WING CHUN

Moy Yat Wing Chun Kung Fu "The purpose of Wing Chun Kung Fu is to lead you to be free and relaxed. This can never be achieved if you are tied physically and emotionally to techniques. You must free yourself from dependence on mechanical expression and trust your body, your kung fu to protect yourself..."
-- Grand Master Moy Yat

Wing Chun Kung Fu was developed in China 400 years ago by a female Shaolin nun named Ng Mui. Designed for the human body, it is considered to be one of the most efficient and effective forms of self defense that doesn’t rely on size, strength or physical conditioning. Wing Chun emphasizes protecting the center of your body (and attacking your opponent's), simultaneous blocking and striking, redirecting your opponent’s energy, economy of energy and motion, and relaxation.

Our classes follow the traditional teachings as were passed down from Grandmaster Moy Yat. Students will begin by learning Siu Nim Tao, Wing Chun’s first form which trains the basic stance and teaches about the centerline, basic hand movements, relaxation, and releasing energy. Students will then learn more advanced forms as well as Chi Sao, Wing Chun’s unique art of sticking hands.

Along with learning the forms comes a variety of partnership exercises that will help train your reflexes and sensitivity. A dedicated student will be able to complete the system in about 2-3 years.

Our Birmingham classes are taught by instructors within the Moy Yat lineage. Grandmaster Moy Yat was one of Grandmaster Ip Man’s closest students, and our curriculum follows the traditional training methods through the three hand forms, chi sao and wooden dummy form.

TAI CHI CHUAN

Tai Chi Birmingham Tai Chi Ch'uan, also commonly known as Taijiquan, is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. There are many styles of Tai Chi, and most trace their development to at least one of the five traditional schools: Chen, Yang, Wu/Hao, Wu, and Sun.

In Birmingham, we currently have a Tai Chi practice group that meets on Saturday mornings about 9AM at the UAB mini-park, right off University Blvd. This group is currently practicing the Yang 24-movement Short Form, the Yang 32-movement Sword Form, and the Combined 42-movement competition form that features elements from Chen, Yang, Wu/Hao, Wu, and Sun styles.

The Tai Chi forms require no previous experience of any kind, and can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. The Arthritis Foundation includes Tai Chi as part of their recommended therapies, and we have several certified instructors who have specialized in this theraputic style.

Practice sessions at the park is FREE and open to the public.

2014 Training Schedule

TUESDAY
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Wing Chun Kung Fu

WEDNESDAY
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Wing Chun Kung Fu

THURSDAY
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Wing Chun Kung Fu

SATURDAY
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM - Tai Chi practice outdoors at UAB Mini-Park

CLASS FEES:
$50 per month - All Wing Chun Kung Fu classes.
Private lessons extra; please speak with an instructor.

OUR TRAINING LOCATIONS

Kung Fu classes and practice sessions are held at Agoge Fitness (inside Lakeshore Personal Fitness) in the heart of Birmingham's South Side. This location is close the the University of Alabama at Birmingham college and medical center campus, and is central for most people in the Greater Birmingham Area.

Our Address:
3020 4th Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35233
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NOTE WHEN VISITING: Enter from the side door off the parking lot. As you enter, you'll see the strength training studio for Lakeshore Personal Fitness ahead and to the left. Turn right down the hallway to enter the large open space of Agoge Fitness.

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Kung Fu: Birmingham