Chesapeake Kung Fu & Tai Chi

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Kung Fu Helps You Hack Into Your Happy Chemicals!

“Being in a positive state has significant impact on our motivation, productivity, and well being,” writes Thai Nguyen in his article from the Huffington Post.

“Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin and endorphins are the quartet responsible for our happiness.”

What you may not have realized is that Kung Fu is intentionally causing these nerotransmitters to trigger.

A consistent student who comes to class regularly and puts in the right amount of effort into training and, as a result, triggers these “happy chemicals” may truly be sourcing health and happiness into their lifestyle from doing Kung Fu.


Thai Nguyen’s research showed that Dopamine “motivates us to take action toward goals, desires, and  needs, and gives a surge of reinforcing pleasure when achieving them.”

“Procrastination, self-doubt, and lack of enthusiasm are linked with low levels of dopamine.”

According to his article when you “break big goals down into little pieces, we can create a series of little finish lines which release dopamine.”

“That endures a continual flow for experiencing  dopamine.”

We believe that our unique and carefully designed sash awards programs are accomplishing this in ways that adults can rarely experience in any other activity.

For those adults that fully involve themselves in the celebratory accomplishment of earning goal oriented sashes may have access to dopamine hits on a consistent basis which increases motivation, productivity, and well being in the school and possibly carry over into their day to day life.


Thai Nguyen writes that Serotonin flows when “you feel significant or important. Loneliness and depression appears when Serotonin is absent.”

“Reflecting on past significant achievements allows the brain to re-live the experience.”

In Kung Fu there are constant reminders for students of their achievements and their value to the team. The nature of our instruction is to give positive feeback on any small or large efforts and achievements and the camaraderie amongst the Kung Fu team reinforces each students unique value.

The article further states that “if you need a Serotonin boost during a stressful day, take a few moments to reflect on past achievements and victories.”

Kung Fu students need only to think of coming to their school at the end of their day or to visit our website to see celebratory student pictures and exciting class in action videos for their Serotonin boost.


According to Thai Nguyen, “Oxytocin creates trust and builds healthy relationships.”

“The cultivation of Oxytocin is essential for creating strong bonds and improved social interactions.”

And adding from Dr. Paul Zak, “… inter-personal touch not only raises Oxytocin, but reduces cardiovascular stress and improves the immune system.”

“When someone receives a gift, their Oxytocin levels can rise.”

Our further belief is that our strong team environment, including shared high fives amongst students, and an encouraging hand on a shoulder from an instructor, builds on trust, healthy student relationships, and all within a safe environment for improved social interaction.

Strong bonds are developed in our school and a dedicated student knows, without a doubt, that each new Kung Fu move given from their Sifu is a treasured gift.

With 30 years in the Kung Fu arts, we have seen many adults go through life events where finding triggers for Oxytocin aren’t easily obtained. The Kung Fu school is quite possibly a stand in for helping this important happy chemical flow again.  Many of our adults refer to our school as their “Happy Place.”


In Kung Fu, it seems the last happy chemical Endorphins, would be triggered off the charts.

“Endorphins are released in response to pain and stress and help to alleviate anxiety and depression. The surging ‘second wind’ and euphoric ‘runners high’ during and after a vigorous run are a result of endorphins. Similar to morphine, it acts as an analgesic and sedative, diminishing our perception of pain.”

Our Basic Kung Fu full body workout is run in an action packed 30 minute time span in which the instructor pushes the students to keep up with strength and cardio. Kung Fu also has many choreographed “forms” which are done in a continuous flow format challenging cardio and strength at the same time, much like running but more interesting. With the excitement of the class to push the students and the coaching of the instructor reminding them to “start strong, finish strong,” the student reaps the rewards in each progressive step. As soon as the student reaches a plateau, another more challenging choreograph is taught.

“Along with regular exercise, laughter is one of the easiest ways to induce endorphins.”

With all these happy chemicals constantly released in our school, our students arrive expecting to put in the effort with the outcome of feeling great and from the general camaraderie of our school, they leave on a euphoric high, laughing and encouraging one another and calling out their goodbyes, already looking forward to their next class.

Your Opportunity

We strongly encourage adults to consider what we are offering here at Chesapeake Kung Fu and Tai Chi.

A longer life maybe… a better life absolutely!

For over thirty years, Master Maury and his wife have been teaching Shaolin Longfist Kung Fu & Yang Style Tai Chi. Experience a touch of China in an authentic environment including herbal teas and liniments. Reap the rewards of true kung fu and tai chi while you improve your health, acquire greater strength and gain competent skills.

Getting started is easy because we play it straight! There are no hidden fees, surprises, or contracts. We offer classes Monday thru Saturday. The school is located in East Greenbrier (off Volvo Parkway).

Don’t miss your opportunity for more health and happiness in your life!