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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wing Chun Kung Fu on Twitter

Twitter is an endless source of entertainment for those who know how to use it. Here's our favorite Twitter remarks from users all around the world about Wing Chun Kung Fu, Ip Man, and martial arts in general:

"Wing Chun...I shall learn its arts and ways"

"Yooo ip mannn was siiiiick. If u guys don't already know he's the founder of wing chun and taught bruce lee."

"I just dreamed the plot for Hangover Part 3. It ends with a WingChun fight scene. Galifakas had better start training."

"For his birthday, I decided to start my 5-year-old on Wing Chun, so I taught him a basic Siu Nim Tao form. He took to it instantly. "

"Me: You practiced Wing Chun Kung Fu? Did you make that up? Ben: No! It's what Bruce Lee practiced. Aren't you Chinese, wtf? "

and finally, my personal favorite:

"That inspired moment when Ip Man makes you want to give up all the things in the world & take up Wing Chun. *Hyuk hyak hyuk!*"

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Homeschooling Martial Arts and Kung Fu: Advantages and Benefits

Over the years at California Academy of Martial Arts we have counted many homeschooled children as our own students. The benefits these children experience in our program are numerous, but socialization and exercise are at the top of the list. How can Kung Fu help a homeschooled child stay ahead of the curve?

Some of our homeschooled children have been actors, others athletes, but the vast majority were homeschooled simply because their parents thought it fit their lifestyles best. There is much debate over whether home education is advantageous for children, and much research has been done on the subject. Whatever your viewpoint, socialization of homeschooled children is undeniably a challenge for many families.
Almost all homeschooled children spend less time interacting with other children than their peers in mainstream schools. At our school, children spend much time training with each other doing various drills, exercises, and games. Our instructors help the kids learn important social skills such as etiquette, fairness, teamwork, and leadership.

Kung Fu also provides kids with a much-needed outlet for their boundless energy! Research shows that kids are spending more and more time in front of the TV and less time moving and playing.

Of course, Kung Fu training is more than simple gym class: kids learn self-defense and anti-abduction skills, too.

If you know a child who might benefit from martial arts training, have them give us a call.

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Anti-Bullying: Martial Arts Success Stories

Bullying statistics are frightening, but not all bullying stories have negative outcomes. At Raging Waters on Saturday, one of our Dragons, Brian, defended his younger teammate Roman, age 6, from a bully... without throwing a single punch!

I hear it all the time: martial arts just teaches kids to be violent, it doesn't teach them how to use words, it just shows them how to fight. The truth is that the right martial arts program always stresses nonviolent conflict resolution, with any physical measures taken as a last resort.

While it's true that anti-bullying policies can minimize bullying, the fact is that bullying is here to stay. Just watch puppies play and you'll see that they establish dominance by harassing one another! Kids are no different. However, kung fu training helps ensure that our kids won't be victims.