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Golden Dragon School opened a branch in Vienna, Austria. Instructor of the branch - Kirill Nesterenko trained at our school for over 5 years. He received training in internal and external direction and was granted the permission to teach martial arts.
Internal family of Chinese martial arts, especially Tai Chi Chuan, is greatly discredited, thanks to charlatans and to illiterates . The main feature of the study of Tai Chi Chuan – are slow and gentle movements which have become the basis of calling Tai Chi Chuan a gymnastics all the while spreading false theories about the uses of “QI” energy. In fact, Tai Chi - a martial art and a way of self-defense, built on the principles of defense, not attack.
Gun Fa: Techniques of body development.
This is an imperative part of Chinese Martial Arts, and one of the main secrets of the Chinese masters. The quality of your technique is directly dependent on your level of body development. Without the development of such parameters as speed, flexibility, power, strength, endurance, and coordination – its impossible to attain success in Mastering The Martial Arts.
Every Kung Fu and Tai Chi class at The Golden Dragon is composed of three parts:
Chi Gong, Gun Fa, and Technique.
Our initial Chi Gong exercises set the tone for the rest of the class: We establish a focus on breathing and prepare the internal organs (and the body as a whole) for the demanding work that we are about to do.
Second, we do Gun Fa.
Gun Fa is a real “warm up”—thorough and comprehensive exercise — with the purpose of preparing, stimulating, and developing the body as a whole.
Gun Fa is for development. We develop our body, our feeling, and our body control. We do not practice punches and kicks during Gun Fa, but every exercise we do lends itself to better understanding and better movement in our technique.
These exercises are arranged in carefully organized sequences. Genuine effort and attention during Gun Fa is imperative to understanding and improving our physical condition.
During Gun Fa, we do power work (various pushups, squats, and core exercises) to stimulate the body, increase endurance, and improve the body’s ability to function as a coordinated whole.
Gun Fa training also pays great attention to the conditioning and development of all of the body’s joints. Our necks, wrists, elbows, shoulders, waists, hips, knees, and ankles will be the focus of many exercises during Gun Fa. Our joints allow for all of our dynamic movement. Healthy joints allow us to move in balanced and unimpeded ways. Most people complain of a “bad shoulder/bad knee/bad hip/bad ankle, etc.”—one side of their body, one joint which handicaps their every movement. At our school, we pride ourselves on developing every joint—curing and rehabilitating problem areas, while ensuring the prolonged health of all of the joints.
Flexibility is also a focus of Gun Fa. We dynamically stretch every tendon and ligament, as flexibility is key to your health and your ability to perform the complete movement that every punch, block, kick, step, and handshake demands.
Kung Fu is the perfect system for development because there is nothing neglected and nothing superfluous. Our work during Gun Fa is often challenging and always rewarding—it is the work we must do to bring the best out of ourselves.
Traditional Chinese martial arts are divided into internal and external family. External direction for the Europeans is more understandable; it is that which we have come to know as martial arts- "punches and kicks, variations of technique, uneven rhythm. External styles can be considered the attacking techniques.
External direction – is an effective way of training the aerobic system, coordination, it is the best way to train strength, endurance, speed (of the musculoskeletal system, flexibility…). The direction has existed for more than 5000 years. The highest honor the master of Chinese martial arts could reach - was the title “Master of life” who was considered a man who could do just about everything.
Every year, the students of Golden Dragon visit China. School conducts retreats in the homeland of Kung Fu. This is not a simple visiting trip- seminars of Golden Dragon are exhausting and students exercise for 8 hours a day, starting at 5 am. Golden Dragon has contacts with lots of Chinese masters. When we meet with them we exchange experiences and often meetings with transform into exhibition matches which are covered by local television.
GOLDEN DRAGON’S CHIN NA FULL LENGTH VIDEO COURSE
What is Chin Na? A Chinese term describing techniques used in the Chinese martial arts that control or lock an opponent's joints or muscles/tendons so he cannot move, thus neutralizing the opponent's fighting ability.
Learn fast and powerful joint locks to control any opponent. Chin Na is part of almost all Chinese martial styles, and it can be a valuable addition to any other martial system.
Valery Prosvirov with instructors demonstrate useful techniques and applications close up, in slow motion and at regular speed, showing subtle variations for these effective techniques of Chin Na. Easily integrated into any martial style, Chin Na is the root of the more modern grappling arts of Aikido and Hapkido, and it is often trained by military, security and law-enforcement personnel worldwide.
Also you will find great training program which help you improve your body and increase stamina.
If you want to feel safe, you need to know effective and useful technics to stop aggression. Here is Valery collect simple technics which help you in life. It’s easy to use, and if you understand this principles, you can use it in different situations.
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Sometime in the early July, I came home, as always troubled by shortness of breath. My general well-being was once again suggesting, yet again, a visit to the doctor. It was going to rain outside and the clouds began to cover the sky – needless to say, the weather matched my mood. I fell exhausted on a chair and thought: "I don’t want to live like this, I don’t want to die slowly ..." I realized that only I could save myself, that it was all about me, that I must start taking much better care of myself- thus began the story in which “Golden Dragon” School of Traditional Kung Fu played the main part.
I’ll begin by saying that currently I’m 40 years of age. I've pretty much has seen it all and has long since ceased to believe in fairy tales. If you have time and you wonder about your health, your life, then you’ll be interested in my story.
I’ll begin by describing the state in which I was in, about my health conditions, in short – there was no health:
Moscow Times, Autumn 2006
By Gregory Klemm.
Photo by Vladimir Filonov.
Valery Prosvirov, head instructor, Zolotoi Drakon
How does kung-fu differ from other martial arts?
Traditional Chinese kung fu is a very complex martial art. There are throwing and hitting techniques, and pressure points and different types of self-regulation like breathing, health practices, and many methods of developing your body.
Why did you start learning kung-fu?
I loved fighting. I was 12 years old, and I loved to fight.
Have you ever had to use kung-fu in real life?
Chinese tradition is the special way of taking in the world, practically seeing the world through the eyes of Chinese. It might seem an impossible task for people who were not born in China. The Chinese think like that (not all of them though). But it is far from truth. To see the world without personal preferences but full of colours and shades is possible for everybody. According to the admonitions of old masters to attain this state one needs to have clear soul, modesty and honesty. If these qualities are possessed, according to the philosophy of Taoism (the main philosophy of all the Chinese) the master will appear in front of the person, who will help one to attain Ude – virtue, the warrior’s virtue.