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NYE 2013

Nye 2013 this year was at Peaches Bar, Harrow.

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Adam Sutton’s new Wing Chun class :)

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Central Wing Chun Xmas dinner at River View

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Devonshire Terrace

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Shendish Manor

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Watford Hilton

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Central Wing Chun at St Katherine’s Dock

Every few months Neil Parris (founder of Central Wing Chun) hosts Wing Chun Kung Fu Seminars. The one he held in May was soley for beginners. I attended the seminar to help out and was looking forward to dinner with the regular students he has.

Unfortunately I left my speedlite at home and struggled to capture pictures within Fitness First of the event. However after the kung fu session I managed to take some photos of St Katherines Dock.

The picture below was taken with my 10mm-20mm Sigma, which is a very wide lense and has really captured a great deal of the dock.

This picture is the same as the above except I have applied the miniature filter within the Canon 60D. The does kind of resemble a model set-up.

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Record Store Day 2013

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Party in Piccadilly with Mystique

Saturday 13th April 2013, a wet and dull day in London town. However, the party in Piccadilly at the Bentleys Oyster Bar & Grill was full of party people to brighten the place up! I was DJn once again for Bhavesh from Mystique Events. I met him at the venue fairly early evening and he had just come from another show during the day.

The room where we were setting up was situated downstairs and Bhav’ was installing the decor which included all the seating as per picture below!

The picture below shows an interesting set-up of Jameson.

I must admit this venue had one of the best staff I have ever worked with. It doesn’t take much to be polite and hospitable, this venue I totally recommend for both!

We were set-up by 8pm and people had started to arrive slowly. I have know idea why the picture below has come out like this? I used my  Canon 60D with the Sigma 10mm-20mm wide lense and it shows a very strange perspective, but still shows the set-up. Bhav’ installed the dance floor and looks extremely clean. LED dancefloors have been popular for a while now and to me it adds a disco feel. I think the ceiling complements this photo perfectly.

This next two pictures demonstrate a classic single focal point style photograph. But it was done using the internal ‘miniature’ filter. You simply choose the area you want in focus and the rest is blurred. It is very effect when taking shots from say a few feet up, everything looks like a model.

Enough on the photography and onto the DJn.

This crowd was eager to party and was a crowd who loved their old-skool, from Biggie to 90s house through to SWV. As much as I don’t mind people providing lists of music to play, but it is nice to be able to play by what you feel at the given moment and not be dictated by a playlist or a punter whom wants a record that will kill the vibe on the dance-floor. This crowd were feeling everything that I chose and really appreciated the fast mixing (especially of the house music) and the ‘scratch teasing’ I love doing. This is when you drop a bar of a record but don’t necessarily play it straight after. This really adds to the hype I believe.

Overall this party was the best event I have played so far this year ! :)

Posted in 2013, Gigs

Central Wing Chun workshop

On the weekend of Friday 8th March 2013, Central Wing Chun organised a two day workshop in Canterbury. The workshop offered the chance to those in attendance a chance to experience the entire Wing Chun system, to improve on their current level of Wing Chun and train with other students.

Central Wing Chun is overseen by Sifu Neil Parris. He runs regular classes in London and conducts seminars across the year.

I met Neil on the Friday, after picking up the minibus and picking up his students from Elephant and Castle we battled through rain and fog to reach this amazing appartment he had hired, referred to as ‘The Barn’. It boasts a spacious lounge with open plan kitchen and plenty of bedrooms on the lower ground floor, a pool table, swimming pool and scenic country surroundings.

Upon arrival (at around 10pm) a number of people were keen to train so delved straight away into chi-sau. What is chi-sau? Well it means double sticking hands and is a game of physical chess. I will expand on this in another post.

The picture below shows James and Adam.


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Saturday morning was a 10am start and Neil commenced the class with some basic sensitivity exercises, leading onto the second form and finally he presented the wooden dummy with applications.

 

The evening finished with a meal at a local Thai restaurant in Canterbury.

Sunday…

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