Q: What is Calvin Chin’s Martial Arts Academy’s teaching philosophy?
The Academy provides an environment where both the body and mind are nurtured, and mutual respect fostered. We teach martial arts for fitness, for enrichment, and for self-discipline. We offer the right tools to succeed in our programs to anyone who has an interest to learn, providing an education of the highest standard that in earlier times was reserved for "indoor students". This translates into "open" instruction - interpreting martial arts theories and passing valuable insight that enables our students to have the best opportunity to excel in the arts. We acknowledge and cater to different learning styles, and we offer a non-competitive environment where each student is taught by the chief instructor and supported by other students. Our training is through a systematic approach utilizing the Fu Hok Tai He Morn method; adapting to each individual and segment of our membership. Youths, adults, and seniors are taught in separate programs with specific methods proven to be effective for each group. We find that youths have the ability to absorb sequences quickly and refinement is secondary to accumulating an inventory of forms. Kung Fu is a positive outlet for youthful energy and curiosity and paves the groundwork for higher thinking. Teens are at an age where confidence can make the difference in their outlook. At this age, their inner-self is strengthened through the discipline of martial arts. They train with other teens of varying ranks building trust and support for one another. Teens are ready for more depth of knowledge, and can start to apply theory to develop better skill. The fitness and health aspect generally motivate adults who study martial arts. They want to hedge against the aging process through physical and mental stimulation. Adults can best appreciate the martial arts theories that guide our system, and this knowledge awakens their spirit, spurring them to achieve beyond their expectation. Adults find that the Academy offers a great support system, a connection to others, as well as a stress-free environment for learning. Seniors learn tai chi in hopes of gaining better health and improving quality of life. Securing a sense of well-being increases their independence and confidence. Scientific findings indicate that seniors are significant beneficiaries of tai chi; accordingly, we offer a shorter sequence with special aids providing seniors more immediate results. We believe that anyone who wants to learn martial arts has a better opportunity to achieve in our programs based on the methods and support.