Experience traditional kung fu as taught by a grandmaster who trained in China.
Origins of Kung Fu
Kung Fu is an umbrella term that includes several hundred Chinese fighting styles. In Chinese, Kung Fu refers to any skill that is acquired through learning or practice. It is often used to describe any Chinese martial art.
According to legend, Chinese martial arts originated during the semi-mythical Xia Dynasty more than 4,000 years ago. In 495 AD, Shaolin temple was built in the Song mountain, Henan province. The first monk who preached Buddhism there was the Indian monk named Bodhidharma. Some Chinese accounts describe Bodhidharma as being disturbed by the poor physical shape of the Shaolin monks, after which he instructed them in techniques to maintain their physical condition as well as teaching meditation. The Shaolin style of kung fu is regarded as one of the first institutionalized Chinese martial arts.
Characteristics of Kung Fu
The movements of Kung Fu are derived from nature. Kung Fu practitioners train their bodies to move with the power and agility of a tiger or the force of an ocean wave. It employs both hard and soft styles. It also emphasizes philosophy, ethics and even medical practice. Basic instruction is usually made up of rudimentary techniques, conditioning exercises, including stances. It typically involves simple movements that are performed repeatedly, as well as stretching, meditation, striking, throwing, or jumping. Without strong and flexible muscles, management of Qi or breath, and proper body mechanics, it is impossible for a student to progress in the Chinese martial arts.
A basic tenant of Kung Fu is to train both Internal and External. External training includes the hands, the eyes, the body and stances. Internal training includes the heart, the spirit, the mind, breathing and strength.
Kung Fu schools typically make use of training in many Chinese weapons for conditioning the body as well as coordination and strategy drills. The basic theory for weapons training is to consider the weapon as an extension of the body. Traditional Kung Fu schools train with each of the “Eighteen Arms of Wushu”.
Practice of Kung Fu
Kung Fu has a deep and rich history in developing both mind and body. Kung Fu practitioners develop in five key areas:
- Combat efficiency
- Health and fitness
- Character development
- Mind expansion
- Spiritual cultivation
Kung Fu at Oom Yung Doe
Oom Yung Doe teaches 8 complete martial arts as a single curriculum. Kung Fu lessons focus on the soft and hard movements that combine to develop flexibility, coordination, strength and speed. Unlike the linear movements of Kong Su (Tae Kwon Do or Karate), Our Kung Fu classes can twist the body in all directions, dramatically increasing the development of the torso or core. Movements in Kung Fu flow from one to the next and strikes can come from all directions, gaining speed from circular movements and force from a linear finish.
Kung Fu lessons are integral to our adult martial arts program, our teen martial arts program, and our children’s martial arts program.
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