Q & A on Kung Fu

What is the difference between Kung Fu and other martial arts styles?

Kung Fu differs from Karate and Tae Kwon Do in principle and technique. Karate comes from Okinawa and Japan. Tae Kwon Do is from Korea. Kung Fu originated in China. Kung Fu is more fluid and makes more use of circular techniques. Power is generated in much the same way as a towel that is being snapped. A towel is loose and soft, yet if it is snapped quickly like a whip, it becomes powerful and rigid at the point of impact. Another example is a snake: its body is nimble and loose but its strike is lightning fast; remember that mass times acceleration equals force.

There are other martial arts schools; what sets your school apart?

We have been in operation since 1981 and have more than 4 decades of martial arts experience. Master Scrima has been trained by some of the top Chinese Masters of our time, so you can be assured that the training is authentic. He has produced numerous National and International champions in forms and fighting; his training methods produce results!

Do I have to be fit to start Kung Fu training at your school?

Waiting to be fit before starting Kung Fu training is akin to a child waiting to get smart before starting school. As long as you are in relatively good health, physical fitness is developed over time and is a byproduct of training at our school.

I am in my 40's and am not interested in Tai Chi. Am I too old to join your school?

We don’t use the cookie-cutter approach in teaching our students. Master Scrima has an extensive background in several different Chinese martial arts styles. Once a student has completed foundational training, Master Scrima will build a program that suits each individual student. So yes, students in their 40’s and 50’s can join our program.

Do you teach MMA?

The answer is yes, but not the type of MMA that you are used to seeing on TV! Click on the MMA Tab to learn about our traditional MMA program. This section also has information on Kickboxing.

What are some of the benefits I may expect to gain from training?

With dedicated practice, your coordination, confidence, reflexes, speed, strength, and stamina will greatly improve. You will be able to concentrate better and for longer periods of time. You will learn how to defend yourself and have better control of your emotions.

Are students in your school required to compete?

Although our school participates in tournaments from time to time, and there are many benefits to competition, competition is not a requirement.

Can I be injured in a Kung Fu class?

While all physical activities carry the risk of injury, class supervision and the methodology of training minimizes this risk.

When can I join?

In order for new students to receive personal attention, class sizes are limited. Students may enroll for classes at any time as long as there are openings (see How to Join the Chinese Martial Arts Center). School tours are by appointment only; please call for availability!

Q & A on Tai Chi

What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi Quan, also written as Tai Chi or Taiji, is an ancient form of Chinese Martial Arts and can be practiced by anyone regardless of age or physical condition. This is because Tai Chi requires little effort to perform. Slow, even, rhythmical movements coupled with proper breathing are the distinguishing features of its practice.

What are some of the benefits of Tai Chi practice?

  • Promotes relaxation
  • Improves one’s posture
  • Nurtures a calm mind
  • Develops deep breathing
  • Restores good health
  • Strengthens the cardiovascular system
  • And, at a higher level, offers self-defense skill

How often should I practice Tai Chi?

To make steady progress and achieve the best results, daily practice is recommended. Since the Tai Chi routine, once learned, takes only about 10 minutes to perform, it is easy to make its practice part of your daily routine. Practice while wearing loose comfortable clothing and in a quiet place for best results.

How long does it take to see results from Tai Chi practice?

With regular practice, results such as reduced stress, improved concentration, and increased energy can be noticed within the first few weeks.

When can I join?

In order for new students to receive personal attention, class sizes are limited. Students may enroll for classes at any time as long as there are openings.  School tours are by appointment only; please call for availability!