Kung Fu Program
The Chinese Kung Fu Wushu Academy offers instruction in three different styles of Traditional Kung Fu (功夫): Shaolin Kung Fu, Wah Lum Kung Fu and Choy Li Fut Kung Fu. Each of the styles of kung fu we teach has its own history and grace, and we are committed to working with our students to help them discover which style is best suited for them.
The Traditional Kung Fu curriclum is designed to help students ages 3 and up- teens and adults of all ages- develop a deep commitment to, appreciation of and love for the ancient art of Traditional Kung Fu.
Students in our kung fu classes will learn and practice open hand and weapons forms, kicks, punches and acrobatics while increasing their strength, flexibility and endurance. The teaching of practical self-defense techniques is integrated throughout the curriculum. Students in our kung fu classes will also learn mastery of kung fu weapons of their choosing, including sword, spear, staff, saber, chain whip, guan dao, fan and horse hair whip. In addition, students in our kung fu classes may engage in light sparring and or med. contact sparring with takedowns in order to better understand the martial arts applications of the Traditional Kung Fu forms they are learning.
Kung Fu Styles We Teach
Shaolin Kung Fu
More than 1000 years old, Shaolin Kung Fu (少林功夫) is an ancient and deeply revered school of martial arts known for building strength and agility, promoting physical, mental and spiritual well-being, and inspiring personal growth. Developed and evolved by Buddhist Monks, Shaolin Kung Fu is a self-defense fighting art exemplified by a wide variety of fist and weapons forms. Shaolin Kung Fu requires strength, power and technique, and inspires meditation, thoughtfulness, gentleness, joy and tranquility.
We are proud to teach authenic Shaolin Kung Fu in Amherst! We teach the following styles of Shaolin Kung Fu: Northern Fist (Pei Chuan) Southern Fist (Nan Chuan), Traditional Long Fist (Changuan), Drunken Style (Pa Hsien), Monkey Style (Hou Chuan), Mantis style (Tang Lang) and Tiger style (Hu Chuan).
Wah Lum Kung Fu
Wah Lum Tam Tui Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu is combination of the 350 year old Wah Lum Praying Mantis style and a more contemporary family style called Tam Tui which was characterized by powerful leg movements. The result is a style of kung fu which is a highly effective system of self-defense exemplified by strong, fast, long movements, a variety of fist and weapons forms, with the hands often hooked like the pinchers of a praying mantis ready to strike. Our Sifu’s here are highly trained in this style also.
Choy Li Fut Kung Fu
Choy Li Fut (蔡李佛) is a combination of many Chinese martial arts styles (including Southern and Northern styles), and it also includes the five animals - Tiger, Dragon, Crane, Leopard, and Snake. Choy Li Fut is a powerful self-defense fighting art and contains a wide variety of techniques, including long and short range punches, kicks, sweeps and takedowns, pressure point attacks, joint locks, and grappling. It also uses many of the Traditional Kung Fu weapons. Although Choy Li Fut is rare outside of China, Choy Li Fut remains a very popular martial arts style in China today and we are proud to be the only few that still teaches this style in Western Mass!
Our kung fu classes are open to all kids, teens and adults, including those with no martial arts experience. If you want to learn,
we will teach you!
Wushu (武术) is a style of contemporary kung fu that blends martial applications and performance. Wushu martial artists combine strength, power, speed, and flexibility with the goal of producing fierce, flawless, and seemingly effortless execution.
With the international momentum building for Contemporary Wushu to become an official Olympic sport, The Chinese Kung Fu Wushu Academy is committed to providing outstanding Wushu training and tournament preparation in both Northern and Southern Wushu that meets international standards. Our students are also training to make it to the USA Contemporary Wushu Team that competes Internationally.
Our Wushu program focuses on increasing flexibility, building strength, and learning and practicing Wushu forms, techniques, kicks, punches, and advanced acrobatic techniques such as kick-ups, butterfly kicks and twists, aerials, and back flips. Wushu classes also focus on the mastery of all Wushu weapons, including Straightsword, Staff, Spear, Saber, and Chain Whip.
Here are some Video of the Styles and Weapons that we train in our Kung Fu and Wushu Classes.