Border Incident 2 :
By : Dwight Hennings
SPRING WAS IN THE BLOOM IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE AND WELCOMING INTERNATIONAL VISITORS FROM HONG KONG, MALAYSIA, CANADA, UK, USA, NEW ZEALAND, AND FROM ACROSS THE GREAT EXPANSE OF AUSTRALIA, TO GATHER FOR THE LONG AWAITED BORDER INCIDENT 2.(Sept 30 – Oct 2, 2011) IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA.
With weather typical of any season, the rainy evening greeted all who made the trip for this gathering of Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun practitioners but did not dampen the excitement of all participants to the weekend’s events and training.
Friday evening found everyone at the Ving Tsun Combat Science studio, formerly the Melbourne Chinese Martial Arts Club (MCMAC), to kick things off with a meet and greet. Where most people would exchange handshakes, Ving Tsun/Wing Chun practitioners on this evening exercised their unique brand of introductions through some friendly Chi Sau in a room full of friendly smiles. The roar of voices and laughter was similar to that first day of school when you were a child making new friends and reconnecting with old ones.
For some it was a chance to “add” a face to the friendships made through social media. For everyone, tomorrow’s kickoff to Border Incident 2 with WSLVT workshop presenters John Smith, Jerry Yueng and Mark wong, Darren Elvey, Enzo Verratti and David Peterson couldn’t come soon enough.
Coffee and conversation were the first call to order on a cool morning of Saturday, October 1st while waiting outside; but it was the curious buzz of excitement amongst mob of bodies waiting impatiently for the doors to open that keeps everyone warm. The doors opened and class was in session. The studio flooded with over sixty people in an instant. The Mook Yan Jong was quickly in play while pockets of Chi Sau continued where they left off from the night before.
The morning bell (Darren Elvey’s whistle) sounded off the Border Incident 2 was officially in session. After welcoming and thanking everyone for their support Darren handed over the floor to John Smith. John started the room off where we’ve all began our Ving Tsun journey with everyone performing Siu Nim Tau together.
The studio suddenly started to become its own ‘Sau’-Lin Temple with everyone facing the center of the room, in a semi-circle formation, patiently playing each action of the form in unison. The mantra of John’s presentation was Structure to open the day’s workshops and set off everyone on the right stance with a series of concepts and exercises to work with to take us to the lunch break.
Hungry for more after refueling their bodies, attendees trickled back in to the studio waiting for their next helping of training. Jerry Yueng and Mark Wong served up the first afternoon session bringing a new workshop feature with PowerPoint. Timing, Rhythm and Relaxation were the focus of their segment, which had the room dancing to their rhythm with the drills they worked. Jerry and Mark’s first English workshop presentation outside of Hong Kong was a special feature for everyone which was well spoken and well received (insert applause of over sixty people here)
The room was amped up and Darren Elvey stepped to take full advantage. One of the organisers of the weekend’s events hosted at his school, Darren came out ready to challenge and build another block of everyone’s training. Chasing center and chasing moving targets with attention to Balance, Distance and Power had everyone’s footwork drumming the floor like the running of the bulls as they attack the impact pads their training partners held on to. Those who had free hands rushed to get every window open as wide as possible for the heavy cardio session that drained the air in the studio quickly. The collective sigh of rest at the end of this workshop wrapped up Day 1 of Border Incident 2.
Sunday brings the weekend to a wrap but not before another good day of WSLVT. Getting a leg up to wake up a groggy crowd clinching to oversized coffee cups is where Enzo Verratti took the floor. Jumpstarting everyone’s energy with Footwork and Kicking exercises for the morning session of the day made sure the impact pads were tattooed with kicks and punches over the weekend. Lunch was definitely earned by all after a morning filled with intensity.
The clouds broke during the midday and the skies cleared to beautiful sunshine warming what started off as another rainy day. The sun filled the studio and camera flashes filled the corners it didn’t reach while waiting for the event’s final presenter, David Peterson.
Sticking to the theme of the day, David presented some simple, direct, and efficient Chi Geuk (Sticky Legs) exercise s with his unique skill of articulating the concepts and variables involved in what was being practiced. Another special moment for David as his return was a special homecoming with old and new friends in the old, and new, studio to wrap up the Border Incident 2 weekend.
If there was any sadness that it was over you’d never be able to know it behind the room full of smiling faces sharing the fresh memories. And to make sure that moment in time was never forgotten meant it was time for the cameras to find their way back for individual and group photos. Memories of great moments thanks to the organisers, presenters and attendees who travelled from near and far to make it all happen. Borders were broken, Friendships bonded, Without Incident.