The term Kung Fu refers to the martial arts of China. Kung Fu originated in a place called the Shaolin Temple, where monks practiced Kung Fu for health and self-defense during their quest for enlightenment.
The first Shaolin temple was a Buddhist monastery built in 377 A.D. in the Henan province of China. In 527 A.D. a Buddhist prince, Bodhidharma(Da Mo) in Chinese, traveled to the temple for religious teaching, but found the monks weak and in poor health. To find a way to give the monks strength and vitality, Da Mo locked himself in a room for nine years of meditation. His resulting work, Yi Jin Jing a series of exercises which developed strength, vitality, and internal energy, is considered the original Shaolin martial art.
Historically, Kung Fu in China was an integral part in the education of scholars and the leaders of government. The Chinese people placed great value in the practice of Kung Fu because they felt it taught respect, patience, humility, and morality.
The meaning of Kung Fu
Most people believe that the words "Kung Fu" translate to "Martial Arts." This however is not the case. Yes, most often when hearing the words "Kung Fu" you are listening to someone speak about martial arts, but the true translation of the words is quite different. "Kung Fu" which is usually pronounced "Gong Fu" is roughly translated "Skill achieved through hard work."
Wushu Means - Art of War
Our training includes:
Tai-chi Kung Fu Academy teaches a variety of traditional self-defense techniques, empty hand forms, and weapons designed to improve one's overall physical abilities and mental discipline, as well as benefit health and physical fitness. The emphasis in our classes is on developing realistic skills for self-defense, increasing flexibility, power, and coordination, and developing internal energy for physical fitness and health promotion. Tai-chi Kung Fu Academy also stresses mental discipline, and developing confidence paired with proper etiquette and mutual respect are important parts of all class activities.
- Meditation/Qi Gong Training
- Interior/Exterior Qi Development
- Bare Hand - Forms/Two Person
- Weapons - Forms/Two Person
- Sparring/Push Hands Training
- Shui-Chaio (grappling and wrestling techniques)
- Chin-Na (joint locking and twisting/pressure points)
A true Student:
- Never tires of learning. A good student can learn anytime, anywhere.
- Must be willing to sacrifice for his art and instructor. An instructor is not a commodity that the student can buy.
- Always sets a good example for the lower ranks.
- Is always loyal and never criticizes the instructor, the art or the teaching methods.
- Practices and attempts to utilize techniques taught by the instructor.
- Remembers that his/her conduct outside the dojo reflects on the art and the instructor.
- Will discard techniques from other schools if the instructor disapproves of them.
- Is never disrespectful to the instructor. Though a student may disagree, he/she must follow the instructor.
- Is always eager to learn and to ask questions.
- Never breaks a trust.
Weapons are practiced at Tai-chi Kung Fu Academy both individually (through form practice) as well as with partners for forms and self-defense exercise.
Weapon forms are excellent for increasing strength and stamina, and for developing an understanding of extending the mind and will externally from the body.
Self-defense aspects of weapons are also learned through partner weapons forms (such as Broadsword Vs Unarmed combat, and Broadsword Vs Spear combat), and through drills and practice of weapon sparring.
Example Weapon Forms:
- Salute towards the training hall when entering/exiting from the front or back door. To do this, stand facing the training area with your feet together, place your left palm over your right fist, and salute towards the training area.
- Always refer to Sifu Wong as "Sifu" (teacher).
- Address your instructors as either "Si-Hing" (senior brother) or "Si Jie" (senior sister).
- When responding to Sifu or an instructor, address them using "sir" or "ma'am." (ex: "yes, sir;" "no, sir;" "yes, ma'am;" "no, ma'am." (This applies only to children.)
- No chewing gum or eating food while training.
- No sitting during class. You are here to train!
- No talking or playing in the training hall during class.
- No playing with the equipment in the training hall.
- You must bring and use your own weapons during class.
Anyone who fails to do any of the preceding requirements will be subject to a penalty
Weapons and Sparring
- All students learning weapons/sparring must purchase their own gear weapons/gear to train with.
- All students are responsible for bringing their own equipment to class and taking it home after class.
- All students must use their own weapons/gear in class.
- All students must treat weapons with the respect they deserve; they are not toys.