Newsletter October 2017


Shaolin Kung Fu Centers

School Newsletter - October 2017

About Chinese New Year - Part 1
The school enjoys celebrating Chinese New Year every year with food, kung fu demonstrations and lion dancing.
According to traditional Chinese belief, the lion signifies courage, stability and superiority.
Clashing cymbals, gongs and drums excite the moves of the lion. Throughout the performance, the lion will mimic various moods and demonstrate similar physical gestures combining art, history, and kung fu.
The lion dance was thought to bring good luck and prosperity in the year to come. Customary gifts like oranges symbolizing wealth and red envelopes containing lucky money are often seen at Chinese New Year accompanying a lion dance performance.
The northern lion dance was used to entertain the imperial court and the appearance is similar to a Pekinese dog.
The southern dance is more symbolic for Chinese New Year celebrations as mentioned above and have more cat like resemblances.
About Kung Fu
Today, when most people think about kung fu or any martial arts for that matter, they are thinking strictly about self defense. How can I use these moves to defend myself? How can I get stronger in actual combat? They search for a way to get stronger and increase their striking force. What people do not understand is that this “force” they are searching for already exist inside their body. All they need to do is learn the proper way of using and projecting this force they already have. How do we go about this? Well, kung fu has been teaching students for thousands of years how to generate and control force through precise execution of movements. How does kung fu training teach this concept of force generation? The answer lies deep within the training of what kung fu styles call forms, prearranged movements or patterns. Many may not understand the true purpose of forms but, when they do, they realize that 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. Kung fu trains the body for efficiency in movement, utilizing the entire body to generate power. This is what is referred to as "kung fu strong." Anyone can get strong and hit hard but not everyone can get "kung fu strong." Kung fu strength can only be acquired through true hard kung fu training.
About Tai Chi
There are three main self defense principles of Tai Chi Chuan.
#1 - Luring an opponent into an empty place.

Luring an opponent into an empty place is what I like to refer to as “finding the void.” The empty space where an opponent can easily lose their balance by simply using their own weight force against them. This is why Tai Chi practice works on building a great center of balance within the practitioner. By understanding your center of balance you can then find your opponents center of balance and feel when he is out of balance (find the void) and use his own weight against himself.
- to be continued...