Kung fu training can be an exciting and demanding journey. Its origins can be traced back many hundred years to China, with the most popular home of Kung Fu Being the Shaolin Temple.
Kung Fu, meaning sustained effort or skill’ incorporates hundreds of styles such as wing chun training, tai chi, Choy lee fut, monkey kung fu style and many more. However there are common traits, which complement the overall picture in Kung Fu. All disciplines start with basic stances and motions that act as a platform, which a student may learn and study different, styles and forms. As skill levels rise, these forms progress into higher levels of difficulty, allowing the student to gain fluidity and dexterity before competitive training.
Kung Fu training draws on many years of tradition and expands the full spectrum of the martial arts. From devastating lethal attacks to soft smooth elegant meditative movements. Kung Fu is much more than a physical pursuit. It encapsulates a healthy body, through the physical discipline of Kung Fu, as well as the mental and spiritual through the practice of meditation and soft martial arts of tai chi and Chi Kung. Your training will include adopting a philosophy of balance- the taoist understanding of Yin and Yang. To get the most out of your Kung Fu it is important to keep an open mind. There are many different styles out there and the more you learn the more you will be introduced to new concepts.
However there are a few fundamental basics you should be aware of when beginning.
Fitness: Any martial requires some level of fitness. So be ready to train hard. You need stamina to continue and actually enjoy the class. You don’t want to be panting and gasping for air during your training. Not Much fun.
Flexibility: Stretching before a class should be a mandatory part of your training. You don’t want to injure your self during an exercise. You don’t need to be a yoga guru just some slight preparation to begin with. Listen to your body and know its limits. You can always progress at the appropriate pace-and you will feel so much better. Above all have FUN! You are suppose to be enjoying yourself so you get the most out of your martial arts.
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