Martial Arts as we teach our youths are as taught traditional-style at the Shaolin Temple in Henan, China. They regroup 3 disciplines: Gong Fu (Kung Fu), Qi Gong and Taiji Chen.
Shaolin Gong Fu
Kung fu or gongfu or gung fu (功夫) is a Chinese term often used in the West to refer to Chinese martial arts. Its original meaning is somewhat different, referring to one’s expertise in any skill achieved through hard work and practice, not necessarily martial.
Through practice of movements, endurance, forms, and martial virtues, our Youth learn how to strengthen the body and the mind, to learn and perfect one’s skills.
Qi Gong (pronounced “chee-gung”) is a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation. With roots in Chinese medicine, martial arts, and philosophy, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to balance qi (chi) or what has been translated as “intrinsic life energy”.
Its practice helps our students to boost and control their energy level and flow, enhancing and maintaining their good health.
Chen family-style of Taiji (Tai Chi) is the oldest and parent form of the five traditional family styles. Contemporary t’ai chi ch’uan is typically practised for a number of widely varying reasons: health, external/internal martial art skills, aesthetics, meditation or as an athletic/competition sport (sometimes called “wushu tai chi”).
Therefore a teacher’s system, practice and choice of training routines usually emphasizes one of these characteristics during training. The five traditional schools, precisely because they are traditional, attempt to retain the martial applicability of their teaching methods.