Wing Chun Kung Fu
There are a number of different theories to the origins of Wing Chun. The most common one is that it was created over 300 years ago by a Buddhist Nun in the Shoalin Temple. Her name was Ng Mei and she created a style that was highly effective, anybody could learn it, and it was designed to beat all other styles.
In learning Wing Chun it provides many benefits to the practitioner, including things such as health and fitness, confidence, ability to defend oneself, ability to relax physically, a calm mind, improvement of Co-ordination, reflexes and mind, body, qi connection.
The style of Wing Chun that is taught is from our Great Grand Master Yip man as passed down to our Grand Master Chu Shong Tin and our head Sifu Scott Smith of Dragon Tao Kung Fu. Sifu Jason teaches Dragon Tao Wing Chun at Silk Dragon Chinese Martial Arts in affiliation with Dragon Tao Kung Fu.
Classes are paced to allow people of all skills and levels to be able to learn in a safe, practical and harmonious way, teaching all theoretical and practical components of our art including, Drills, Chi Sao, Forms, Weapons, Practical self Defence skills, while allowing the individual practitioners confidence and ability to grow with their Art.
Tai Chi is one of the ‘gentle or internal’ martial arts developed by the ancient Chinese. It is practiced increasingly in the West as a means of stress management and exercise. Tai Chi is a series of slow, controlled movements or postures, which date back more than 700 years. Central to Tai Chi is the belief in the life essence, or Qi (pronounced ‘chee’), that flows through invisible channels or meridians in the body. When the flow of Qi is disrupted, illness is the result. The regular practice of Tai Chi is said to strengthen and improve Qi, therefore aide the bodies ability to cope with stress and ward off illness. According to scientific studies, Tai Chi is an effective healing tool for a range of disorders, particularly chronic (for example, arthritis and heart disease) and stress related conditions.
At Silk Dragon Chinese Martial Arts, Yang Style 108 form, 32 form, Yang Sword and Yang Fan form as well as Chen 36 form are taught and performed in our classes. Yang style is characterised by upright posture, smooth, gentle flowing movements and is the most widely practiced Tai Chi style in the world today
Qigong is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine dating back over 2400 years. It uses gentle and subtle movements and breathing techniques to balance and strengthen the bodies self healing mechanisms by balancing the 12 primary Acupuncture channels and 2 extra meridians. Qigong's great appeal is that anyone can benefit from practicing it, regardless of their level of physical fitness, whether they are young or old, what belief system they hold, or life circumstances.
There are a wide variety of Qigong practices. They vary from the simple, internal forms to the more complex and challenging external styles. They can interest and benefit everyone, from the most physically challenged to the super athlete.
Sifu Jason has studied in Yang style Tai Chi & Qigong since his very early teens and has been teaching the healing and meditative aspects of this art since 1997. Silk Dragon Academy teaches classes in Yang style Tai Chi, 32 form and 108 form as well as various Qigong sets and Dragon Tao Wing Chun Kung Fu.