Traditional kung fu
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 13 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 fist and weapons forms, kicks, punches and acrobatics, 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 in order to better understand the martial arts applications of the Traditional Kung Fu forms they are learning.
Our kung fu classes are open to all teens and adults, including those with no martial arts experience. If you want to learn, we will teach you.
Kung Fu Styles We Teach
Shaolin Kung Fu
More than 1000 years old, Shaolin Fung 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.
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. Learn more about our Kung Fu Program.
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. Learn more about our Kung Fu Program.
Wushu (武术) is a style of contemporary kung fu with origins in Shaolin Kung Fu that blends martial applications and performance. Wushu martial artists combine strength, power, speed, flexibility, and acrobatics with the goal of producing fierce, flawless, and a seemingly effortless execution of wushu fist and weapons forms. International momentum is building for Contemporary Wushu to become an official Olympic sport.
Below are videos demonstrations performed by Sifu Binh Nguyen to give you a better understanding of the style of Kung Fu we teach.