Newsletter November 2017


Shaolin Kung Fu Centers

School Newsletter - November 2017

About The School
Reminder - The school will be closed on Thursday November 23rd, 2017 in observance of Thanksgiving.
We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.
About Kung Fu
Through training in kung fu we learn that forms are a series of prearranged movements, handed down by the ancient masters to serve as a living encyclopedia of self-defense maneuvers and secret techniques, and trains the body for efficiency in movement and generation of power. That is why the ancient masters refer to forms as "formulas." These are the formula needed to understand the science behind the fight. Anyone can learn to block a punch or a kick really hard and return a punch or kick even harder, but this is not kung fu. Kung fu is a training of the body and the mind to understand the science behind movements. Although kung fu training teaches us how to move naturally to control and dominate an attacker, we cannot overlook the effects it has on our lives as a whole. Kung fu trains our mind and body to work as one. One thought one action. Therefore, it builds our reflexes and sharpens our awareness, important elements needed for everyday life. Kung fu training is more of a way of life than just a means of self defense. This is why the ancient masters devoted their entire lives to it. It is an outlet to release massive amounts of stress, and promote overall health while building tremendous strength. We gain greater tolerance for everyday people and problems. Through the training we grow to be better, more patient, and disciplined people that can fully enjoy our life around us. This is why Kung fu is referred to as "the ancient secrets of China."
About Tai Chi
There are three main self defense principles of Tai Chi Chuan. Last month we talked about:
#1 - Luring an opponent into an empty place.
This month we would like to discuss:
#2 - using four ounces of force to manipulate a thousand pounds of force.

Using four ounces of force to manipulate one thousand pounds of force defines the ideal level of efficiency one is trying to reach. This principle reminds us to use the smallest amount of force needed in order to defend successfully against a forceful attack. We need to learn to yield to an incoming attack (not push it away) and then add our strength to the attack to use the attackers force against himself. By yielding to an attack we can easily manipulate the incoming force. Through this type of practice one will learn to understand leverage and angles to produce "maximum results with minimum effort." One can say it is learning how to fight smarter and not harder.
- to be continued...