Frequently Asked Questions
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 and offer morning and evening classes. You can choose between group classes or private lessons.
When can I join?
We have regular beginning classes so you can start your training any time. However, we do require new students to fill out an application form and go through a brief interview process.
What is required of me in order to start taking lessons?
You need to fill out an application form and go through a brief interview process which will allow us to meet personally. Also, you must be in reasonably good health and able to start an exercise program, and have a sincere desire to learn and improve yourself.
What if I am not in very good shape?
Typically most people who join my school are looking for a way to improve themselves. As a new student, you will be in a beginnerís class where training is progressive and paced so that you will gradually build up your strength, stamina and flexibility to prepare you for more advanced training.
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 others. In our school the Black Belt signifies the beginning of real in-depth training.
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 you have sufficient confidence, and before the techniques you have learned 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.
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?
While we do participate in tournaments, participation is left to the individual student.
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 have been operating my own school since 1981 and have more than 30 years of martial arts experience. I have been trained by some of the top Chinese Masters of our time, so you can be assured that the training is authentic. I have produced numerous National and International champions in forms and fighting; my training methods produce results! I personally design each studentís training curriculum and teach all the classes to insure that you receive the best possible instruction and derive the maximum benefits from your training.