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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