The Golden Dragon is a School of Chinese Martial Arts.
We provide authentic, traditional training in Kung Fu.
We have been located in Los Angeles since 2012.
Classes are held six days per week.
The Golden Dragon is led by Grandmaster Valery Prosvirov. Valery’s skill, physical ability, and endurance is the stuff of legend. Self-perfection is the path of every serious Martial Artist. Valery has spent 40 years working and walking this path.
The Chinese Martial Arts are traditionally divided into two groups: the internal family, and the external family. Our classes offer the choice between Kung Fu (external) and Tai Chi (internal). These are two different courses of study, but it is important to remember: the principles of proper movement and technique are the same, regardless of method. As Bruce Lee famously put it, “I do not believe in different styles”.
Kung Fu and Tai Chi offer people a different path to the same truth. These approaches offer different methods of practice and training. In ancient China, all beginners started by learning the “external” family, but modern culture demands access to both from the beginning.
Interest and enthusiasm are the fuel of progress. We strive to help people determine the best possible course of study for themselves.
We all have different talents, different bodies, and different aptitudes. Some should start with Kung Fu, others with Tai Chi. You are welcome to try both. We can help you determine what is best for you.
Before applying to train at the Golden Dragon, you should know: we're not a fitness club! Our training is more than the attainment of Martial Arts skills and the development of the body. Our training is very challenging and rewarding work to improve your physical, mental, and emotional health. The purpose of Kung Fu is to develop the full potential inherent in a person. The Martial Arts allow you to fully realize your needs and your capabilities, and to free yourself from the selfish demands of a subjective mind.
Individual classes have a qualitative difference from group classes. The teaching can be entirely customized and specialized for your own needs and abilities (physical and mental).
Private lessons lead to much greater results. Even in this case, it is important to remember that hard work and consistent focus are the keys to success in the martial arts. It is tedious training.
I will work with you. The personal attention of private classes means that, essentially, I will always be hovering over you: you basically have no choice but to work. However, you have to make a genuine effort. I can only show you “how,” and watch carefully that everything’s done in the right order.
With all the positive sides of individual training, there is just one insurmountable problem: there are only 24 hours in a day.
All the other questions can be discussed on the phone, or when we meet.
It doesn’t matter if you’re 50, 60 or 90—At any age, you have to take care of yourself and your health. Caring for yourself enables you to live life to the fullest. This is always worth the effort.
Senior classes at the Golden Dragon focus on health and development. Our training is accessible and possible for any physical condition. Improvement is always available to you, and we encourage one and all to do the best for themselves. Before your training, we will determine the safest and healthiest possible program for you. If you are willing to work diligently and consistently, your improvement and progress will astound you.
Thousands of years ago, Martial Artists in ancient China noted: "If a person is healthy at 30, then at 40 he is strong, at 50 he is powerful, and at 60 he is unbeatable. At 90, he retains joint mobility, visual acuity, good hearing, and he can travel 1000 li (300 miles)”. Compare that to the modern idea of aging, where people in their thirties and forties routinely lament “I'm not 18 anymore”... You are supposed to develop and improve with age. Sixty is not old. Sixty is supposed to be “unbeatable”. We are not shoddily assembled cars and trucks that break down and deteriorate; the human body is an incredible, adaptable, and spectacular organism that can regenerate and maintain itself for beyond a century of life.