Kung Fu Blog

Choosing the Style

The ancients used to say: possibility of choice is the worst illness of mind. Forgetting that modern people spend precious time in life looking for ones personal self, choosing clothes, things, which are supposed to define the invented image. They dash between “what to do” and “how to act”. Thinking that argument invokes the truth, they follow the path of “try and mistake” and eventually end up like Pushkin’s old woman: the wash-tub’s broken, tons of mistakes, and the truth’s still nowhere around. Certainly no-one in the world can avoid mistakes, but if one succeeds in stopping to think in clichés (like everybody) and pay more attention to oneself, but not from the position “I want”, but from the position “who am I”, “what am I capable of”(unbiased, not in dreams) and only after “what do I deserve”, then the number of mistakes will recede by numbers. And if you add on it the understanding that life is action, theorising and reasoning about the truth will disappear because you will see it instead. It’s easy. Try it. And now let’s talk about what should be considered when choosing the style in martial arts. From the first sight it’s a difficult task, because if you start to simply name all the styles, directions and tendencies, and then write a book about it, I’m afraid it will be longer than “War and peace”. The thing is that styles get invented and books get written by whoever’s mind it crosses. Many people start one thing and without reaching any worthy results “studying for long time, whole seven months” consider, that it’s not for them, so they start inventing their own bicycle (even if it’s got triangular wheels). Then they buy a patent, register a federation and there it is – another pile ready for the dump. But let us leave the inventers alone and look at everything impartially.

This is a good supplementary stretching program to your existing workout for your off days.
Stretching Program for kung fu

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Stretching Tips Always warm up for 5-15 minutes prior to stretching.

Move slowly when stretching. Take this time to relax and focus on your breathing.

Depending on what you choose, music can help energize or relax you. When lying on your back, move your legs one at a time.

Sudden movements with both legs can strain the muscles of the lower back. Stretch to the point of gentle tension. If something hurts, stop immediately. Stretching should feel good.

Try to stretch at least twice a week. This workout can take as little as 7-10 minutes, or as long as you'd like. A few minutes every week can improve your performance, and prevent injuries, and help you relax.

Author: Valery Prosvirov. Head master of Golden Dragon school

Golden Dragon Tea Room

Chinese tea is one of the oldest known beverages, with a rich history spanning nearly five millennia. First used as a medicinal herb, Chinese tea eventually gained popularity and became widespread as a drink to be enjoyed by everyone on a daily basis. During its long history Chinese tea has become an important cultural phenomenon and has even taken on its own customs.

Tea catalog:

Milk Oolong Tea

High Mountain Taiwanese Loose Leaf Tea

This is a special hand processed tea that comes from Jin Xuan Mountain in Taiwan.

Jin Xuan oolongs are known for their natural rich creamy mouthfeel.

Special growing region, and process is what gives this tea its natural creaminess, milk flavor and silky texture.

Organically grown.

Mango Oolong Tea

Looking out the window into the sky, you see the beautiful orange sun setting into the night. With the gentle sounds of the waves crashing along the shore, you decide to make a cup of oolong scented with the sweetness of the Hawaiian mangoes you love. Sit down, unwind, and relax to the cool night.

Using the natural essential oil of Hawaiian mango, our blenders pair a low-fermentation oolong (more green character than black oxidized) to balance out the sweetness and tartness of the fruit.

Ginseng Oolong
Ginseng Oolong is made of oolong tea leaves mixed with ginseng root powder. As you probably know, ginseng has been used in China as a powerful medication since ancient times. In modern times, science has confirmed the healing properties of ginseng and named its active compound ginsenosides. Ginseng has a huge number of health benefits and has become a legend among the medical plants. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, ginseng tea possesses anti-cancer properties.
Aged Oolong (8 years)
The name 'aged oolong' is not applicable to just any 'old' oolong. The aging is a controlled and skillful process, which requires proper artisan supervision. Aged Oolong must be properly kept and checked every 12-18 months by the Tea Master. According to his decision, the tea has to be re-roasted every few years.
Bai Hao Yin Zhen (Silver Needle White Tea)
This tea got its name from the shape of the processed leaves which are twisted into a thin needle shape covered with white hairs. This is the rarest and most expensive type of White Tea because only the new buds are used in the production of the tea. Bai Hao Yin Zhen is grown in four counties in the Fujian Province: Fuding, Zhen He, Jian Yang, and Song Xi.

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Legends says that during China’s Yao Dynasty there was a woman who was extremely kind and always helped people. Because of her kindness people called her Mother Lan. One year, a terrible disease came to her village and many people were sick and dying. Mother Lan worked tirelessly to help them. One night a celestial being came down and told her that heaven had chosen her to stop the disease and save countless lives. She had to climb Tai Lao Mountain and find a tea tree hidden amongst the clouds and fog, then brew a tea from this tree and administer it to the affected people.
Jun Shan Yin Zhen (Silver Needle Yellow Tea)
Authentic Jun Shan Yin Zhen is amongst the rarest of China’s famous teas. It is rumored that this tea was the favorite of Chairman Mao Zedong. In 2006 this rare and precious yellow tea was sent to Russian President Vladimir Putin as China's National Gift.

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Its name translates as “Gentleman Mountain Silver Needle Tea”. It is often confused with Bai Hao Yinzhen (Silver Needle), but it is a different variety. The name comes from the processed leaves, which look like small needles.