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Crane Jow Gar -
The Arts Within
Master Bob Stannells has trained for 30 years in White crane
and Jow Gar Kung fu. White Crane Kung Fu emphasizes speed, agility
and evasion and Jow Gar combines the power, tenacity and strength
of the tiger with the agility and
speed of the Leopard. Together these arts create not another "new" or
"free" style but the uniting of opposite yet complementary
fighting styles into one Shaolin Kung Fu training syllabus.
2 main styles taught within the syllabus are Jow
Gar and White Crane. Both of these styles
and characters of Kung fu involve empty hand and weapon forms.
a student has completed the basic syllabus
he/she can also learn additional styles Mastered by Sifu Stannells
of Monkey boxing and Drunken Style as well as more advanced
weapons such as the 9 section steel whip.
martial artists and Kung Fu enthusiasts spend years searching through
the various styles of Chinese martial arts for the ultimate system
or style. Many search for the most effective, the one that will
turn you into a master of combat overnight or the one that will
enable you to handle any situation. Unfortunatly the search for
this ultimate style is fruitless and can only end in confusion.
Although history, lineage, style and technique vary Chinese martial
arts each have their own strong and weak points. Real effectiveness
lies in the effort the practitioner has put into their training
not some elusive or magical technique or any one specific style.
As well as the many Chinese arts there are many other martial arts
such as Karate, Aikido, Judo and Western boxing, many of which originated
in Asia and some even 'evolved' from Kung Fu.