Adult Kung Fu
Our basic training has been adapted for all fitness, age and experience levels with an emphasis on body preparation and fundamental drilling. Classes include flexibility, strength, core fitness and balance as a foundation of physical movement, coupled with the many techniques and skills necessary in Kung Fu training. You will learn empty hand forms, weapons training, full body conditioning, empty hand sparring (seniors and above) as well as Taoist breathing and power techniques through Qigong training founded in the both the Wing Chun and Hung Gar traditions.
Wing Chun has the largest influence on the Lau Kune Do System which will place much of your focus on close range fighting skills, sensitivity, speed, trapping and multiple angles of attack and defense. Power generation, energy conservation and economy of motion are all skills you will attain over time training here in a safe and inspiring environment.
With a focus on mind, body and spirit in your day to day training, you will learn all the areas needed to become proficient over time in the combat arts of Chinese Kung Fu. With time, the beauty and power of this training will improve every area of your daily life and make what is weak, strong...and what is good, great.
Kids Kung Fu Classes
Kung Fu encourages a healthy lifestyle fostering a healthy mind, body and spirit. We help students get excited about eating well, resting right and calming their frustrations through proper training. This will help improve self confidence, teach them new skills and encourage them to work hard to achieve their goals all while giving them coping mechanisms for frustration or challenges that life and schooling can present.
Building your child’s self confidence while teaching self control and self awareness are the essence of all martial arts. Your children will learn to control their body, mind and emotions through their training while building a strong flexible body that will serve them well in all things. Their training here will focus on many aspects of movement, but more importantly the way the mind views challenges, obstacles, growth and frustration without allowing the ego to dominate that transformation, but to allow them to flourish in a healthy environment that focuses on all these areas together.
Practicing manners and good behavior at all times at the Temple creates an understanding of mutual respect of self and others which they can see all around them. This helps build character and humility while still working on the Self Defense Skills that will allow them to protect themselves and others, while understanding first how to avoid conflict and stop it before it starts.
Using a modern coaching mindset for teaching, we have developed a system of interactive tools that your child will learn to help begin the process of goal setting and tracking for their training and their core behaviors at home and at school. With your participation, crafting a strategy that empowers your child to decide what they need, chart a path to get there and then track that progress is a skill in itself that will reward them for a lifetime of achievement.
Adult Taijichuan (Tai Chi)
Tai Chi has proven through generations of successful practice to help harmonize the bodies energy system bringing overall wellness and vitality to its practitioners. Our classes mix many training tools to help this process occur including long form Taijichuan practice, Qigong exercises, Taoist breathing, Taiji Ball, Baguzhang stepping and many more in conjunction with both seated and standing meditation practices. You will realize a profound sense of connection to your own body and the world around you which strengthens over time the more you practice these internal arts bringing a sense of connectedness, focus and clarity to your daily life.
An excellent step toward health and wellness, Taijichuan provides gentle stretching, flexibility and strength to help your body naturally return to its ideal nature in a very intuitive way. People have experienced many improvements to a number chronic conditions without the use of medication where other modalities have failed. Many of these benefits have been proven over time in research studies especially in the areas of arthritis, back pain, sleep imbalances, digestion, poor concentration, bone density loss and high blood pressure to name a few.
This is a natural way to dramatically reduce the effects of stress and aging on the body and the debilitating effects they can have on your system. While a more gentle approach, Tai Chi Chuan was originally created as a combat art, as well as a healing art, making this a tremendously well rounded approach as an individual art form, or as a addition to any external training.
Qigong and Meditation
Both Qigong and Meditation practices are integrated with our Taijichuan classes at a basic level but offer classes each week that teach meditation, recovery and spiritual Qigong meditative practices. Additional intensive semi-private group workshops are offered quarterly going deeper into theory and application as well as specific Medical and Martial Qigong sets being taught in workshop basis. Please contact us directly for more detailed information to meet your needs. The basic material needed for both martial, medical and spiritual Qigong training used through Meditation are presented in normal class format for all participating students.
These classes are open to the public and are not restricted to active students. You can register as a "drop in" single class guest or purchase a block of classes on the "Book Classes" page any time. The schedule for these classes can be found above on the normal class schedule.
Kinstretch® is a mobility training class meant to restore and expand your usable ranges of motion and should be an addition to any existing training program you are involved in, not to replace it. The more we use our bodies, in life and athletics, without specific focus on maintaining mobility we begin to lose the usable ranges we are accustomed to which can lead to injury or discomfort at a minimum. My focus in this class is to expand on the ranges your body has today while increasing your joint health and longevity through movement to improve your quality and control with an emphasis on proper mechanics and injury prevention.
*An important consideration, for anyone not having experienced this class before, this is NOT a stretching class. Although we use the word "Stretch" in the naming, this is a very active class and will be a challenging workout in a different way than you may be used to. Muscle cramping can be common in mobility work, depending on your effort but there are reasons for this and we will cover those in class and how they should be treated. Lastly if you are injured currently, this is not the class for you. Moving tissues or joints that are in pain through mobility training can create more harm and is not meant to be "rehabilitation" training.
Caring for our country, communities and citizens requires a special commitment often putting the welfare and safety of others ahead of yourself. For some time now I have been trying to find the best way to help honor these special people and those that support them and these classes are my solution.
We will be offering complimentary classes to our local 1st Responder, Active and Veteran Military and their spouses as long as they have the need. There is no "catch" to these classes, they will be custom tailored to the needs of these service members with an emphasis on using movement, breath work and meditation as our base. While traditional training is at the core of what we do here, my objective is to help these special people learn new strategies to down-regulate the body's stress response in times of crisis, assist in mechanically up-regulating the body in preparation for important tasks requiring focus and learning to better "shift gears" energetically between work life and home life to restore balance. We are all seeking to keep our mind and body performing at their best, this is in my opinion one of the best means of doing just that.
To learn more and stay in touch about class changes, please go to our special registration page for service members and family below. I hope to see you there or at least get to know you a bit better and please spread the word.
BUILDING BETTER BALANCE
Have you felt control over your body and your balance becoming more difficult? Do you notice that your feet often seem to have a mind of their own, or have you found yourself caught in positions where you are concerned your balance may fail you? Maybe your balance feels fine now but you are always seeking ways to improve your body and mind, seeking alternative means to better develop your balance and ensure you will retain control of your body and stability as time marches on. You are not alone and this class is designed for you and those you love so don't keep it a secret.
With everyone being at a different stage, this class will work to return and enhance any loss of sensory input from the feet and the body's central equilibrium. You will work to improve important control muscles and deepen your sense off center along with building a strong awareness of your body's center of gravity in increasingly complex patterns and challenges when you are ready.
For those that are very challenged with balance and stability, this class aims to provide a safe approach to improving these areas as well, please be sure to clarify your personal situation in advance of dropping in if special needs are to be considered. In some cases, having a family member along with you as a partner/assistant can make sense and arrangements can be made in advance if needed.