Traditional Kung Fu Classes
Hu Long Temple Kung Fu is based on traditional Shaolin Quan with emphasis on Shaolin Long Fist. This style of Kung Fu incorporates flowing, powerful movements designed to make the body strong and healthy whilst also developing and encompassing effective self-defence techniques.
A typical class will consist of learning to strengthen basic skills; including stances, basic kicks and striking techniques, whilst learning and understanding how your body can unlock its full potential. This is achieved by combining your mind, body, breath and spirit.
Hu Long Temple has produced several national and international Wushu competitors winning Gold, Silver and Bronze. However, you do not have to be a top athlete to wish to train in Traditional Kung Fu. We have students from 4 years old to over 70, and run workshops for those with mental health difficulties, learning disabilities and life-limiting illnesses in traditional Shaolin Kung Fu, as everybody can receive its benefits.
Classes are taught in a disciplined and traditional manner, focusing on building the student’s skills and knowledge with a solid foundation. This is vital in order to enhance the student’s Kung Fu ability, placing them firmly on their path of self-development.
History and Effectiveness
Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu is deeply rooted in ancient Chinese Philosophy with its theory emerging from China’s traditional wisdom and culture. It is said that traditional Long Fist was developed in the 10th century by Zhao Kuangyin, founding Emperor of the Song Dynasty (960-1276). His style was called Tàizǔ Chángquán, which means ‘the Long Fist style of Emperor Taizu’.
Long Fist combat techniques evolved over many centuries being tested on many battlefields and real life combat situations. Chinese martial arts has a large number of impressive fighting arts; what makes Long Fist so unique is the balance of its techniques and its ability to adapt to different combat situations. Long Fist emphasises arm and leg techniques covering short, medium and long range for defensive and attacking purposes. Using fist, palm, elbow, shoulder and torso, whilst incorporating the whole body to defend or attacking in a strong, fluid way; Long Fist uses different combat strategies and is very unpredictable when in a combat situation. It does not overly emphasise any one special technique, rather it has many in the array of tools it can deploy.
Long Fist prepares its students to face any situation with an arsenal of different techniques at their disposal. It gives students a solid, basic foundation in Kung Fu, being an excellent style to practice and use throughout our entire lives.
Traditionally, most students (Headmaster Matt Bindon included) were given a form to learn, taking over a year at least to learn that one form, practicing this on a daily basis. Only after this time would the real ‘hidden usage’ become clear with the guidance of the Shifu (teacher). Without this understanding, there was no way to digest the true content of the training. To fully understand the real training, you have to know the usage, and for security reasons, this usage was hidden.
The Long Fist teachings had a different attitude and approach to its students; the emphasis was on improving the student as a whole person, not just teaching how to punch and kick others. Over years of training, the Shifu put hits students through many covert tests of ability and character building. Only when he had complete confidence in you, would he reveal the heart of the art; teach the missing links that previously had been withheld in your training, and show you the usage.
Advanced Long Fist techniques include Chin Na joint-locking techniques, and Shuai Jiao throws and takedowns. Students of Long Fist condition their limbs by training their techniques on trees, hardening their bodies, improving their foundation and stances, and practicing their breaking techniques. A lot of Long Fist techniques were used to Sanda training, and now in today’s modern Sanshou Fighting.
To this present day, we train, teach and practice in this traditional style and is part of our central training program within Hu Long Temple.
Where and When?
Wednesdays 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Please contact us for the location and further information.