Multiple Opponents Masterclass Review

One of the most highly anticipated events of the year was the multiple opponents masterclass, held last Saturday in Haywards Heath.

The event was really well attended and we had a good mix of adults and juniors, which is always pleasing to see!

Whist equipping those in attendance with tools, tricks and techniques to increase the odds of surviving an encounter with several opponents, I did not want anyone to leave the afternoon session with the impression that they were the latest Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan who could now be invincible in the midst of battle…. The prime target of self-defence (whether against single or multiple opponents) is to get the hell out of there, or even better don’t be there in the first place – and that was drilled in from the very beginning!

The first 45 minutes was spent in what I like to call the pre-fight and it’s a part of the ritual that fascinates me the most! After avoidance we spoke about being calm and did an exercise on breathing evenly and calmly under pressure – almost hacking our own natural tendency to raise cortisol (and take control of our fight or flight response).

We went on to partnered exercises in projecting confident body language and tone of voice as well as working on distancing and positioning ourselves favourably  and being aware of the surroundings – with awareness and practice all of these elements can be incredibly subtle and it’s almost as if you’re luring your opponents into a trap where you will use the element of surprise to either rapidly retreat or remorselessly attack!

After the mental elements of the pre-fight were discussed and practiced we went on to go over the best basic and most effective in such a situation – which then led onto pad work and a long time practicing and refining combinations before finishing with some – serious, yet – fun light sparring against two or three opponents.

It was an endlessly fascinating two hours – as I kept on drilling in to those in attendance, this is not a situation you ever want to find yourself in – but as with any self defence – or even life in general – it’s better to be prepared and have some tools in your arsenal which you can bring out if absolutely necessary.

 

New Tai Chi, Kung Fu and Kickboxing Classes This Autumn…

We have been busy putting new classes on recently and expanding into new areas!

Mark Tibble has recently graded to become a Kickboxing instructor and has opened up a new class in Balcombe on Friday evenings.

Mark Stevenson has two new classes – already underway is a Tuesday evening Tai Chi class in Haywards Heath and starting on the 22nd October is another Family Kung Fu class – both of these classes take place at St Francis Social club, near the hostpital in Haywards Heath.

We’re very excited to be opening these new classes, allowing our White Crane Academy community to expand and welcome new students as well as offering more opportunities for our existing students to train.

All details of times and locations can be found on our timetable page.

Congratulations Mark Tibble

We’re over the moon for Mark Tibble, who has today passed his kickboxing instructor grading with flying colours.

Mark has been training at WCA for 5 years in Kickboxing and Kung Fu and also has a wealth of experience in Thai Boxing. He’s fought competitively several times and has a lot of skills and knowledge to pass on to his students.

More details to follow but he’ll be starting a new class on Friday evenings in Balcombe from the start of October.

Testimonial from Tai Chi Student, Carol

Testimonial from Tai Chi student Carol

“On the advice of my doctor because of balance problems I joined Mark’s Tai Chi classes. I was quite nervous at first not knowing what to expect but I can honestly say I have not looked back. Mark is an excellent teacher. My balance has improved and I look forward to each lesson. I would recommend his classes.”

Carol, Haywards Heath