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Monday, April 25, 2011

Wing Chun Training for Women... in Midair!

You might have caught this gem on the news recently: Hong Kong Airlines is training its crew in Wing Chun Kung Fu for use against unruly passengers!

If you missed it, here's a link to an article from The Guardian: Martial Arts for Mid-Air Combat

Spokeswomen for the airline report that a female flight attendant has already used her Wing Chun techniques to subdue a "difficult male passenger" on a flight from Beijing, China.

Why Wing Chun when choosing self-defense for women? Well, don't forget... Wing Chun was created by a woman, the Shaolin nun Ng Mui, and named after its first formal student, the young girl Yim Wing Chun.

The Guardian article also notes that Wing Chun is perfect for flight attendants/cabin crew because it "employs short, swift movements and can be practised in a confined space."

-Kung Fu Los Angeles

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Chen Zhen Legend of the Fist at Laemmle's Sunset 5 Theater in Hollywood

Shaolin Kung Fu is alive and well in the entertainment capital of the world!

Our Kung Fu Los Angeles Shaolin Demo Team (all adults and teens) will do their second demonstration at the Laemmle's Sunset 5 Theater at 8000 W. Sunset Blvd in Hollywood tonight.

The show time is 7:20, but our team will be on around 7:00 pm, so get there early to see awesome forms and fight scenes inspired by the movie.

The movie stars Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Iron Monkey, etc.) and is on a limited theatrical run here in the United States.

We'll try to get some photos and video up soon!

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Learning Wing Chun: Wing Chun Applications

Just a few hours ago, a 6 year-old boy tried our class for the first time. After the class, his mother said to one of our instructors, "I really like that you teach how to use the moves. He just tried a class at another school yesterday and they didn't show the kids how to use the moves at all. Just had them in the mirror kicking and punching." 

Here at California Academy of Martial Arts (Wing Chun Los Angeles/Kung Fu Los Angeles) we believe it's important for all students to know the applications of movements, deflections, and strikes. This may seem obvious - why on earth would one learn how to do a move but not learn how to actually use it for self-defense? Sadly, many schools, especially competition-focused schools, neglect teaching applications.

Meanwhile, ALL of our students, even our Little Pandas (ages 3-5), learn how to use basic hand and kicking techniques during their kung fu classes!

(Of course, if you don't know the application of a move you've learned, you should just ask...)

Here's Sifu Tei explaining some applications:

Here's a video from 2007 showing some of our youngest kids practicing Wing Chun applications such as pak sau, tan sau, bong sau, and even using the Wing Chun Wooden Dummy:

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Valley View Elementary School Festival

This Saturday, April 9th, our Demo Team (both kids and adults) will be at Valley View Elementary School in Los Angeles (Studio City/Hollywood area) to support their spring festival.

Our demonstration starts at 1:30 pm sharp, so if you're in the area, come watch us! There will be food, games and raffles throughout the day.

We also donated one of our "Kung Fu Power Packs" to their auction. The pack includes certificates for group and private lessons, a T-shirt, etc. Other items available include gift cards, signed movie memorabilia, and jewelry. You can check out the items here.

Several of our students including Catherine Glandon attend Valley View.

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff