Arts Taught at The Temple of the Dragon
The Temple of the Dragon’s Approach to Tai Chi and the Internal Arts
Our traditional and authentic approach to teaching includes theories and principles, not just forms and movements. Instruction is personalized to meet your interests.
The Temple Of The Dragon is one of the few modern schools that can teach pure Tai Chi, Pa-Kua and Hsing-I. Whether you choose these arts for health or self-defense, or both, you’ll quickly discover how much calmer and more at peace you feel.
Tai chi, Pa-Kua and Hsing-I are suitable for people of all ages and health conditions. And as with all the arts taught here, the rewards are great if you train diligently and sincerely.
At The Temple of the Dragon You’ll Find:
- Personalized instruction in qigong, forms, breathing methods, meditation methods, push hands, weapons forms, self defense applications, sparring, conditioning and more
- Classes suitable for all ages and physical conditions
- Highly motivated fellow students to train with
For centuries Chinese people have practiced the life-enhancing art of tai chi and the internal martial arts of pakua and hsing-i, and today millions more around the world are joining them.
Tai chi is a unique form of “moving meditation” that calms the mind, relaxes the body and strengthens the spirit. Much of tai chi is practiced slowly and gently, ideal for people of all ages and health conditions.
Though most people take up tai chi for the tremendous health benefits, others are intrigued by the fact the style is actually a highly-effective martial art. Emphasis is placed on cultivating “chi,” or internal energy, as opposed to simply developing muscle mass and brute force.
It is this focus on chi cultivation that makes Tai Chi so highly effective for cultivating good health and for developing unparalleled martial arts skills.
Although not as well known as tai chi, pakua is an equally effective internal art, focusing on circular movements and methods of meditation and qigong and is a perfect complement to tai chi training. Much of pakua is practiced slowly and gently, making both styles ideal for people of all ages and health conditions.
If you are taking tai chi for health and stress reduction, pakua, with its sophisticated breathing, chi kung and circle walking, is a perfect complement to it. If you are interested in cultivating high-level fighting skills, you’ll benefit greatly from the speed and efficiency of pakua regardless of which style you now take.
If you want to understand the depths of Taoist philosophy, pakua represents the essence of it.
Hsing-I is based on the 5 elements: metal, water, wood, fire and earth. In this art form one goes directly into the opponent to attack, and comes out from the attack on guard.
Even though hsing-i looks like an external art, it is an internal art. Many call it ‘The Bridge Art’ because it is on the line between an external and internal style.
The Temple Of The Dragon’s Approach to Kung Fu
At The Temple Of The Dragon we adhere to the traditional “three pillar” approach, teaching authentic lineage Kung-Fu styles. The journey is a demanding one requiring self-discipline and dedication, but the rewards are always worth the effort.
We motivate our students to strive to reach their full potential in all aspects of their lives. Like all traditional Chinese schools, our adult programs have no “belt rankings” or other competitive grading systems; the only test is whether you’ve made a little more progress today than you did yesterday. We look at martial arts mastery as a lifelong process and aim to help you build a strong foundation for optimal progress. Personalized instruction includes qigong, forms, joint locks, pressure points, breathing methods, conditioning, meditation, self-defense applications, sparring, weaponry and more: Diverse Kung Fu styles and forms including Tan Tui, Mei Jong, Lohan, Animal styles, Kenpo, and more Progress at your own pace – no belt rankings Highly motivated fellow students to train with
Shaolin Kung Fu
More than 1500 years ago, the Shaolin monks in China began studying martial arts as part of a lifelong journey towards enlightenment. Recognizing that body, mind and spirit are inseparable, they embarked on the “three pillars” of training. This training included: martial arts and qigong to strengthen the body, meditation to clear the mind, and spiritual inquiry to answer the deepest questions of the soul.
Shaolin Kung Fu is perhaps the most comprehensive of all martial arts. Often referred to as the “grand daddy” of Asian martial arts, Shaolin has influenced the development of much later arts such as Japanese karate and Korean tae kwon do. Kung Fu offers you great health and fitness, superb fighting skills, and it can be beautiful and exciting to watch, as in the movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Shuai Chiao Kung Fu (Chinese grappling)
The oldest recorded martial art in East Asia, Shuai Chiao dates back more than 2500 years to the time of the Yellow Emperor. With emphasis on grappling, throws and sweeps, Shuai Chiao offers a devastating arsenal of real combat techniques for the martial arts enthusiast. Though not for the faint-of-heart or for people in poor physical condition, Shuai Chiao is the perfect complement for stylists of “stand-up” fighting styles such as Shaolin Kung Fu, Karate, Tae Kwon Do or boxing.
Shaolin Yoga is a collection of traditional yogic postures, Shaolin martial art postures, traditional moving forms, breathing techniques, and philosophy. For over 1,500 years the Shaolin temple monks have been incorporating Indian yogic postures and forms into their daily training. Along with yoga, martial art training, and meditation, the Shaolin monks have become famous for pushing their bodies and minds beyond their limits during their long training days.
As a part of both the Internal and External Martial Arts programs or on its own as a class, Shaolin Yoga at the Temple Of The Dragon proves that anyone can get into great shape by continual practice. Through a balance of static postures, moving postures, strength training, breathing exercises, and mental focus, each new student begins to feel better almost immediately. With ongoing progress, the student learns the awareness needed to keep up their training and to open their minds to new opportunities for a healthier lifestyle.
Shaolin Yoga classes at the Temple Of The dragon are unlike any other yoga classes. Our classes are always different and include basic stretching, yoga forms, two person stretching, and more advanced dynamic stretching.