will studying martial arts at Calvin Chin's Martial Arts Academy
benefit a child?
We offer a comprehensive program for youths that goes beyond the
typical punches, kicks and drills. We teach forms, numerous hand
and weapon sets, some with over a hundred postures. It becomes
natural for our
students to remember the last form they learn, the first form, as
well as all those in-between. Over time, they develop an acute
ability to memorize and retain sequence.
Traditional martial arts such as kung fu offer a well-balanced training
regimen and provide an opportunity for children to develop
their coordination, spatial awareness, endurance and focus. Studying a traditional martial
art with a lineage of teachers who devoted time and effort in
passing the art to future generations instills respect and
appreciation; a reverence for antiquity in a techno-driven youth
culture. Interacting with other students and providing
support for one another teaches children valuable social skills.
Sequential learning at the academy - learning
bit-by-bit to build knowledge is
a valuable tool that enhances memory and critical thinking, and which
carries through in other areas of
learning. Youths typically seek immediate gratification, yet
learning traditional martial arts forces youths to seek
longer term goals. Furthermore, youths learn that refinement
produces better results, and it motivates them to improve through
practice. Martial arts, at this stage, becomes a self-discipline.
Today, there are issues of bullying and
violence among young people. Martial arts training develops very
strong self-awareness and control, and this enables youths to retreat from
confrontation. Mastering difficult techniques
enhances confidence and self-esteem, traits that most bullies
and victims generally lack. It is rare for martial artists to
engage in confrontations, but when necessary, they will be able
to protect themselves in a controlled manner, causing the least
physical harm. Our emphasis on
using natural strength in our training affords more equal
opportunity for both boys and girls to
achieve and benefit from the discipline. The Fu Hok Tai
He Morn method is also safer for youths whose bones and
ligaments are still growing, creating less opportunity for
serious injuries that may follow them into their adulthood.
style is best for children?
The style of kung fu taught at the Academy, Hung Gar Fu Hok (Tiger Crane), is a circular system
utilizing more soft execution than most styles of martial arts.
This soft execution is natural strength which takes advantage of
the body's skeletal structure and positioning allowing
integrated movement that enables a student to develop live
strength versus isolated movement that produces brute strength. Hung Gar uses deep stances or postures, and emphasizes use of
the hands for striking and blocking. The school aims for a
balance of fitness, self-cultivation and performance aspects of kung
fu. Self-defense is an integral part of this system, but is not
its primary emphasis. No style is best for all children.
However, because of the emphasis on "natural strength"
in our teaching, small size or lack of great strength will not
be a disadvantage. Technique is practiced first, and power
develops naturally over time. In addition, classes at the
Academy are non-competitive and non-sexist and provide a safe,
relaxed environment where all children can learn at their own
parents take lessons with their children?
bonds us more than common interests. Taking lessons together or
separately at the Academy offer families the opportunity to stay
connected. This has been a frequent request from parents. Whether it is due
to scheduling, bonding and or motivational needs, it seems to
work well for some families. Generally, students learn best when
they train with their own peer group, but parent/child lessons
may be the only option for some. We have found that the adult
classes are the best suited to meet the needs of both.
martial arts make a child more aggressive?
part does fighting play in this training?
Contrary to the
image of kung fu adepts in popular movies, most people don't
study kung fu to fight. Sparring with a partner is
only one part of the training, and serves to test a student's
focus, concentration and understanding, while providing a
counter-point to the predictability of pre-arranged drills and
exercises. The ability to defend one's self can be a valuable
skill, but it is only one aspect of martial arts training.
Although it may occasionally be necessary to defend one's self
physically when absolutely no other option is available,
irresponsible use of fighting ability is not tolerated, in or
out of the Academy.
The culture of our
school is one of mutual respect. This respect is one of the
foundations of martial arts. Participation in martial arts
training can be helpful in encouraging children to channel their
physical and emotional energy in constructive ways. In addition,
as a student becomes more competent, he or she also learns
self-restraint, calmness and humility. Increased self-respect,
as well as respect for others, make children more able to
resolve conflicts without fighting.
children get hurt practicing kung fu?
any athletic activity carries a risk of injury, our training
program places great emphasis on safety and health. We make use
of relaxed, "natural strength", rather than forceful
application of power. This approach minimizes the likelihood of
dislocation, sprains or tendonitis, and is actually safer than
many commonly practiced sports. Sparring (free fighting) is done
in protective gear and is refereed by instructors. This
specialty class is optional and is not practiced until students
have had ample time to master techniques individually.
if a child doesn't want to learn weapons?
are tools to enhance training in a dynamic and esthetic manner.
They require stamina, coordination and a solid understanding of
mechanics of kung fu techniques. The martial artist uses a
weapon as an extension of his/her body in much the same manner
as a gymnast uses a ball or a ribbon. Mastering the use of
swords, spears, staves and other weapons is challenging and fun.
of weapons is strictly optional, however. To study weapon
techniques, children must be at least 10 years of age, and/or
have at least 2 years of training at the Academy. In addition, a
student must have attained a minimum rank of yellow belt, our
intermediate level. In all cases, weapons study is at the
discretion of the instructor.