Chesapeake Kung Fu & Tai Chi

Chinese Martial Arts At Its Best!

February 2020

"Training gives us an outlet for Suppressed Energies

created by stress and thus Tones the Spirit

just as Exercise Conditions the Body."

Kung Fu Training

It is known that kung fu training, especially Shaolin training, is a great form of exercise, but why is that? What makes kung fu training such a great source of exercise?
The answer lies in the purpose of kung fu training. Yes, it is a form of self defense but it's main purpose is to make the body strong and develop true kung fu power that is needed to make the self defense techniques actually work. One of the main principles of Shaolin kung fu is:

"If you practice forms without fundamentals, you will have nothing in your old age." Good training must start from the very beginning with the focus on the fundamentals of stances, stretching and kicking. Students must strive to perfect their stances, flexibility and kicking abilities. This takes constant practice to achieve. It is extremely important because as the body gets older the waist and legs become stiff creating pain to the lower back, hips and knees. The greater your flexibility and range of stances and kicking, the less pain there will be in your older years. Fundamental training also works on building a strong body. Exercises like snake turnovers, punch and push and chi building, enhances the bodies strength dramatically. Our line drills and reps and steps training builds tremendous endurance, cardiovascular and strength. Strong bodies feel better, get sick less, recuperate faster and don't get injured easily. These are the jewels that fundamental training in kung fu will give you that will be appreciated in your old age.

Qigong Training

It is said that "in order to calm the mind and steady the energy, one must first learn to take a breath."

Today, many people hear about the great benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong practice, but what is the difference between the two?
Well, to answer that we must understand what qigong practice really is. In modern times, qigong always seems to be cloaked in a veil of mystery. Whenever the topic of qigong comes up, people tend to associate it with "energy healing," and even supernatural abilities. The average person has no real way of grasping what qigong really is. When it comes to the Chinese martial arts and the practice of qigong, outsiders tend to either view it as a form of complex exercises, or some kind of mystical power. Qigong is neither complex or mystical. As a matter of fact it is as simple as breathing. The Chinese word "Qi" translates as air or breath and the word "gong" translates as strength. Therefore, together "qigong" means to breath in the air to strengthen the body. Tai Chi practice has qigong training in it and is considered to be more advanced since it is composed of many complex movements and training methods. Qigong is a relatively simple physical exercise combined with certain breathing methods and can be done almost anywhere. Our Fitness Qigong classes fuse calisthenics and resistance training with the health and healing benefits of qigong resulting in a relaxing and rejuvenating muscle and joint exercise program combined with healthy breathing techniques. Giving you a well rounded workout inside and out. Add our Fitness Qigong to your Tai Chi program to increase your workout with some resistance training or add it to your Kung Fu program to increase your flexibility and to learn deep breathing to relieve stress and anxiety.