Learning Kung-Fu In Our Studio is accomplished by utilizing five things: Dynamic Strength Exercises, Equipment Training, Forms, Techniques, and Free Style Fighting.
1. Dynamic Strength Exercises:
Dynamic Strength could be described as "flowing isometrics," where the practitioner's own body provides the resistance. Unlike isometrics, the resistance exercises of Dynamic Strength are performed in motion, which enhances flexibility and increase the blood flow. Best of all, absolutely no equipment is needed! Master Ken Aitken teaches you how to continually improve your strength and physique. His students have shown phenomenal results in an amazingly short time without ever touching a weight!
2. Equipment Training:
The heavy bag, air shield, speed bag, focus gloves, wing chun dummy are merely tools to better yourself with. They're not an end in themselves. Equipment Training helps to develop focus, timing, accuracy, speed, power, and impact training. Besides getting a good cardiovascular work out and strength training.
Forms allow us to teach our bodies to move in synchronization, meaning stepping, blocking, striking, with one leading to another until all three are accomplished nearly simultaneously. Forms help us train our bodies to maintain balance, breathing, timing, and to use different weapons in conjuncti0n with all the above, though forms lack the flash of free styling they are an integral part of San Soo, and an even greater part to the foundation of the art.
Techniques are taught during class, and should only be taught by a Certified Instructor. Techniques are a routine of moves that incorporated gives you greater power and force in a fight. Techniques further train us to flow from one strike to another, as well as giving us a knowledge of how a body will react to certain strikes, what it will take to move the opponent to where you want them for the next strike, and what to expect once they get there. By using technique, a person of small stature can bring the "Magic" the Martial Arts to bare, and seemingly do things to a much larger opponent that seem impossible. Also training in the use of modern and ancient weapons and tactics, also including ground combat techniques.
5. Free Style Fighting:
Two or more people simulate a real fight. One person becomes the defender, while one or more become the aggressors. In our studio, depending on your rank, one can expect to be attacked by one or more aggressors at one time. By utilizing a technique, or a combination of techniques, the defender takes control of the fight. As a real fight has no rules, or choreographer you find that there are no set patterns to a fight. Free styling allows us to train and move with a fight as it unfolds.
The Seven Principles of Self-Defense:
1. Determination: The master knows, through his own resoluteness, that he will determine, the outcome of the aggression and acts accordingly.
2. Calmness: The masters mind remains cool and composed in the face of violence, this allows him to calculate.
3. Conservation: The master will try and maintain optimum agility and endurance by avoiding movements which are unnecessary.
4. Power: The masters goal is to retain his balance at all times, while disrupting that of his opponent.
5. Directness: This is accomplished by keeping the arms and legs as near as possible to the central balance point.
6. Pain: "No pain no Gain" is an adage which can be equally applied to practicing as well as defending
7. Reactions: These must be honed to the sharpest edge possible.