Beginning Intermediate Advanced Weapons Specialty

Traditional Kung Fu is the soul of BTKA. Sifu Wang believes very strongly that students require both breadth and depth of education to truly grasp the underlying theories that make up Kung Fu. And no one style or form can achieve that goal. That is why the Traditional Empty Hand Certificate program is broken into eight sections; each one focuses on a style of Kung Fu that has unique properties, advantages and disadvantages. By studying each of the sections in depth, and then comparing and contrasting what they have learned, students will come to truly understand Kung Fu.

The Traditional Empty Hand Kung Fu Certificate Program teaches:


Section 7: Ying Shou Quan Fa

Ying Shou Quan translates as Eagle Claw Boxing and is one of the oldest and most complex of the surviving Northern Shaolin Kung Fu systems. Along with the long strikes and kicks that typify Northern systems, the Eagle Claw system is distinguished by its powerful gripping techniques and intricate system of locks, takedowns, and pressure point strikes, which represent one of the oldest forms of Qin Na.

Eagle Claw Boxing is said to have been created by General Yue Fei during the Song Dynasty, over 1,000 years ago. Eagle Claw Boxing has been taught by Master Guo Xian He of Beijing since the 1970s and is a traditional animal-imitating style that incorporates the movements and techniques of the eagle. The main characteristics of Beijing School Eagle Claw are grabbing and striking. The core of Eagle Claw Boxing consists of 83 Sanshou Techniques, the 10-section Eagle Claw Traveling Fist and the Eagle Claw Fighting Set. By practicing Eagle Claw, one can improve his or her body strength, arm strength, finger strength, explosive power and speed.


Section 8: Mei Hua Tonglang Quan

Mei Hua Tonglang Quan translates as Six-Plum Flower Praying-Mantis. It was created by Wang Lang during the late Ming Dynasty. Six-Plum Flower Praying Mantis was taught by Master Ma Han Qing in Beijing between 1960 and 1990. The form imitates the actions of a praying mantis. Six-Plum Flower Praying Mantis uses small steps, continuous movements and quick offensive or defensive techniques. By practicing Praying Mantis Boxing, one can improve his or her body coordination, speed, balance, agility and reflexes.