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Kung Fu Styles at the Academy

Chinese Kung Fu (Martial Arts or Gongfu or Wushu) is a series of fighting styles which has developed over the centuries in China. Although being fighting styles, Kung Fu advocates virtue and peace, not aggression or violence. This has been the common value upheld by martial artists from generation to generation. With a number of movement sets, boxing styles, weapon skills and some fighting stunts, Kung Fu keeps its original function of self-defense. Now its value in body-building and fitness is also highly appreciated.

A strong will and persistence is the precondition for learning kung fu. The basic skills of legs, waist, shoulders and stance training need to be practiced daily. Employing the solid foundation of the basic skills, one can choose from the various sects to learn specific routines of boxing, kicking and weapon skills, to improve the combat ability.

All of the following styles of Chinese Kung Fu are part of our weekly training schedule. However, some of them are offered in optional classes, but all of them can be trained full-time if you wish to.

Shaolin Kung Fu
Shaolin Kung Fu 少林功夫
Shaolin Kung Fu is the origin of all Chinese martial arts and more than 1500 years old. The Shaolin temple and its monks are best known and admired in all the world. Shaolin Kung Fu training includes power, indurance, flexibility, smoothness and mind - everything an excellent martial artist needs.
Tai Ji
Tai Ji is an internal style of Chinese Kung Fu and the most widely practiced martial art in the world today. It is based on the principle of the soft overcoming the hard. The term 'Tai Ji' refers to the ancient Chinese concept of the interplay between two opposite yet complementary forces (Yin and Yang).
Qi Gong
Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese energy practice. 'Qi' means energy, 'Gong' means work. It is based on the Chinese concept of Qi flowing through the body. Qigong is a self-healing art that combines movement and meditation. It is used for medical and health purposes and to improve ones martial arts practise.
Sanda
Sanda 散打
Sanda is the Chinese way of kickboxing. It is also called 'Sanshou',  which roughly translates as "actual combat". The simple concept of Sanda is two people fighting against each other without weapons.
 
Wing Chun

Wing Chun 咏春

Wing Chun trains the awareness of one's own body movement derived from muscular, tendon, and articular sources. A correct Wing Chun stance is like a piece of bamboo, firm but flexible, rooted but yielding. This structure is used to either deflect external forces or redirect them.

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Baji
Baji 八极
Baji is a school of traditional Chinese Marital Arts that features explosive, short range power. It was also known as "rake fist" due to the fist being held loosely and slightly open when not striking, resembling a rake. It also involves many downward strike moves, like a rake's movement in the field.
Bagua
Bagua 八卦
Bagua Zhang is one of the three orthodox internal styles of Chinese martial arts (the other two being Xingyi and Tai Ji). 'Ba Gua' translates to eight trigrams, 'Zhang' means palm and designates Bagua as a style of martial arts, which emphasizes the use of the open hand in preference to the closed fist.
Xingyi
Xingyi 形意
Xingyi is known as one of the excellent traditional Chinese internal styles, emphasizing not only on training the body but also the mind. Xingyi focuses on the unity between the external form and internal energy.
 
Liangyi Quan

Liangyi Quan 两仪拳

Liang Yi Quan is also known as Tai Yi Quan. The term ‘Liang Yi’, when literally translated, means ‘chaos’. Liang Yi is thus based on the notion of that which existed in the universe before the yin-yang balance of complementary forces came into being.

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