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Friday, August 8, 2014

Wing Chun Sigung Chu Shong-tin Passes

The Wing Chun world is sad to announce that Sigung Chu Shong-tin passed away on Tuesday, July 29th.

Sigung Chu Shong-tin (left) and Sifu Jim Fung (right)

Sigung Chu Shong-tin earned a living on Hong Kong as a teenage restaurant bookkeeper -- the same restaurant Ip Man held classes in. After observing for quite some time, Chu began his formal training under him in 1951 and stayed under Ip Man's wing as a disciple until his passing.

Famous for being Ip Man's third student, the 'King of Siu Lim Tao' has taught in Hong Kong and at the International Wing Chun Academy in Australia. As a matter of fact, C.A.M.A. Chief Instructor Sifu Tei's certificate from the Wing Chun Association was signed by Chu in addition to Ip Ching and the late Wong Shun Leung.

Chu's favorite form was Siu Lim Tao (Little Idea Form), the first Wing Chun form, which is taught to all of our Burbank martial arts students.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Burbank Martial Arts for Preschoolers

Some Los Angeles parents drive 30 minutes each way to bring their kids ages 3-5 to our Little Pandas Kung Fu program, and they're happy to do it! Why? We offer our Little Pandas unparalleled benefits through a fun martial arts curriculum that teaches the life skills they need for elementary school and beyond.

Check out more information about the Little Pandas program at http://www.kungfuwingchun.com/kids-martial-arts-burbank and schedule a free trial class today at the best Burbank martial arts school for kids.

-Kung Fu Los Angeles Staff

Monday, May 19, 2014

Tai Chi for Burbank Martial Arts Kids

Here's what our Burbank martial arts kids practice on Tuesdays.

We offer classes for kids ages 3 and up and adults/teens. Give us a call at 818-843-7916 to start your Kung Fu journey today.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Best Martial Art Exercises for Flexibility

Wing Chun is not only about self-defense, but also training students to increase their endurance and strength. At Burbank Wing Chun, students warm up and stretch for 5 minutes at the beginning of each class. Here are a few exercises to try at home to increase your flexibility:

- Stretch Kicks -
  1. Extend your right arm out and over your head.
  2. Kick your left foot up to the palm of your left hand 10 times.
  3. Repeat this drill on the opposite side by kicking your right foot to the palm of your left hand.
- Splits -
  1. Go into splits as low as you comfortably can and hold your position for 60 seconds.
  2. Practice splits twice a day and try to go lower each time until you're able to do the splits completely and comfortably.
- Bow & Arrow Stance - 
  1. Spread your legs apart and squat down until your knees are at a 90 degree angle.
  2. Shift your weight to the right while extending your left leg. Hold 60 seconds.
  3. Shift your weight to the left side next while extending your right leg. Hold 60 seconds.
  4. You may also repeat this motion back and forth fairly quickly while keeping your feet in place for a more dynamic exercise.
Now that you're all warmed up, check out these Wing Chun tutorial training videos from Sifu Tei and his instructors!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

What Does Wing Chun Mean in English?

Wing Chun, meaning "beautiful springtime", is a Chinese martial art that was invented by a Shaolin nun named Ng Mui. The realistic and practical street-fighting style was named after Ng Mui's famous disciple, Yim Wing Chun. The fact that the inventor of Wing Chun was a female gives it a certain uniqueness apart from other martial art styles. Actually, this particular fact is the reason why Wing Chun focuses on redirecting an opponent's energy rather than fighting force against force (so size does not matter) and attacking the center line; AKA the weakest points on the body. The highlight of Wing Chun: simultaneous attack and defense; striking your opponent as you deflect his or her strikes.

Wing Chun Centerline

Wing Chun gained popularity in the United States after movie star Bruce Lee introduced it on film. Bruce Lee, who famously trained with the Wing Chun Grandmaster Ip Man, was a well-known martial arts fanatic and practitioner with admirable skill.
"I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times." -- Bruce Lee
Although there are a few variations of Wing Chun, the Ip Man lineage most reflects the original Wing Chun moves and philosophy to date. If you're interested in studying authentic Wing Chun, it's important to research the lineage and background to see which school is the best fit for you.

Most martial arts schools offer trial classes for interested students. Burbank Wing Chun offers $20 introductory classes for Teens/Adults ready to try their hand at Wing Chun. Contact us today for more information on how to get started. We're open 7 days a week!

- Kung Fu Los Angeles Staff

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Burbank Martial Arts for Ages 5 - 7

If you are looking for a Burbank martial arts school for kids ages 5-7, check out what our Kung Fu kids are up to:

Our Tigers martial arts program in Burbank specializes in teaching self-defense through Wing Chun Kung Fu (the style of Bruce Lee), life skills such as focus, discipline, and self-confidence, and Anti-Bullying/Anti-Kidnapping techniques!

Local residents are invited to try a free class: Contact us or give us a call at (818) 843-7916!

- Kung Fu Los Angeles Staff

P.S. At 0:03 and 0:18 you can see former Tigers Roman and Arantza, both now in our Dragons program for ages 8-13. At 0:48, Panda (ages 3-5) graduates Damian and Jorge practice Wing Chun hand techniques together. At 0:55 on the righthand side we catch a glimpse of former Panda Jack, too.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Wu Tang's RZA and Kung Fu

As most Wu Tang fans know, rapper RZA is a Kung Fu aficionado. In 1992, he began a five-year plan to maximize Wu Tang marketing. The plan included launching Wu Tang clothing, gear, albums, movies, and video games like Wu Tang: Shaolin Style.

RZA in a traditional Shaolin uniform.
"The story centers around the kidnapping of the Wu Tang’s beloved Master Xin by the evil Mong Zhu. The Wu Tang have to fight their way through the streets of Staten Island [NY] and ultimately China in order to defeat Mong Zhu and save Master Xin and the secrets of the Wu Tang." -- Wu Tang Shaolin Style

Unfortunately the video game didn't take off as expected, but RZA's passion and love for Kung Fu is unbreakable. After all, he did become a Shaolin disciple.

In an interview with FilmComment, RZA revealed his adoration for Donnie Yen, Jet Li, and Bruce Lee - the modern day Wing Chun trifecta.

"Jet Li and Donnie Yen are modern masters. I don’t think I’ve seen anybody make movies, or choreograph styles, and make you feel the beauty of martial arts like they do... Donnie Yen is a friend—we call each other Kung Fu brothers... He’s the personification of what Bruce Lee could have been—speaking both languages, a master loved in both countries. [Bruce Lee is] a prophet, for what he means to his people, and what he means to the culture of martial arts around the world... Bruce Lee was a great actor! You watch Enter the Dragon and even though that movie is old as molasses, he’s still better than a lot of contemporary Kung Fu players. You can’t take your eyes off him." -- RZA interview with Jason Gross, 2008
We feel the same way about our Wing Chun masters too, RZA.

- Kung Fu Los Angeles Staff

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Student Spotlight: Ria, Distinguished Tiger Graduate

Ria, Age 8 ready for her Jr. Si-Heng Black Sash 
For this month's Student Spotlight, we have an essay from one of our most successful students, Ria!

"Kung Fu - from Tigers to Dragons" 

by Ria M.

When I was in Tigers my favorite thing in Kung Fu was when we could play games. My favorite game was the game where we could tag people with the ball.

I think that Kung Fu is a really fun Martial Arts. My favorite form is Ping Kuen. It is my favorite because there are a lot of big moves and I like big moves. There are two main forms of Kung Fu that we learn about - Shaolin and Wing Chun. I like Shaolin a lot because it has big moves based on animal actions. I also really like Wing Chun because it teaches conservation of motion and makes you efficient in your moves.

After I got my final black sash in Tigers I moved to Dragons. The experience of moving from Tigers to Dragons was really nice. I could finally experience what it is like to be at a higher level with older kids. My favorite thing at Dragons so far was the Ninja game. In that game you do not move your body except your arms.

I have also got a lot of compliment cards which makes me very happy.

I think that Kung Fu is a really fun Martial Art form. It has been a really great experience for me to learn Kung Fu and it was a great choice for me to make.

[[From our staff:  Ria has been a student for over 2 years. She achieved the "Jr. Si-heng" level, which is the highest level of the Tigers Kung Fu program for ages 5-7, before graduating on to Dragons for ages 8-13.

For more information on our Burbank martial arts for kids, call us at 818-843-7916. We're open 7 days a week!]]

- Kung Fu Los Angeles Staff

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Burbank Karate for Kids: FAQs

Many parents looking for a Burbank karate school for their kids may not know the difference between Karate and Kung Fu. Learn more in this short article!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Burbank Martial Arts Kids Star in Michael Sweet's New Video

Gia & Arantza - 0:09
RJ & Roman - 0:24
Jorge - 0:54
Gia - 3:14

We thank Michael Sweet for inviting our Burbank Kung Fu kids to join. We love his mission! Check out more info at http://loudwire.com/michael-sweet-im-not-your-suicide-exclusive-video-premiere/.

- Kung Fu Los Angeles Staff

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Wing Chun in Banshee

The Wing Chun Wooden Dummy made another TV appearance recently on the hit show 'Banshee'.

- Kung Fu Los Angeles Staff

Monday, February 24, 2014

Kidnapped Missouri Girl Found Dead

Hailey Owens, a 10 year old abducted from her Missouri neighborhood, was found dead after suspect Craig Michael Woods was arrested outside his home.

Hailey was walking home from school when Woods pulled over to ask her directions and yanked her by the arm into his truck. Neighbors witnessed the kidnapping and reported to the police immediately with his license plate number, but authorities could not keep up until it was too late. One neighbor went as far as chasing the suspect with his car, but to no avail. Hailey's body was found in trash bags with a gunshot wound to the head several days later.

Self-Defense in Burbank for Kids

Stories like Hailey's are the reason Burbank Martial Arts for Kids focuses on teaching realistic self-defense, street safety, and awareness such as Anti-Kidnapping and Stranger Danger. We also offer seminars open to the community for all parents and children who want to learn valuable street safety lessons.

Which martial arts style is best for kids? We choose Wing Chun for children because it focuses on realistic street-effective self-defense techniques. To learn more, call us at (818) 843-7916 today.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Burbank Martial Arts School Performs at LA Fit Expo - Bonus Video

Sifu Tei asks, "Any volunteers?"

What happens when you challenge a master of Wing Chun? The world may never know.

Kung Fu Los Angeles Staff

P.S. Sifu Tei volunteered one of his students, Sean, for this demonstration after nobody took him up on his offer.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Student Spotlight: Ian D.

Ian and his new "Orange" sash after a successful test

Kids Martial Arts in Burbank

Student Name: Ian

Parent Names: Wendy & Lei

Student Age: 2 and a half

City of Residence: South Pasadena

Why did you bring Ian to the school?

To expose Ian to a social environment where communication skills are required so he can learn how to interact with other kids and in English while learning a physical art form/activity that connects him to the Chinese culture background. Also, to build confidence and learn how to stand up for himself and others the right way.

Tell us what's changed since Ian's first day.

The classes at the Academy have helped Ian develop his presence of being. By this, we mean a holistic change more than a one dimensional thing like being less shy. Ian has grown to become much more aware of himself and his surroundings. For example, when he is at a party, he looks around to make sure all the other kids are 'taken care of', be it bringing them a toy or closing a door that someone left open. Now we don't know if this is a result of the Life Skills or learning Pak Sau or the fact that everyone always starts Wing Chun class with their own orange cones, but we are very thankful to you all for helping make our Ian a better person.

Any advice for new parents?

Observe how your child is doing in class. Find one thing they did well in each class and let them know how proud you are. At the same time, find one thing to improve on and encourage them to do better in the next class. No need to overwhelm them. Practice at home with them anything that they need a little help on. You will be amazed at how quickly your child will feel right at home.

Kung Fu Los Angeles Staff

Wooden Dummy in Arrow

CW's hit show Arrow was just renewed for a third season. Check out the Wing Chun moves from the title character and his new sidekick - looks just like what we teach at our Burbank Martial Arts school.

Sort of.

Kung Fu Los Angeles Staff

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Burbank Martial Arts School Performs at LA Fit Expo - Part 4

Here's the most highly anticipated clip from the LA Fit Expo of Sifu Todd Shawn Tei working with a student. Check out our Burbank martial arts school and learn Wing Chun today!

Kung Fu Los Angeles Staff

Monday, February 3, 2014

Burbank Martial Arts School Performs at LA Fit Expo - Part 3

More from our performance at the LA Fit Expo on January 25th. Check out this Chi Sau (sticky hands) demonstration from these Burbank martial arts instructors.

- Kung Fu Los Angeles Staff

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Burbank Martial Arts School Performs at LA Fit Expo - Part 2

Here's Part 2 to our video post on Thursday - the double broadswords performed by Burbank martial arts instructor Sifu patty at the LA Fit Expo on Saturday, January 25th.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Burbank Martial Arts School Performs at LA Fit Expo - Part 1

Part 1: Siu Lim Tao, the First Form of Wing Chun, performed by three Burbank martial arts instructors at the LA Fit Expo on Saturday, January 25th.

Kung Fu Los Angeles Staff

Burbank Parents' Night Out Valentine's Day 2014

Parents, leave the kids with us on Valentine’s Day and enjoy the evening with your special someone! (Your children would much rather attend our Parents’ Night Out Valentine’s Day Party than be the third wheel at a crowded restaurant, we promise.)

The Best Martial Arts Party Around

Our Burbank Parents’ Night Out party will feature Kung Fu for kids, a pizza party, build-your-own dessert bar (no nuts), movie, and activity time with choice of board games and/or a Valentine’s Day-themed craft.

No martial arts experience is needed to join the fun.

Burbank Martial Arts-Themed Parents’ Night Out Party Details

Event: Valentine’s Day Parents’ Night Out Party
Location: California Academy of Martial Arts in Burbank
Date and Time: Friday, February 14 2014 6pm - 9pm
Ages: 5 and up (no martial arts experience necessary)
To RSVP: Please call us at 818-843-7916 or Contact Us and give your child’s name, age, and indicate whether you’d like to pay over the phone via credit card or with a Paypal invoice. Spaces limited.
Price: $35 per child (sibling discount available)

-Kung Fu Los Angeles Staff

Thursday, January 23, 2014

North Hollywood Kidnapping Attempt - Anti-Kidnapping Success Story

On Wednesday January 22nd 2014 around 6pm, a 10 year-old girl at Coldwater Canyon Elementary was walking towards the bathroom at her school when a man attempted to kidnap her. According to the girl, the man put his arm around her waist and a hand over her mouth.

Despite the campus's extensive security designed to prevent non-parents from entering the school, the suspect managed to make it both on and off campus without anyone seeing him.

This story has a relatively happy ending: the young victim escaped by biting the man's hand and running away - one of many core tactics taught at our Burbank Children's Martial Arts programs.

We encourage all parents to check out Self-Defense Classes for Kids in Los Angeles. Children CAN stop kidnappings if they know how!

- Kung Fu Los Angeles Staff

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Los Angeles Martial Arts Day Camp for Kids

We're kicking off a packed calendar of 2014 events with our popular Martin Luther King Day Camp open to all kids ages 5 and up!

Camp will be held on Monday, January 20th from 9am - 3pm.

Camp is just $50 and the cost includes Kung Fu/fitness training, relay races, games, crafts + lunch and a trip to Menchie's! RSVP immediately to secure your spot.

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Monday, January 6, 2014

Run Run Shaw of Shaw Brothers Dead at 106

The producer of Hong Kong's biggest Kung Fu flicks, Run Run Shaw of Shaw Brothers Studios, died at age 106. Shaw produced notable films such as 'One Armed Swordsman', 'The 36th Chamber of Shaolin' and 'Blade Runner'.

The great Hong Kong Movie Mogul inspired others such as "Kill Bill" director Quentin Tarantino, who said, "For a year, I'd watch one old Shaw Brothers movie a day -- if not three…"