The Chinese Sword

The jian (simplified Chinese: 剑; traditional Chinese: 劍; pinyin: jiàn; Cantonese: Gim) is a double-edged straight sword used during the last 2,500 years in China. The first Chinese sources that mention the jian date to the 7th century BCE during the Spring and Autumn period;[1] one of the earliest specimens being the Sword of Goujian.…

New for 2018

Welcome to the New Year and the new and exciting training program. We’ve been gradually modifying and improving the training for your overall best experience. We started last year with an ancient 5-animal routine called Soft Fist. Not only an excellent routine for learning the 5-animals (Tiger, Snake, Leopard, Dragon, and Crane), but also the…

8 Steps for Improving Flexibility

Before fitness training, one must give importance to doing warm-up or stretching exercises to prevent accidents or to enhance the output during the training. There are also a number of precautionary measures and tips to serve as guidelines when doing fitness exercises. Here are some of them. 1. To increase your flexibility and to avoid…

Cat Posture

1. Start with the feet together 2. Turn left toes out to the corner 3. Bend both knees 4. Slide the right foot forward about 12 inches in front of the left on the toes Keep the weight on the left leg with the knee bent. The Cat Posture is one of the most versatile…

Point Alignment

  One of the areas of Kung Fu and Tai Chi that many instructors do not know or understand is what I call simple “Point Alignment.” There are points that are in the body called Pressure Points or Acupuncture Points. They’re both one and the same. The terminology might be confusing or you might think…

The Art of Kung Fu

The term kung fu doesn’t generally mean the fighting arts in Chinese, but rather means skill, ability and hard work. It also is comprised of three major areas of development: self defense, health and fitness, and character training.   Kung fu and Chinese martial arts in general encompass a wide variety of subjects for study. …

Why Kung Fu is Good for Kids

With the huge increase in media attention, interest in the martial arts is at an all-time high. As you read this short article, you will understand that the martial arts are far more than the sport you may have seen on television. The martial arts are a proven and powerful method of personal and physical…

The Theory of 1000

Learning basics. This is one of the most important aspects of Kung Fu training. Without proper guidance and repetition of the basic techniques, we could not perform our self defense, forms, sparring, and weapons routines. Usually after the first couple of months, most individuals find basic training drills tedious and feel confident in their ability.…

10 Rules for Tai Chi

In Yang tai chi we have several old writings called the Classics.  The Classics are compiled writings of famous tai chi practitioners.  Included among the classics is a treatise by Yang Cheng-Fu, grandson of the founder of Yang tai chi chuan.  It’s called Ten Important Points for Tai Chi Chuan. These ten points describe how the tai chi…