The Five categories of Kung Fu

Most people study martial arts for several reasons. For the sake of clarity, we have divided those reasons into five general categories.

health

General Health

“I want to get into shape and lose weight, and martial arts might be a fun way to do it.”
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sport

Sport

“I like to compete toe-to-toe against other people, but strictly for fun and excercise.”
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selfdefense

Self-Defense

“I want to learn how I can help myself stay safe without learning all of that Bruce Lee stuff.”
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combattive

Combative

“I want to learn to be able to fight and defend myself against anyone trying to hurt me.”
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performance

Performance

“I want to learn gymnastic-like set routines that I can use to compete against others.”
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Kung Fu Foundations

The basic elements required for all Kung Fu study.

  • General Health
  • Sport
  • Self-Defense
  • Combative
  • Performance

Classes you should take

Group Traditional Kung Fu (1 & 2)

Traditional Art & Application

Traditional Kung Fu forms, weapons forms, fighting sets and their applications related to combat. Performances of the Shaolin Monks and the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon are popular examples.

  • General Health
  • Self-Defense
  • Combative
  • Performance

Classes you should take

Group Traditional Kung Fu (1 & 2), Group Traditional Kung Fu Weapons

Combative Oriented Kung Fu

Kung Fu for face-to-face fighting of opponents both trained in martial arts. Emphasizes economy of movement and effective technique in engaging an opponent whose intent is to cause harm.

  • Self-Defense
  • Combative

Classes you should take

Group San Da, Special Interest Qin Na, Special Interest Duan Bing

Self-Defense Oriented Kung Fu

Kung Fu stripped down and streamlined to teach a students to efficiently and effectively defend themselves and escape from a mugging or street attack.

  • Self-Defense
  • Combative

Classes you should take

General Self-Defense

Health & Application Oriented Kung Fu

Meditative or “Internal” Kung Fu styles that emphasize both physical and mental well-being through forms.  Although not the focus, they can also be effective in combat fighting.

  • General Health
  • Self-Defense
  • Combative

Classes you should take

Group Tai Chi, Special Interest Xing Yi, Special Interest Ba Gua

Form Competition & Performance

Forms that are as close to Olympic gymnastics as they are martial arts. Requires equal amounts of great strength, flexibility and endurance and is considered to be the most “flashy” aspect of Kung Fu.

  • Sport
  • Performance

Classes you should take

Modern Wu Shu

Sport Fighting Oriented Kung Fu

Although potentially very effective in real-world combat, sport Kung Fu is fast and free-form competition sparring where the winner is usually determined by points and potential injury is minimized by design.

  • General Health
  • Self-Defense
  • Combative
  • Performance

Classes you should take

San Da Sparring, Special Interest Duan Bing