YMAA staff writer Gene Ching interviews YMAA Instructor Michelle Lin and Quentin Lopes about their new program, which is the only instructional video on the White Crane Barehand vs Staff sequence. Barehand vs Staff or Kong Shou Dui Gun (空手對棍) is an intermediate-level White Crane Kung Fu sequence from the YMAA Shaolin Training Curriculum.
Meet the Author: YMAA Instructors Michelle Lin and Quentin Lopes chat with Gene Ching about their new White Crane Staff sequence (video)
YMAA staff writer Gene Ching interviews YMAA Instructor Michelle Lin and Quentin Lopes about their new program, which is the only instructional video on the White Crane Barehand vs Staff sequence. Barehand vs Staff or Kong Shou Dui Gun (空手對棍) is an intermediate-level sequence from the YMAA Shaolin Training Curriculum. This course includes 17 instructional videos.
This step by step instructional lesson teaches fundamentals, applications, and the sequence movement by movement. The final lesson includes demonstrations performed at slow and fast speeds.
The sequence was passed down from White Crane Grandmaster Cheng, Gin-Gsao (曾金灶) to Dr. Yang, Jwing, Ming (楊俊敏博士) to modern-day YMAA International schools. Traditionally, White Crane sequences are short and repetitive and Dr. Yang added the 3rd and 4th parts of the sequence to challenge practitioners and include exciting movements. Barehand vs Staff, or Kong Shou Dui Gun (空手對棍), is a 4th level requirement in the YMAA Shaolin curriculum. It is recommended to first study Dr. Yang's Staff Fundamentals program.
Michelle began training Shaolin Kung Fu at Yang’s Martial Arts Association (YMAA) in Andover, MA in 1997. After three years, she stopped to attend Tufts University where she received her B.A. in International Relations. In 2008, she learned that Jonathan Chang was accepted into the YMAA Retreat Center’s 10-year program in Miranda, CA. Inspired and encouraged, Michelle resumed her training at YMAA Andover. With a fresh perspective, she became deeply appreciative of the arts and aspired to learn more.
Quentin Lopes grew up on Cape Cod, MA and began his martial arts training at a young age under his father. He and his father would occasionally travel to YMAA Boston to train Shaolin and Taijiquan. At the age of 14, Quentin started training at the YMAA Retreat Center as a visiting student under Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. He became a permanent student when the 5-year training program began a year later in 2013. After the 5-year program ended in 2018, Quentin remained at the Retreat Center for another two years.
Gene Ching is a staff writer for YMAA Publication Center. He is a 32nd generation layman disciple of the original Shaolin Temple of China and was the publisher of Kung Fu Tai Chi magazine until it ceased in May 2020. Gene has been writing professionally since 1991, has authored hundreds of martial arts articles. Additionally, he has written over a hundred scripts for martial arts instructional videos. Gene represented the U.S.A. on the AAU A Team at … More »