Kung Fu Blog
For more than 10 years, the Golden Dragon Martial Arts School has been teaching the basics of Kung Fu in Russia, Austria, Spain, China and the U.S. The school came to the Westside this month when the local studio opened at 11677 San Vicente Blvd.
Why should someone practice ancient Kung Fu when the world is filled with modern and fashionable methods of physical development?
Only this summer Golden Dragon School offers 4 FREE introductory lessons to traditional Chinese Tai Chi and Kung Fu. You will learn the ancient methods of controlling your breathing, using your energy, and unique ways of developing your body. Practice that is 5 000 years old, cannot not work.
Author: Golden Dragon School
Interview at the Golden Dragon School in Los Angeles 10/7/2012
What approach does Golden Dragon use in teaching martial arts?
Unfortunately, the traditional Chinese approach to training in the modern world does not work. Modern man simply does not want to do what he does not understand, he doesn’t want to be satisfied with a distant prospect of development (that someday he will become aware and will understand) all the while wanting to get everything immediately.
We have been friends with Mopreme Shakur since 2011. He wrote a song for our school and here you can see the Video!
On June 30, 2012, in the year of the dragon, a martial arts school like no other by the name of Golden Dragon has finally opened its doors in West LA.
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.