A London guy’s love for Wing Chun Kungfu

Practicing Wing Chun Kungfu helps Paul develop their great interest in Chinese culture. Paul has been a teacher for 20 years. He always has a warm smile. This is his first visit to Beijing and what he looks forward to the most from it is the exchange of Kungfu ideas.

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Paul and his little pupil

Confucius Institute Reporters 
Cheng Ye  & 
Yuan Yuan
本刊记者 程也 媛媛
Part of the Pictures Contributed by Paul.
Part of the Photos by Lan Tuttle
In  a practice room at Beijing Shichahai Sports School, the students are about to have their Wushu class. Among them are two foreign students, who, though they cannot speak Chinese, act just like their Chinese classmates. Outside the practice room, Paul, from the Confucius Classroom at Britain’s Crawley Kungfu School, tells his Chinese counterparts that he is very happy to bring his students to learn Kungfu in China.

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In Paul’s hometown, more and more people are willing to learn about China through learning Wing Chun Kungfu.

Paul, quite sturdy, has been a teacher for 20 years. He always has a warm smile. This is his first visit to Beijing and what he looks forward to the most from it is the exchange of Kungfu ideas. He said the Crawley Kungfu School is a Confucius Classroom under the London Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine and the school’s activities, especially the school’s relations with Confucius Institute and China, have been receiving attention from the London media. Both the students and their parents are very happy about this Chinese trip, he added.

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”We are very happy!” The couple, who came together because of Wing Chun Kungfu, now get to make their Chinese trip.

Kungfu star Bruce Lee is Paul’s hero. His magical Wing Chun Kungfu is so amazing that he has made it his life-long hobby and career and it even brought him love. Lindsey, a former student, became his wife. Now they have a nine-month-old son, Leo, whom they brought along on this trip to China.

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In the practice room of Beijing Shichahai Sports School, Lindsey (at the end of the line), along with the students, joins the practice team in the Chinese Kungfu class.

Life is full of miracles. Because of Wing Chun, Paul met his wife and came to China. What is more miraculous, Paul said, is that he had wanted to become stronger by practicing Kungfu so as to protect his family, but now, the more he practices, the less he wants to be involved in fights because he now knows how to control himself and achieve a balance between mind and body.

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Paul, on his first trip to Beijing, takes great interest in engaging in Kungfu with the students at Beijing Shichahai Sports School.

Paul likes to wear the sportswear with his school’s logo. He said the logo is the Chinese caligraphy of “Wing Chun Kungfu.” Though the students don’t know Chinese, they all like “Wing Chun” as much as he does, he said. Practicing Wing Chun Kungfu also helps Paul and his family develop their great interest in Chinese culture. He said Chinese language is very popular where he lives and he may consider learning it and taking more students to learn Kungfu in China. With these words, he made an obeisance by cupping one hand in the other in front of his chest — a way of greeting in martial arts.

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Paul has begun comprehending how to reach balance between body and heart through practicing Wing Chun Kungfu.
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In Paul’s hometown, more and more people are willing to learn about China through learning Wing Chun Kungfu.

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pdfPublished in Confucius Institute Magazine
Magazine 16. Volume 5. September 2011.
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