Kung Chi Do schedules, training methods and personal testimonies:
Classes are designed to be twice a week, for one or two hours. This depends on the students level of preparations and desire. This schedule, of course, can be changed as required to achieve a desired level.
There are no limits on age or gender. There has been, I believe, some misconceptions about age limitations for practicing. Anyone starting from 7 years old and above can practice and we can design a routine, as needed, for good physical fitness. Limitations and a general pleasure of the class are really set by the students own desire. Even a 15-minute per day practice will keep you in good shape and maintain general good health.
Classes will consists of the following routine for one hour of training.
As Kung Chi Do is the combination of Kung fu, Tai chi and Karate do; it has various materials and methods to cover. It has its own style, which has been developed by analyzing, synthesizing and marrying all the "above" mentioned schools.
I have found that training in Kung Chi Do is a challenge. The reason for this is that the students are confronted with the knowledge of all the three styles simultaneously with their original elements.
I can recall the words of one of my hard working, talented students, Mac Morford. He said that he is enjoying the classes. He says, "I am learning many things within this short period of time." Also, "There is something intrinsically unique and fulfilling about learning multiple disciplines at the same time."
Today he had already completed the intermediate level of Tai chi and earned his Black Belt. At the same time he is actively participating in Kung Chi Do and her many progresses and growing pains.
Mac said, "I like to practice Kung Chi Do." and "I feel as if I am learning three languages at the same time."
Cyrus Fang, a 9 years old student of mine, has already achieved the purple belt and said to me, "I love Kung Chi Do-Shodan. I do not know why, but it is beautiful."
Garret Fang came to me eight months back and asked me to teach his son Martial Arts. He watched very carefully for a few days and one day came to me and asked: "Am I too old to practice Martial Arts at my age?" "I am already at the age of 40." Today he is already at the purple belt level and he is already doing advanced kicks, katas and doing great with his sparring.
Sam Rodrigues, a young High School student, joined some 8 months back and is doing great. He is building his confidence and has achieved his purple belt.
Pooja Joshi is one of the most flexible students. She is doing great with her katas and is building up more fighting spirit with her first kyu.
Shaumye always loves to do Kung Chi Do katas and enjoys teaching Junior, although he is just eight years old.
Mantez started recently and enjoying class. He is looking forward to appear for the Yellow Belt test.
Robert Fry loves sparring and has developed great sparring techniques. Bob, Simon, Shree and Ram just joined and they are learning fast.
These are only a few comments from my students. My teaching began some 27 years back where my students had participated in the World Championship and other competitions. Today they are the leaders of Shotokan Karate (SKIF) in Nepal.
Kung Chi Do teaching:
For the beginners, most of the elements of Karate-Do, some Kung Fu and Tai chi chuan elements will be introduced. Sparring techniques will be a mixture of all the above-mentioned styles and techniques with the unique style of Kung Chi Do. Simple katas will be introduced. Here the student shall utilize some time to build physically.
In the intermediate level, the amount of Karate-do elements will reduce; Kung Fu and Tai-chi elements will be increased and taught. Intermediate katas will also be introduced at this level.
At the advanced levels more Kung Fu and Tai chi elements will be taught and advanced katas will be taught as well.
If students fulfill these requirements and pass the test he will be considered to have the advanced level of Kung Chi Do. It will be also be the equivalent of Black Belt 1st degree.
If students desire to go further, more techniques and sparring are required. Participation in competitions as well as teaching a certain number of hours. Beside these, one shall learn more advanced katas of Kung Chi Do.
Kung Chi Do For All:
Kung Chi Do is for all. No student will never be deprived of Kung Chi Do as long as he or she will continue. Inability to afford does not mean to quit it. Special consideration will be given to the financially weak but highly talented students. Free training will also be provided. We have porvision of minmum financial support for destitute students. If someone will like to sponsor such students Kung Chi Do school will welcome and appreciate.
Kung Chi Do Promotions:
Students will be taught according to ones desire and capacity. Kung Chi Do has a strong philosophy of teaching. One shall teach sincerely without any selfishness and teach with the best of knowledge.
Promotions will definitely be according to experience, acquired knowledge, acquired levels, and achievements in sparring and confidence build-up. However, no time limits will be placed. This solely depends upon the student's capabilities, hard work, dedication, attitude, and understandings of the philosophies and life.
This means a student can achieve fast, grow fast and have more opportunities to learn within a shorter time period.
However, to control the quality of training and maintain a certain standard, one shall pass the test and an authorized Sensei or Committee of Examiners will promote students to the deserved levels. This standard is to ensure that Kung Chi Do students will be equally competent in Martial Arts in any part of the world.
Students will have full access to international, national or local competitions, as they want to participate.
The, "Vision", of Kung Chi Do is not only about training students, but the Sensei needs to show them an independent way of growing and learning discipline. Students need to learn the essence of Martial Arts. We need to search-out the specific qualities of each student and give him or her an opportunity to work out their own favorite routine without breaking accepted programs. In other words, We want to encourage their creativity.
Kung Chi Do Grading System:
White Belt - Beginners (Basic hand and foot techniques including all the hand blocks, front kicks, round house and sidekicks).
Minimum of two basic katas to learn. Kumite and Sparring will also be required.
Yellow Belt - Same as above but students will be taught 3 katas. Kicks kumite and sparring.
Orange Belt - More hand and foot techniques with 4 katas, semi arranged Sparring and more kumite will be introduced.
Purple Belt - Hand and foot techniques with 5 katas, Kung Chi Do-Shodan and Nidan will be introduced. Free sparring and kumite will continue.
Green Belt - More hand and foot techniques, 8 katas, and contact sparring with 20 teaching hours.
Brown Belt 3rd Kyu - More hand and foot techniques, 9 katas, contact sparring with 40 teaching hours.
Brown Belt 2nd Kyu - More hand and foot techniques, 10 katas, contact sparring with 60 teaching hours.
Brown Belt 1st Kyu - More hand and foot techniques, 12 katas, contact sparring with 80 teaching hours.
Black Belt 1st degree - More hand and foot techniques, 13 katas, contact sparring with 120 teaching hours.
Black Belt 1st degree through Black Belt 8th degree's training method and grading will be available in future.
As students advance to the higher levels, more emphasis will be given to the spiritual aspects of the practice. They will do more concentration and mediation techniques using Kung Chi Do as a mixture of the Tai Chi, Kung fu and Karate.
The development of Chi is the another part of the Kung Chi Do. A special Kung Chi Do Kata will be introduced for this very purpose and one shall practice at the end of each class as a part of the meditation program. It will start at the level of Green Belt and above, where student will have enough background of most of the Martial Arts techniques.
More materials regarding Chi and her way to practice will be available in future.
Kung Chi Do Katas:
The first six kata has been composed and taught to the Kung Chi Do students. Students are just impressed with the combination of techniques from Kungfu, Taichi and Karate-do. The present target is to compose Fifteen more katas of Kung Chi Do.
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