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  Why kung fu

For children in their formative years, self-discipline is important and by implementing repetition, hard work, rhythm, details, and rules, kung fu is a fantastic way to improve the learning process.  Kung fu will provide an activity to do all year round to compliment your other seasonal physical activities and help you become a well-rounded individual since it requires thought in addition to its physical components.  Because kung fu is skill-based, it is a great way for friends and families with diverse physical talents and abilities to participate in together. It is also an amazing way to develop friendships with interesting people that can last a lifetime.
 
   
   
For professionals who are at your desks or vehicles all day, exercise is absolutely essential. In addition to looking better, exercise has been shown to stimulate chemicals in your brain which can also make you feel better.  Numerous studies show that exercise helps to combat depression while improving self esteem.  Kung fu can also strengthen your heart and lungs; help improve the quality of your sleep; improve your concentration and focus at work; and has been known to prevent type II diabetes, osteoporosis, and types of cancer. Besides improving the quality and longevity of your life, kung fu is simply fun!
   
   
For athletes, kung fu is a powerful way to cross-train because it is a comprehensive art form that involves running, jumping, kicking, punching, flexibility, explosive linear and circular movements, and much more that will make you the most effective athlete you can be.  Additionally, the mental focus, emotional clarity, and physical awareness will enable you to reach your full potential as an athlete. 
   
For performers, your presentation and being in shape are both imperative. Kung fu’s performance aspects prepare you to be in a highly competitive position if you would like to be considered for parts involving action sequences, while helping you get in shape like a top athlete.  Kung fu training helped make Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Keanu Reeves, Jason Statham, Donnie Yen, Zhang Ziyi, Zoe Saldana, Carrie-Ann Moss, Milla Jovovich, and Uma Thurman international super-stars.
   
   Who can do kung fu?
 Anybody can do kung fu!  Kung fu is skill-based, so regardless of your age, gender, physical attributes, or experience, you can be taught kung fu through our systematic teaching process.  To find out how you can achieve your goals.
   Styles:

Long Fist:  This northern style is a synthesis of traditional styles including Cha Quan, Hua Quan, Hong Quan, and Shaolin Quan.  Long fist (Chang Quan) characteristics include long-range attacks, running, jumping, flexibility, turning, and varied stance heights.  This is the most popular style of modern wushu and is used to lay a strong foundation for wushu martial artists.

Southern Fist:  This southern style is a synthesis of traditional styles including Hong Jia Quan (Hung-Gar Kuen), Cai Li Fo Quan (Choy Lay Fut), and Yong Chun Quan (Wing Chun).  Southern Fist (Nan Quan) practitioners develop strong legs from low kicks and low stable stances as well as dexterity through versatile hand techniques.

Tai Chi Quan:  Literally translated, this style is “The Grand Ultimate Fist”.  This style is characterized by deliberately slow and relaxed movement where the practitioners use the force of the opponent as leverage.  Though this is popularly seen as exercise for the elderly, sensitivity exercises such as push hands (Tui Shou) can teach the martial artist to apply the teachings of this style practically.

Eagle Claw:  The Eagle Claw (Ying Zhao) style imitates the animal it is named after.  This style includes the grace, stillness, and readiness of the eagle waiting to attack, while simultaneously displaying its ferocity.  The Eagle Claw practitioner will develop flexibility, speed, and explosiveness as this style includes jumping, high kicks, quick hand techniques, demonstrations of balance, and extremely low stances.

Ground Tumbling Boxing:  Ground Tumbling Boxing (Ditang Quan) includes attacks while somersaulting, spinning, turning, flipping, and falling.  Many of these falls are used to employ the body in the takedown of an opponent or taking the opponent down while from the ground.  Ground Tumbling Boxing practitioners will strengthen their bones, muscles, and sinews while accumulating knowledge in self-defense through training this style.

Drunken Boxing:  This unconventional method of boxing (Zui Quan) may be the original rope-a-dope where the apparently drunk practitioner deliberately demonstrates weakness and vulnerability, but is actually capable of outstanding footwork, attacks from every angle, and sudden falls which leverage the body in takedowns.  This style will develop the martial artist’s entire anterior and posterior chain, increase flexibility, and hone one’s coordination.

Broadsword:  The broadsword (Dao), known as the “Marshall of All Weapons”, is considered a short weapon with a blade that is sharp only on one side and often associated with the tiger.  This weapon was commonly used in the military and is known for its ferocity.  This weapon implements attacks with the sharp side and point, while using the other side for blocks and wraps that remain close to the body.

Straightsword:  The straightsword (Jian), known as “The Gentleman/Scholar of All Weapons”, is considered a short weapon with a blade that is sharp on both sides.  This weapon is known for its elegance, agility, and flexibility explaining why it is often associated with the mythical phoenix.

Staff:  The staff (Gun), known as “The Father of All Weapons”, is considered a long weapon which is usually made of wood, but is sometimes made of metal.  The fundamentals of this weapon can be found in most other weapons and is characterized by its sweeps, spins, pokes, and slams.  The staff implements many offensive and defensive maneuvers simultaneously.

Spear:  The spear (Qiang), known as “The King of All Weapons”, is considered a long weapon which is made of wood and a metal blade for its tip.  Because of this weapon’s long-range abilities and its dangerous bladed tip, it developed a dangerous reputation on the battlefield.  The power, flexibility of the weapon / practitioner, and lightness of footwork are why the spear has always been likened to the mythical flying dragon.

Nine-Section Whip Chain:  The Nine-Section Whip-Chain (Jiu Jie Bian) is considered a traditional flexible weapon with a handle and nine steel sections with a flagged sharp end.  This weapon is characterized by its speed, fluidity, and wraps around body parts.  It is believed to originally be effective for scaring horses, used as a hidden weapon, and to strike around obstacles.
   
Kung Fu Puts Philosophy into Practice
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.

SongshanShaolin Temple in Henan Province of China, the original Shaolin Temple established in 495 AD. Songhan Shaolin Temple is the birthplace of Chinese Chan (Zen) Buddhism and Shaolin Kung Fu. 

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.

Many Americans believe that Kung Fu is a term which describes a single martial art, much like Taekwondo, Judo, or Aikido. In reality, Kung Fu is a general term which includes hundreds of styles of Chinese martial arts. Some examples of Kung Fu styles are Long Fist, Eagle Claw, and Taiji Quan.

Another misconception is that Kung Fu is a "soft" style compared with Karate or other "hard" styles. This is not so: each Kung Fu style contains both hard and soft techniques. Also, many people believe that Kung Fu is an external style and Taiji Quan is an internal style. While most Kung Fu styles emphasize external development, all styles of Kung Fu contain both internal and external components.
Kung fu: You've got to spend your whole life at it before you're kung fu.