Kung Fu is the name given to the way of traditional Chinese Martial Arts; fighting styles which have been developed and practiced for centuries. Famously associated with the Shaolin Monks first recorded to have studied it, Kung Fu is best known for its uses in self-defense, either with or without weapons, as well as for general fitness and flexibility.
There are many different styles of Kung Fu, each with it's own strengths and philosophies. In the broadest possible sense, these can be grouped into External and Internal styles, but all Kung Fu has some aspects of these two elements.
The External Aspects of Kung Fu are to train the body. Through physical training a Kung Fu practioner works to enhance fitness, endurance, co-ordination and flexibility.
The Internal aspects of Kung Fu are to train the mind and spirit. Through the use of meditation, breathing and focus exercises, a Kung Fu practioner learns confidence, calm, integrity and respect.
Here at Zheng Dao Lo we have studied multiple styles of Kung Fu, including Lau Gar, Changquan, Mantis, Ba Ji, Choi Li Fut and Wing Chun. Our Traditional Kung Fu syllabus draws from elements of all of these styles to give a student a well-rounded base of knowledge to draw from, allowing them to flow between differing styles and appreciate the different strengths of each. We also offer a syllabus for some of these styles individually, either for students who wish to specialise in a particular style or for those who wish to further enhance their skills after experiancing them in the Traditional syllabus.
No matter the style of Kung Fu, they are all well-rounded arts which combine physical fitness and coordination with mental strength and discipline. At Zheng Dao Lo we encourage students to push themselves to greater levels, using fitness exercises combined with stretching techniques to improve the strength and conditioning of the body, as well as the use of qigong and technical applications to sharpen the mind.
Kung Fu Classes with Zheng Dao Lo are available to people of all ages, genders and abilities.