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Kung Fu

Kung fu or gongfu (功夫, Pinyin: gōngfu) is a well-known Chinese term used in the West to designate Chinese martial arts. Its original meaning is somewhat different, referring to one's expertise in any skill, not necessarily martial. Many consider wushu a better term for Chinese martial arts, as it translates directly into martial art.

Kung Fu (Gong-fu) literally means "hard work", "learned skill", or "skill acquired through application of time and effort", and is often used for the enormous variety of martial arts native to China.

(Chinese boxing) is, with karate, the most popularly known of all the martial arts. It employs kicks, strikes, throws, body turns, dodges, holds, crouches and starts, leaps and falls, handsprings and somersaults. These movements include more techniques involving the open hand, such as claws and rips, than those used in karate.

A very ancient form of martial arts which also has innumerable styles and substyles, Kung Fu includes the legendary Shaolin style of fighting, which was named after a 6th century monastery in Hunan, China. The Shaolin style was developed over many centuries, expanding from 72 basic fighting movements in its early development to 170 moves divided into five styles named after the animal the movements were supposed to resemble or represent; the Tiger, Leopard, Snake, Dragon and Crane. It is said that a monk named Bodhidharma (Ta Mo) traveled in 500 A.D. from India to China. He went to the Shaolin temple in Hunan Province. Bodhidharma found that the monks had no physical exercise and felt that meditation and physical movement were both important to attaining enlightenment. Bodhidhara designed a training program to help the monks strengthen their bodies, which then allowed them to endure long meditations. The series of movements developed by Bodhidharma eventually evolved into Kung Fu.

What We Offer

Chinese Martial Arts include training in many traditional Chinese martial arts. These classes include both internal and external types of training. Internal training focus is on the proper body dynamics and the use of internal energy while external training includes muscle strength and flexibility, speed and coordination skills aimed at developing fighting skills and weapon training.

Kung Fu Classes Include Training in:

Northern Shaolin Kung Fu
- this is a Chinese martial art system that develops strong stances, with an emphasis on leg techniques like sweeping, kicking and jumping techniques.
Tan Tui
- "spring leg" is a Chinese martial art that uses routines to develop a strong foundation for all martial arts training. The routines include throws, joint locks, sweeps, jumping techniques along with punching and blocking. Long fist kung fu comes through master Han Ching Tan. It is a good beginning form that also has advanced connections. It consists of 10 short sequences repeated on both sides of the body for a great balanced workout.
Shuai Jiao
- "Chinese wrestling". This Chinese martial art's main focus is on throwing and flipping techniques. This art may very well be the oldest of all Chinese martial arts for empty hand combat.
Internal Dynamic Training
Paa Kua Chaun
- "Eight Trigrams Palm" is one of three major internal styles of Chiense martial arts. This style with its changing middle approach to combat is unique and powerful. The eight palm changes along with proper entering technqiues provides the student with a wide variety of practical self defense applications.
Hsing I
- "Mind Body" is one of three major internal styles of Chinese martial arts. The emphasis is on the straight middle approach to self defense skills. H-sing I fighting skills is based on the 12 animal techniques.
Tai Chi Chuan
- "Grand Ultimate Fist". This style of martial arts is characterized by slow moving postures. This art is used for martial arts training and for health benefits. The Tai Chi forms are sometimes referred to as moving meditation.
Chi Gung
- is a method of training through breathing techniques that allows the body to open meridians to cultivate chi and develop internal energy. The health benefits of prevention and treatment of disease is commonly associated with the practice of Chi Kung.
Chin na
- is a Chinese martial art that used joint locks to control the opponent. Attacks to sensitive areas of the body with grabs and pressure strikes are used to immobilize an attacker.

Weapons

  • Staff
  • Spear
  • Straight Sword
  • Curved Sword

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