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Studio Closure

December 22, 2017…..the Studio will remain closed today due to the weather.   Classes will resume Tuesday, December 26th, after the holiday.  Enjoy, and be safe!
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Studio is OPEN!

Tuesday, 12/12/17.    The Studio is OPEN today.   If you’re coming in for class, be careful out there….the roads are challenging.
By |December 12th, 2017|karate, kung fu, martial arts, tai chi, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Studio is OPEN!

Studio Holiday Hours

The Portsmouth studio is closed for the long Thanksgiving holiday.  There will be no classes November 22nd-26th.   The studio reopens for its regular class schedule on Monday, November 27th.   Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
By |November 17th, 2017|karate, kung fu, martial arts, tai chi, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Studio Holiday Hours

What Does Success Look Like to You?

Success means different things to different people. To some, success is defined as a good job, lots of money and possessions, and time to enjoy it all.   To others, success is defined as caring relationships, with a comfortable and adequate lifestyle. And still to others, success is as simple as winning a dollar on a scratch ticket, or getting the last bottle of available milk at the store. In other words, there’s no one definition of success, and the definition, itself, often changes to fit the current circumstances.   There is, however, a generally accepted understanding that, to reach success, no matter how it is defined, takes dedication, focus, and often hard work. Very often, failures of varying magnitude accompany that dedication, focus, and hard work. Even young toddlers figure this out as they perfect their standing and walking abilities. How a person defines success can often provide some insight into their character. Think about that. Use it as a guideline to set your own definition of success. But don’t be too quick to judge others, if their definition is different from yours. None of us can ever truly know what others have overcome when setting, reaching for, and (hopefully) ultimately achieving their definition of success. Just know that if you hope to succeed, you’ll need to devote yourself to making it happen. And that requires dedication, focus, hard work, and a willingness to experience a few failures along the way. Just ask any toddler!
By |October 2nd, 2017|karate, kung fu, martial arts, tai chi, Uncategorized|Comments Off on What Does Success Look Like to You?

Closed for Labor Day Weekend

The studio is closed Friday through Monday (9/1 – 9/4) for the Labor Day weekend.   Have a safe and fun weekend!   Regular schedule resumes on Tuesday the 5th.  Check our Facebook page for additional information.
By |August 31st, 2017|karate, kung fu, martial arts, tai chi, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Closed for Labor Day Weekend

Before and After

Don’t you just love before & after pictures? They’re usually associated with some project that required a lot of work to complete, or perhaps used just to document changes in life.   The point is, that, after the fact, one can still go back and re-live the moment….feeling the pride of accomplishment, or simply marveling over the changes. Kung Fu training is rather like a before & after picture.   At the start, the task of learning many new things and training the body and mind to perform seems a little daunting. Often that mind/body connection just isn’t there. The brain says “do this”, and the body reacts like a Minion asking “what?!?!?!?”   Yet, by taking it one step at a time, using perseverance to continue on, and keeping the focus on the overall goal….it’s doable.   In fact, it’s really quite easier than initially perceived.   And, when each step in the journey is completed……. ahhhhh…. That Feeling!!!   Nothing like it. The interesting thing is that, often, people don’t realize how much change is happening. The instructors do. They see the refinements in the movements that the individual student might not fully appreciate, because the person is stuck on what they aren’t doing versus realizing how much they’ve already done. The acknowledgement of those refinements comes to the students in the form of advancing in rank.   And, all those pictures (and perhaps videos) of those rank advancements?   Why….they’re just part of the Before & After documentation that gets tucked away, only to be taken out again at some future date and re-lived through the memories of the day, or overall time in one’s life.   ….Part of that human experience that makes life so rewarding.   Go ahead….take those pictures! Show […]
By |July 28th, 2017|karate, kung fu, martial arts, tai chi, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Before and After

Which Martial Arts is Best?

Ask any martial arts practitioner that question and that person will probably answer that the style they are practicing is the best. And, if you ask enough people, in the end, all that leaves is continued confusion over which style is really the best. The better question might be …. “which martial arts style is the best for__________ (fill in the blank)”. In other words, what is the objective?   If the objective is to be able to perform impressively high, spinning kicks, then maybe Taekwondo might be the answer.   If the objective is to develop good falling skills and strong joint-lock maneuvers, then maybe Judo/Juijitsu could be the answer. Have other thoughts? There’s probably other, specific martial arts styles that address those thoughts. The point is, every style of martial arts has its strong points. But they also have some not-so-strong points. For instance, Taekwondo has very few punching techniques, and Judo/Juijitsu has very few actual kicking techniques. Our Shaolin Five-Fist Defense System has a good mix of most styles…..strong hand/punching techniques, strong, effective kicking techniques, some powerful joint-lock techniques, and a good amount of techniques that require a person to know how to fall in a manner to avoid (or at least lessen) further injury. As a bonus, our system teaches how to get in and stay in close, yet still deliver effective offensive (or defensive) techniques. Does it take a while to actually develop the skills to be effective? Of course. All styles of martial arts require some serious commitment and dedication to master the movements in a way that one can truly rely on the training for effective self-defense. But that’s the point behind martial arts in the first place…..its very nature and manner […]
By |June 3rd, 2017|karate, kung fu, martial arts, tai chi, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Which Martial Arts is Best?

Tournament Winners!

  Portsmouth had several First, Second, Third, and Fourth place trophy winners in the recent NH Tournament, held in Keene on April 8th.  A big congratulations to all of them!  …Especially those students who never participated in a tournament before.  Takes a lot of courage to get up and perform.   Awesome!
By |April 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Tournament Winners!

NO Kung Fu April 1st

Sorry, we’re snowed in at home.   Can’t get to studio.   Stay safe.   We’ll see you Monday.
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No Classes March 14th

…too, too much snow!   Stay safe and warm.   We’ll see you on Thursday!
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