Training at Home
Now you can enjoy training in the privacy of your own home while learning at your own pace...
Let's be honest; the benefits of in-person training with a competent instructor will always outweigh those of remote training. However, there are many reasons why a student may choose to pursue online training.
For some, it's about augmenting what they already know. Maybe you've studied martial arts in the past or are currently enrolled in a school and wish to broaden your perspective and understanding. Online training can be a valuable tool to accomplish that aim.
In other cases, it's the uniqueness of the style that is the deciding factor. While most major cities have several options for in-person training in Karate, Jujitsu, MMA, and Tae Kwan Do, finding an authentic Kung Fu school can often be challenging, especially in more rural areas. Many of our students are attracted to the depth of training that can only be found in traditional kung fu styles and are happy to be able to explore the system, wherever they may be.
Scheduling can also present a challenge for those who genuinely wish to learn a martial art but find it difficult to fit it into their busy lives. For these students, online training is the perfect solution because it allows greater flexibility. Log on anytime, and a world of knowledge awaits you!
Online learning also allows you to move at your own pace. It's been said that learning kung fu is 90% art and 10% martial. Mastery of any art requires patience, dedication, and practice. The ability to review lessons as many times as you want allows you to enjoy the depth and beauty of your art, in your own way, without the constant pressure of testing and advancement that is common in many studios.
As an instructor, it is much more rewarding to see students achieve mastery in small things than to be "just good enough" in many.
Kung fu is a journey of many steps, and each student knows when they are ready to proceed to the next.
Formal testing in the Temple Kung Fu style is not required for advancement, but many chose to do so as a gauge of their understanding and a demonstration of their accomplishment.
The advent of a colored belt or sash system of grading is a modern adaptation. In ancient times, students were awarded titles such as younger brother/sister, older brother/sister, teacher, master, and grandmaster, depending on how long they had been training and the depth of their knowledge.
Often, martial arts training was limited to immediate family members (in the case of family styles) or to the temple priests and abbots (in the case of Shaolin and Taoist monasteries). Because of the small number of disciples at any given time, this system of seniority was preferred.
However, there are some advantages to a formal ranking system. Although the style we offer originates in a temple setting, our students are not required to join a monastery or practice a particular spiritual discipline.
Now that kung fu is an art that anyone can learn and there are thousands of students worldwide, a structured ranking system allows the immediate identification of one's seniority in the art. It also allows students to enjoy a structured progression that builds upon the knowledge they have acquired through their training.
Whether you choose to pursue an officially recognized rank in the Temple Kung Fu tradition or simply wish to enjoy the journey, you'll likely appreciate the structure that our colored sash system offers.
Training With Others
Working with others can be a valuable tool to help you understand the nuances of timing, distance, and reflex in Kung Fu. This is perhaps the biggest drawback to online training which is why we make every effort to connect students who live in the same area. Part of your membership dues goes towards establishing meetup groups where local members can interact with one another. If there's not a group in your area, let us know and we will start one!
As a member of Temple Kung Fu, you're part of a worldwide family of sincere practitioners, each looking to learn and grow. We foster an atmosphere of cooperation and respect among our students that is based on a common aim.
We also encourage you to work alongside immediate family members who may also be interested in learning Kung Fu. Your immediate family is welcome and encouraged to share your membership account at no additional cost.
Also, as part of our ongoing commitment to our students, we will soon be offering in-person opportunities in areas with ten or more members. This means that a certified instructor will travel to your location to provide in-person instruction.
Through a combination of online, group, and in-person instruction opportunities, we're doing everything in our power to help people succeed in their Kung Fu training!
Up next, is a brief introduction to the style you'll be learning as a member of Temple Kung Fu.