University of Warwick Kung Fu Code Of Conduct
University of Warwick Kung Fu Constitution
University of Warwick Kung Fu Risk Assesment
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Our instructor will be returning on the 26th of February, so the next lesson will be Wednesday the 27th of February, catch up lessons for the three lessons which were cancelled will be organised soon.
Unfortunatly we have had to cancel all of our sunday lessons from this point onwards due to people enjoying their late sunday morning lie ins more than learning to strike, so ignore the external web site time table.
It is a common misconception in the west that "kung fu" refers to Chinese martial arts, it does not. The term "kung fu" or "gongfu" when translated from Mandarin approximatly translates to either "achivement of man" or "work and effort". The connitation being that a great achivement was derived from spending vast amounts of time, effort and energy on perfecting a skill such as cooking, caligraphy or martial arts.
We primarily learn the Wu style of Taijichuan but sometimes learn elements from the other internal martial arts of Hsingichuan and Baguazhang.
The emphasis of the internal arts is generating immense power through relaxation, balance and coordination rather than through western exercises which rely on tension and muscular strength.
The inherent nature of relaxtion is that nothing is stuck, held, constricted or otherwise restricted in its movement. This applies to all aspects of the body be it the muscles, blood, lymph and other aspects of your physicallity. The point being that having all of these things moving without being hindered will allow your body to work at its peak reguardless of situation, be that during sport, work, resting, sex, ect... and most prominently for martial artists during violent confrontations.
It is not just physical relaxation which is cultivated in the internal arts. Mental and emotional relaxation is cultivated such that your movements and judgements are not blinded by an emotion or an idea. The major areas of concentration being that you do not freeze up before a fight and that you do not gap out during a fight, both of which can be fatal.
All of this things add up to provide an effective and practical form of self defence with limitless room for self improvement.
Absolutly. Almost all of what is taught at Warwick Kung Fu was created so that warriors on the ancient Chinese battlefields would live to see another day, considering these techniques and practices were passed on by the survivors you can rest assured that what is taught is very relevent to fighting.
100% Yes. Everything taught at Warwick Kung Fu has applications for bettering your life outside of the martial context. Areas which the internal martial arts benefit are; increasing the effectiveness of the immune system, physical rehabilitation due to injury, increasing coordination and balance, the list goes on.
Of course we cater for beginners, very few people have genuine experiance with internal martial arts so it is vital we cater for those starting internal martial arts. Our teacher is also experianced enough to cater for well practiced practitioners of Taijichuan.
We train 3 times a week (not compulary).
Monday: 8pm-9:30pm at the Westwood dance studio.
Wednesday: 8pm-9:30pm at the Westwood dance studio.
The First lesson you come to is counted as your taster session.