Sean Veira Kickboxing Instructor Interview

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Sean Veira Kickboxing

Doug Swift @ Enso Martial Arts Shop:

Hi Sean, Thanks for meeting me today to do the interview for the marital arts of the month Kickboxing. For the May newsletter. For people who don’t know you, you’re a fairly big name in Bristol for martial arts. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do.

Sean Veira Kickboxing Instructor:

I’ve been training in martial arts for about 36 years now and started with Lau Gar and then the kickboxing. They we mixed in together. I’ve been competing around the UK, Europe and the World really for 20 or so years. Now I’m on the WAKO GB coaching squad.

Doug Swift @ Enso Martial Arts Shop:

What age were you when you started and what made you get involved?

Sean Veira Kickboxing Instructor:

I was 12-13 when I started. I started because I went along with friend. There wasn’t much to do at the time, so we went to a local sports centre, Bruce Lee had just come out. So we thought we’d give it a try. My friend went once and I just carried on. The same thing happens now.

Doug Swift @ Enso Martial Arts Shop:

So I did a bit of reading on your website about the Lau Gar and Kickboxing. So for people who know both styles they’ll know they are very different looking styles. How do those two compare, joining those two together?

Sean Veira Kickboxing Instructor:

The techniques are different, Lau Gar is Lau Gar and Kickboxing is Kickboxing. What we had in the 70’s with Master Yau was he had a group of fighters he used to take round the circuit, fighting in Points sparring, full contact, light continuous. From that he built on that, so all the fighters had their own clubs. So they’d use the Lau Gar, the traditional kung fu as a base and the points sparring, full contact as Freestyle concept. And we would fight against any style, Taekwondo, Karate, Kung Fu.

What we do now is within a class do the traditional moves, the set forms, but we will also do point fighting, point fighting drills. We also have classes you just do kickboxing. So we have a kickboxing syllabus, which is different from the Lau Gar syllabus.

So you have a choice, as to whether you want to do traditional Kung Fu with sparring or kickboxing, which is a lot different

Doug Swift @ Enso Martial Arts Shop:

Would it be possible to learn Lau Gar now, in Mainland China? Do it still exist?

Sean Veira Kickboxing Instructor:

There is some people teaching it in China. You’d have to ask Master Yau for more insight. We’ve asked him a few times and he did say it is being taught there. No sure whereabouts but in the South I think. There are lots of different break offs, in the UK as well. You’ll always get people talking about lineage, saying it’s this or that. I think at the end of the day, if you are enjoying your training, it’s effective and you’re happy doing it, then that is all that matters. When you get the politics it makes it a sad place to be. I try to stay out of the politics because it does my head in. I respect every martial arts, I’ll look at it,see what they’re doing, obviously people are getting something out of it.

Doug Swift @ Enso Martial Arts Shop:

So you’ve done quite a lot of competition fighting, I saw quite a lot of trophies on the way in. What would you say is your biggest accomplishment to date?

Sean Veira Kickboxing Instructor:

It’s difficult, I haven’t got one thing. Getting my 1st degree was a good moment, getting selected for the great Britain Team was a good feeling too. Fighting with a great group of fighters, winning the UK Nationals, they are all great feelings, I get a good feeling if I see a student win a World title. So there is no one thing, I find it quite a hard question to answer because it’s relative to the time.

Doug Swift @ Enso Martial Arts Shop:

Do you compete now? Do you miss it?

Sean Veira Kickboxing Instructor:

No I don’t compete now, there is things you miss from it. The excitement, the winning. the buzz, the training for it. You do miss it. It’s different for everybody, but I found, I was fighting at a good standard and you have student coming up. I found it hard to do both, when you teach you are meant to be teaching not training yourself. I found I couldn’t give my students all I could give. Other people might see if differently, but I found that when your fighting you have to be a selfish person. Everything you do has to be for yourself and I believe that reflects in your teaching. You find you’re split between the two. And obviously time catches up on you, I though that enough was enough and time to let the students do it.

Doug Swift @ Enso Martial Arts Shop:

What are your plans for the future? Any future projects?

Sean Veira Kickboxing Instructor:

For the Lau Gar I want to go as high as I can go. For the gym I really want to product good students, good fighters. It doesn’t have to be world champion fighters, but as long as the gym has good students, hopefully going out better quality, happy. Hopefully they’ll achieve something good, doesn’t have to be a medal, could be a grade, a new technique, hitting with the right hand with the left leg forward. Become a better person, and that’s what they want

Doug Swift @ Enso Martial Arts Shop:

So just one final question. Can you give us some information on your classes, where you are? I’ll put the details in the description.

Sean Veira Kickboxing Instructor:

The gym is in Hampton Lane in Redland. Monday we have kids class at 5pm and adults at 6.30pm. On Thursday we have Kids at 5pm, adults at 6.30pm. Wednesday at Kingsdown Sports Centre. Tuesday at Horfield Sports Centre. Within that we do lots of fitness classes here. Circuits on Friday and Saturday, Boxercise on Tuesday, Kickboxing and Thai Boxing on a Wednesday. Busy Busy.

You can visit Sean website at www.powersportsgym.co.uk

Watch the video of this interview with Sean Veira