Benefits of Learning Shaolin Kung Fu
Shaolin Kung Fu is one of the many traditions in the Chinese culture. It improves your physical strength and promotes and active lifestyle. Martial Arts is not just a physical sport; it improves your mental focus, cultivates noble qualities and increases your sense of nature.
Kung Fu enhances self-confidence and courage. Every movement has a purpose. Whether its learning perseverance through the "Horse Stance" or discipline through the repeated perfection of a form, practicing Kung Fu develops the endurance and determination you need in order to overcome adversity.
The warm-ups used before each class can be used for actual combat. We use them to help the individual improve their agility and vigilance no matter the age of the participant.
Chinese Kung Fu includes: Traditional Shaolin hand-forms, San Da (Chinese Boxing), Qi Na (self-defense), and the 18 Shaolin weapons, etc. By learning these basic techniques, you are able to stand against any opponent, no matter the circumstances.
Tenets of Shaolin Kung Fu
Motivation, Confidence, Discipline, Respect, Community, Righteousness, Tolerance
- Motivation - something that causes a person to act
- Confidence - faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper or effective way
- Discipline - orderly conduct or pattern of behavior
- Perseverance - continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition
- Respect - high or special regard
- Community - a unified body of individuals
- Righteousness - acting in accord with moral law
- Tolerance - sympathy for beliefs or practices differing from one's own
About Shaolin Kung Fu
Shaolin Kung Fu is not a creation of one person, but an accumulation of works by millions of people. Shaolin kung fu is the pearl of Chinese wisdom, which was handed down by numerous generations of China's top martial artists. Shaolin kung fu has a vast content and numerous forms.
Here are some important aspects of Kung fu: internal kung fu, external kung fu, hard kung fu, light kung fu and qi gong. The internal kung fu mainly focuses on practicing the strength of one's body; the light kung fu focuses on agility; qi gong includes the practice and maintenance of qi. Shaolin Kung fu includes hand-to-hand defence as well as the use of weapons. There are forms: staff, spear, broadsword, straight sword, various other weapons, combat, equipments, performance sparring, sparring with weapons, etc.
All kung fu forms and weapons forms that have been created by monks or lay-man monks from the temple and all kung fu that came to the temple from outside is referred to as Shaolin kung fu.
Chinese martial arts are a number of fighting styles that have developed over the centuries in China. These fighting styles are often classified according to common traits, identified as "families", "sects" or "schools" of martial arts. Examples of such traits include physical exercises involving animal mimicry, or training methods inspired by Chinese philosophies, religions and legends. Styles which focus on qi manipulation are labeled as internal while others concentrate on improving muscle and cardiovascular fitness and are labeled external Geographical association, as in northern and southern, is another popular method of categorization.
Adults KungFu Program
It is important for you to choose an activity that you are comfortable with. Joining our Kung Fu program not only learn the physical principals of self-defense, unity of mind and body, but also:
- Stress reduction
- Improve flexibility
- Increase energy level
- Weight loss & control
- Increase positive attitude
- Better health and longevity
- Self-defense skills & techniques
Kids KungFu Program
- Our Kid Kung Fu program offer all these benefits to kids age 4 & up. They will learn:
- Self confidence
- Improve flexibility
- Focus & concentration
- Achieve physical health
- Practical marital arts skills
- Self-defense skills & techniques
Sanda, 'chinese kickboxing', is also called Sanshou ,which roughly translates as "actual combat". In the past, Chinese called it "technique fighting" or "striking". The simple concept of Sanda is two people fighting against each other without weapons.
The four attacking methods are Kicking, Hitting, Wrestling, and Controlling. Sanda combines using skill in pose and technique. The Sanda pose is normally called a "ready" stance, where the fighter is prepared for combat. Training in Sanda can help you keep your body in powerful condition, and develops the quickest of reflexes.
Making use of fast movements to attack or defend, the fighter leaves little offa thier body exposed, very effective in protecting the key parts of your body.
There are two poses in Sanda: Left and Right Pose. For the left pose, one of your feet stands out, the other, behind. The distance between the heel of the forward foot and the tiptoe of backward foot is the same width as the shoulders. The sole of your left foot completely touches the ground, while the heel of your right foot rises up a little. Your knees naturally bend a little. The center of gravity of your body moves to the right, the chest moves up and your stomach folds inwards. The left arm twists inside about 90 degrees, while the center of the left fist moves parallel to the tip of your nose. Your right arm twists inwards about 45 degrees, and your two fists come in front of your neck. The elbows keep naturally vertical or a little inwards, and your chin stays is a little lower. All the time, your eyes focus on the upper body of your adversary.
The movements of Sanshou are that of a fighting art, however it is distinct from fighting martial arts that cause injury and disabilities. Sanshou has strict rules to ensure the safety of the two fighters. Rules state that attacking the back of the head, neck and crotch of the opponent is prohibited. In Sanshou, you are allowed to exercise the skills of different Wushu schools.
After long-term training, having mastered Sanda skills a Sanda practitioner will have very fast defensive and offensive reflexes if suddenly attacked. In comparison to an ordinary person, a Sanda athlete has a much higher resisting ability. Sanda not only improves physical qualities such as strength, endurance, flexibility, and sensitivity but also develops people's health both physically and mentally. Sticking to the training makes the body strong and strengthens bones and muscles.
The skill of Sanda is in combining movements of Step, Fist, Leg, Knee, Wrestling, Defending and Constant attacking.
Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan
Translated into English, tai chi roughly translates as: "supreme boxing," "the root of all motion," and "optimal fist fighting." It is considered a martial art, but unlike the most combative styles, tai chi is based on fluidity and circular movements.
Tai chi masters say that this gentle dance develops the flexibility of child, the strength of a lumberjack and, eventually, the wisdom of a sage.
The main principle of Tai Chi Fist is that with the soft strength, you restrain the opponent's strong power, and with the skill of this fist, you shrewdly take your adversary's strength and use it against them. Tai Chi Fist is therefore very effective in actual combat.
Tai Chi Fist is also remarkably beneficial for improving the learner's health. In Chinese modern society, it is suitable for everyone, from kids to the elderly. It is very popular in China. It has been acknowledged that training this fist is very useful for building body strength, curing illnesses, cultivating your moral character and prolonging your life
Wing Chun Kung Fu
Introduction to Wing Chun
What is Wing Chun Kung Fu? Wing Chun is an efficient form of martial art. It is an effective, streamlined and highly simplified combat art, with only three unarmed forms within the style. The style was developed by the Shaolin nun Ng Mui, a senior Kung-Fu practitioner. Ng Mui needed to teach Kung Fu to a young woman named Yim Wing Chun, so she could defeat a warlord who wanted to force her into marriage. A new style was taught to Wing Chun which combined the best techniques from the broad array of traditional Shaolin kung fu, into simple, master style. Tim Wing Chun defeated the warlord with little effort, using his energy against him. The new style was subsequently named Wing Chun. The Wing Chun Style was then passed on through the years where the butterfly knives and pole forms where introduced, until more recently when the late Ip Man learned the style. Ip Man taught many people including his two sons Ip Chun and Ip Ching and also famously Bruce Lee, who introduced Wing Chun and Kung Fu to the western world.
Use Energy Wisely
The use of energy is a very important aspect of Wing Chun. It is not a hard style using strength against strength, energy is used and deflected. Use energy wisely and only when you need it, to use strength all the way through motion is a complete waste of energy and does not hurt the opponent. The opponent only feels it at the moment of impact so you should use strength at that moment, just before impact.
Relaxation is a key factor when learning and using Wing Chun. If you are tense you are using your strength to create muscle tension. This will slow and tire you down allowing your opponent to use this against you. In Wing Chun you must learn how to use less energy to counter greater energy.
Economy of Motion
Economy of motion is another aspect of Wing Chun to consider. All your strikes and block need to go through the most direct route, the shortest distance in the quickest amount of time. Wing Chun moves are not big flowery movements like that of other martial arts. Sometimes you do not have much time to perform your block before you get attacked, especially if you are caught off guard. This idea also helps conserve energy.
Center Line Theorie
A major principle of Wing Chun is Centre line theory. Your centre line runs down the middle of your body, from the top of head, down through your chest to your lower body. The centre line is the most vulnerable part of your body. You must protect the centre line at all times with your defence and strikes, always attack down your centre line. Everything in Wing Chun revolves around this theory, with practice of Siu Lim Tao this will be realized.
We offer a variety of private training options for adults and children with specific interests or development needed. Our one-on-one basis private lessons can be scheduled at the time suitable for you.
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