Our System: Fu Hok Tai He Morn
At Calvin Chin's Martial Arts Academy, we practice Fu Hok Tai He Morn, a traditional system of Chinese martial arts founded by Kwong Tit-Fu from Guangzhou, Guangdong province of China. The words are a composite for three systems mastered by the late founder - Shaolin Hung Gar Fu Hok, Wu Tai Chi and Mu Dong Yat Hei Ngm Hahng Morn. The systems are left intact, maintaining traditional form sequences, and each system is taught in a separate program. We focus on the universal principles and concepts found in the higher levels of each traditional system. The systematic approach of the ancient training methods has been preserved and integrated with modern concepts, allowing practitioners to learn and progress. Our training method abides by sound martial arts theory that has been tested through time to produce greater enhancements in execution and depth of understanding.
Our traditional systems contain forms - postures linked together with transitions that are the "text books" of martial arts and the means of preserving and passing knowledge from one generation to another. Our core curriculum focuses on learning forms, and we offer numerous traditional sets for training. We provide sequential instruction to build knowledge gradually, and to improve timing and coordination of extremities. Forms are taught not only through imitation, trying to gain a certain look, but through the awareness of body alignment and postures gained through an understanding of the execution in its practical sense. We strive for authenticity in our training, retaining the techniques and philosophy of the ancient Chinese traditions. Through our research and numerous years of teaching experience, we have developed a systematized method of training to allow the best opportunity for our students to achieve.
We believe that the key to well being is when both body and mind are stimulated by new awareness. We provide clear and open instruction to facilitate progress. Our method involves both physical movement in synchronization with mental focus. We consider this active meditation, a state that is achieved naturally through our training. Learning is as much an art as the discipline itself. Through gradual accumulation of knowledge from a qualified source, and a goal of self-cultivation, one is able to achieve. With proper guidance, advanced skill is attainable through the process of refinement, a discovery of one's limitations and overcoming them through practice. Mastery comes when both the body and mind learn the martial arts principles. We believe that anyone can learn through our method, and we provide a supportive environment to ensure growth. Individuals progress at their own pace, and children are not advanced with their own age group, but rather their own comfort and skill level.
Our Fu Hok Tai He Morn training method focuses on the use of natural strength generated by whole body integration. Natural means using the least amount of strength and finding the right position in which the body is best designed to function. This makes use of the innate physical attributes that we each possess and eliminates injuries that can result from rigid execution. We find the naturalness in our positions generated by all major joints and ligaments; coordinated with timing. This training technique improves circulation, develops efficiency of movement, and generates superior power and energy. Ultimately, our training enhances awareness of body mechanics, promotes inner peace, and creates a path for higher thinking. Benefits carry over into other aspects of daily activities ranging from better performance in sports and other disciplines, enhanced ability for problem-solving, or simply keeping a central equilibrium in our stride.
Follow the links below to learn more about the history and the practice of the three systems comprising Fu Hok Tai He Morn: