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 were 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 Ch'uan, also commonly known as Taijiquan, is an ancient form of Chinese martial arts that has become world famous for its amazing health benefits. Often described as a "moving meditation," the slow and graceful movements of Tai Chi can help develop and maintain strength, flexibility and balance, and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life. We have an upcoming intro workshop in July:
Introduction to Tai Chi Chuan Workshop
Saturday, July 16, 2016; 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Location: Birmingham Yoga
In this workshop we will learn a complete "small circle" form of Tai Chi that is low-impact, can be performed completely in about three minutes, and requires no more space than the average yoga mat. Called the Primal 13, this sequence introduces the five core movements and the eight Tai Chi energies or techniques that make this art so unique. Please click here for full workshop information.
In Birmingham we also 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 led by Kangmei Ren and 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.
Practice sessions at the park is FREE and open to the public.
Stephen Guesman is also teaching the Cheng Man-Ch'ing (Zheng Manqing) Yang 37 style (from the William CC Chen lineage) at the Embody Practice Center on Tuesdays at 6:15 pm.
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.
CLASS SCHEDULE & RATES
TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS: NOON to 1PM
How do you train Wing Chun with an already packed schedule? With Lunch Break Kung Fu sessions, of course. These one-hour classes are densely packed with forms and tactics practice, allowing you to get maximum training with minimal impact to the rest of your busy life. These sessions run from 12:00 noon until 1:00 PM every Tuesday and Thursday.
WEDNESDAYS: 6:35 PM to 8:05 PM
Want to get more in-depth? We have extended Wing Chun training sessions on Wednesday nights. These intense 90-minute sessions allow you to get deeper into the forms, drills and tactics training with combinations of group and partner-based training. Wednesday night sessions run from 6:35 PM until 8:05 PM.
Steel Strength Training
516 32nd Street South, Birmingham, AL 35233
Day and evening classes are held at Steel Strength Training which is just a few blocks from the Highland Golf Course and close to UAB and Downtown Birmingham. The gym is on the far left (next to 5th Alley South) of a building shared with Meeting Street Graphics.
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We use a Class Card system allowing you to pay for only the classes you attend. A single, drop-in class is $10. Class Cards can be purchased in blocks of 5 Classes for $40.00, 10 Classes for $75 or 20 Classes for $125. Class credits roll over month-to-month as long as you remain an active student. Your first introductory class is always FREE (no coupon needed).
For More Information:
Kung Fu Birmingham has a companion online course, which is available via computer, tablet or mobile phone. You can learn more about Wing Chun history, the Moy Yat lineage and our unique training methodology at Wing Chun Concepts. Thanks for your interest!