* Styles Offered at Midwest Chinese Martial Arts Center
Xing Yong Chi Lu Chuan - 8 Animal Kung Fu for Children and Adults ages 6 and older
This type of martial art does not require much physical strength. By utilizing the movements of the Leopard, Crane, Dragon, Tiger, Praying Mantis, Snake, Monkey, and Eagle, the student will learn self-control and survival. Chi Lu Chuan can be as practical for women and children as it is for men; size makes no difference. We work to build self-esteem, self-confidence, coordination, and memory retention. The most important skill taught is how to escape from danger without feeling the need to defend your ego. Chi Lu Chuan highly emphasizes safety and control, and does not teach weapon techniques until the student is ready to safely learn them. Students from 6 to 60 have successfully been instructed. This traditional style class teaches rolling, falling, joint locking and throwing movements. More on Xing Yong Chi Lu Chuan 8-Animal Kung Fu
White Willow Kung Fu
This style (Bai Liu) is a modern approach to kung fu. Unlike a traditional kung fu program, no rolling and falling techniques will be taught. There are hand forms not based on animal qualities, but rather the humanistic and intuitive side of our nature. The student will learn Chi Kung (energy breathing excercises) to enhance, re-vitalize, and re-charge the body, mind, and spirit. We will also work on drills to increase awareness, and sensitivity, and learn several Chinese Weapons. The application to the form will be taught for self defense. * More on White Willow
Tai Chi Chuan
he ancient art of Tai Chi Chuan is an amazing healing art, based on the principles of relaxing the body, and reducing the stress and anxiety brought about by daily living. The health effects include strengthening the body's bone structure, toning the muscles, increasing cardiovascular circulation, and flushing the body's lymphatic system of toxins. The movements can enhance the body's blood circulation and metabolism. Unlike aerobics, you do not need to raise your heart rate to a strenuous level when performing Tai Chi Chuan. Chi Kung (energy breathing exercises) begin each class, Gim Straight Sword as taught as well. This class will benefit all adults reguardless of age, Senior Tai Chi also available, or ask us about S.O.S (Strategy for Seniors), ask us today we will help you. * If application of form is wanted see Chin Na. Sifu Winokur began training in Tai Chi with Master Randy K. Li in April of 1990 and has been recognized as a 6th generation disciple in Yang Family Tai Chi. More on Yang Style Tai Chi
This unique fighting style began to take root in the late 1700s in China. It was originally developed by Ng Mui - a Shaolin nun - and named it in honor of her greatest disciple, Yim Wing Chun, which means "glorious springtime." After the destruction of the Shaolin Temple, Ng Mui began adapting a new system based on Shaolin techniques using simple, direct, and explosive attacks and counters. Wing Chun is a simple, compact system with only 3 hand forms (empty hand sets) and 2 weapon forms, which are the butterfly knives and the 6 1/2 point pole (8 foot staff). A Muk Jong (wooden dummy) is used in training to strengthen, tone, and condition the arms and can also simulate a person attacking. Wing Chun stances and punches are similar to traditional Kung Fu. While this style prefers close quarters, jamming and pressing the opponent's limbs,Wing Chun also uses quick, aggressive actions to redirect the opponent's own force against him. This is accomplished by the quick, deceptive hand movements and kicks delivered to low, vital target areas. Many hand drills are taught, including Chi Sao, the Art of Sticky Hands. Using the Chi (internal energy) raising exercises called Chi-Kung, the student develops powerful punches which are effective from 6 inches or less. Bruce Lee studied this style under Grandmaster Yip Man, and, with much practice, mastered the 1 inch punch, which can be lethal. A talented novice student with correct practice can acquire enough knowledge to mentally and physically defend oneself well within 1 year. * More on Wing Chun Kung Fu
Specialty Programs Offered at Midwest Chinese Martial Arts Center
Shim Shon Krav Maga is a modern, progressive adaptation of the original traditional version created in the late 1940’s by Imi Lictenfeld. After relocating to Israel in 1948, he became the first Chief Instructor for the IDF - Israel Defense Forces School of Combat Fitness. Krav Maga translated from Hebrew means “Contact Combat”. This direct no nonsense aggressive style concentrates on a barrage of attack and counter-attacking techniques and scenarios for real-life situations. Krav Maga effectively uses many ranges of defense but prefers close quarters, virtually eliminating the use of kicking attacks and utilizing a wide variety of hand maneuvers, locks, throws, takedowns and compliance holds. Krav Maga is primarily taught to Military, Military Police, FBI, Sheriff, and other Law Enforcement Officers, due to its effectiveness for combat self defense with maximum results with minimum effort.
Shaolin Chi Lu Chuan Chin Na
Chin Na, when translated, means capture and hold. This style uses knowledge of bone structure, nerves, muscle formation, vital areas and pressure points; especially relating to the nervous system. Chin Na uses movements of twisting locks and joint manipulations, it also employs many holding and escaping techniques. Chin Na is practical for self defense and is excellent for the circles it employs instead of using strength. It is ideal for anyone who is small in body but big in mind and spirit. * more on Chin Na
Trapping And Intercepting
This method concentrates on simple, direct and explosive strikes and counters by combining the best techniques from Praying Mantis, Tiger, Dragon, and Snake. These techniques and drills teach a student to control an opponent by jamming, pressing, holding, and trapping. In addition, drills are taught for sensitivity and to increase awareness. The student will work on the wooden man dummy (muk jong) for hand and arm conditioning. Weapon training (single and double Escrima sticks, and Stick/Knife fighting) is offered in this class. Adults, and Trapping for Teens 13-19. * More info
We also have a sparring class which hosts different ways of fighting. * Go to Kickboxing Page
Continuous sparring uses timed matches, during which no breaks are called when points are scored. Compared with point sparring, it requires more skill in controlling your opponent and being able to counter-attack. This style of fighting is also more difficult to score, as the judges must be able to keep a mental count of how well each fighter is doing throughout the match. This method is the most common type we use here.
Point sparring is commonly seen in karate and many open tournaments. It is much easier to judge than continuous sparring because the fighting stops after an attack has landed, and allows for a well-regulated fight. The rules are very easy to follow, and since the fight is under more outside control, it enables the judges to apply the rules with fewer questions.
Shuai Chiao is the oldest recorded Asian fighting system, and is sometimes compared to Judo or American wrestling. The moves consist of locks, throws, take-downs, and grappling. Shuai Chiao requires technique and strategy as well as physical ability. The matches are point-based, points being awarded according to the type of throw or technique used. Both Submission and Sport styles are taught.
San Da Sparring
San Da, a free-form fighting style, is similar to American
Boxing, in many ways. The main difference is that kicking is allowed,
although the use of knees and elbows is not permitted. Techniques such
as leg sweeps, spinning kicks, and throws are scored higher than basic kicks and punches.
San Shou Sparring
San Shou is a Chinese fighting system, and is sometimes compared to Judo or American wrestling. The moves consist of throws, take-downs , leg kicks, and leg sweeps, but no ground fighting. San Shou is a free-form fighting style, similar to American kickboxing in many ways, or even Muay Thai. It uses arious punch combinations and leg kicking is allowed, as well as the use of knees and elbows is usually permitted. Techniques such as leg sweeps and throws are scored higher than basic kicks and punch combinations, San Shou techniques require, timing and strategy as well as physical ability, much different than point sparring, it requires more skill in controlling your opponent and being able to counter-attack, as well as the ability to fall properly. This style of fighting is also more difficult to score, but is exciting to watch .The judges must be able to keep a mental count of how well each fighter is doing throughout the match. No ground fighting is usually allowed, but with MMA influence many Chinese organizations are incorporating the ground techniques of Chinese Shuai Chaio(Similar to Judo-Ju Jitsu, which works well in combination with it's throws, sweeps, and takedowns. Locking joints is not yet allowed but choke submissions are now be evaluated.
San Shou - San Da - Shuai Chiao Combined Sparring
Combination of all three systems above combined San Shou, San Da, and Shuai Chiao. Please read descriptions of those styles * This is a special class not required when training in Continuous Sparring Class, This is a more physically demanding, program for dedicated fighters. This class Requires an Empty Cup, patience, and control to attend, and learn this material.
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