What is Kung Fu / Hung Ga

Explaining the Chinese expression & martial art
Ancient Shaolin Kung Fu Temple

Kung fu

Kung Fu is Chinese Martial Arts. It goes back thousands of years and was developed as a practical tool for protecting one’s self, family, and property in more dangerous times. There are many styles and lineages, the Shaolin temple lineage being among the most famous. Styles that supposedly branched out from Shaolin include Hung Ga, Mok Ga, Lau Ga, Jow Ga and Choi Ga.

Kung Fu is hard work. In fact this is one of its literal translations! Our practitioners work very hard to gain their skills. Lots of sweat but also great rewards!

Kung Fu is for health, it is holistic exercise. This means that every joint, muscle, and tendon is worked out. The internal organs are massaged, the internal energy is circulated. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, many diseases come from stagnation, so moving all parts of the body can help prevent disease. It also strengthens the mind and spirit.

Hung Ga

Hung Ga is complete. This doesn’t mean that it has everything, it means that it uses both internal and external strength together for efficiency and power.

Hung Ga is family, a community of hard-working people. We are all here to learn and you will be afforded respect just for turning up and trying to learn too. This is not an easy path, but we all walk it together. We have social events, meals and celebrations. Our members include parents and children, men and women. We have had students ranging from 4 to 70 years old.

Hung Ga is evolution. We evolve as people, we learn and improve. The teachers learn from the students, the students learn from the teachers and each other. The art is continually changing as it is passed down and re-interpreted, as other styles and influences are distilled and brought in.

Hung Ga is tradition, passed down from generation to generation. We pay respects to our ancestors and support our living teachers. Everyone has something to add, just as everybody has something to learn. The core principles never change, and the philosophy is passed down.