Benefits of Hung Ga
There are many benefits to training at New York Hung Ga, from the purely physical to the mental. With consistent training, students will enhance their level of physical and energetic health, improve muscular and cardiovascular fitness as well as fine-tune their martial arts skills. Subtle benefits include sleeping more soundly, improved focus, and better mental clarity.
The training system utilized is very progressive, and students learn at their own pace. Strength, flexibility, endurance, martial techniques, and Forms, all increase at a gradual level and there is no "schedule" for becoming better in these aspects. With consistent training, all of your abilities will increase.
Kung Fu training is not just learning a set of fighting techniques, rather it is a method of learning fundamental movements and tactics that support a wide range of martial art skills. Each generation of practitioners has been able to grow the art in a variety of new and different ways. Its applications include striking, clinching, wrestling and joint locking, to long and short-range weapon skills.
The class consists of Shaolin Kung Fu core training - a form of full body dynamic strength and Qigong training for mobility, power, stability, and lean muscle mass. Followed by kung fu movement drills and martial art combat tactics.
Forms are a type of Kung Fu specialty training. Forms are sequences of techniques that have been passed down and evolved for many generations. Forms training is excellent for physical coordination and memory. Traditionally forms were taught to instructors as a method to catalog the great volume of techniques that have been passed from one generation to the next.
The traditional forms of the Hung Ga system incorporate the classical 5 animals of Shaolin: Tiger, Crane, Leopard, Snake, and Dragon. Each animal has a particular characteristic and strategy, which are expressed in various applications. For example: the Tiger is fierce and aggressive while the Crane is evasive and uses explosive whipping techniques. Hung Ga also utilizes the theories of the 5 elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Wood, and Metal. These theories strive to encompass the different aspects of training rather than specialize on any one technique.
Hung Ga forms incorporate hard and soft (external and internal) techniques. Each form is learned in a particular order and sets the foundation for the next form. Through the proper training of breathing, sounds, and emotions from the forms, one will learn how to use ging (internal power) efficiently and explode their strikes with minimal exertion. Below is the list of Hung Ga's traditional forms:
- Gung Ji/Fuk Fu Kuen (Subdue the Tiger in the "I" pattern)
- Fu Hok Seung Ying Kuen (Tiger Crane Double Form)
- Hang Yuet Dan Do (Moon Flowing Single Broadsword)
- Ng Ying Kuen (Five-Animal Fist)
- Ng Long Baat Gwa Gwan (Fifth Brother Eight Diagram Pole)
- Ji Mo Seung Do (Mother Son Twin Swords)
- Ng Long Baat Gwa Cheung(Fifth Brother Eight Diagram Spear)
- Chun Choy Dai Do (Spring Autumn Great Knife)
- Yu Ga Dai Pa (Yu Family Tiger Fork)
- Dat Mo Yit Gung Ging (Dat Mo Muscle Changing Classic)
- Tit Sin Kuen (Iron Wire Fist)