My Moy Yat training came in to play in 93' as I ran into a devoted student turned Sifu, Les Clements in my hometown after leaving the military. He was dissatisfied w/ the school here being handed over to Sifu Thorton Williams,who didn't follow the original methods and we maintained close ties w/ Sigung Rex who originally was taught by William Moy. Rex giving Sifu Les his blessing to start a competing school. I was 4th inline to my Sifu.
However,we were firmly looking for more,cross training against other styles. Going to matches both regulated and non regulated until by happen stance...we took some of our younger Sidi to a local tournament (point matches...pffft) to build their confidence.
It worked well as the younger students all took trophies home fighting well above their experience range (in one case,one student of 7 months defeated a 8th degree blackbelt). It was funny,them asking us "What belt is he?" our answer? "Belt? What do you mean belt? Gong Fu doesn't have belts." That's where we found a child of 10years old executing an extremely well taught broadsword form,taking 1st place in the weapons division. Though to be honest...the judges had no idea what they were looking at or for in the form
His father and Sifu,Frank Roper was on the sidelines watching. We ofc gravitated to spectate and a conversation was struck up. He said that he'd like to train w/ us (which of course became training us instead). He had met Grand Master Siu He Ho after his return from Hong Kong,in 1979 whilst he was drifting from school to school upon returning to California in 84.
The Siu family were closely tied w/ Shaolin (prior to the assasinations and razing of the temple by the Qing),Wudan and Wutang as well. Several studied at the White Crane Temple. Nearly the entire family was devoted to the budhist way of life.Though how far the history goes back....no one knows for sure. They were devoted indoor students in the schools,and shared w/ one another. They,like many others hid from the Qing purging's in the Chinese theatre as performers.
The styles in Siu Pi Chuan are as varied as you can get in one place. Yet seperately distictive,and ususally more of the esoteric bent. Sigong Roeper being the last student in the line to have been given the full system (one of only two,and the only surviving).
He was asked in 98' by the Jing Wu Atheletic Assosiation to detail his knowledge for the archive,which he declined. The Su system has been kept under a fair amount of secrecy as was required of all indoor students,and Roeper concluded that he'd never pass the full system to anyone. Too my knowledge,he never has.
However,he did pass along to us (while my knowledge is limited to what I listed previously, those plus) 5 animal,Dragon,Snake,64 Leg,Leopard,Hung Gar Tiger Crane,Long Fist,Yang Tai Chi and a few more that I can't recall after 10 years.
The more esoteric are ofc reserved for indoor students. I also do accupuncture and accupressure as well personally.
Am I excited? Yes. I still love the arts even though I don't practice often anymore. I am an internal stylist I had an injury (that I accidentally inflicted on myself) that made anything but form work impossible for the majority of 7 years. Handstand fingertip pushups were the cause,or...more directly,me pushing myself farther than I should've. We trained hardcore...old style, and I lived (literally) at the school for 8 years.
I made a mistake of thinking I could go just 10 more,I wasn't tired,but my fingers were starting to tremble....at 107...my thumb collapsed backwards dislocating the joint as it goes back into the base of my hand as well as the one directly behind at the wrist. For years I wasn't able to even pick up packets of sugar w/o it dislocating again,I destroyed the joints so completely that it took that long for the bone to regrow around the socket due to almost constant re-injury. It's hard to do anything w/o your thumb being involved
But...almost 11 years later I have about 65% usage of it now,so it's improved...probably as much as it ever will. So I understand completely your position on full contact training as I'd like to retain the use of my hand.
As far as the philosophy goes...I'm typically of a more Taoist bent. Though I tend to combine more than a bit of buddhist principles concerning the preservation of life. I've relaxed greatly from my earlier days of fighting,where it was about being the best there is to the realization that I would have to defeat the entire world to prove such a thing as fact. A numerical impossibility to say the least.
Now,it's more about the mind and body and the cultivation of Chi' for health. Though I still like to stick hands on rare occasion,I find myself teaching others to find their center more important than the combat I relished in my earlier years.