What is Kung Fu?
The term Kung Fu, in the popular idiom, means “Chinese martial arts”. However, in China the phrase can also be used to describe any skilled activity that requires long, hard work to master. Thus, it could be said that one has ‘good Kung Fu’ at baking, painting or archery (for example).
Here at the Academy, we respond well to both the traditional and the popular meanings of the phrase “Kung Fu”. The martial roots of what we do are in good part Chinese in origin. We also acknowledge that martial arts is something that requires patience and hard work over time, and we are dedicated to providing all students with quality instruction and support in their training with this scope and focus in mind.
What is Mo Duk Pai?
The roots of Mo Duk Pai are both wide and deep. Throughout their studies, students are exposed to striking, grappling, throwing, weapons, sparring, teaching and forms. We believe that the generalist – a well-rounded student, with a broad range of experience – has a better chance at survival [in facing the unexpected] than the specialist.
You can read more about Mo Duk Pai at the system website.
What is the Westside Academy of Kung Fu?
We are a Mo Duk Pai school. Since the system has a strong emphasis on teaching as part of training, opening a school after years of engaging the community through ongoing outreach programs was a natural step for us. Students training at the Academy will find an emphasis on practicality, growth, fitness, reflection, skill and patience.
Who are the instructors at the Westside Academy of Kung Fu?
Check our instructor page.
Why do you offer Kung Fu and CrossFit in the same Gym?
When people first did Kung Fu, they didn’t need to do any extra fitness because they were laborers and farmers. Today, most children and adults spend eight hours a day sitting at desks. Thus, without a good fitness program, the body, mind and spirit will have a tough time keeping up with the demands of a quality martial arts program.
When are classes and how much do they cost?
Check out our schedule and fees page.
How do I get started?
Take advantage of our free week offer. The hardest part can be getting in to try it out. Avoid the pitfall of feeling that you will need to “get in shape first.” We’ll take care of that the minute you step onto the training floor! We have a open enrollment policy which means we accept new students during any class (except grappling or sparring) and the free week offer is good for any calendar week.
What if I’m injured or out of shape?
Get in the door – it’s the hardest part. If you want to train, we can make it happen; together we’ll find a way to make it work.