Newsletter December 2017


Shaolin Kung Fu Centers

School Newsletter - December 2017

About The School
  • Check out our new full color t-shirts, sweatshirts and school jackets.
  • Don't forget to place your orders for the new school jacket! Please note that any new orders will not arrive until after January 1st. Jackets have an option to add your first name above the front logo.
  • Reminder - The school will be closed Wednesday, December 20th through Christmas Day Monday, December 25th.
We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is Chinese New Year?
Chinese New Year 2018 (Year of the Dog) is officially on Friday, February 16th, 2018. The school will have its celebration on Saturday, February 17th. It starts with our 10:30 AM Tai Chi class which will turn into a Tai Chi demo and will follow with a Kung Fu demo and Lion Dance performances. Afterwards we will have our lunch celebration at the school. All students should plan to support and attend this very important once per year school event. It's also important to note that this is a student event only and will not be open to any non-members.
About Kung Fu
There are many reasons why people get interested in the Chinese martial arts and want to start learning kung fu or tai chi. Maybe they want to get in shape, learn self defense, have something to do, or were always interested from young. Whatever the reasons are for starting, the more appropriate question is, “why do people continue to practice this ancient tradition?”
The Chinese martial arts is much older and more developed, dating back some 3000 years in comparison to the other martial arts (like Tae Kwon Do, Karate and Jujitsu) that only date back a little over a hundred years. This makes it more interesting, sophisticated and in depth. The Chinese martial arts are considered to be a study of a lifetime and can be practiced into later years. The other martial arts rely a lot on the physical strength of the body, so as you age it gets harder and harder to keep training. There are many people today still practicing the Chinese martial arts well into their eighties and nineties.The Chinese martial arts is looked at as a way of life providing training not only to develop competent fighting skills, but to cultivate better health, build greater strength and develop good character. The main purpose is to develop a complete, balanced person whose skill and abilities are guided by an equally developed sense of morality, ethical behavior, self control, and confidence. To study the Chinese martial arts is to immerse into the culture and allow the practice to shape the development of the person, their knowledge, understanding, character, and personality. This is what makes Chinese martial arts so valuable and why millions of people today devote their lives to regular practice. Both Tai Chi and Kung Fu provide a unique and interesting outlet to release massive amounts of stress and promote overall health, all while building tremendous strength.
About Tai Chi
There are three main self defense principles of Tai Chi Chuan. The last couple of months we talked about:
#1 - Luring an opponent into an empty place.
#2 - Using four ounces of force to manipulate a thousand pounds of force.
This month we would like to discuss:
#3 - Borrowing the opponent's force to defeat his force.

This third principle teaches you to borrow the opponent's force while conserving your own, thus manipulating the opponent and taking advantage of his mistakes. This ability depends on the sensitivity you develop through Tai Chi Chuan training. It is more of a feel of the opponents strengths and weaknesses. When your opponent's force reaches your body, usually strong and hard, you should then use soft and following to respond. This means not using your force to resist his force directly, as you would do instinctively. Instinctively it is natural to resist a large incoming force by exerting an equal or larger force. While this instinctive approach may sometimes be effective, it is far from being efficient. Instead of struggling directly against the incoming force, Tai Chi Chuan teaches us to follow the incoming force, then at an appropriate moment skillfully redirect it using the smallest amount of force necessary (principle #2) and then lure the opponent into emptiness - a void (principle #1) and defeat.
Avoid the opponent's strengths and attack his weaknesses, this is the real essence behind the Chinese martial art know as Tai Chi Chuan.