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#326124 - 03/05/07 02:58 PM Just curious about Kung fu
Curly Offline
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Registered: 03/01/07
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Loc: Grand Junction, CO
Hello everybody. A little about myself: I'm a 16-year-old (male) and have been studying Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate for 5 years now. I'm a Shodan (first degree black), and am a Senior-Black belt Sensei for kids classes.

I've always been curious about Kung Fu and the Chinese arts. I'm just wondering if somebody could give me a little overview of what kung fu is all about. As in what kind of forms, (like Karate-kata), sparring, rankings (belts), weapons, and other aspects are there to the art.

I've always wondered about it. Also, are there any decent Kung Fu schools in western Colorado that anybody knows about? I don't plan on quitting Karate, but am at the point that I want to broaden my spectrum of the arts by learning a bit of other styles.

Also, feel free to post links on the page .
Thanks .

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#326125 - 03/05/07 04:18 PM Re: Just curious about Kung fu [Re: Curly]
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#326126 - 03/05/07 04:45 PM Re: Just curious about Kung fu [Re: Curly]
Curly Offline
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Didn't see that thanks

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#326127 - 03/05/07 10:49 PM Re: Just curious about Kung fu [Re: Curly]
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Kung-fu isn't a style. Kung-fu = work over time aka effort. I can put in a lot of kung-fu brewing my tea. I can put in a lot of kung-fu waking up in the morning and going to lectures. And I most definitely put in a lot of kung-fu posting on this forum.

So which quan-fa are you talking about? Taiji-quan, Baji-quan, tanglang-quan, wing chun, pigua-quan, singh-i quan, and bagua-quan are some examples of quan-fa. (Note that wing chun is cantonese)

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#326128 - 03/08/07 10:14 PM Re: Just curious about Kung fu [Re: Curly]
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Greeting

I was born in montrose and raised in the western slope. You are not likely to find a (storefront) Gong fu school. But dont let that get you down. there has been Gung fu on the western slope for a very long time. you may or may not know but the railways and the million dollor highway were built mostly by chinesse imergents. and some of them were gung fu masters. I was lucky and found a instuctor who was taught becouse his grandfather had saved a masters life in the late 1800s and so they became "family" and the gong fu was then passed on. my training was done mostly outside at riverbottom park. or in the mountains. I haven't lived "much" back home since i went to japan in 1988. But I know that there is Gung fu there. to find it will take a little pro action on your part. I would make a flyer and post it on as many boards as you can, also take one to every chinesse restaunt that you can find (talk to the owners). I dont know if the martial arts store is still at the mall if so leave one there. I do remember a white crane insturctor on orchard mesa that had many high level students. you might also try the mesa state collage. there might be someone there that has trained elswere, that you could play with. but untill then try reading up on gung fu. When you do meet someone if they show you only the motions of a form and not the fighting application that the form is based on keep looking. dont settle for something that is empty. good luck
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#326129 - 03/10/07 04:37 PM Re: Just curious about Kung fu [Re: tailiugug]
Curly Offline
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Thank you very much tail. That is really helpful. The emporium in the mall closed about a year ago (unfortunately, that was my favorite store), but i'll see what I can find. I'll check the college too andask around about the instructor in OM. This is very helpful.

I go to the dojo on North Avenue near the college. I'm not sure if you know Bill Brassette or not, (my sensei), but I'll ask him if he knows anyone who could teach me Kung-fu on the side.

I really appreciate this information. I'll look around and see what I can find

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#326130 - 03/26/07 03:46 PM Re: Just curious about Kung fu [Re: Curly]
Curly Offline
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Loc: Grand Junction, CO
From what I researched I have found that there are 5 basic styles after the shaolin animals: Tiger, leopard, crane, snake, and dragon. There are also colors along with it if I am correct? Will somebody please confirm this for me?

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#326131 - 03/31/07 11:26 PM Re: Just curious about Kung fu [Re: Curly]
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There are about as many animal styles as there are animals, though Dragon, Tiger, Crane, Leopard, and Snake are generally agreed to be the first five created by Shaolin. There are also many other styles that are not directly based off of a particular animal.

Most kung fu systems come from three places - Shaolin, Wu Shan, or Omei. For each of these there are many branches.

Many karate and lay people aren't aware of how many different styles of kung fu there are.

My advice is decide what it is you are looking for in a martial art, then do the research to see which one fits. For example, if you want to go to tournaments and show acrobatics, then Wu Shu would be great for you. Kung Fu ( or Quan Fa )has something for everyone.

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#326132 - 04/02/07 04:53 AM Re: Just curious about Kung fu [Re: ThatSpearGuy]
JimmySmith Offline
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Registered: 03/14/07
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Loc: Australia
Gets even worse if you break it into northern and southern branches- e.g. Both north and south have a preying mantis style, both very different. Interestingly enough though, Karate originaly had its roots in Kung Fu so you're already studying Kung fu (kinda), and even stranger, kung fu suposedly had its roots in Kalaripayat (yep, the indian's taught the chinese who taught the japanese)

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#326133 - 04/03/07 01:25 PM Re: Just curious about Kung fu [Re: Curly]
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Feel free to smack me down here, but I once read that Shorin was the Japanese term for Shaolin. That true??
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