Student Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I have to fill out an application to be considered for acceptance in your school?
In 2006, I celebrated my 25th anniversary of operating a Chinese Martial Arts school. I have decided after so many years of teaching to share my knowledge, skill and extensive experience only with the most dedicated and committed students. I don't want to teach students who have the heart of a tourist, who are here today and gone tomorrow. So the application and personal interview process allows me to be selective in my choice of students. On the other hand, if you are accepted, you can be sure to train with a group of students who have the same level of commitment and enthusiasm for learning as you do.
Why do I have to go through a personal interview?
During the personal interview we will have the chance to meet and I may ask you to clarify some of the answers in your application as well as ask additional questions. I will also be conducting a physical evaluation to determine your current fitness level to establish the program that best fits your needs.
Why do you require a membership fee?
I operate an exclusive, private academy. I am only interested in students who are serious and will be committed to their training. The membership fee is required to gain acceptance to the school and it demonstrates a certain level of commitment. On the other hand, there is no long-term agreement required; the program is on a month-to-month basis.
Do I have to pay the membership fee every year?
No, as long as you attend classes regularly and the monthly fees are current. However; a three-month absence will require a new membership fee to be reinstated on the student roster. Again, I want students who are serious about their training.
What is the difference between Kung Fu and other martial arts?
Kung Fu differs from Karate and Tae Kwon Do in principle and technique. Kung Fu is more fluid and makes more use of circular techniques. However, this does not mean that Kung Fu lacks power. The power in the techniques is generated in much the same way as a towel that is being snapped. A towel is loose and soft, yet if it is snapped quickly, like a whip, it becomes powerful and is rigid and hard at the point of impact.
When are your classes?
We offer separate classes for adults and children, as well as Tai Chi classes. We are open six days a week, offering morning and evening classes. Private lessons are also available.
What is required of me in order to start taking lessons?
You are required to fill out an application form and go through an interview process. You must be in reasonably good health and have a sincere desire to learn and improve yourself. No previous experience is required, and you don't have to be in good physical shape.
How long will it take to get a Black Belt?
The average time frame is three years; however, this depends on the individual's ability and dedication. More important than the belt is building a strong character, moral values, mental and physical strength and respect for oneself and all people.
How much time will it take before I can effectively use Kung Fu for self-defense?
On the average, at least one year of continuous dedicated training is required before the techniques become natural and spontaneous. Physical techniques are easy to learn but mental toughness, quick reflexes, speed and power require time to develop.
I always wanted to learn Kung Fu, but I am now in my forties. Am I too old?
The answer is a resounding no! I offer a diversified program that incorporates both Internal and External methods of Chinese martial arts. I can assure you that we can tailor a program to fit your needs, one that is challenging and rewarding.
I have knee and lower back problems. Will I still be able to train?
Yes! Once you go through a physical evaluation, I will be able to determine which program will be best suited for you. It's my belief that proper training should enhance our physical fitness, improve our well being and provide a sense of accomplishment.
Can I be injured in a class?
Like all physical activities, there is always a chance of injury. My classes are strictly supervised and highly disciplined. Studies have shown that martial arts training has a lower injury risk than many other popular sports.
Are students in your school required to participate in tournaments?
All students in our youth program are required to participate in at least three tournaments each year. Students in the adult program between the ages of 13 and 25 are subject to the same requirements. All others are encouraged to participate in at least one tournament. While tournament competition is far removed from the situation that may be encountered in real life, participation builds confidence, develops a sense of accomplishment, and teaches you to overcome your fears.
Why do you offer workshops with different Masters?
I bring many of my teachers to the school at least once a year for special training and intensive workshops. In addition, Masters from China also visit the school throughout the year. These are among the most accomplished Masters of our time and learning from them is not only a privilege but an opportunity to hone your skill and advance your martial arts knowledge.
What are some of the benefits I may expect to gain from training?
With dedicated practice, your coordination, confidence, reflexes, speed, strength, and stamina will greatly improve. You will be able to concentrate better and for longer periods of time. You will learn how to defend yourself and have better control of your emotions.
There are many martial arts schools; what sets your school apart?
I am a strict and demanding teacher who produces results. I have been operating my own school for more than 25 years and have more than 30 years of martial arts experience. I have trained with many of the top Chinese masters of our time and I continue to learn to expand my knowledge. I have produced numerous National and International champions in both forms and fighting. Also, I personally design the curriculum and teach all the classes myself. In many schools, its not unusual for kids to be teaching kids.