Shopping for the perfect martial arts program? Before you enroll, consider trying a free class in Kung Fu or Tai Chi. We make it easy; there's no need to call ahead. See our schedule for Intro classes and check the scheduled closings. Wear loose fitting attire with rubber sole shoes and come 10 minutes before class to fill out a Registration/Release Form and introduce yourself. Click here for parking information, and directions.
This is a prerequisite 8 session program for all members interested in the traditional program of Kung Fu or Tai Chi. It introduces basic hand and leg techniques, stances, and stepping. This exposure gives the new member a better foundation in order to enter into the beginner's level.
The first 8 classes in the program are private or semi-private instruction to facilitate an easier transition into beginner level.
Traditional Kung Fu
Kung fu is an aerobic form of exercise that first involves learning form sequences and evolves into a discipline of body and mind as theory becomes an integral part of training. Sequences from the Hung Gar system, one of the original Shaolin systems include empty hand, application, and weapon forms. The Fu Hok style of Hung Gar focuses on the unique characteristics of the tiger and the crane. Traditional sequences have been preserved and strictly adhered to while the principles of martial arts theory guide all movements. Sequences contain soft and circular movements as well as the vigorous and dynamic executions commonly found in Hung Gar. Our focus on natural strength in execution is better suited for many individuals, but its advantages are more evident in the advanced stages of training as it further develops into superior power. This system ultimately develops external and internal strength. Youths and adults will benefit from this energetic program.
Tai Chi is a fluid sequence of movements choreographed in a low impact routine. The practice of tai chi focuses on the mind/body connection. This state of active meditation provides tranquility and is achieved when movements are coordinated with mental awareness. All movements are practiced in a relaxed manner. Contrary to its gentle appearance, tai chi at its advanced stages of training, becomes an effective martial art. The practice of tai chi has evolved into a self-healing art due to its many health-related benefits. This program is an effective training method for stress relief, osteoarthritis, and provides better concentration, circulation and balance in adults.
Traditional Wu Style Tai Chi
The traditional Wu Chien-Chuan long sequence taught in this program focuses on smaller circular movements and fluid transitions. The Wu style abides by the principles of martial arts and a prerequisite for Tai Chi Push Hands, Tai Chi Theory and Refinement, and Tai Chi Weapon.
Senior Tai Chi
Due to recent US medical studies on the effects of Tai Chi on the senior population, this form of exercise has become increasingly popular. Studies, thus far have documented better sense of balance, increased circulation and lowered blood pressure in the senior population. A study done at the Oregon Research Institute found that seniors were able to regain some physical functioning lost to inactivity in just three months. Another study from Soonchunhyang University in Korea have found that after 12 weeks of Tai Chi, participants reported less osteoarthritis symptoms. The Wu style short form is taught in this class to members age 55 and over. This program provides all the benefits of our Tai Chi program and includes all the essential postures. All instructors from Calvin Chin's Martial Arts Academy are certified to teach Senior Tai Chi. Our unique method is designed to achieve positive results for a population with specific needs. We currently teach the Wu short form at several on-site locations.
Contact us for more information and on-site locations.
For information about Tai Chi research, click here.
For Tai Chi at Belmont Council on Aging, call 617-993-2970.
Tai Chi Push Hands
Sometimes referred to as kneading hands or sticking hands, this supplementary program is for adult members enrolled in our intermediate Tai Chi program. Pushing Hands is for the refinement of body postures and execution of movement. The focus is on finding one's natural body strength through the interpretation, redirection and absorption of force. Training includes single and double pushing hands in fixed and moving steps done with a partner. This is an essential exercise for higher achievement in martial arts, and it is a prerequisite for members preparing for contact competition.
Modern Tai Chi
Several modern tai chi sequences are taught to supplement the traditional program, and may be offered throughout the year as workshops or classes. In particular, the 24-Movement Yang, the 45-Movement Wu and the 42-Movement Combination forms are offered to student enrolled in the traditional program. These classes focus on learning the fundamentals and the sequences.
This supplementary program involves training and conditioning one's mind and body for the endurance required in free sparring. Sparring serves to test one's focus, concentration and understanding, while providing a counter-point to the predictability of pre-arranged drills and exercises. Youth and adult members develop their abilities to exchange kicks and punches in an unrehearsed, but controlled manner. This enhances the understanding and capability to utilize the techniques learned in forms and drills. Our chief instructor of Sparring is Tasos Kalaitzidis.
This art form derives from traditional Chinese culture where the lion warded off evil spirits to ensure prosperity to villagers. Today it is commonly associated with the Chinese Lunar New Year when lion dancers parade the streets. Working in teams, members practice choreographed sequences with a costumed lion head accompanied by members practicing traditional Chinese instruments, including the drum, cymbals and gong. Youth and adult members gain an appreciation for an ancient cultural art form. This is an intriguing program, fun to learn and provides training for performances.
We provide lion dance performances for various celebrations and events. Contact us for more information.
Advanced Level Training
In the Brown and Black level classes, the hard and soft theories merge to produce superior execution. Advanced training facilitates a better understanding of traditional guidelines, taking form to its functional level. Specific training techniques derived from the Mu Dong - Yat Hei Ngm Hahng Morn system offer a means of developing further insight and progression into the higher levels of martial arts. In addition to regular classes, advanced level workshops are held throughout the year.
Calvin Chin does not limit instruction to students in the Fu Hok Tai He Morn system. Advanced students and instructors looking for additional insight into their own system may contact him for private instruction.
Weapons training begins at the intermediate level, when there is a better understanding of the mechanics of movement and improved coordination.
A weapon becomes an extension of one's body and a further test of one's skill. This supplementary program enhances the understanding of the principles and concepts in martial arts and ultimately develops better execution in all movements. Weapons are taught in form sequences to responsible individuals, and training is optional and at the discretion of the instructor.
Calvin Chin, and his instructors from the Academy teach on-site programs in the greater Boston community. Our programs range from Youth Kung Fu to Senior Tai Chi. If the Academy's program schedule does not meet your requirements, chances are that one of our on-site programs will.
Please contact us for more information or if you represent an organization that would like to facilitate an on-site program.