FAQ
 
What ages do you teach?
We teach adults and teens, ages 13 and up.
 
How do I mark my progress without a belt system?

The modern belt system marks one’s place in their martial art curriculum in the same way that a child marks their progress in school by the grade they are in. The belt one wears does not signify the quality or capability of the practitioner, just the grade they are in at the time. When asked how smart or capable a child is in school, they do not reply “3rd Grade”. It is understood that not everyone in 3rd Grade is of equal ability and accomplishment. The same is to be said for the use of belts in Martial Arts.

In Kung Fu, you mark your progress in the same manner that a musician or any other artist marks it. By observation and a thorough understanding of your craft. A musician does not go on stage and present their college degree to receive an audience’s applause. To the contrary, they demonstrate their craft and it is only then that the audience will express their appreciation for his ability. As the saying goes, “The proof is in the pudding”.

This being said, we do have a set, highly structured curriculum that students progress through. You will know step by step what level you are at and what is coming next in your progression.

 
Do I need prior Martial Arts experience to participate in class?
No. While we welcome individuals with prior Martial Arts experience, all individuals enrolling for the first time at our school are considered beginners.
 
Is Kung Fu practical for self defense?

To answer this question there are several important points to be made:


1) Would you question the ancient Samurai’s ability to wield a sword or the fighting ability of the Roman Gladiators of old? If not, why would you question Kung Fu’s effectiveness?


2) Are you aware that there are several types of Kung Fu? There is the original authentic version of the fighting art that we teach which is highly effective and reality based. There is also the modern performance version known as Wu Shu (done by the modern Shaolin Monks) which dismisses practical usage in favor of performance and acrobatics. Lastly there are fake versions that instructors pass off as Kung Fu which in some cases are outright frauds. Of the three, authentic Kung Fu is in short supply these days and so, the contemporary interpretations of the art which you may have seen are not reflective of the actual style and in some cases do it a disservice.


3) Did you know that Kung Fu is the original Martial Art that many styles stem from? Martial Arts like Krav Maga, MMA, Karate, Jiu Jitsu, and Taekwondo got many of their most effective techniques from Kung Fu. What more, Kung Fu is a highly advanced system and contains even more techniques than the vast majority of other styles.


4) If you heard that Kung Fu was ineffective, please consider the source. Many Martial Arts Schools and related businesses have a vested interest in not acknowledging the effectiveness of Kung Fu. Some of these businesses will use the tactic of dismissing an art that they do not teach or endorse as ineffective in order to elevate the status of what they have to offer. If they have had actual experience that has led them to the belief that Kung Fu is ineffective, the likelihood that they studied an unauthentic form of Kung Fu is very high.

 
If Kung Fu is so great, why doesn’t anyone use it in the UFC or in MMA matches?

Why have you not seen an MMA fighter do well in a professional Boxing match? The answer is that both Boxing and MMA are sports with specific rules meant to regulate and confine the match. MMA rules are different from Boxing and only if an MMA fighter became a professional boxer would he be successful in that arena. Kung Fu has no rules and as such only if a Kung Fu practitioner trained in the sport of MMA would he be successful in the arena of MMA sport.