations to the 3 students from Yee’s Hung Ga, Inverness who passed their grading tests in November at the Aberdeen branch.

Jenny Thomas, one of the students from Inverness said, “It was such a fantastic experience to visit The Granite City, train in such a renowned school and learn from such a well respected Master, Sifu Bruce Clark. Even if I had failed the tests I would do it all again, just for the experience.”

Davis Anston, another ecstatic student from Inverness said, “I’ve never trained so hard or wanted anything so badly in my whole life. I was incredibly nervous and now that it is all over, I feel a huge relief.”

Sifu Simon Hepple, the Chief Instructor at the Inverness school, said, “I am incredibly proud of my students. They have trained very hard for a long time to get to this level and they all did very well on the day. This is just the first step of many though, they will have to keep up the good work to keep the standards high.”

The Inverness kung fu school, located on the High Street, opened earlier this year and has already managed to grade its first students. “It has grown from strength to strength,” said Sifu Hepple, “Since we started accepting students, earlier this year, we have expanded the premises and built the school up a bit at a time. We plan to do further work to the property next year which will include a courtyard where the students can practice outside. 2013 should be an exciting year for us in Inverness. We also have plans to host some free seminars for anyone to come along to, so that they can see for themselves what we do and what our martial art is about. This would be an ideal opportunity for anyone thinking about taking up a martial art or getting fit and healthy in the New Year to try it out and get involved.”

New students are always welcome. Please email for details: [email protected]

Students & Sifus from Aberdeen, Peterhead and Inverness.

Students & Sifus from Aberdeen, Peterhead and Inverness.

 

Dec 07

Shishi (Foo Dogs)

Foo Dogs

The Foo Dogs inside Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy, Inverness.

 

On a recent trip to Glasgow, I bought these wee guys in a Chinese supermarket. They are called Shishi, which means Stone Lion. Sometimes they are called Imperial Guardian Lions, Chinese Guardian Lions or Foo Dogs in the West. It is common to see them in front of important buildings such as temples, Imperial Palaces, Government buildings etc. They are also classed as a kind of status symbol because they are traditionally carved from marble or granite or sometimes even cast in bronze or iron. The rich and famous often place them outside their homes as a symbol of their social status or wealth. Mine are of slightly more modest design and are made from resin. It is common to see Foo Dogs like this in Chinese restaurants, supermarkets and in normal family homes.

There is always a pair of Foo Dogs, a male and a female. The female representing yin and the male yang. The female’s paw restrains a cub whilst the male’s paw sits on top of an embroidered ball. This is to symbolize the female lion protecting the people inside the structure, that the lions protect, and the male protecting the structure itself. Looking in the same direction as the lions, the male should be placed on the left and the female on the right.

These Foo Dogs are placed upon the top of the alter at Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy in Inverness. Although we are not a religious organisation, we bow towards the alter at the start and end of every class to show respect for all the masters who have passed on the Hung Ga knowledge through our lineage.

Yee’s are always happy to take on new students, so if you are thinking about getting fit and healthy for the New Year, Hung Ga could be perfect for you. It is great for strengthening the mind as well as the body. Your first class is free so you have nothing to lose. Email or phone to arrange your first class:
email: [email protected]

Phone: 07545460743

Nov 11

Dates for your diary

Due to Yee’s Hung Ga Inverness students being tested in Aberdeen, the school will be closed on Sunday the 18th of November. Stand by for updates on how they got on. 🙂

The school will also be closed the following weekend on Saturday the 24th and Sunday 25th of November, as well as Sunday 2nd December and Monday 3rd of December.

During the Christmas period, the school will also be closed from Sunday the 23rd of December and re-open again on the 6th January 2013.

Oct 25

Groupon Voucher at YHGInverness

Yee’s Hung Ga Inverness has partnered up with Groupon to bring you a special discounted deal on classes for new students. This would be perfect if you are thinking about starting a martial art or are curious about Hung Ga.
For the price of 3 classes you can get 12 classes, including an introductory class and a private lesson through the special Groupon voucher. Terms and conditions apply. Follow this link to purchase and read more:

Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu/Groupon Deal

Aug 23

Yee’s Hung Ga For Ever Video

I thought that I would share this with my students and my friends, for no other reason than because it is cool! 🙂

Aug 21

Levitation

Here is something that you don’t see every day, a woman levitating in the middle of the street!

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Levitating Woman outside Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy, Inverness

This photo was taken right outside Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy on Inverness High Street, Sunday 19th of August 2012.

It is, of course, a clever trick. I was asked by one of my students when they will be shown how to do this. I laughed at the time but it made me think of clever techniques that we use in Hung Ga, like the shadowless kick, which uses distraction to hide a kick. Other techniques that might seem remarkable, to people outside of kung fu circles, might include the power of the mind over the body, the ability to block out pain which,amongst other training methods, is taught through long periods of diligent Horse Stance practice. The explosion of force in a small area is another technique which can seem to be an almost impossible feat, however this is taught through inch power training. An example of this, made famous by Bruce Lee, is the one inch punch. Many people comment on the unnatural gripping strength that many Hung Ga practitioners have yet this is developed through practice and hard work, conditioning the muscles and tendons of the arms, hands and fingers through Fu Jow Qi-gong.

Someone very close to me gave me this scroll when I first opened my school.

Scroll on wall of Yee's Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy, Inverness

Chinese Scroll

It says that ‘to overcome a challenge requires 30% talent and 70% hard work. You need to love a challenge to be able to win.’

My Sifu instilled this ethos into all of his students. Hung Ga is not about illusions or weird phenomena, it is about hard work and practice. That is the only way to gain the skill required to perform such powerful techniques.

Practice hard and you will win, whatever your challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 01

Locker Hire

Never forget your training kit by hiring out a locker in the changing rooms at Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy, for only £5 per month (plus £10 deposit)

For more information contact Sifu on: 07545460743 or email on: [email protected]

Yee's Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy, Inverness. Changing room lockers

Changing room lockers

Jul 12

Extra Qi-Gong Classes Added To Timetable

The qi-gong classes at the Inverness branch of Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy are proving to be very popular. New classes have been added to give students more flexability. There are now classes on Sunday 2-3pm, Tuesday mornings 10.30-11.30am and also Tuesdays & Thursdays 6.30-7.30pm.

Qi-Gong (pronounced Chee Gung) are gentle relaxing exercises, designed to bring energy into the body and calm the mind. Typically a qi-gong class involves rhythmic breathing, coordinated with slow movements or static postures and a calm mindful state. Qi-gong is a great form of gentle exercise and can be practised by everyone, young and old. It is great for improving health as well as concentration levels and focus.

In this class you will also learn the Ba Duan Jin (8 Pieces Of Brocade) Qi-Gong set. This set has been handed down for centuries. It has been attributed to legendary Chinese General Yue Fei who taught the exercise to his men to help keep their bodies strong and well-prepared for battle. The set consists of 8 sections. Each section contains a specific qi-gong exercise which can be practiced repeatedly for certain health benefits, or as part of the qi-gong set.

To find out more or to enquire about classes, email or phone Sifu Hepple.

[email protected]

07545460743

Jul 12

Scottish Country Dancing Display, Outside Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy Inverness

Here is another fine display of traditional Scottish entertainment, filmed on the doorstep of Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy tonight. (12/7/12)
www.yhginverness.com

 

Jul 07

Changing Rooms

Here’s a wee update on the changing rooms of the Inverness branch of Yee’s.
The flooring has now been laid and the lockers will soon be added.
Ideally cubicles will be added for students to change in. It does still need some work and a bit of a paint but you can see from this photo that progress has been made. Students will soon have access to their new changing rooms. 🙂

Changing Rooms inside Yee's Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy, Inverness

Inside Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy, the changing rooms are almost complete.

Jul 07

Pipe band play outside Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy, Inverness.

This is a regular sight outside the Inverness branch of Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy. You can often hear pipers play whilst training. Many buskers play on the High Street during the day but this pipe band practise every Tuesday night.

Jun 30

Hung Ga Iron Ring Training

Here’s a photo of some military webbing which i recently purchased. Its pretty tough stuff, used to hold cargo onto lorries etc. I wasn’t particularly interested in the webbing itself, more the rings on it. These rings can be used around the forearms to add extra weight for training and help condition the muscles, bones, skin and tendons. They help strengthen the whole arm and fist.

Cargo webbing showing iron rings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a link to The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, arguably one of the greatest kung fu films ever made, certainly up there amongst them anyway. It was made by the Shaw Brothers in 1978. In the opening credits you can see Gordon Liu practicing a version of the Hung Ga form “Tiet Sien Kuen” or “Iron Wire Form” using iron rings.

May 30

Sifu Hepple Tested by Master Frank Yee

It was smiles all round this weekend (26th-27th May 2012) as 30 students from the Aberdeen branch, the European headquarters, of Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Association passed their gruelling tests in front of the watchful eye of 10th Dan Great Grand Master Frank Yee (Yee Chi Wai.)
Master Frank Yee filmed some of the occasion specifically to broadcast on Chinese television. He has previously filmed a four part documentary which reached critical acclaim in China. He hopes to repeat this success with his new documentary featuring the many branches of Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Association Worldwide. Master Frank Yee said, “We have many branches, the headquarters being in Guangdong Province, China but also throughout America and we are also branching out into Europe. Our European headquarters are in Aberdeen but we also have schools in Peterhead, Edinburgh and a new one has just opened up in Inverness, as well as new ones planned for Berlin, Prague and possibly even London too. This demonstrates a trend in martial arts students favouring more traditional styles all over the world.”
A large portion of the tests were completed at an advanced level. Chief instructor of the newly opened Inverness branch, Sifu Simon Hepple, passed his 3rd Dan black belt and was also a judge on many of the tests. “The level of skill and determination over the weekend was fantastic to witness. There was a lot of nerves and tensions were high but the passion illustrated by all the students was very obvious. They all worked extremely hard to achieve their goals and all deserved to achieve them.” On receiving his certificate another student said, “I’ve never trained so hard or wanted anything so badly in my whole life. I was incredibly nervous and now that it is all over, I feel a tremendous relief. The hard work never stops though and my black belt is only just the beginning.”

 

3rd Dan Award

Sifu Hepple recieves his 3rd Dan

May 20

Training Area

The training area for Yee’s Hung Ga Inverness is now mostly complete. You can view a couple of photos in the Gallery. The changing rooms and courtyard are still undergoing some works but the school is now open to students. See the Classes page for times and costs.

Yee's Hung Ga, Inverness training area

Mo Kwoon

Apr 14

Phone :(

I apologise if anyone was unable to contact me over the past few days. The display on my phone stopped working and I lost all the contacts that weren’t saved to my SIM card. 🙁

I now have a new phone with the same number though so I’m back in the 21st Century! 🙂

 

Jan 15

Master Yee Chi Wai To Visit Aberdeen

Master Yee Chi Wai

Master Yee Chi Wai

I was very happy to hear the news of Master Yee Chi Wai‘s welcomed return to Aberdeen this coming May. Master Yee will be conducting seminars and tests at the Yee’s Hung Ga European Headquaters in Aberdeen, where I trained with Sifu Bruce Clark.

Here is a video of Maser Yee which aired on Chinese television a few years ago. It shows many sections from some of the Hung Ga forms, some drills and some fighting applications. It also stars Master Pedro Cepero Yee.

Jan 03

Plans for the Mo-Kwoon

The Mo-Kwoon (school) on Inverness High Street is currently going through planning application procedures with the Highland Council. Various renovation work will be carried out to transform it from a disused shell on the High Street into a practical, usable space.

There will also be a small gardened area, to the rear of the property, which will be used as an outside practice area, when favourable weather decides to grace us!

Keep an eye out for photos and progress updates of the work.