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Why Learn Chinese Martial Arts (Kung Fu & Tai Chi)

There are many reasons why people get interested in the Chinese martial arts and want to start learning kung fu or tai chi. Maybe they want to get in shape, learn self defense, have something to do, or were always interested from young. Whatever the reasons are for starting, the more appropriate question is, “why do people continue to practice this ancient tradition?”

The Chinese martial arts is much older and more developed, dating back some 3000 years in comparison to the other martial arts (like Tae Kwon Do, Karate and Jujitsu) that only date back a little over a hundred years. This makes it more interesting, sophisticated and in depth. The Chinese martial arts are considered to be a study of a lifetime and can be practiced into later years. The other martial arts rely a lot on the physical strength of the body, so as you age it gets harder and harder to keep training. There are many people today still practicing the Chinese martial arts well into their eighties and nineties.

What is it about the Chinese martial arts that makes it different than all other martial arts?

  1. It develops natural habits in the body by following the concepts, principals and philosophy of yin and yang making the art an education and fascinating to learn.
  2. The training is designed to strengthen the body, bones and tendons, helping people get strong and in the best shape ever. The Chinese philosophy is that a strong healthy body will lead to a strong healthy mind and spirit.
  3. There is a tremendous variety in training. There is always something new to learn regardless of how long you train. All other martial arts have limited amounts of material to offer which usually ends shortly after getting black belt. This is partly due to the unlimited amount of weapon work that is available in the Chinese martial arts that is not available in all other martial arts. There are 72 classical weapons (36 long and 36 short), not to mention a host of exotic weapons that fall into their own category.
  4. Chinese martial arts stimulates the mind and helps you build perseverance to get you through stress, anxiety and frustrations. The training will help develop an important element needed in life known as “mental toughness.” The definition of mental toughness according to Wikipedia is “a measure of individual resilience and confidence that may predict success in sport, education and the workplace.” Through training you gain greater tolerance for everyday people and challenges as you grow to be better, more patient and disciplined.
  5. Chinese martial arts will help you get fit. Life is full of demanding activities on the body. Simple tasks like walking up a flight of stairs can leave you winded. Finding the energy to go through your daily routine can be quite exhausting. The training will increase your stamina, which will help you take on your busy life schedule more easily.

The Chinese martial arts is looked at as a way of life providing training not only to develop competent fighting skills, but to cultivate better health, build greater strength and develop good character. The main purpose is to develop a complete, balanced person whose skill and abilities are guided by an equally developed sense of morality, ethical behavior, self control, and confidence. To study the Chinese martial arts is to immerse into the culture and allow the practice to shape the development of the person, their knowledge, understanding, character, and personality. This is what makes Chinese martial arts so valuable and why millions of people today devote their lives to regular practice as it provides an outlet to release massive amounts of stress, and promote overall health while building tremendous strength.

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 Thursday and Saturday. The school is located in East Greenbrier (off Volvo Parkway).