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The modern martial artist has a range of styles and philosophies to choose from. Our school teaches the highly effective study of "soft" martial arts. Soft styles focus on internal cultivation before offensive technique and excel in redirecting an aggressor's force and momentum to disable him or give the defender an advantage. These unique traditions and philosophies of combat allow smaller or otherwise less physically conditioned students to become adept at turning an adversary's force to their disadvantage.  

Dancing Dragon Kung Fu is a union of the martial systems of Tai Ji Chuen, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Hsing-I, Ba Gua Zhang, and Escrima.

Each system has something to offer and the strengths of one cover the weaknesses of the others. The systems complement each other and create a complete fighting methodology that will work against one single opponent or multiple opponents, from long range to close range, use traditional and improvised weapons, and give the flexibility to be aggressive or defensive as the situation requires. The union of systems offers an internal, soft effective style of fighting.

This union of systems is intended for the martial artist who wants effective and practical technique that will work on the street in a variety of situations. It is not tournament or sport fighting, it is intended for real situations where there are no rules. The methodology does not require previous experience, however experienced martial artists will find it useful and effective. The methodology will allow the practitioner to continue to be effective into their mature years and as they age.

This is the compilation of forty years of experience studying and practicing martial arts.  It is my opinion that self-defense never goes out of style. 

 

Wing Chun is superb technique for counter-fighting especially in surprise situations or when one has little or no room to work in. I like to think of it as training to fight in a phone booth. The training emphasizes sticking to the opponent and counter-fighting. Curriculum includes the three forms (Sil Lum Dao, Chum Kiu, Bil Jee) Sticking Arms and Legs (Chi Sau, Chi Gert), Wooden Dummy (Jong) Techniques, Long pole, and Butterfly Knives.  

 

Hsing-I is aggressive technique derived from military training. The technique emphasizes attack and moving directly into the opponent. Again sticking is used, but aggressively to attack and defeat the opponent. It is a primarily one-on-one technique. I like to think of it as a “break their arm off and beat them to death with it” methodology. Curriculum includes the “Five Elements” and the “Twelve Animals”. 

 

Escrima (also known as Arnis, or Kali) is weapons training in stick (baton) and knife. The stick is an easily improvised weapon. The methodology extends to any weapon. The curriculum includes the staff and flexible weapons like the Manriki-gusari. 

 

Ba Gua Zhang can be used against a single opponent however the circling methodology is primarily a multiple opponent strategy that includes striking on the fly and capturing an opponent for use as a shield or projectile. As such its emphasis is on throws and captures of opponents. Curriculum includes the Linking Palm form and the Swimming Body form, the Ba Gua Staff, single Jian (double edged sword), double Jian, and Deer Horn Knives.  

 

Tai Ji Chuen is the keystone system. It blends the other systems into one. The practitioner  learns to understand Yin and Yang. Curriculum includes the Yang Style Long Tai Ji Chuen Form and applications of the techniques. Push Hands-fixed and moving step, and Da Liu. Double-edged (Jian) and single-edged (Dao) sword. This is a martial art that emphasizes softness, yielding, flowing, and blending with the opponent’s power. The practitioner learns to get maximum effect with minimal effort. In my studies of Tai Ji Chuen I have discovered that the techniques are not unique to the style. In fact many of them are universal in that they can be found in many other styles. Not all of them are in any particular style, but many styles have one or two advanced techniques that match a similar technique in Tai Ji Chuen. One can look to Wing Chun, Hsing-I, Ba Gua Zhang,  Kenpo, Aikido, Escrima, Kali, Krav Maga, and other styles to find similar techniques. I have discovered that the five elements and several animals of Hsing-I are contained in the technique of Tai Ji Chuen. Wing Chun and Tai Ji Chuen use very similar principles to attain similar results with a different intent.

 

In today's fast paced society people do not want to take the time to study martial arts. They want a quick fix, and simplistic technique for sport purposes. This is not sport. True skill takes time and effort. There is no other way to mastery of the martial arts.

 

Tai Ji Chi Gung is an exercise program based in Classic Chi Gung, mime, dance, yoga, and Pilates. As such it emphasizes flexibility, strength, balance, posture, coordination, kinesthetic awareness, mental focus, and relaxation.