Newsletter May 2018


Shaolin Kung Fu Centers

School Newsletter - May 2018

Frequently Asked Questions
What are forms and are they really useful?
Traditional hand forms are a series of prearranged movements that have been handed down by the ancient masters to serve as a living encyclopedia of self-defense maneuvers and secret techniques. However, most people overlook the actual physical conditioning that the forms afford the practitioner. Regular practice will thoroughly work the cardiovascular system, enhance muscular development, increase respiratory functions, and help maintain your overall health. Forms (when taught correctly) also provide a way to understand the style, a way to practice on your own and a way to build the strength and body mechanics needed to make the techniques actually work.
About Kung Fu
Three Steps To Learning Forms
  1. You must first "burn the moves into memory"
  2. You then flow through the form and burn it into the body's memory
  3. Once you can flow through the form with ease, it is time to start to really practice the form and bring it to life
1. Burn Into Memory:
Becoming a student requires you to look at your kung fu training as an education. It will require time to learn, memorize and study. There is a saying that "anything in life worth having is worth studying." Therefore, the first step in learning is to study the moves and burn them into memory. This requires many repetitions. A student should practice not only in the class, but also on their own to determine if they are retaining the information. The best way to see if you are retaining the information is to have personal time at home for practice and review. The information and moves will only "burn into memory" through consistent repetition and practice.
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About Tai Chi
Many times I am asked what made me start learning Tai Chi. Although I knew about and had been exposed to Tai Chi, my official training did not begin until 1990, when I opened my first school. At that time I had been studying kung fu for 14 years and wanted to offer students that were not able to physically practice kung fu a great alternative, Tai Chi. I searched for the best teacher in the area and I came across Dr. Kay Chi Leung and Master Lin Lin Harn, son-in-law and daughter of the famous Master Harn Chin Tang of China. I was very fortunate because Dr. Leung, a professor at Harvard University, had very good English. As a result he was able to translate and explain many of the Tai Chi concepts, philosophy and principles clearly. Today, I am proud to bring a very comprehensive and complete Tai Chi curriculum that is perfect for men and women of all ages, shapes, and sizes.

Aging is an unavoidable aspect of life but for thousands of years, people have been invigorated and healed by the simple practice of Tai Chi.
Tai Chi practice has so many health benefits, it:
  • Improves mood and leads to lower levels of depression
  • Soothes stress, eases anxiety, and prohibits unnecessary worries
  • Reduces inflammation and eases achy joints and muscles
  • Increases energy levels and stamina
  • Greater aerobic capacity and muscle strength
  • Lowers blood pressure and improves heart health
  • Enhances flexibility, balance, and agility
The list goes on and on. Almost sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well it isn’t. And that’s the wonderful power of practicing Tai Chi.