Minnesota Kung-Fu for health and self-defense

"The opposite of a truth is not necessarily a falsehood but often an even greater truth"

-Neils Bohr, Physicist

Kungfu - The literal meaning of Kungfu [gongfu, or Kung-fu] is to develop skill through time and effort. Most commonly the term is used to mean Chinese martial arts [Wushu].

We teach practical self defense techniques through blended martial arts in the Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park areas of the Twin Cities. For information on our class schedule, please see our classes page.

There are four primary ways that martial arts can be taught. Many styles will combine these four but the instructor must always make a choice on what to emphasize. The student must also choose their own priorities.
Health
It can be taught to improve health and well-being, improving flexibility, coordination, balance, muscular strength, and cardiovascular fitness. It can also provide stress-relief.
Self Defense
Learning the most effective means to defend oneself or others, offering an individual more personal security and confidence in their daily life.
Tradition
Attempting to preserve a style as it was performed in the past. This can include traditional technique and possibly cultural, historical or spiritual aspects.
Competition
Competition through modern martial art sports or traditional tournaments.

These four often yield many potential conflicts. While some techniques fit into all four, others only fit into one or two areas. It is important to be able to differentiate between these areas. For example, many people use self defense techniques in competition or competition techniques in self defense, only to find they aren't as effective as they would wish. This does not mean they are not effective when kept in their original category.

The emphasis of this site and the classes/videos offered is primarily on health and self defense. Traditional drills and techniques are also used as long as they're the most efficient means to accomplish those goals. Of course many of the ideas discussed are also applicable to competitive martial arts.

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