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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