Sifu Shawn Ready has been studying Martial Arts collectively for 10 years. He started at the age of 13 with Korean Taekwon Do and moved from there to find his current teacher in Chinese Kung Fu, Sifu Neil Ripski. Most recently Sifu Ready has been teaching kids classes and training as a live-in student in Creston, BC. After achieving a Black Sash rank, he was accepted by his Sifu as a disciple in both Ma Jia Quan and 18 Lohan Palm. He now hopes to spread his knowledge of the martial arts to the community of Victoria.
About Ma Jia Quan:
The Ma family style, sometimes called Ba Ying Quan (8 Shadows Fist), is a style from the Honan Province. The family that created said style, were horse breeders living a few days trip from the northern Shaolin Temple. The family accepted a number of pilgrims into their home in exchange for their knowledge their martial arts. As such the style became incredibly vast, housing 24 different forms within the family. Present day, the style has been polished down to 8 main systems of combat. The 8 systems taught are Wing Chun, Mantis, 18 Lohan, Drunken Boxing, Taijiquan, Long Fist, Xing Yi, and Hungry Tiger. For more information on Ma Jia Quan see our father school: http://redjade.weebly.com/
About 10 Animals Xin Yi:
10 Animals Xin Yi, or Xinyiliuhe, is a style of boxing characterized by it's aggressive movements, and whole body striking. Until fairly recently this style has been hidden away in the Muslim Chinese Community and only taught within closed doors. However, in 1980 Master Yu Hualong began teaching the public openly and the art was allowed to spread. Xinyi training is comprised of a set of linear drills based off of 10 major animals. The animals are as follows: Bear, Eagle, Dragon, Tiger, Horse, Sparrowhawk, Monkey, Snake, Swallow and Chicken.
About 18 Lohan Palm:
18 Lohan Palm is a Qigong practice for daily health that also includes martial benefits. The style is rumored to have been taught to the Shaolin Buddhist Monks by a travelling monk by the name of Bodhidharma to strengthen their bodies so they could continue their meditative practice. The monks then took these teachings to create the basis for Shaolin Quan, the style of combat made famous by Shaolin Warrior Monks. Training in 18 Lohan Palm consists of Qigong practice, stretching, meditation, and bone hardening methods.