ABOUT WU MEI KUNG FU
At the Wu Mei Kung Fu Association, we believe in the traditional apprenticeship method to train students to become the next generation of Masters. Classes are ongoing; there are no sections or semesters. The learning is never ending. There are no “mass production” methods applied to the training. Teaching is individual even in a group setting. Each student is treated with respect as an individual who is unique. That uniqueness is never lost. There is no attempt to make all the students the same. Movements are adjusted to each student’s’ body type and character. This creates the “naturalness” that is essential to all Chinese art forms.
There is only one “sifu” or master that acts as a mentor for each and every student. The sifu alone is responsible for each students’ development within the school. Grandmaster Sifu Ken Lo oversees every student’s’ training and provides an environment of highly trained senior instructors to act as “big brothers and sisters” to less experienced students, thereby providing different examples of high skill for beginning students to follow.
The traditional mentor training touches and improves all aspects of the apprentices’ lives. During China’s modernization program, the traditional mentor training method has been replaced with the modern Western university-style system, in which professors, not masters teach students semester by semester instead of years. Subjects are isolated from one another and are not fully integrated. The mentor training is all but lost in China and the rest of the modern world. The Wu Mei Kung Fu Association is one of the few remaining sources of this kind of life training. A typical class includes and integrates the laws of physics, biomechanics, martial arts, visual arts, poetry, traditional Chinese medical theory, Chinese philosophy, Buddhism, Taoism, mathematics, Feng Shui, oracle, tea appreciation and fitness science. Where else can you be immersed in such an environment?
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Get a Black Belt – to Hold Up Your Pants
At the Wu Mei Kung Fu Association, beginner level students are players who primarily work with the mechanical aspects of their form; - placement, alignment, and shape. Intermediate level players deal with the energetics of the movements – force lines, direction, intensity, duration. Advanced players concentrate on the spirit of their form – intent, command, automatic and compelled action.
Compete With Yourself, Not Your Classmates
Learn to Fight Without Injury
We believe that the level of the player’s ability is what determines their fighting ability. That is why students rarely defeat their instructors or senior classmates in sparring. Sparring is only a test of skill, not the training to acquire fighting skill. Once you face your opponent, it is the training you did prior to entering the ring that will help you win. We of course have many opportunities for you to face an opponent and experience fighting, but they are in the form of controlled exercises that force you to face your weaknesses and eliminate them.
Embrace Change to Create Your Destiny
Each person has a destiny that they are born with. It can be seen in the alignment of the heavenly bodies at their time of birth. It can be read in the lines of their palms or the features and lines of their face. This destiny can be followed or altered by self-will and determination. If nothing is done, your destiny will play out, , but if it is not what you want, you can steer your destiny with disciplined action. All prophecies are self-fulfilling. Learn your destiny and actively direct it. Take responsibility and know thyself.