Take Ownership, Plant Daisies
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by Khona Rybak
1w ago
You may or may not have noticed that there are always fresh flowers on the altar. On occasion I have had the chance to provide the flowers for the altar right from my own garden. I kinda puff with pride when I see them as I know I'm contributing, even if in a small, unnoticeable way. It warms my heart to do this small thing. I feel pride when I look around the kwoon and I can see where I've left my mark. Literally and figuratively.  Right now there is a bouquet of peonies, delphiniums and scruffy white daisies, put there by one of our students, who provided them from her own garden. It w ..read more
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Canada Day Lion Dance and Demo
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by Khona Rybak
3w ago
The weather should be perfect for Canada Day, so come out and cheer us on during the Stony Plain Canada Day Celebrations as we show off our I Ho Chuan Team, along with a lion and dragon dance. Our demo will be at 11:30am on Monday, July 1st at the Pioneer Museum, 5120 - 41 Avenue, Stony Plain. This is a great opportunity to see what all of your lion dancing skills look like put together, and you’ll be able to watch our I Ho Chuan team perform their own weapon and hand forms. If you have any questions please reach out or talk to your instructors. Hope to see you there ..read more
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How To Keep You Children Engaged- Part I
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by Khona Rybak
1M ago
Part I- It’s In Your Perspective Balance The fluttering interests of children are a natural part of their curiosity. Children are interested in anything and everything new, exploring their world and gaining experiences that will help them grow into happy, healthy young adults.  I encourage the curious nature in my own children. I hope they see wonder in everything they come across and continue to explore into their adult years. However, I also have to recognize that my children will not have the ability to extrapolate and foresee the effects of their decisions, for good or bad. Kids trul ..read more
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The Value of The Tiger Challenge
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by Khona Rybak
2M ago
There are two main reasons that we hold our annual tournament. We are not a competitive school; we do not teach our students how to be better than another or how to best an adversary in a ring.  We focus on self improvement, compassion, confidence and empathy. The Tiger Challenge is another tool to this means. The first reason- it gives students a renewed sense of purpose in their training. The idea of performing in front of others, being judged on your skill and merit, these are great motivators and often lead to great leaps in one’s training. You won’t have confidence in something unle ..read more
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Website Navigation- Everything You Need To Know
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by Khona Rybak
2M ago
Out of the Kwoon and Into the World This is our motto, and one of the lessons on which we base our classes. We want our students to thrive in class as well as in school, on the job and at home. In addition, we also want to bring the benefits of training in the Kwoon online, so they are accessible to everyone 24/7. Our website is chock-full of resources, articles, information on upcoming events, necessary forms or documents and updates on our classes. Bookmark this article for quick and easy reference in the future. silentriverkungfu.ca Our menu is simple; Programs- Information on each of the ..read more
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Opening Bow
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by Jeff Brinker
2M ago
With the Tiger Challenge coming up around the corner, now is an ideal time to focus on your forms and your sparring. When it comes to forms, there is some confusion concerning the opening bow. To perform the opening bow properly, you must understand the purpose of(intent) of the opening bow. Our opening bow has two main purposes: Introduce yourself as a student of Silent River Kung Fu Trigger your flow by harmonizing your four quadrants (up, down, left, and right) If you understand these two main intents of the opening bow, you will fully understand how to perform it. In order for the ..read more
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Purity in Consistency
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by Jeff Brinker
3M ago
Intent can be fluid, But [in a form] technique needs to be consistent. This is an idea from Sifu Brinker in our last one-on-one that I want to explore further in a blog. It has made me think about why we insist such specificity when we are teaching forms, and how it is the complete opposite of why I thought we did it before. I used to think we were trying to paint a very clear picture of intent, the more detail we described, the more likely someone would understand, the more effective the technique would become, clarifying the intent to such a degree that there is no doubt in how the body shou ..read more
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Hard vs. Soft & External vs. Internal
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by Jeff Brinker
4M ago
Forms and the intent behind them can be confusing. We have hard forms and soft forms. We have external forms and internal forms. Where most of the confusion comes into play is with students’ tendency to associate hard with external and soft with internal. Two prominent forms where this confusion is displayed are 18 Temple Motions and Tai Chi. Both forms are soft forms and are performed relatively slowly when compared to hard forms. This similarity is what drives the confusion. What students forget to consider is that despite both forms being taught in the same school, they are from different ..read more
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Curriculum vs. Syllabus Part III
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by Khona Rybak
4M ago
Excerpts from previous writings by Sifu Jeff Brinker Mastery vs. Memorization Kung fu is an art, it is not a science. As such we must value mastery over memorization. A person who memorizes an application may understand and be able to demonstrate the application but unless they have mastered it, they will not be able to apply the application with realism in a dynamic situation. The key to mastery is mindful, repetitive practice of what has been memorized. The Four Phases of Technique Mastery Form Speed and Power Accuracy Realism What is a Black Belt? In the martial arts, the rank ..read more
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Curriculum vs. Syllabus Part II
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by Khona Rybak
4M ago
Excerpts from previous writings by Sifu Jeff Brinker Style/Form vs. Function/Application With many styles becoming extinct and being replaced with mixed martial arts - a styleless hodge podge of techniques and applications - it is important to acknowledge the value of a complete style. An education without mastery of a complete style is rife with holes. The constant quest to shore up those holes with more disconnected knowledge only exasperates the problem. A complete style has no holes, only weaknesses. Once a style has been mastered, extra curricular study applied to the base style will exp ..read more
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