The beginners class acquaints the student with motions found in basic kung
fu. There is absolutely no experience or level of fitness necessary for this
class. Basic cardio, calisthenics and general fitness are a part of this
class as well as stances, footwork, strikes, blocks, and kicks. Students
with no previous experience typically train for 3 to 6 months before
progressing to the intermediate classes. This class also builds the
foundation and muscle memory for fighting. This class is open only to
unranked, white sash, yellow sash, and orange sash students.
This class in where a student will spend the next few of years. Here is
where you develop techniques, speed, mechanics, combinations, and balance
amongst other things. There will be a lot of bag work, partner drills,
sparring, grappling, and conditioning to build the foundation of a proper
practitioner. The intensity and discipline is a step up from the beginnerís
class. You will begin learning proper fighting and self-defense techniques,
exercise forms, the mok jong (wooden dummy) and grappling. This class is for
purple sash, blue sash, green sash and brown sash students.
Advanced class is another step forward in intensity and discipline. You will
continue to work drills, spar, grapple, hit bags and pads, build speed and
power, as well as study more advanced principles. Technique and control are
emphasized here. This class is for brown and black sash students unless
written otherwise on the schedule.
All-ranks class is exactly what it sounds like; every rank from white to
black sash is welcome to attend. Intensity will vary depending on the
instructor. The benefit of this class is for students of different ranks to
train together. Every student, regardless of rank, can teach other students
through interaction. Everyone has something to offer and this class is a
great cauldron of experience from the entire student body. This class tends
to have different drills than the regular classes and tend to be more fun
and interactive. Often times, junior students will get an opportunity to
work more advanced material.