SUMMER is upon us and many parents are looking for activities for their children. And TEENage has one suggestion, why not try Kung Fu?
Last Tuesday, TEENage got a chance to learn some self-defence techniques at the Wing Lung Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Submission Fighting studio at the Chinese Benevolence Association.
Here's Yakum Fitz-Henley's experience:
A trip to the studio held more than fun and fulfilment of childhood fantasies for TEENage. There seemed to be a more profound message that accompanied the fighting techniques.
The studio itself had an authentic ambience complete with varieties of swords, staffs and other weapons. It is a haven for all the kids who grew up watching Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee.
This could be seen in the sheer excitement show by the students who varied in ages and sizes. However, there was a discipline and focus that was characteristic of all the students, evident in the hard work and self-control shown in their performance of moves and obedience in class.
TEENage learnt at least one thing in under the instruction of Si Hing Matthew Auld, the school's instructor, that we can obtain a myriad of profits from appreciating and applying the philosophy of Kung Fu.
One benefit that was apparent in this demonstrative class was that we can and should be aware of different ways to attack and respond, and therefore be able to make the most intelligent choice as well as being aware of why we choose that alternative.
TEENage believes that this concept can be applied to a wide array of situations in everyday life, where we have to make decisions on how we should respond to different things.
All things considered, while the actual techniques were definitely enjoyable and fascinating, the true value lied in the intangibles behind the physical moves: the body control, the discipline, the obedience and vigour.
TEENage believes that in addition to learning to defend one's self, it's simply good fun.