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Have you heard about Case Kung Fu?

Gabby Markoff

Issue date: 8/28/09 Section: News
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 The advisor of the Case Kung Fu club told me that it was one of the most social sports clubs on campus. And after speaking to him and two of the officers, I must say, they certainly gave that impression. They could not tell me enough about the social activities that the club does together, like hanging out or going to the movies. But they also are very enthusiastic about practicing martial arts, particularly the longfist style, which relies on both distance techniques and mantis (close fighting). Kung Fu is considered to be one of the oldest of the martial arts and is not only a practice of physical endurance, but also of mental endurance. Advisor James Van Doren described it as an "almost artistic quality that goes beyond traditional warfare."

 The Kung Fu Club began seven years ago as a SatCo offered by James Van Doren who would later become the club's advisor. It was so popular that students created the Kung Fu Club. At the outset, the club had only sixteen members, but "it's only increased since then," according to the club's vice president, Shannon Harkin. This environment, the activities, and the instruction offered at each practice has attracted quite a few people to the Kung Fu club which now numbers more than 30 people, boasting nearly equal numbers of men and women on the team. As The president of the club, James Herceg described, "it's huge."

The club attends tournaments in Ohio and has gone as far as California to compete. One member even traveled to China with James Van Doren as part of the U.S  National Schuai Chiao team (Chinese grappling). She received fourth in her division after competing against people from countries including Brazil, France, Mongolia and China.  The club has also held its own tournament in the past right here at Veale and holds demonstrations for the university.

The club spars with one another, learns forms, and works to attain higher level belts by gaining new knowledge and skills.The club is affiliated with the local martial arts school, Wing Lam which provides the tests for members to gain their new belts. Herceg described this as people "actually advancing through the curriculum." The members of the club have practices with an instructor and work together to help the newer members learn new skills, while the older members fine tune theirs. Additionally, Wing Lam also offers a seminar once a semester where members can learn a new form to help club members accrue new and more complex skills.
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