In all our Kung Fu classes we train Qi Gong, The White Crane Soft Art (similar to Tai Chi), Tiger Crane Kung Fu, Chinese Weapons, Self Defence, applications, partner work, conditioning and sticking hands (similar to Wing Chun’s Chi Sau)
Kung Fu Class PRICES and TIMES:
Each lesson is roughly 2 hours in duration
The first trial Kung Fu Class is FREE! Please call Dougal on +6581100263 at least an hour before to book.
After that students pay:
S$130 for 8 Kung Fu Classes
For students and National Service: S$70 for 8 lessons.
The lessons can be done at times to suit the students.
Tuesday and Thursday Evenings 8pm- 10pm
Saturday Evenings 5.30pm -7.30pm
Our Kung Fu classes are informal and traditional in nature. They have been going since 1954..! Don’t expect an air-con gym, mirrors and someone barking instructions at you. You train at a pace you can manage, and increase on that over time.
Please wear loose comfortable clothing (T shirts and shorts/track pants are fine) and flat shoes (some students train barefoot if it is dry).
1st Hour: Tong Lin Qi Gong
After a mild warm up, students go through Qi Gong exercises, which combine deep breathing with simple gentle movements to circulate Qi around the body, and improve their health, vitality and energy levels.
Students learn the 66 steps of The White Crane Soft Art, (an internal martial art, which is similar in appearance to Tai Chi). The form takes on average about 6 months to learn depending on the student. After learning the 66 steps the student is essentially “at the beginning”, and a great deal of time is spent refining the movements, and incorporating the mind and breath to the form.
Hard Qi Gong, Sam Chien, Tiger Crane Forms Training, Applications, Self Defence and Sticking Hands Training.
Students start to learn the first and most important of the Tiger Crane Forms, called Sam Chien. They continue to learn the first 11 basic routines and then go on to the advanced routines.
Two man forms (Set sparring routines), Self Defense and Free Sticking Hands Practice and Body Conditioning
Students learn two man drills, focusing on the applications of the techniques learnt in the forms. Students start with gentle knocking arms exercises to toughen up their arms, and body. (conditioning medicine is provided). Set sparring routines are also taught to improve coordination with an opponent.
Self defence exercises using applications from the routines are practised and more advanced students practice the “touch system”, also called “touch sensitivity” or “sticking hands”.
This starts at a basic level, similar to the Cantonese Wing Chun, as made popular by the movie Ip Man, and then progresses to use elbows, knees, kicks and head butts, striking, grabbing and grappling.
The entire body is the weapon.
Students start learning the Shaolin Weapons after about 3 to 6 months, depending on the student. They start by learning the staff. When they have achieved a reasonable level they go on to the Broad Sword or Knife (Tan Dao), and after that choose a weapon to specialize in which suits their build and ability. Students also learn weapons sparring forms.
(Above picture Andrew Lee with The Double Axes)
The following is taken from an interview with Master Tan Soh Tin
A FEW WORDS ON TRAINING…
“When we used to train, because Singapore is so hot, we never spent too much time on warming up! After a few minutes we would go straight in to doing our sets or routines. Each time we trained we did all the sets that we knew. You should do this now when you train. That’s what you learn them for! If we only knew one set we’d just do that over and over, but that was how we would improve and develop a basic foundation. Often when I did all my hand routines and most of the weapons I knew I’d end up doing around 30 or 40 sets in an evening! Often we would train twice a day, morning and evening.”
“This training gets you fit and all the training of stance and strength is in the sets. You don’t need so much extra, some conditioning and two man sparring or knocking arms sets, maybe some sticking hands, is all. You have to get familiar with the sets. If you only do them once or twice a week, your moves won’t be fluid, and they’ll never really get in to you! Its no good practising something now and again. You need regular practice to develop properly.”
“We would often line up and take it in turns to do our patterns, like in a demonstration. When somebody gave some correction and Master Ang stepped in everybody could benefit.”