West Hartford, CT
Kung Fu could be loosely defined as containing a multitude of Chinese martial arts. It is also translated as “hard work” and is a great form of exercise that incorporates anaerobic and aerobic conditioning. You will develop flexibility, speed, and powerful attacks and defenses in our kung fu classes. We also practice the traditional forms of this ancient style.
Kung Fu Characteristics & History
The style is most widely known for the many movements derived from mimicking the motions of animals. The word Kung Fu was first used by a western Jesuit Missionary named Pere Amoit after witnessing some exercises and a training regimen in China. He called it “Cong Fou” in his personal journals. Some may be familiar with the word “Wushu”, which is the preferred word to describe “Martial Arts” in China. Kung-Fu means “skill” or “ability” accomplished through time and effort. The style has a great aesthetic appeal in that it incorporates wide stances, deep foundational movement and very large circular motion. Patterns of motion help the practitioner develop fortitude. Sets of motion are designated as forms, or “kuens” that the student practices. Of the martial arts classes we teach at Plus One Defense Systems in West Hartford, CT, Kung-Fu is one of the more popular.
Kung Fu Kids!
Kids especially love kung fu! They’re probably familiar with it from television, so this art is something they have already have seen, and may be eager to try.
Children tend to have flexibility that adults needs to work extra hard to attain. Kids are also excellent at pattern memorization. These two qualities give them an edge when beginning their martial arts journey into Kung Fu. Our classes are fun, and children build character while they excel physically.
Plus One Defense Systems is accredited under the United Martial Arts Alliance (UMAA). As students progress through the ranks, we are one of the few schools that offer a comprehensive and certified approach to instruction.