Weekly video march 29th
Chuan Tao kung fu training for adults in renton martial arts
This is some clips from our friday night sparring class
Students from begginer to advanced working on some hand speed drilling.
We are trying out posting weekly video’s this is the 1st one!
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Kung Fu Panda = Healthy Life Style. Seriously?
By Marlene Martzke
Who would have ever associated Jack Black as the voice of an overweight, clumsy, slacker panda named Po, with a healthy lifestyle of exercise, confidence and discipline? Can you say Dragon Warrior?
When Kung Fu Panda, a CG animated movie with all the sticky feel of bubble gum stuck to your shoe came onto the screen, it was pure entertainment. Little did anyone know, that this wise-cracking action comedy would motivate viewers from Seattle to New York to wonder about Kung Fu and ultimately start them believing that maybe the same dream might be obtainable for them.
Most of us are noodle folk. We hardly have the drive for regime aside from making sure we tune in at 9pm sharp for our weekly dose of The Office. Yet the sight of a plump panda that, through humiliation, training and discipline, becomes the ultimate Dragon Warrior has become an unwitting catalyst for adopting the regime of exercise and mental focus required in martial arts. This mindset is one that can carry through a lifetime.
In the words of Po’s adoptive goose dad Mr. Ping, “To make something special, you just have to believe it’s special.” Perhaps Kung Fu Panda, with all its hyperdrive cuteness, has an underlying message of hope and encouragement for all to become who they were meant to be. So, without getting all mystical and Kung-Fuey, like Po, we can find that perhaps our weaknesses can turn out to be our strengths. We have control over our thoughts and feelings and assign them meaning. Thus we are always presented with opportunities for change and growth.
I’ve seen this phenomenon before. Having twin cousins who as kids were into as much of a healthy lifestyle, as well… the rest of us noodle folk. Their idea of a balanced lunch was a slice of bologna with grape jelly on white bread garnished with cheerios. However, it was the 70s and Kung Fu Fever hit with Bruce Lee movies and “Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting” discoing on the radio. My cousins became hooked. Today they are martial art instructors and life long practitioners of Kung Fu, and into a life of healthy nutrition and mental conditioning.
Associated Press reporter Josh L. Dickey said upon taking his three year old to see Kung Fu Panda, “[M]y son wasn’t the only little one who was kung-fu fighting in the aisles when the lights went up. The truth is, they just about all were.” Seems it is happening again for a new generation.
So don’t let the gooey, joke-a-minute CG farce fool you. The Seattle Times David Germain writes, “[T]he filmmakers have delivered a real kung-fu movie in the guise of a cartoon comedy…. Directors Mark Osborne and John Stevenson said they intended their panda hero and his comrades… to be the animal-world equivalent of the Asian action warriors they admire.” Kung Fu Panda can be boiled down to messages of empowerment and a wholesome life path for those who can dig past the entertainment value into some real martial arts action.
Enough talk. Let’s fight!
Dickey, Josh L. (2008, June 13). “’Kung Fu Panda’ a cartoon, but is it for kids?” Associated Press. http://fyi.timesfreepress.com/news/2008/jun/13/kung-fu-panda-cartoon-it-kids/?print
Germain, David (2008, March 8). “Animated “Panda’s” heart full of real martial-arts roar”. The Seattle Times.com Movies. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/movies/2004293619_kungfupanda23.html
Seattle Kung Fu, Renton Martial Arts
This will be my first blog post! I want to keep an updated log of my current adventures in Kung Fu. So, here goes nothing..
Mr. McMurray is my husband. Since I’ve known him, he’s not only been the love of my life, my support and my strength, my other half. He’s also, since I’ve known him, and it’s been 12 years now, had maybe a bit of an “unhealthy” obsession with Kung Fu. Or so I thought. I had been afraid of training before. Afraid that I wouldn’t be good, that I would hurt myself, or someone else. Just basically afraid. Well, September 2010, Mr. McMurray got some folks together and said, lets train. And they did, I watched, video taped, felt the energy in the room. We decided in October that if everything worked out, if all our stars lined up, we would open a school in January.. Thank you Stars. January 20th Mr. McMurray taught his first class at our new studio at 911 S. 3rd st. in Downtown Renton.
My roll was to be the business manager, to keep my husband fed and clean and to take care of the babes. Big job.. but being in the studio 5 days a week sometimes, watching all these people come in, get their work out, feeling the energy. I decided I needed to try it. 3 days before my 32nd birthday, I finally gave in. After 12 years of saying no, I’ll never be good enough. Mr. McMurray gave me a trial lesson. He let me kick a bag.. As hard as I could. Showed me the “strike set” and gave me some of that energy that everyone else leaves with at the end of a really great class.
I woke up the next morning with that strike set in my head. I got out of bed and practiced it. I held onto the wall and stretched out and practiced my round house kick. I was hooked. That’s all it took, one class, one “trial lesson”! You don’t even really learn anything in a trial, it’s just to show you what Chuan Tao Kung fu is about.
Today is June 16th. That means I’ve been training at Chuan Tao Kung Fu for 4 months. In April, I tied for the most hours trained with one other student.. 30 hours in a month! I have learned the strike set, my Sil Lum form, round house kick, side kick, reverse round house kick, crescent kicks, my punches, high rising block, reverse hooking block, speed blocks.. and it has been so empowering. I feel strong, I feel like a new person, like being 32 isn’t so bad. and I feel like my husband and I are strong together! We did this. 2 kids, 2 dogs, mortgage, jobs, friends and drama.. we did it. It is not easy, hasn’t been easy since the day we decided to do it.. but we are here, our kids are here, and we are loving it.
And now I know that my husbands “unhealthy” obsession with Kung Fu is totally legitimate. I wake up thinking about my forms, about that joint lock we learned the night before, I love my uniform, and was so proud to finally put a sash on.
This is a new path in our lives. I cannot wait to see where it leads us.