Explore the Craft
Mantis is a Northern Chinese style which is an amalgam of 18 different types of Kung-Fu. It was used by caravan guards who had to be able to fight outnumbered in terrain and any under any circumstance.
Wing Chun is a Southern Chinese style created by a Buddhist nun about 300 years ago. It specializes in close-range urban combat. It is known for not requiring strength to be effective. Wing Chun overcomes size, strength and numbers with rapid-fire precise technique.
Tai Chi Chuan
Yang style Taiji refuses to fight strength against strength regardless of any advantage they may have. The ability to harmonize with an opponent in order to use their strength against them is a high-level skill attainable only after years of training.
The Philosophy of Kung Fu
The Chinese sought to understand the forces that created and controlled the world around them. This search took the form of categorizing events and looking at those events to see if a common influence could be found. As the Chinese observed their world they discovered that much of existence could be divided into pairs of opposing states of being.
The concept that heat, was balanced by cold, male by female and hard by soft presented a way of ordering the chaos. This primary order began the journey to understanding cause and effect, which yields the ability to predict phenomena and ultimately the ability to control.
Wen and Wu: Our Blog
Kung Fu isn’t merely a martial art, it’s a way of life. We’re always at work to explore our craft, better understand our world, and preserve the ancient art of Kung Fu.
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I am on the roof of the school, hidden by the privacy walls that surround that level of my building. Half of the second floor of my school is my apartment, the other half is my garden. I am often there, among the trees and plants in my container garden,...
The two men face each other across a path. It is one man’s assignment to guard the path, the other’s assignment to take it. They maneuver, each seeking an opening in the other’s defenses. The man guarding the path is holding a spear, known among the...
About our Sifu
A warrior and a scholar, Sifu Cottrell’s personality has been defined by the arts he has practiced and the real world venues in which he has lived out their philosophy and techniques.
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