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#419699 - 05/29/09 04:06 PM Legit Snake Style Kung Fu or Chin na teachers
EpicHubris Offline
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Registered: 11/26/08
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Loc: Redmond, WA
Do any of you guys know of any legit teachers/schools in the Seattle/Redmond area of Washington for Snake Style Kung Fu or Shaolin Chin Na?

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#419700 - 05/29/09 04:15 PM Re: Legit Snake Style Kung Fu or Chin na teachers [Re: EpicHubris]
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maybe look for a Shaolin school in the area?
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#419701 - 05/29/09 08:06 PM Re: Legit Snake Style Kung Fu or Chin na teachers [Re: IExcalibui2]
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not much help, and what ones actually have websites are ones I would generally avoid. Does any one have EXPERIENCED suggestions...?

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#419702 - 05/29/09 11:06 PM Re: Legit Snake Style Kung Fu or Chin na teachers [Re: EpicHubris]
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All I know is stay far away from Temple Kung Fu, which I think is in the Redmond area. They're a friggin' intl. cult.
Other than that, you'll likely have to travel to Seattle for decent kung fu instruction.
I've never seen 'legit' snake style, so can't help you there. And chin na is usually a part of curriculum in certain schools of certain styles - not usually taught a la carte.

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#419703 - 05/30/09 09:29 AM Re: Legit Snake Style Kung Fu or Chin na teachers [Re: ShikataGaNai]
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New to the site but not new to Chinese Martial Arts. Hello to everyone

Snake style is very cool indeed. However, it's very rare and mysterious. I practice a Northern style of Long Fist that has some "Snake" influence.( like many CMA) Most of the snake applications I know "or have seen" are very vicious and not conducive to a sporting venue.

Although, very pratical stuff in a real situation

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#419704 - 05/30/09 08:01 PM Re: Legit Snake Style Kung Fu or Chin na teachers [Re: Chin_Da01]
EpicHubris Offline
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legit was referring to the fact that there are styles of martial arts, such as white tiger, that the martial arts community looks down upon for being a sham. Honestly it's not so much kung fu I'm looking for but a martial arts style that has emphasis on cavity press/pressure points and both Snake and Chin Na are known for that. If you have other suggestions...
I've been researching on the internet for a while and it seems like Seattle is more focused on the flash of Wushu and other martial arts that are sports based. I'm looking for effective self defense.

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#419705 - 05/31/09 12:16 AM Re: Legit Snake Style Kung Fu or Chin na teachers [Re: EpicHubris]
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Quote:

not much help, and what ones actually have websites are ones I would generally avoid. Does any one have EXPERIENCED suggestions...?



well we're not exactly a yellow book...

you asked about Shaolin Chin Na, so I said look for a Shaolin Temple. As far as I know, there's usually a Shaolin temple in most Chinatowns, or cities that have a decent Chinese population.

And like mentioned above, there isnt an exact martial art out there called Chin Na. Its a part of fighting. Chinese MA break it down to (i'm going to mix the English and Chinese here) kick, punch, Chin = joint work, and Shuai = throws & grappling. So most CMA you find out there will have a Chin Na portion. Whether you get to learn it is a different story.

honestly speaking, if you can't find Snake fist (could be hard to find) then you should try and take up another CMA thats not wushu and sport like. I'm sure theres other CMA schools out there.
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#419706 - 06/01/09 03:18 AM Re: Legit Snake Style Kung Fu or Chin na teachers [Re: IExcalibui2]
EpicHubris Offline
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Registered: 11/26/08
Posts: 10
Loc: Redmond, WA
I did not mean to use this forum as a yellow book, I just wanted to see if anybody knew of a school in my area that they or a friend attends/attended that they could recommend. Over here there are a lot of martial art schools that teach for the sporting idea, which is good for them but I would like to learn self defense which has an entirely different feel. I was interested in Chin Na because I take Aikido and it seemed like it would similar enough to make for a relatively easy transition and allow me to, hopefully, get on the path to learn some effect pressure point usage. I'm not interested so much in the flash of some CMA's or the power... whatever. I am interested in finding a CMA that focuses on good stance-work, finesse, maximizing the effectiveness of a blow (pressure points), and is a good compliment to Aikido.

I ask for experienced help because there are a lot of fakes/low quality sifus that run "belt-farms" and I don't want to end up wasting my time at such a school (and possibly even learning bad habits).

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#419707 - 06/01/09 01:52 PM Re: Legit Snake Style Kung Fu or Chin na teachers [Re: EpicHubris]
IExcalibui2 Offline
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Registered: 05/20/06
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Loc: New York City
I'm surprised that Seattle doesnt have more..

well here's a Hung Ga school I found off Google
http://www.seattlekungfuclub.com/

Hung Ga has a lot of focus on stance work, can't say the movements are smooth and flowing but if you actually get to learn about the techniques, then yes there attacks are directed towards pressure points and soft areas (something common to many CMA in my eyes).

This guy falls under the Wong Fei Hung branch of Hung Ga and from the looks of the website, the school looks alright. Go check it out in person if you're interested
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#419708 - 06/01/09 08:11 PM Re: Legit Snake Style Kung Fu or Chin na teachers [Re: IExcalibui2]
Chin_Da01 Offline
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Registered: 05/23/09
Posts: 23
Loc: Mid west
Hung Ga ( or gar...) That is a nice style. I always liked the flare and approach to many southern styles. About the only one I don't like is Wing Chun.

Hung Gar is serious stuff. It will also build a serious physic. Long time practitioners seem to be built like bull dogs..solid muscle.

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