Moved a couple of relevant responses to the thread lotusmaster was asked to create on his style:
Golden Lotus Kung-Fu - No BS Martial Arts
I started CMA after becoming dissilusioned with my previous instructors teaching. I've now found a very reputable Sifu and I'm really really enjoying training, it's really helped with my balance and grounding.
I´ve just started training Choy Li Fat Kung Fu a amonth ago. During the last 3 years, I trained mostly boxing, and also a few months of MMA (that meaning the typical muay thai+ no-gi BJJ mix). I moved on to Choy Li Fat because, afeter trying a few classes and sparring a little with my current teacher I got intigued and atracted by the understanding off body mechanichs and balance/power generating movements it has. By this I don`t mean CLF is better tah MMA, or it can replace grappling/ground fighting styles (no, it´s not better, and no, if you want to learn ground-fighitng you must cross-train). I´m just saying I´ve started CLF because I think it´s a good BASE style, that will help me develope a better positioning and more powerfull strikes and increase my balance,
Originally Posted by Omega
Here´s my academy website (it´s in Buenos Aires, Argentina):
Here youy can see me and my teacher sparring (that´s before I started training with him):
(He´s the tall thin guy with MMA gloves, I´m the shorter-fatter one, dressed in black, with boxing gloves; we´re not fighting at the begining of the video):
YouTube - seminario phanter
I chose Kung Fu 1 year ago (first martial art at 35yo!) because:
-the dojo is 2mins away from my place and the hours are right (I work long hours so this is key)
-I tried a course and liked the teacher and the other students, the general atmosphere etc...(the room itself is crap though, all hard wood floors, no windows...)
-the style (mostly modern wushu including sanda) is great to look at and to perform (though some of the jump kicks I find too acrobatic and flashy/useless for my taste, also all the whirling around of the arms hurts my "bad" shoulder a little...)
-the sparring is well balanced and integrates some of the moves we do in the Taolu.
-I feel I've gained a lot in flexibility and coordination, conditioning and cardio, whereas I've been making very little gains from my regular 3x week gym workouts for a while now...
What got me interested was seeing some of the things the Shaolin monks did and how rigorous most of their training was
The place I go to know teaches 5 animal styles, snake, crane, tiger, leopard, and dragon. I've heard mixed reactions about animal styles tho, some people say that they're useless outside of a martial arts fight, and others maintain that they're applicable to street fights. Anyone got an opinion on this?
Fighting aside, I've found that a lot of the training has made me feel much healthier and its worked muscles and parts of my body that I never would have thought to use
Generally they're useless, but then again it depends upon your teacher and how he's teaching you.
Originally Posted by Fotze
why I chose kung fu
I began martial arts training with the Japanese arts of judo and Shotokan karate. I eventually realized the root of these martial arts as being tied to Chinese martial practice prior to migration out of mainland China. In short I was interested in learning from the source. The added elements of learning TCM and other facets of Chinese cultural also made kung fu attractive. I did take a while longer to find a kung fu teacher that was more interested in teaching than $$, but I think I found one.
i did because sifu showed me a combo that seemed to work against everything. than i fought a friend of mine. then i stopped taking wing chun.
I chose kung fu, just cause I was hooked from watching kung fu flicks
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