Kung fu call­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By ANGELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

CHRIS­TIAN Ni­block is mak­ing his dream come true to be­come a kung fu mas­ter and has seized the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time to train in China for a year un­der gen­er­a­tional masters of the art.

The Port Dou­glas lo­cal has been study­ing mar­tial arts since he was eight and has learnt sev­eral forms in­clud­ing kung fu, karate, ti kwando and in­jitsu but his pas­sion was put on hold while he pur­sued his ca­reer in ho­tel man­age­ment.

“My mas­ter in Bris­bane Jonathan Chan who I have been train­ing with since 2003 rec­om­mended the Mal­ing Shaolin,” Chris­tian said.

“I am go­ing to learn from masters who date back 32 gen­er­a­tions, it’s a dream for me go­ing to a kung fu school day in and day out and I fin­ish at a mas­ter level.

“I’m also learn­ing Bud­dhist the­ory and cal­lig­ra­phy.”

Chris­tian will be train­ing in the Lee prov­ince stand­ing on the ground where his idol Bruce Lee trained.

He has been train­ing hard ev­ery day in prepa­ra­tion for a phys­i­cally chal­leng­ing year.

One train­ing regime will re­quire him to stand on wooden blocks about one me­tre off the ground and com­plete fight se­quences.

“I will learn to use spears and swords and they don’t re­ally use pad­ding so I had to pur­chase ex­ten­sive med­i­cal in­sur­ance - but it’s all part of the ex­pe­ri­ence, you can’t do mar­tial arts if you don’t get hit, you need to be con­di­tioned,” Chris­tian said.

Out of all the mar­tial arts, Chris­tian has de­cided to mas­ter kung fu be­cause he the style is very fluid, us­ing the whole body and work­ing with en­ergy flow and ap­ply­ing tech­niques over re­ly­ing on strength.

“There’s a lot of his­tory be­hind it and where the stances come from,” he said.

“I have got a range of styles in­clud­ing the prey man­tis and the long fist.”

The jour­ney will not be easy with­out knowl­edge of the Chi­nese lan­guage but it was an op­por­tu­nity Chris­tian said he did not want to miss out on while he was still young and fit enough to ful­fill his dream.

“You need courage to take that first step but once you do, it’s a weight off the shoul­ders and I am go­ing to achieve my dream and it’s some­thing ev­ery­one should strive to do,” he said.

“Kung fu is over 5000 years old and where I’m go­ing there is no in­ter­net, no phone, my form of trans­port is go­ing to be a horse.

“I’m go­ing back to na­ture and liv­ing life to the ab­so­lute fullest and if I can in­spire peo­ple to fol­low their dreams then I’ve al­ready won.”

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