The Benefits of Live-In Kung Fu Academies in China

Headline: Live-in Kung Fu Academies can be a great way to learn Kung Fu skills by being totally immersed in the Kung Fu lifestyle.

One way students of kung fu can enjoy the benefits of kung fu and enhance the positive change in mind and body wellness that kung fu provides is by joining an all-inclusive kung fu camp in China. These live-in camps can be
booked for one week to one year or more, and generally include 7-9 hours of training in a variety of kung fu and tai chi forms per weekday, daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and culture and language classes.

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Not Just Martial Art Skills, but an Improvement in Overall Wellness

Classes are taught by kung fu masters with years of experience in both practicing and teaching martial arts. Students can immerse themselves in a traditional kung fu lifestyle- martial arts classes tend to start at 6 am and are broken up by short breaks for meditation. This schedule creates a holistic mind and body training regime that results in an improvement martial art skills and overall wellness. The live-in kung fu training academies are also usually placed in beautiful and peaceful parts of the country to maximize both relaxation and concentration. Many of the kung fu academies offer lessons for students of all levels, from early beginner to advanced, tailoring lessons to suit each student’s needs and abilities.

 

Change Perspective, Boost Confidence, Keep Open Mind, and Willing to Work Hard

Several former students at these Chinese kung fu academies have written glowing reviews of their time in training, testifying to the improvements on their physical well-being, and also emphasizing how living and training at these Kung Fu academies have changed their perspectives on life- boosting their confidence, making them more open to new experiences and more willing to work hard to achieve their goals.  One reviewer, Galitch Coltrane from Switzerland, wrote of his yearlong martial arts training at Kunyu Mountain Martial Arts Academy, “the training was very intense and difficult but I learned that I can always push myself harder, and that is my greatest gain here- I learned not to give up and to believe in myself.” A reviewer for Middle Kingdom Traditional Kung Fu School, Leonardo Reed, concurred, saying, “One of the best places I have been to in my life. I learned a lot, and I grew a lot.”

There is a wide variety of live-in Kung Fu academies in China, and each offers a differing set of training regimes and Kung Fu styles. For example, the martial art form invented by Bruce Lee, Jeet Kune Do, is only available at one Kung Fu academy, the Middle Kingdom Traditional Kung Fu School. Students should therefore thoroughly investigate course offerings before committing to an academy. Overall, living and training in a Chinese Kung Fu academy can be a very positive experience and comes highly recommended for those looking to improve both their mental and physical strength and skill set.

 

 

Written by Amber Todoroff Amber@interactChina.com

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How to Relieve Stress with Martial Arts 

Martial arts are not just about getting stronger or losing weight; martial arts training can also help improve your mind. One of the mental benefits is stress relief.

 

Work-related stress has unfortunately become a norm for many people no matter where they are in the world. Limited resources, long hours, demanding deadlines, job insecurity, and interpersonal conflict can greatly affect one’s emotional and physical health. In today’s fast paced world sometimes you need to take a break and distance yourself from the stresses of everyday life. It is important to take a moment to breathe and center yourself. For this purpose, Martial Arts practice works well as a form of stress relief.

 

Clear Your Mind; Oxygenate Your Muscle

Martial Arts practice can prove to be a much needed personal sanctuary for stress relief by physically and mentally distancing yourself from the stresses of everyday life for awhile. Whether your practice takes place in the classroom or in your spare time during the week at home or work, simply practicing the art itself will force you to focus all your physical and mental attention to clearing your mind.

In addition to focusing your mind and body, Martial Arts practice forces you to focus your breath. This serves to oxygenate the muscles, making them more relaxed. Indeed, the more you advance in the art, the more apparent it becomes that relaxation of the body’s muscles is fundamental to performing well. The more relaxed you are, the more focused you will be.

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Improve Human Relationship – Respect, Integrity, Compassion

The relationships you build with other martial artists can improve your relationships with your boss, coworkers, and customers. In this way, you can also release your stress. Respect, integrity, and compassion are tenets of many martial arts. How you treat someone on the mat translates to how you treat people in other areas of your life. The patience and mental fortitude you learn along your martial arts journey can help you navigate the difficult interpersonal situations we sometimes encounter in the workplace.

There are many people, who changed their stressful lives through the practice of Martial Arts.  If your job has you stressed out, go to your practice mat and punch, grapple, and kick your troubles away.

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Psychological Benefits Unique to Kungfu

It is well known that there are as many psychological benefits as physical benefits when it comes to practicing sports. Studies continue to show how engaging in a fitness activity, especially one like kung fu, can improve self-confidence through a better body image, and enhance the practitioner’s self-esteem. However, other psychological benefits of martial arts that fly under the radar include increased focus, discipline, and serenity – characteristics also attributed to other mainstream Asian practices. Distinguishing between the uniqueness of the practices is important, especially for beginners and amateurs curious about beginning their journey within the martial arts.

“Is Kung Fu to China what Yoga is to India?”

These psychological benefits have been more closely studied over the last 30 years, as mixed martial arts have gained popularity in Western cultures. The attention given to psychological benefits might also explain why martial arts and other Asian sporting trends have spread through all over the world. However, for an amateur, these benefits might seem confusing and similar to that of other famous Asian practices known for their physical and psychological benefits, such as yoga. Recently an article featured in Quora asked the question, “is Kung Fu to China what Yoga is to India?” and the answer has not been appropriately addressed by those who have some knowledge about both cultures.

 

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High Intensity; Deep Focus; Linked to Honor, Sincerity and Observation

To answer this question, it may be wise to look at some of the facts, including the psychology behind it. At first glance, there might be some similarities; both practices involve continuums of passive and inactive states to high intensity training and performance. They require deep focus and attention to detail and technique, which is generally true for most sports. A very important one: both practices prepare athletes to undertake physical challenges in the future. However, Kung Fu is unique in its own way, and this has to do with the fact that it recognizes an opponent, whereas yoga is a spiritual practice that focuses on the “self” while commanding respect for the “other”. Kung Fu is linked to honor and sincerity, as well as observation. This might be why some of the athletes might say they feel more “disciplined” and “level headed” after adopting the practice.

While Kung Fu is a more selective practice, just in terms of number of people who take part in it (an estimated third of the Indian population practices yoga, while less than 10% of the Chinese population is skilled at Kung Fu), it is growing both nationally and internationally. The focus on psychological benefits is one of the drivers, as well as one of the main reasons why the practice should continue to be promoted and adopted in all its mixed varieties.

 

 

 

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Afghan Bruce Lee

Abbas Alizada, a 20-year-old Afghan man, has experienced a great change in his life and showed the world the positive side of his nation because of his striking resemblance to Bruce Lee, the famous Hollywood Kong Fu star. 

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Bruce Lee (left) and Abbas Alizada (right)

Abbas Alizada grew up in a poor Hazara family with six brothers and three sisters in Kabul. When he was a kid, the films of martial art heroes were very popular and could be bought from the local bazar very easily. Alizada, like most of other kids in Afghanistan, started watching Bruce Lee’s movies and was eager to learn Kong Fu properly.  

 

Train on His Own in the Basement; Work Out with His Self-Made Dumbbell

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As the son of a mechanic who cannot afford the fees at a kungfu academy, Alizada only took a few Martial art classes. However, nothing could stop Alizada from pursuing his Kong Fu dream and soon he began to train on his own in the basement and work out with his self-made dumbbell. “Bruce Lee was my hero when I was growing up,” Alizada says. Luckily, spotting his potential, Ali Zahar, a martial art trainer, took him under his wing.   

When Alizada turned 18, people around him started to notice his resemblance to Lee and he has started to catch the attention of a wider audience. When he was 20, his friends set up a Facebook page called “Bruce Hamarza” where they posted pictures and videos that show Alizada (with his Lee-like bowl haircut) performing back flips and striking Lee’s famous poses. These posts blazed through internet community and Alizada started to be recognized as Afghan Bruce Lee by the whole world. 

Completing Bruce Lee Project; Showing the Positive Side of Afghanistan

In fact, Alizada’s success is not a coincidence and certainly not only because of his resemblance to Bruce Lee. Through his constant efforts and practice over years, Alizada won the Wushu competition in Kabul. From his internet fame, Alizada saw the opportunity to achieve his dream as becoming a Hollywood star like Bruce Lee: “Bruce Lee didn’t finish his last movie, he did half of the movie. My project is to complete this movie”. Another motivation for Alizada is his desire to show the positive side of his homeland, a war-torn country, to the rest of the world. Afghanistan is a country has always been linked with Taliban, drugs, and wars. Yet good things do happen there. By naming his Twitter as @afghanbrucelee, Alizada wants to raise a good name for his country. He even rejected the name Bruce Hazara given to him by his friends. “The only news that comes from Afghanistan is about war… I am happy that my story is a positive one,” Alizada said.  

Practicing martial arts is where Alizada started and he will keep doing it. “Bruce Lee is a model for our society, as an athlete and as a character,” he says, “He won’t be repeated and I may not be Bruce Lee, but I’ll continue on his way until I am dead.” 

 

 

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