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Hun Gar animals: Leopard

Key word is speed. Leopard plays with its prey, as a cat with its toy. Leopard is not as strong as a tiger, but the absence of hard, powerful strikes allow him to move much faster. Positions are long, but frequently changing. Leopard uses a counterattack, therefore it applies simultaneous block and attack, which is very effective. Levels of strikes, as well as positions, change frequently. 

That is why top level attacks can be rapidly replaced by sweeps, and after that you attack the top or medium level again. Leopard punches with fist, by “eye” of the fist and "leopard paw" - it is not as strong as a fist, but has the advantage of speed and accuracy.

Biological rhythms

Ancient people said: “If you live according to the Qi energy of the Heaven and Earth, you will live as long as Heaven and Earth live” ("Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon"). The Earth rotates around the Sun, the Moon revolves around the Earth, the high tide of the sea is followed by ebb, night comes after day, winter gives way to spring as spring to summer. It is clear, that in nature everything moves by it's own rhythm.

From a physiological point of view, the human is a highly organized, multi-cellular organism with strong life-support systems. The human body lives by it's own biological rhythm. We are awake during the day, because our blood is filled with 'daytime hormones' that support emotional and physical activity. In the evening, preceding nightfall the blood receives the 'night hormone' melatonin. This is an amazing substance that is produced only by epiphysis at night and it is released into the blood according to the time of the night. In some cases, seniors suffer from insomnia due to the lack of melatonin secretion. Melatonin medications are often used as hypnotics.

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Transforming to the beast

Hung Gar animal forms are not individual styles or sub-styles. These are short combinations that add emotion to your way of fighting. A Warrior chooses an animal according to his own psycho-physical qualities. If you have fast and light legs, then the Crane form is what you need. If you have great physical condition, then you have to fight as a “tiger”.

Hun Gar animals: Tiger

Have you seen tiger's hunt? It creeps and then attacks its prey stabing claws in it. You should do the same with your adversary. Tiger is characterized by sharp hits and powerful attacks, because the tiger represents the strength. By the way in China the tiger, and not the lion, is the king of beasts. Using short movements in low stands tiger at first makes offensive hit to break through the defense, and then applies a series of two or three strikes for the final victory. 

The Way Of Kung Fu (2012)

It would be silly to condemn the modern culture - we will get that which we were hoping to attain. These days, the greatest financial gain is received by those who can come up with the most effective product. Nevertheless effective does not deep in its meaning. For example, roller-coaster rides certainly are fun, but riding them every day can lead to brain damage.

We don’t consider two half-naked men with overinflated muscles competing in the ability to maim each other to be martial art. The traditional martial arts is much deeper. Martial art - is the overcoming of one’s weaknesses, the battle with self, with shortcomings, and is the way of improvement of self.

Foolish are those who see only the surface for you can not judge the strength by the size of muscle nor can you judge the technique by the effectiveness of methods. The truth is in simplicity.

Kung Fu - not a sport, Kung Fu - is a life path of improvement and excellence.

Golden Dragon never gets bored! (October, 1012)

When our school opened the doors in Brentwood, one of LA's neighborhoods, we had an excellent idea how to spread the word about us to locals. And did that in a very fun way. We offered everyone to help us to build the Golden Dragon... of the chopsticks! Look how beautiful it is, isn't it?
We got a lot of friends after that. Brentwood residents are very joyful and kind people. Now they come by to the studio and say: “Hey, do you remember me? I built the Golden Dragon with you!”

Classes for Seniors

Active Seniors

There are many places to visit, cruises to take, mountains to climb, and things to do, but we must be careful not to injure ourselves. One way of staying active and decreasing the risks of potential injuries and strains is by performing slow, smooth, and low-impact exercises that will rejuvenate our bodies, tone and energize our muscles, and give use the abilities to move as we did 20 years ago. Just a few trainings a week and we’re ready to run.

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Beverly Hills Courier (July 20, 2012)

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?

Summer Discounts (July 17, 2012)

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 (July 10,2012)

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 live in a world of double standards: the first – is objectivity, it’s what we are capable of and what we are capable of having; the second – it’s what we think we are capable of. These are unfortunately completely different things and in today’s society most of the people exercise the second option. The approach to study of martial arts should include a detailed explanation of the basic principles of life. Despite the seemingly high level of education of a modern man, he can quickly understand and realize only the very basic things, so you must give the person an opportunity to feel the simple movement of his body and give him the opportunity to understand how these movement spread to the rest of his life. After all, it is no secret that the human mind and body are closely intertwined. And that which a body can do, the mind can do as well, getting the person closer and closer to the objectivity in perception of self.


What approach does Golden Dragon use in teaching martial arts?