follow a carefully worked out curriculum that covers all the ranges
of kung fu training. The curriculum is formulated and structured to
prepare the student to future levels. Forms follow upon each other,
and each level of training build upon the last level. Students not
only learn new techniques after each level, they also practice and
learn to use techniques taught in previous levels, in various different
Forms and Weapons (??/??)
Forms are probably the most important aspect of training, as it is
from these forms that all our fighting and our self defense applications
are taken from.
Forms are sets or sequences of movements that holds all the applications
for a certain style to teach practitioners or students the essence
of their art. At the Academy we teach forms with basic history and
theory of each set as a whole. This provides the student with an in
depth knowledge and understanding of the art.
Forms are also an excellent way to get fit and increase body strength.
Forms training will increase your coordination, stamina, and over
all body strength. It also helps to build good over all physique,
as it provides for a good work out that will use every major muscle
group in your body. Forms training will also prepare the student's
body for fighting, and other aspects of Chinese Martial Arts.
Our forms include fighting sets from various animal styles such as
the Tiger, Crane, Panther, Snake and Dragon. Most of our sets and
forms include these five animals, but are not limited to these animals.
Movements are based on eighteen animals found in ancient Hindu India,
as this country is said to have been the birth place for Shaolin Martial
The Choy Lay Fut Chinese Martial Arts Academy offer training in various
traditional Chinese weaponry. Weapon training are divided into 4 major
Long Weapons (???) : which include weapons
such as the staff (?), spear(?), kwon dao (??), and monk spade (?).
Short Weapons: Weapons such as the broadsword (??), double edge sword
(?), and the fighting fan (?).
Flexible Weapons: such as the Three- sectional Staff (???) and Nine
Section Chain Whip (???).
Double Weapons (???) : Double Weapons
normally falls under any of the previous categories. This include,
double butterfly swords (???), double broadswords (??), Double Daggers
(???)and double tigerhooks (??).
Choy Lay Fut Forms are fast moving, fluid and very powerful, combining
the floweriness of Northern Style Shaolin fighting and legs, and the
relaxed power and effectiveness of Southern Boxing. The famous Competition
style Wushu (??)Form, Nanquan (??) (or Laam Keun in Cantonese) was
created using movements from Choy Lay Fut (???) as well as from other
Self Defense (??)
Self defense techniques normally arise from our forms and are then
practiced in real life sparring sets. Members learn all aspects of
self defense, including a basic overview of criminal behavior. The
members also learn how to try to prevent a situation from becoming
a problem situation.
The Academy also offers various training aids and literature on these
subjects to further these member's knowledge. Various seminars on
this subject are given on a regular basis, and guest speakers are
invited to talk about self defense and related topics.
Chin Na (??)
In this sense of the word, chin na refers to basic grappling moves
used in self defense situations. Chin Na is not taught separate as
a style or form, but is included in most of the Choy Lay Fut forms.
Chin Na teaches the practitioner to block and strike at the same time,
as well as certain grabbing or grappling techniques.
Full Contact Fighting (??)
Choy Lay Fut fighting is fast, fluid and very powerful. It is for
this reason, that Choy Lay Fut students dominate the Kung Fu competition
arena. During the 70's and 80's, in South East Asia, many of the Top
kung fu full contact fighters came from the Choy Lay Fut schools.
San Shou/San Da (??/ ??)
San Da (??) is the original word used for Kung Fu style of fighting.
It is still used in China today and basically refers to full contact
Chinese (Shaolin ??) Boxing.
Literally translated, "San" (?) means scattered or free
or "Da" (?)means "to hit."
So, "San Da" (??)basically translate to English as "free
San Da (??)is also more commonly know to the West as San Shou (??)
or even Chinese Kickboxing. San Shou (??) Literally translates to
Free (?) hand ( ?). With slight differences to Western style Kickboxing
or Thai Kickboxing, San Shou (??)includes locks, throws, sweeps and
other full contact fighting technique.
Because of its nature, San Shou (??)is one of the fastest growing
tournament style fighting "sport" form in the West.
San Shou ( ??)is very popular in South Africa. At our academy, members
can train San Shou (??) as a separate art form. San Shou ( ??) practice
puts allot of emphasis on fitness and cardio training, and we encourage
our fighters to supplement their training with weight training. Our
San Shou ( ??) classes are extremely demanding, and everyone trains
the same way, whether they are tournament fighters or not.
San Shou ( ??) training is excellent
for getting fit fast, building muscle and burning fat. Its also a
great supplementary sport / art, and has been used by many top athletes
in their preparations for other sporting disciplines.
The competition rules in San Shou ( ??), allows us to use our Choy
Lay Fut (???) techniques in fighting. Choy Lay Fut (???) fighters
has proven to be very successful in the San Shou tournament circuit.
Chi Kung (??)
Chi Kung (??)is a Chinese breathing method that combines physical
training with philosophical aspects of health care. Chi (?)refers
to air, breath of life or vital essence. Kung (?) means discipline,
achievement or mastery. Similar to Kung Fu (??), which refers to Disciplined
training, Chi Kung (??)combines aerobic conditioning, isometrics,
isotonic, and relaxation. Practitioners of Chi Kung (??)often experience
Chi Kung (??) as a discipline whose practice allows them to gain control
over the life force that courses throughout our bodies. Kung Fu (??)
and Chi Kung (??) is inseparable. In order to generate and maintain
the right amount of energy, you will need to regulate your breathing
and energy. Many people practice Chi Kung (??) without learning Kung
Fu (??), but in order to achieve master in Kung Fu (??) , one need
to learn how to practice and cultivate your chi (?). Thus, Chi Kung
(??) is very important for any martial artist.
At the academy we teach and practice various forms of Chi Kung (??)
such as the Ba Duan Jing (???) (Ba Ding Gum in Cantonese) or 8 section
brocade, and Basic Lohan Chi Kung (????).
Children's Kung Fu (???)
Our Children's classes are structured to establish a good, solid foundation
for future training. In the Kiddies class, the focus is more on flexibility,
coordination, and discipline. The children learn 3 basic empty hand
forms, and a basic staff form, before continuing with the same curriculum
as the adults.
Children classes are taught in a fun, exiting, yet disciplined manner,
to ensure maximum growth for each child.