Classes will be closed on the second Wednesday of each month for regional sparring class (unless otherwise advised).
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Your First Kung Fu Class
Congratulations on taking the first step. Here’s a list of things you should be aware of for your first class:
Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the class starts. This allows us to meet with you to explain a little about our history and how the class operates and then pair you up with a training buddy.
New people are paired with a senior to ensure they get the best attention during the class.
Wear loose fitting long pants and a plain t-shirt. No shorts, singlet tops, or offensive markings/alcohol advertising.
You can bring a drink bottle if you wish or purchase one on site.
If you come with an open mind and a good attitude you will enjoy yourself.
We welcome you to your own martial arts journey.
The class starts off with a focus on fun, fitness, strength and flexibility. The class then moves into more technical and focused movement such as kicking, punching and system syllabus to improve balance, agility and accuracy.
There is a strong ethic of team work within the class. As students progress they are expected to assist those around them to ensure that all students are getting the attention that they need in order to apply the techniques correctly.
I started Shaolin Gao Can Man Nam Pai Chuan Kung-Fu in 2009, training with Sifu Stirling in Feilding and I frequently traveled to Palmerston North to train under Si Gung at Julian Shan.
When I first started Kung-Fu I was quite introverted and did not know many people in the Manawatu outside of my family. Kung-Fu greatly helped me and is a major boost for my self-esteem . I formed many close friendships over the years since starting Kung-Fu which I attribute to the family atmosphere that is promoted and felt with in the class. Kung-Fu is a large and very important part of my life. It has given me strength and determination as well as the development of my confidence and self-esteem.
Kung-Fu has presented many opportunities of which I cherish for many years to come. In 2011 we were lucky enough to train with Tai Si Gung Lai when he visited Palmerston North. And in 2012 when I went to Japan with Si Gung and Gow Lian Waghorn to train with the students of Wakayama.
In 2013 it was an honour when Si Gung asked me to teach the Wanganui club. Also in 2015 when Si Gung asked me to teach the New Plymouth club. I try to make training as fun and enjoyable as possible while maintaining a physically challenging class. Also striving to maintain the family atmosphere that helps keep me passionate about Kung-Fu and passing on the knowledge that has been passed down from Cho Si through Si Gung.
If you are considering giving Kung-Fu a go, then my advice is to come along and try a class. I believe you will discover the many benefits of Kung-Fu, as well as improving your fitness, you get to enjoy yourself and make some great friends.