What is Kung fu-Tai chi
Kung fu-tai chi is tai chi chuan practiced with an emphasis on the martial aspect of tai chi. This means our school is more combative than most other tai chi schools, and includes physical contact.
The understanding and application of the martial aspect of tai chi enhances the health benefits. Even though this training will improve one’s self defense ability, our objective is to gain the health benefits and to have fun, rather than to become fighters.
The classes cover a variety of chi kung, tai chi drills, tai chi form, push hands, sticky hands sparring and tai chi boxing and wrestling.
Benefits of tai chi chuan and chi kung
Improved health - General wellbeing - Vitality - Agility
Centredness - Postural strength - Soft power - Self defence
About Tai chi
Tai chi is a principle not a technique - the principle of tai chi is achieved as an internal skill - the techniques practiced are in themselves not tai chi - they are simply the vehicle to gain and enhance that skill.
About Chi kung
Chi kung in a nutshell, Chi Kung is the art of deliberately managing your vital energy. It is easier to learn than Tai Chi and less strenuous than Yoga. Chi Kung combines simple external body movements with gentle breathing methods and is performed in a meditative state of mind. It is the oldest of the 5 branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), practiced by millions of people daily worldwide and has a written record going back 5000 years. It requires zero athleticism or investment in equipment. If you can spare 10-15 minutes a day, you can practice this art. In case you were wondering Chi Kung and Qigong are different spellings of the same thing.
Steve has been practicing martial arts since 1981 and has trained with masters in South Africa, Malaysia and Japan. His training has included karate, tai chi, aikido, pakua, xingyi, wing chun, shaolin kung fu, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts (MMA). Steve has taught many groups and individuals over the years.
He studied tai chi mainly under Drs Michael Lan and Lin, Feng-Chao in Cape Town. Dr Lin studied directly from Professor Cheng Man-ch’ing in Taiwan who in turn was a student of Yang Chengfu in China.
Steve learnt Shaolin kung fu and chi kung from Sifu Wong Kiew Kit. Sifu Wong is the fourth generation successor of monk Jiang Nan of the Shaolin Monastery and disciple of the late Lai Chin Wah, Uncle Righteousness.
Fee: R500 p/m (2 classes p/week), Try-out / Drop-in R80 p/class