In general, kung fu/kungfu or gung fu/gongfu refers to the Chinese martial arts, also called wushu and quanfa. In China, it refers to any study, learning, or practice that requires patience, energy, and time to complete. In its original meaning, kung fu can refer to any discipline or skill achieved through hard work and practice, not necessarily martial arts. The Chinese literal equivalent of “Chinese martial art” would be 中国武术 zhōngguó wǔshù.
There are many forms of kung fu, namely Shaolin Kung Fu, Wing Chun, Taichi, etc. and are practiced all over the world. Each form of kung fu has its own principles and techniques. It is only in the late twentieth century, that this term was used in relation to Chinese martial arts by the Chinese community. The Oxford English Dictionary defines the term “kung-fu” as “a primarily unarmed Chinese martial art resembling karate.” This illustrates how the meaning of this term has been changed in English. The origin of this change can be attributed to the misunderstanding or mistranslation of the term through movie subtitles or dubbing.
Basic Kung Fu Moves
Stances form the foundation for all Kung Fu movements, such as strikes and blocks. Beginners start by learning the stances, then slowly become familiar with kicks, punches, elbow strikes and blocks.
Kung fu really is the complete body workout out. Your fitness will improve with each class that you attend. The option is yours – train once twice or three times a week. The more you train, the more you will notice the cardio vascular benefits to your endurance and stamina. The changes to your strength and overall fitness will continue to improve as your training becomes more intense, more frequent and more to your skill level.
In order for fitness and skill to improve Kung Fu practitioners are encouraged to abstain from addictive drug use, smoking, and alcohol while maintaining a diet that supports the level of training they are engaged in. Students are taught principles and movement of chi improve health and power.
As your skills improve so does your confidence and self esteem. Techniques that you found difficult not long ago now become everyday movements and combinations that you will use all through your kung fu training experience. The mind and body work together to complete the training experience and a sense of pride and achievement is evident as you become more confident in your ability. Kung fu will build your confidence and self esteem as training increases and ranking levels are achieved.
Kung Fu literally means “Hard Work”. As students push through the difficulty of learning kung fu they begin to develop a deep internal and external strength. They find that they are developing the ability to do hard things- to push past the voices in their head that tell them they are to weak to do something. Next they find themselves developing physical strength. The stances and movements are difficult to master and the journey to that point creates unusual strength.
Many of the kicks and strikes require flexibility. As you improve by doing our workouts and practicing the movements over and over you will find yourself becoming much more flexible that you were before.
Again, Kung Fu literally means “Hard Work”. The training is hard, so come prepared for a workout. If you combine a healthy diet coupled with fitness, strength, and flexibility increase, weight loss is a natural thing.
Of course you are going to have more energy when you lose weight, exercise and revitalize your life with renewed confidence and excitement!
This isn’t just a fun thing to do. Every movement and workout you do is training and enabling you with the ability to protect yourself and others from physical attacks.
Most students find that, no matter the age, they make new friends in kung fu. It’s a natural outcome of the experience. Social events and parties are part of the kwoon as well.
A Fun and Useful Hobby
Many people fall in love with the artistic movements of Kung Fu and the Chinese culture from which it evolved. Indeed, no other martial art is as flowing and expressive as Kung Fu. It’s nice to have a hobby that provides all of these benefits!
- 1 – 12 sessions per month
Kung fu Class
Shaolin Kung Fu
Learning Shaolin Kung Fu is not as simple as practicing punches, kicks and blocks. Monks created much of what is now known as Kung Fu, and they intended to make it a holistic practice. Tending to both mind and body is important when you’re a beginner in Kung Fu. The physical practice influences your mental growth, and vice versa.
Reasons that make people sign up for a martial arts class can vary
Maybe you want to learn a few self-defense tricks