Tang Martial Arts Center -- Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi in Bradenton!
Here at the Tang Martial Arts Center, we offer a complete program of Mi Zong Luo Han Style which features Kicking, Punching, Grappling, Throwing, Traditional empty-hand and weapon forms and more. The teaching is done in a traditional manner and stresses the total development of mind, body and spirit. The variety of Mi Zong Luo Han Style provided in our school offers our students a comprehensive and highly efficient program. Sifu Tang has spent more that 30 years of training and researching under the guidance of several masters, and has acquired a unique martial arts background, which coupled with his 20 years of teaching experience, enables him to provide a training environment that produces successful results for all students. Sifu Tang is personally involved in the school's daily curriculum, teaches most of the classes himself, closely monitors the sessions taught by his personally trained assistants, and takes a personal interest in each and every student by supervising and tracking their progress.
The Chinese Martial Arts featured in our school are not sports, but true, genuine fighting arts. The styles include: Northern Shaolin Kung Fu known as Mi Zong Luo Han Style, Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan, Fu Style Pa Kua Chang, Chi Kung and the study of the use of traditional Chinese weaponry.
Our martial arts programs are based on authentic Chinese martial arts that have rich, time-tested and proven traditions and methods. These methods were not created by some modern know-it-all "genius" who claims his made-up style is the best above all others. The methods we feature have proven themselves on the battlefield and in the dangerous old-time profession of personal goods protection and bodyguard services. Some of these methods were standard training for China's imperial family.
Besides teaching practical fighting skills, our programs stress the development of good moral ethics, the fostering of strong character, and health enhancing and maintaining exercises. People, in general, are often their own worst enemies, harming themselves through a poor diet, lack of exercise, and other tendencies harmful to their health.
The ancient sage, Lao Tzu said, "He who conquers is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty." It is with this ideal that we stress above all else, the goal of self-mastery.
Many who would like to study Kung Fu are hesitant about approaching a school due to lack of reliable information available to the general public. In this pamphlet, we have attempted to answer many of the most commonly asked questions.
A. Kung Fu differs from Karate and Tae Kwon Do in principle and techniques. Kung Fu is more fluid and makes more use of circular techniques. However, this does not mean that Kung Fu lacks power. The power in the techniques is generated in much the same way as a towel that is being snapped. A towel is loose and soft, yet if it is snapped quickly, like a whip, it becomes powerful and is rigid and hard at the point of impact. Kung Fu forms are also very complex integrating both kicks and punches. This type of bilateral integration helps with neurodevelopment.
A. We offer separate classes for adult and children, as well as Tai Chi classes. We are open 6 days a week, offering morning and evening classes. Private lessons are also available.
A. The only thing required of you is that you are in reasonably good health and that you have a sincere desire to learn and improve yourself. No previous experience is required, and you don't have to be in excellent physical shape.
A. The average time frame is six years; however, this depends on the individual's ability and condition.
A. On the average, 6 to 12 months of continuous training is required before the techniques become natural and spontaneous.
A. Like all physical activities there is always a chance of injury. Studies have shown that martial arts have the lower injury risk than many other popular sports.
A. While we do compete in tournaments from time to time, we also leave the choice of competition to the individual student.
A. We suggest that you wear loose fitting pants with an elastic waist (sweat pants are a good choice), a T-shirt and tennis shoes. We recommend that you try out our cost-effective introductory program.
A. With dedicated practice, your coordination, confidence, reflexes, speed, strength and stamina will greatly improve. You will be able to concentrate better and for longer periods of time. You will learn how to defend yourself and have better control of your temperament.