My name is Dennis Pounall. I am a 50 year old traditional Chinese martial arts practitioner. I practice Yang style Taiji boxing and Southern Style Pai Gi Noon gung Fu. This year, I was fortunate enough to attend the 10th annual invitational Traditional Chinese Kung Fu Championships held in Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. at the magnificent Gaylord Palms resort five- star complex on Memorial Day weekend, May 23 – 25th. I’m a member of the International Chinese Kung Fu Federation (I.C.K.F.), and also the National Canadian Chinese Martial Art Fellowship (C.C.K.S.F.), founded by Grand Master Sigung Ron Williamson of Atado School of Kung Fu Taiji and Defensive Arts. I was both excited and honored to represent Canada at this auspicious international event. I live and work in Northern Ontario as a full time Flight Paramedic and also part time Land Primary Care Paramedic. This keeps me quite busy but I find time to train, mostly on my own with a few students who study various Chinese and Korean Martial Arts. In this year’s International Tournament, all aspects of Chinese martial arts were represented, from Taiji to San Shou, Internal Styles, Xing Yi ,Bagua, Lihue Bafa, Praying Mantis, Grappling Push Hands, and…
Taichi is a abridged name for the art and discipline of Taijiquan, which may be closely translated to mean the “Supreme Ultimate Fist” one of the three forms of high level internal martial arts. Is a discipline that has it’s focus on individual development and self protection. The aspect of Taijiquan aka Taijiboxing lies in the field of the application and development of close quarter self defense techniques and the implementation of the skill of Tui shou (push-hands technique). This year I was fortunate to attend my inaugural Canadian Open Taijiquan Championships held in Toronto at the Chinese Cultural Center. This event with a phenomenal turnout of Taijiquan enthusiasts was sponsored by the Canadian Taijiquan Federation and hosted by C.O.T.T.A. Pleasure to see so many people holding the art of Taijiquan in such a high regard cherishing the moment. I had the opportunity to compete in five various events and had the pleasure to acquaint myself with a number of interesting people. My successful placement had earned me a Gold Medal in Taiji long weapons, two Silver Medals for Taijiquan in empty hand form and Taiji saber form. I wasn’t as triumphant in two other events -Taiji Tui shou fixed…
My name is Dennis Pounall, and I recently had the privilege to teach a workshop in both Kitchener, Ontario and Kingston, Jamaica. The first workshop I had been invited to was last Christmas in Kitchener Ontario, at Sifu David Hackett School. `Kitchener Kicks Martial Arts Center`, a classical beautiful Dojo with original wooden floor, lots of natural light and high ceiling. I demonstrated the Tsunami Whirlwind Fan form. and they loved it. I was then asked by sifu Dave to teach it to his students, I was honored and happy to oblige. This is a very eclectic fan form and is different as it combines principles from three different disciplines. Korean fan form, Shaolin fighting fan form and Japanese Samurai Tessan applications. This form can also be modified to display aspects of modern Whusu or for older practitioner a more subtle Taiji approach. all round great weapons form. The workshop started off with the usual pleasantries, greet and meet, quiet informal and then we began with some basic Qi kung “Standing Jong Posture” . We then progressed with some stretching breathing and general history usage and function as both a weapon and tool for learning how to extended ones Qi…
 

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