Ages 12 + (for ages 5-11 see Kung Fu for Children)
There are some topics that, while being taught in a general way during lessons, still deserve to be given some dedicated time.
A two hour workshop is held every two months on a Saturday to enable these topics to be covered with greater depth. These topics vary from very practical skills to rather esoteric, theoretical ideas. All, however have a profound impact and have been developed to compliment your mastery of Kung Fu and enhance your personal development.
These workshops are free to Extended Curriculum Adult members, who are guaranteed participation. (A charge of £20 is made for others wishing to attend, who should call to book a place)
These are also social events where everyone brings some food to share, which is enjoyed for an hour after the workshop.
Consciously taking control of your programming system. Be in the drivers seat of your own emotions and physiological reactions. Overcoming fears, addictions, habitual thinking patterns. Becoming the person you choose to be.
Understanding the physics, physiology and the practical dynamics of force generation and delivery. Or, "How to hit really hard." Using momentum and timing to maximise the impact of all techniques learned regardless of size or strength.
Learning how to deal with the whole confrontation process from an initial realisation of threat, through the actual violence to dealing with the psychological aftermath. This workshop will examine the chosen levels of awareness appropriate for different situations and how to cope with and direct the sympathetic nervous system to its most advantageous state. What you need to know to utilise your Kung Fu and be in control of a potentially dangerous situation.
A thorough understanding of the law of self defence. Being able to answer the questions of who, when and what you can defend and what the limits of “reasonable force” are. How to use everyday items as improvised weapons both practically and legally.
The effective and easy to learn techniques for releasing oneself from various grabs using minimal force. How to apply industry tested control and restraints techniques. Or "How to use an effective wrist lock."
Developing a highly integrated nervous system. Improving your balance, 3D spacial and intra-personal physical awareness. Leading to more controlled and gracious movements.
Develop your understanding of the methods and theoretical reasoning underlying these, often mystifying, practises. Taking some of mythology away and seeing how these incredibly useful techniques can help you to master yourself and address many of the elements of your makeup that you would choose to change.
The safest and most practical ways of removing bladed weapons and handguns from an opponent. Tried and tested in the security industry.
Getting into the nuts and bolts of how to improve your health. Understanding essential nutrition and the appropriate balance for weight control.
Countering grappling holds used in low risk attacks. Techniques that deliberately fall short of lethal force. Great for dealing with the idiot who tries to put you in a head lock at a party without causing them severe injury.
In depth consideration of when it is or is not morally appropriate to use specific levels of force within various contexts. Having an ethical base established will prevent the trauma of emotional conflict after the application of force.
The tactics of manoeuvring to maximise your stability and force. Outflanking your opponent, taking into account their strength and level of aggression. Recognising weak points in your opponent. Understanding the pros and cons of stances in all types of martial arts.
The general principals and practical exercises that will enhance Kung Fu specific fitness and the grace & suppleness of your movements by increasing your physiological control and strength.