Finding a school that teaches the traditional Kung Fu experience of the mind, body, and spirit is not easy. There are many schools in any city, but very few traditional kung ku schools exist. If you are looking to begin your journey, where learning to develop yourself in the ways of the Masters is your path, then The Phoenix and Dragon is the school for you. Here you will find a traditional teacher teaching the traditional kung fu experience of the mind, body, and spirit. We offer classes in traditional Shoalin Kung Fu and Tai Chi in the introductory program. In the mastery program, we teach elements of Hsing-I, Pa Kua Zhang (ba-gua). Now, a new program for seniors in Tai Chi is available. There is also training in yoga and meditation for mastery program students. Throughout the year we host seminars where you can train under some of the top modern kung fu masters.
The first organized system of Martial Arts was being designed by Buddhist Monks in China some 1500 years ago. The need arose for these monks to defend themselves against invaders to their temples, so the birth of Kung Fu and the Shao-lin monk began. These Shao-lin monks found that by studying natural principles of nature along with natural body movements they could defend themselves when the need arose. They also found that through daily exercise and training they could stay healthier and stronger and take their religious studies and meditations to all new levels, therefore creating a whole body, mind, and spirit experience.
Wu De is an Martial code of behavior that is followed in traditional schools such as ours. It is a set of guidelines that promote self development in many areas, such as honor, loyalty, discipline and perseverance. Though when you join the Phoenix and Dragon you may be referred to as a student in casual conversation, it is at the one year mark that you are eligible to officially become a student and be listed on the family tree.
The rewards for dedication to our arts are many and life-lasting. For as long as you train your name is engraved in our kwoon’s (school’s) family tree and in the history of Shaolin. Your name will always hold a place of honor amongst members of our circle. Your dedication and skills in the art will be recognized in articles, books and documents that will carry into future generations. When you reach teacher level, if that is your desire, your students will be recognized and sanctioned by circle members as legitimate heirs of the Shaolin arts. You will long be remembered for your dedication to the arts and for helping to maintain the ancient traditions of Shaolin.
In a traditional Chinese kung fu school of old, the teacher’s role was to cultivate him or her self to the highest level and then guide the students to this same level. The student’s role was to support and obey the teacher, but of equal importance was to provide and maintain needed facilities or resources to make such training possible. The Peaceful Dragon adheres to this tradition of what a kung fu school should be in as much as possible. Tuition is kept reasonable to make training available to as many students as possible, but without the support and effort of the students, the teacher cannot forge ahead and the success of the students will in turn fall short. Therefore the following guidelines are important:
In Ohio in 1984, Great Grandmaster Chang Dung Sheng was presented with a large solid bar of gold by students of the Shuai Chiao association there. He scoffed at the gift and returned it, asking, “Is that all that my kung fu training is worth to you?”
A true kung fu teacher is not motivated by money or business matters, for he or she understands the impermanence and illusion of such mundane matters. Few things can compare with the treasures derived from cultivating your mind, body and spirit in the ancient traditions of Shaolin. However, Wu-de mandates that you pay your teacher for the gift of Shaolin bestowed upon you, whether in money or in service. Our school makes every attempt to keep costs to students low, but we do have expenses that must be met. So please follow these few guidelines:
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