Kung Fu and Kenpo
Pai Te Lung Chuan Kung Fu is an ancient art with origins in the Shaolin temple. Unlike karate, kung fu is more circular in its motions, continuously flowing, with more “open” hand attacks. It includes hand strikes, grappling, kicking, body conditioning, iron palm, “swai jow”, “chin na” and much more. The white dragon studies all the animals of the temple in order to learn to strategies and types of self defense: Tiger, Crane, Leopard, Snake, and Dragon as well as many unusual animal movements and theories such as White Ape, Mantis, Monkey and Shark.
Bok Leen Pai Kenpo, “White Lotus Kenpo” is a Chinese Kenpo and is very similar to Pai Lum Kung Fu, but is considered “Short Hand” in its techniques compared to the “Long Hand” of Kung Fu. Fighting Sets and Kuens (Forms) are designed for close in-fighting.
To advance thru the ranks, the student must become proficient in kuens (forms), fist sets (self defense techniques), drills, sparring techniques, theory, and weapon training.
Pai Yung Tai Chi is the “internal” discipline of the Pai Lum Tao (Way of the White Dragon). Pai Yung Tai Chi is itself composed of three internal arts: Yang Style Tai Chi, QUan Nien Chi Kung, and Pai Chi Kon.
Tai Chi Chuan, “Grand Ultimate Fist”, is an ancient art of slow, rhythmic movements, providing internal training for health and strength. The motions also have self defense applications. Many health benefits are now documented in Western Science, including lowering blood pressure, reduced lower back pain, improved balance, reduced stress, and an overall sense of well-being.
Pai family style of Tai Chi not only includes the popular Yang style short and long forms, but also includes ancient internal training such the temple exercises, Buddhist Monk Boxing, Ghost Walking form, Pushing Hands and Iron Palm to name a few.
San Shou is full contact sparring and is therefore a sport like kick boxing. However in Chinese Kickboxing or San Shou, not only are full contact punches and kicks allowed, but also elbows, knees, wrestling and throws are also allowed. Equipment includes only a boxing helmet, 16 ounce gloves (hands wrapped) and groin protection. Pai Lum Tao uniforms include black shorts with a red stripe and a San Shou shirt. Matches are usually fought in a ring and can last anywhere from 1 – 5 minutes (depending on the training or tournament) with usually a minute rest between rounds.
While our Kung Fu/Kenpo and San Shao classes integrate fighting drills and techniques into the curriculum, some students may not wish to practice traditional forms, fist sets or weapons. This is the class for those students! For 60 minutes, we will focus on those stances, offensive and defensive techniques, and supportive exercises which not only increase the student’s skill as a fighter, but also encourage cardiovascular endurance, overall strength, and positive self-concept. Men and women are equally encouraged to jump in to this class – no experience required!
While our Kung Fu/Kenpo classes also integrate realistic self-defense techniques, again, some students may not wish to be fully integrated in a traditional martial art. This is the class for those students! For 60 minutes, we will focus on those stances, offensive and defensive maneuvers, manipulation of body weight and pressure points, and supportive exercises which not only increase the student’s ability to protect themselves from day one, but also encourage muscular strength and flexibility, positive self-concept, and peace of mind. Men and women are equally encouraged to jump in to this class – no experience required!