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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Kung Fu Panda 2 Party at Raging Waters San Dimas, Part 2

Here at California Academy of Martial Arts our Memorial Day Weekend could not have been busier. The madness started on Saturday when our Kung Fu Los Angeles Demo Team performed at Raging Waters San Dimas. The event was a Kung Fu Panda 2 Party complete with free T-shirts, Silly Bandz, beach balls, and of course, our performance.

The event was one of our longest and most successful demonstrations ever. We debuted two new acts (a History of Kung Fu and Wing Chun skit and a huge 7-person fight scene) as well as performing old favorites such as Siu Lim Tao and Ping Kuen. What happened after the demo was over was just as memorable - our entire team was treated to a day at the park. Everyone came away thrilled, relaxed, happy, and in a few cases, a little sunburnt.

Complete video of our kung fu demonstration after the jump:

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Kung Fu Panda 2 Party at Raging Waters San Dimas!

Big news! Our Kung Fu Los Angeles Demo Team will be performing at Raging Waters San Dimas this Saturday, May 28th, at 12 pm sharp. We'll be near the Flowrider, adjacent to Splash Cove.

Raging Waters Events are always fun for the whole family and this one will be no exception. Kung Fu Panda 2 marketing teams will be at the park handing out goodies such as Kung Fu Panda T-shirts, Silly Bandz, etc. Our performance will be about 30 minutes long and one of the most ambitious ones we've ever performed. I don't want to spoil the surprise, but there will be costumes, high-flying kicks, authentic Wing Chun, and more...

Hope to see you there!

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

P.S. After our performance, our team and guests will be enjoying the park. Say hi if you see us.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Wing Chun Video: Training for Hong Kong Airlines Staff

Check out this advertisement from Hong Kong Airlines advertising that they teach all stewardesses Wing Chun. We blogged about this recently in our post Wing Chun Training for Women... in Midair!

The advertisement focuses on the more graceful aspects of our art; the woman demonstrates some movements from Sil Lim Tao and the Wooden Dummy forms...

Very cool.

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Kung Fu Panda 2 Hits Burbank AMC Movie Theatres, Teaches Kids to Work Hard and Believe in Themselves

On Thursday, May 26th, "Kung Fu Panda 2" (the sequel to the 2008 blockbuster) will hit theaters. California Academy of Martial Arts' Demo Team plans to demonstrate outside the Burbank AMC 16, one of the best-attended movie theaters in the country according to this Burbank Leader article. Keep an eye out for us!

In 2008, the original "Kung Fu Panda" inspired countless kids to take up the ancient art of kung fu. Its message was that self-belief, coupled with hard work, can transform even the laziest Panda into a formidable warrior! The sequel, according to news reports, has a theme of self-discovery: Po, discovering he is adopted, sets out to learn about his birth family.

Check out the trailer, if you haven't already, and get ready for AWESOMENESS:

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Monday, May 16, 2011

Burbank News: Memorial Day Camp & Memorial Day Events

Memorial Day is an official school holiday for our kids, and the unofficial start of summer for all. Get your child's summer off to the right start by sending them to our MEMORIAL DAY CAMP on Monday, May 30th from 9 am - 3 pm.

We're playing kung fu games, drills, life skills training, watching martial arts movies, and just having fun all day long.

The cost of the camp is $50 and includes lunch and a trip to Menchie's.

To RSVP - and do it soon because space is limited to 20 campers - call us at 818-843-7916 or e-mail info@kungfuwingchun.com.

our official camp flyer

Monday, May 9, 2011

Wing Chun Kicks and Kicking

So far on Kung Fu Los Angeles we have discussed Wing Chun hand techniques in several posts, but we have not spent much time exploring our devastating kicking techniques.

Before we start, check out Wing Chun Techniques, Concepts and Theory (Focus on Centerline Theory) if you are new to Wing Chun or need a refresher on our centerline theory. This post explains why we do not use some of the more acrobatic kicks in the martial arts world (e.g. spinning back kicks) in the Wing Chun Kung Fu system.

In Wing Chun there are, more or less, four kicks: the front kick, the side kick, the stop kick, and the back kick. (Some might also include the tripping motion as a kick, but for the purposes of this post we will exclude it.) Here's a video by Sifu Todd Shawn Tei explaining:

In 1997 Sifu Tei's article "Join the Chain Gang" was published in Kung Fu magazine. Here are some excerpts describing the key points:

1) WING CHUN KICKS ARE EFFECTIVE: Many falsely assume that Wing Chun is limited in its use of kicks. Not true. Rather, Wing Chun limits which kicks it uses - only using those that are most effective and discarding the rest: "Wing Chun never uses high kicks to the head or big spinning kicks because they will leave you open to attack. The centerline of your body must always be covered so it is never vulnerable."
2) USE HANDS AND FEET SIMULTANEOUSLY: Wing Chun kicks are often used in combination with a hand technique - "When you are striking with a punch high to the face, and low with a kick to the opponent's knee, this makes your attack very difficult to block and overcome."
3) TARGETING YOUR KICKS: "When you use kicks in Wing Chun, focus them to hit certain areas... it is very important to kick the opponent in vital and hard-to-block areas such as the groin, knees, behind the knees, the shins, hip, or stomach."
4) SIMULTANEOUS ATTACK AND DEFENSE: Wing Chun kicks can be used both for attacking and deflecting your opponent's kicks*. For example, the side kick can be used in a downward motion to stop your opponent's kick, or to strike your opponent's knee.

In future posts we will explore each kick's applications more thoroughly. In the meanwhile, thanks for reading and always feel welcome to stop by our school if you are interested in training!

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

(*Author's note: in organized sparring competitions it is common to see fighters exchange kicks, making little effort to block them. In competitions this is acceptable because kicks cannot be aimed toward vital areas such as the knees or the groin. Obviously, this is a convenience not present in street fights.)

Friday, May 6, 2011

New Wing Chun Kung Fu Class

As our school grows, so must our class schedule! We are excited to announce that we have added another Adults/Teens beginners' Wing Chun Kung Fu class on Thursdays at 8:30 pm. (We are open 7 days a week and have adults' classes every day, with by far the most flexible schedule of all Wing Chun and Kung Fu Los Angeles schools.)

We welcome new students to come try the class with an appointment - just call us at 818-843-7916 or e-mail us at info@kungfuwingchun.com.

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Kung Fu Los Angeles on Telemundo TV!

In 2009 our school California Academy of Martial Arts was featured on Telemundo's "En Contexto" with Ruben Luengas.

The episode was filmed after a number of crimes against women in the Los Angeles area. Sifu Todd Shawn Tei, our Chief Instructor, and Mr. Luengas, a very prolific reporter in the Spanish-speaking community, discuss both the physical and mental aspects of Chinese martial arts training for men, women and children.

California Academy of Martial Arts offers self-defense training for women all year round as part of its Wing Chun and Shaolin programs. Programs are available for students of all ages. For more information visit http://www.kungfuwingchun.com/.

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff