Monday, 30 May 2011

Benefits of Chinese Kungfu in a students life""""

Health and Fitness

By health, we mean not only being free from illness, but the ability to sleep soundly, to work energetically, to think clearly, and to be calm yet alert. By fitness, we mean not just physical strength, but the ability to react quickly, to endure hard work, and to concentrate without mental fatigue.
Kung Fu is better than other forms of exercise for promoting health and fitness. In swimming, jogging, and karate, for example, the fitness acquired diminishes as one grows old, but in Kung Fu it is enhanced. This is because Kung Fu is more than physical exercise; it develops the inner faculties of vital energy and the mind. A Kung Fu practitioner will exhibit more zest and vitality in both work and play than an ordinary person, and have calmness of mind and clarity of thought even under demanding situations.

Character Training

Kung Fu teaching emphasizes moral development as well as physical training, stressing values like respect, courage, tolerance, and reverence for life. The very nature of Kung Fu training is a long process of character building. Wholesome qualities like endurance, perseverance, discipline, loyalty, and a calm disposition are prerequisites for progress, especially at higher levels. All these qualities, acquired through Kung Fu training, are transferable to daily life.


Self-defense is the essence of Chinese martial arts. True Kung Fu teaching always instructs students to be tolerant and avoid fighting, but the ability to defend oneself is a valuable asset. It is only when we know that we can defend ourselves effectively that we gain self-confidence. In this way self-defense can be applied to non-combative situations, such as job interviews or school exams. In modern society, this need for psychological self-defense is perhaps more important than the need to actually fight.

What is Kungfu? & difference between kungfu and other martial arts

The term Kung Fu refers to the martial arts of China. Kung Fu originated in a place called the Shaolin Temple, where monks practiced Kung Fu for health and self-defence during their quest for enlightenment.
The first Shaolin temple was a Buddhist monastery built in 377 A.D. in the Henan province of China. In 527 A.D. a Buddhist prince, Bodhidharma, or Da Mo in Chinese, travelled to the temple for religious teaching, but found the monks weak and in poor health. To find a way to give the monks strength and vitality, Da Mo locked himself in a room for nine years of meditation. His resulting work, Yi Jin Jing, a series of exercises which developed strength, vitality, and internal energy, is considered the original Shaolin martial art.
Historically, Kung Fu in China was an integral part in the education of scholars and the leaders of government. The Chinese people placed great value in the practice of Kung Fu because they felt it taught respect, patience, humility, and morality.
Many Americans believe that Kung Fu is a term which describes a single martial art, much like Taekwondo, Judo, or Aikido. In reality, Kung Fu is a general term which includes hundreds of styles of Chinese martial arts. Some examples of Kung Fu styles are Long Fist, Eagle Claw, and Taiji Quan.
Another misconception is that Kung Fu is a "soft" style compared with Karate or other "hard" styles. This is not so: each Kung Fu style contains both hard and soft techniques. Also, many people believe that Kung Fu is an external style and Taiji Quan is an internal style. While most Kung Fu styles emphasize external development, all styles of Kung Fu contain both internal and external components

The Difference Between Kungfu and other Martial Arts

Kung Fu Puts Philosophy into Practice
The philosophy of Chinese martial arts originated not with warlords whose aim was to kill, but with Buddhist masters whose aim was to prolong life. This philosophy and history has lead to a difference in the practice and the attitude of students of Chinese martial arts.
Unbelievable violence and hostility are found in some martial arts systems. Such behavior is not found in Kung Fu training, because the nature of the training is such that a calm disposition and a feeling for one's training partners are developed intrinsically, and harboring selfish, aggressive attitudes would work against the practitioners themselves.
Kung Fu is a Comprehensive System
Martial arts techniques are divided into four areas: striking, kicking, grappling and throwing, and seizing and locking the joints. Every type of Chinese Kung Fu contains techniques from each of these four areas. This is important because each category of techniques is effective against one or more of the other categories. A Chinese martial artist, therefore, can deal with every type of attack and defend himself effectively.
Other martial arts, like Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, and Taekwondo, specialize in only one or two of the four categories of techniques. Because of the nature of these martial arts, their practitioners often have difficulty if opponents use attacks that fall outside the categories in which their respective arts specialize.
One way to prepare yourself to handle any fighting situation is to learn all these different martial arts. A better alternative is to learn a Chinese martial art like Long Fist. It not only saves time and effort, it also gives advantages not found in other martial arts.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

I truly believe in self-powered martial arts training and what you do at home can drastically effect your future outcome. I attribute my success in the martial arts to this attitude of eat-drink-sleep the martial arts. Yes, you can still have a life – but if you want to get the most out of any program and are just getting started – I highly suggest a solid at home integration of your passion and goals. Below are a few tips for improving your quest to learn martial arts at home.

Get Started in Martial Arts Training
A course of a thousand martial art moves begins with the first kick. Begin by beginning is the first tip towards achieving success in the realm of martial arts home study. There is a procrastination bug that is easy to catch if you are not careful. If you must procrastinate then have this character trait work for you as opposed to against you by procrastinating procrastination.
A body in motion stays in motion – so the best thing for you to do, is take the first step and begin to create some momentum. Even if that first step is rather small, move forward. It might not seem like much now, but in the long run, it will all add up to the masterpiece that is you.
Training Schedule
Creating a martial arts related schedule of some sort is probably one of the best strategies for staying on track. You need to set aside TIME to focus on your training. Even if you only have a few hours a week to devote to learning martial arts at home, be sure to organize that time and discipline yourself to sticking to it.
If you do not have time, what you need to do is MAKE time. Even if you only have a few hours – set them aside and use a good reminder to be sure that you are on track.
Consider taking some advice from a crunchy fast food restaurant – KFC. They used to have a discount period called, KFC Midnight – an easy reminder. I used to use something similar in my training – like Wednesday Weapons.
If you have time to watch TV, then you have time to train. One of my favorite training strategies involves working out during commercials or stretching during a film. I often put an exercise ball in front of the TV to get in a full abdominal workout, resting only during the commercials.

04 Add a killer physical workout
I change my schedule quite often (this keeps it fun), but when I kick it into gear (usually when I want to lose the weight from having too many Sundae Sundays), I usually follow something similar to the following:
Monday – Upper body focused training and development:
This would include punching, bag drills, strikes, climbing, and upper body muscle development.
When working the muscles, I follow the 5-second strategy for burn out and fatigue = 1 second positive and 4 seconds negative. This means if I am doing a pull up, I will power blast it for a max of 1 second on the way up and go slow for 4 seconds on the way down. Same strategy if you use weights. 10 reps for each upper body exercise with only 1 minute of rest in between is good. Try to fill up 40-60 minutes.
You can use this strategy for push-ups too – 1 second push and 4 seconds as you go back to starting position. It is okay to blast through the first second to get that explosive movement, but you must take time for the return.
Tuesday – Cardio kickboxing, fat burning routine:
* Light Warm up for 10 minutes (any exercise other than what you will do in the hour).
* Heavy workout for 15 seconds (bag blast, sprint, jump ropes, monkey jumps etc.).
* Light movements for 45 seconds (jog, shadow box, dynamic stretching etc.).
Repeat the above 5 times then rest for 1-5 minutes.
* Solid Movement for 30 minutes (run, jump rope, bag drills, swim, row etc) at 70%.
* Heavy workout for 20 seconds (bag blast, sprint, jump ropes, monkey jumps etc.).
* Light movements for 40 seconds (jog, shadow box, dynamic stretching etc.).
If you want a non martial arts workout to add to your week that only requires a pair of running shoes – try this:
Warm up for 10 minutes and then:
Part one = sprint uphill for 15 seconds, run relaxed for 45 seconds (repeat 6 times), run for 30 minutes.
Part two = sprint for 20 seconds, run for 40 seconds (repeat 5 times).
Get a 5 minute cool down and stretch.
Refuel your body with water, whey protein or body building formula of choice immediately after.
Wednesday – Lower body focused training and development:
This would include kicking, bag drills, abs, stretching, and lower body muscle development.
The same 5-second strategy is applied. For example, throw a fast kick to the bag then a 4-second kick. Slow motion kicking will truly help you to develop powerful kicks. Pick at least 4 areas of focus and then get in a minimum of 10 reps. 5-second squats are also great.
Thursday – Repeat a workout similar to Tuesday
Friday – Repeat Mondays Workout.
NOTE: This strategy is designed to give you about 4 days of rest between upper body and lower body workouts. It is a good idea to rotate each week so that you start Monday out with lower body instead of upper body. Get creative and mix it up and experiment with various training schedules. Find one that works BEST for YOU.
This schedule is more physical, you should have something similar for your mind and spirit.
PLAY on the weekends!
Get Motivated for the Martial Arts
You need some fuel that will keep you excited and in training for the duration of your focus. This means you need to learn what it is that motivates you. Eventually, you might run out of fuel – so what is it that will fill that tank back up and get you going again? Consider reading Winjitsu books MAK and NRG which are focused purely on training your mind to get you moving and staying in motion. Until then, here are a few quick tips:
* Put up some photos or images that inspire you where you can see them often – images of what you would like to accomplish.
* Ask yourself motivating pain and pleasure questions like: What will happen if I do not train or achieve this goal? How does that make me feel? What will happen if I do achieve this goal? How does that make me feel?
* Also, be sure to ask yourself positive moving forward questions like: How can I improve my martial arts training at home? Give it some time; your brain will come up with answers. Avoid self-limiting questions like: Why am I always forgetting to train? Your brain will answer negative questions too, but they will only hinder your progress.
* Create a plan or date to show off your skills – something that forces you to get into action now in order to be ready in the future. We always study hardest before the exam.
* Add Jackie Chan movies, Rocky music, Martial Art books and people in the martial arts that inspire you into action to your daily life and environment.

Get Martial Arts Friends
One of the best ways to get active and stay on a training program is to find a person that shares the same goal. Create a schedule together and help each other stay on track. It may not be a good idea to try to convince someone to adjust to your own goals – best to find someone that wants to train just as much as you.
Get a Goal in the Martial Arts
Write your goals down and keep them in view. This is important. How can you achieve success if you are not even sure what you are a aiming for? Be sure to pick some measurable goals so you can be motivated by your progress. If you want to achieve the martial arts side splits, but do not recognize that you are getting closer every week, you will lose sight of your progress and end up forgetting about the goal altogether, or worse, lose motivation, as the goal will appear impossible to reach. Consider breaking all of your goals down at least 4 times.
Therefore, you could have 10-year goals, 1-year goals, 1-month goals, and 1-week goals. Alternatively; 1-year goals, 1-month goals, 1-week goals and daily goals. In addition, it helps to break down your specific goals too, for example:
Achieve 25% of the side splits in 1 month, 50% in 2 months, 75% in 3 months and 100% in 4 months.

Get a Martial Arts Mind
A great way to combine all of the above into a Mental workout is to devote 2 or more hours per week on the online dojo. Get online and ask questions, share training advice, offer help or just get your mind in the game. It is all about keeping in the loop and keeping the focus. Out of sight = out of mind. So let us get the mind involved and strengthen that muscle with some mental push-ups. Reading this post is a great start, add some of your own thoughts in the comments and help others get more out of their training.

Get a Martial Arts Coach
Obviously, if you have an instructor helping you along the way, your steps will turn to leaps. Consider any great sports team – they most likely had a great coach.

Get a Martial Arts Training Area
For many, it would seem like this is the first area of focus you should work on – a training location. However, I believe this might be one of the reasons that many of us limit our training potential. It is easy to decide to begin training when you have cleaned out your garage. However, once you are training and have that ball in motion – it will certainly help you to get a set area to train in. A home dojo if you will. I prefer the backyard, but a garage dojo is great too as you can open the door and let the air in. Having a set location or CONTEXT will not only constantly remind you to train, it will also help you to prepare quickly and get into the right state of mind each time you begin training.
If you cannot train anywhere at home, then seek out a public park or gym. Consider browsing the paper or web sites like for someone looking for a training partner or place an ad yourself. You might not have space, but if you do your research, I am sure you can find someone that shares your passion and together you can find a good location to train.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Introduction to Ancient Chinese Shao-lin Kungfu

Kung Fu is a martial art that can be traced back to early day China. Calendar dates sometimes reflect the discipline of Kung Fu being established pre-A.D. Within Kung Fu are variations of this martial art.
One of those variations is called Shaolin Kung Fu which was named after the Shaolin temple of Buddhism. This temple is located on the mountain of Sung and was roughly established around the fourth century A.D.

What Is Shaolin Kung Fu?
In order to understand what Shaolin Kung Fu is, it is important to understand the environment that bred this type of Kung Fu. The Shaolin temple was established during a period of time in China when individual regions were controlled and dominated by warlords. In addition, law and order was based upon the survival of the fittest and as such the different areas were replete with killers and thieves.
To counter this lawlessness, the priests of the Shaolin temple created a powerful new dimension to the art of Kung Fu. This dynamic new dimension to this discipline allowed the priests the resources to repel those that would wish to do harm to those in the temple and who wished to destroy the religion itself.
Some of the abilities that were created through the use of Shaolin Kung Fu were legendary. Some of those legends included the ability of the disciple of this Kung Fu being able to penetrate concrete with their fist, direct their body to heal faster and simulate the action of a dragonfly and skim the surface of water.
Today, many of the powerful techniques and secrets have been lost. However, Shaolin Kung Fu is considered, by many, to be the most powerful variation of all of the Kung Fu disciplines.

There are many benefits associated with practicing the disciple of Shaolin Kung Fu. These benefits can be realized for each member of the family despite their age or gender.
For a child, there will be a noticeable elevation in the confidence level of that child. This level of confidence will be increased due to the advantages received by learning and practicing this discipline. Those advantages include the gaining of courage and strength. These are important virtues for the mind and body to realize especially living in a world that seems to be more violent. Also, the child will experience character building disciplines and will learn how to defend themselves using the techniques of Shaolin Kung Fu
For the adult, because Shaolin Kung Fu is a discipline that affects every fiber and element of an individual, the student will learn how to effectively manage stress and manage the enemy from within. In addition, increasing energy levels will be elevated. Also, this ancient art will allow an individual to defend themselves from outward attacks that may be experienced.

Benefits of Martial Arts in my point of view

No matter which of the martial arts you practice, there are great benefits. Whether you are a student of judo, muay thai, savate, sambo, jujitsu, krav maga, wushu, kendo, capoeira, jeet kune do, wrestling or even boxing, there are many physical and mental benefits. I love martial arts, and some of the many positive attributes are listed below.
    Other than being able to fight and defend yourself, mastering martial arts is often about self control. You can learn confrontation resolution skills to hopefully avoid any kind of altercation. If something does happen, you'll be ready. You will develop better coordination and balance, increased strength and flexibility, better muscle tone, increased stamina and energy, increased speed, better endurance, reduced stress, and stronger bones and joints. Martial arts are also a great way to lose weight or tone up. These effects can be long-lasting, and are obviously great to have for the rest of your life.
    Martial arts also help you increase your self-confidence. They sharpen your senses and help you become aware of your surroundings in a new way. Especially in terms of being able to defend yourself, you will feel as if attackers are moving in slow motion. Being able to remain calm is an important skill: you will be able to focus and concentrate, think quick, and build mental toughness and discipline. These abilities trascend martial arts and help you in other aspects of your daily life.
    Bruce Lee (RIP), Jet Li, and Jackie Chan practiced martial arts, and they are some of the coolest people around. Martial arts are also a great way to meet new people and make friends. It is a different kind of teamwork, and is something I really enjoy. The martial arts are very fun, and remaining healthy is a quest we should attempt together.