Get Fit with a Twist: Kung Fu in Los Angeles

Kung Fu training at California Academy of Martial Arts.

Ever since the introduction of exercise to the monks and nuns of the Shaolin Temple, Chinese Kung Fu has evolved into a dynamic fusion of fitness, self-defense and art. At California Academy of Martial Arts, practitioners of all ages and backgrounds meet to enhance their physical and mental wellbeing.

Wing Chun Kung Fu, the school’s primary style, focuses not just on the channeling of power, but on relaxing the mind as well as the body for optimum power during combat. Wing Chun was made famous in America by action star Bruce Lee, and more recently, by the popular movies made about his famed grandmaster Ip Man. Wing Chun is set apart from other martial arts because it encourages the deflection of attacks, rather than using force against force by “blocking;” this is a more balanced perspective on fighting that enables smaller fighters to overcome larger opponents. Every move taught becomes part of the practitioner’s instinctive repertoire for practical use during self-defense situations.

Classes at the prestigious kung fu school mostly focus on Wing Chun due to its unparalleled effectiveness in the streets. Other classes offered range from high-energy kickboxing to meditative Shaolin Kung Fu, where students practice traditional forms to develop flexibility and strength. Students also endeavor to sharpen their mental focus, whether practicing the swift, devastating techniques of Wing Chun or the deep, controlled movements of Shaolin.

Age-appropriate programs are offered for children ages two through adult. To inquire about their martial arts programs, call (818) 843-7916 or visit http://www.kungfuwingchun.com.

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