- Scott's Siu Lum (Shaolin) & Tai Chi Chuan - 18 or older.
Siu Lum Gung Fu (Shaolin Kung Fu) - Chinese Martial Arts
Scott's Nam Siu Lum Kuen is built mainly on the principles of Hung's Five Shape Fist or Five Animal Fist (also known as Hung Kuen or Hung Ga / Gar). This system consists of both internal and external principles and is one of the most famous gung (kung) fu system in China. Because of great Hung Kuen Masters like Wong Kei Ying (one of the Ten Tigers of Canton, 10 of the best masters in China) and his son Wong Fei Hung (the most famous folk hero in China), the Hung system is highly respected. Hung Ga's Snake & Crane are also considered the mother systems of Wing Chun Kuen.
Many of Sifu Scott's current students have trained extensively in other martial arts (Taekwondo, Hapkido, Kuk Sool Won, Karate, Jiujutsu etc), some with 35 years or more, only to find out that their previous training was extremely limited compared to what they found at Sifu Scott's school. Traditional Chinese Martial Arts are considered the mother systems to all modern day martial arts including Jujitsu (known as Chin Na in Chinese), Judo and grappling (Shuai jao in Chinese), Shorin Ji Kenpo Karate & Shorin Ryu - which was greatly simplified to create Shotokan (derived from Shaolin Chuan in Chinese), Korean martial arts - derived from Northern China and so on. Every modern day martial arts can be traced back to India and China. The fact remains that China and India's cultures are so old that they have existed long before other countries were established. Although modern martial arts have roots back to India and China they were not granted the most important training methods and principles, mainly because of ongoing tensions and questionable loyalties between countries. The Chinese did not want to pass on powerful family secrets to previous or future enemies.
We uphold the traditional training methods, principles and most of all philosophies of living in balance. Traditional does not mean that the system is not adaptable to modern times or does not continue to evolve with the next generation of practitioners. Traditional does mean that we respect the wisdom of the past masters and ancestors who developed the system. Numerous generations of great masters have added their experience to create what exists now, it would be highly arrogant not to respect their knowledge. The system we teach was developed during volatile war times so all aspects of fighting and self defense (stand up, ground work, grappling, kicking, etc.) were combined or mixed into a complete and comprehensive system (to be used against skilled fighters and other martial art systems). This means the system we teach is one of the oldest forms of proven "Mixed Martial Arts" in the world (not a new concept as people seem to think). It would be highly ignorant to assume that great masters who had to fight hand to hand for survival would not have thought to combine the very best of different styles to create even better and more effective systems. The styles were combined for true survival, not for competitive MMA. Many of the training methods and principles we teach are very difficult to find and are unique to only a handful of Traditional Chinese systems. These principles were kept secret and taught to only dedicated, closed door students. The Cultural Revolution and Modern Wushu. In our classes we strongly promote safety while training and teach our students a high level of control. Our classes are private and based on a family structure. We believe in having a relaxed and friendly atmosphere while training. A Trial Class is required before joining. Video
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Yang Tai Chi Chuan (Tai Chi Martial Arts) - Sifu's Tai Chi Lineage
Sifu Christopher Scott has over 20 years experience and is an 8th generation practitioner of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan. He strictly adheres to the traditional training methods. Sifu Scott trained directly under Sifu Augustine Fong for over 10 years and eventually taught classes under Sifu Fong's direction. Because Sifu Fong grew up and trained in gung fu in Hong Kong under the very best, his understanding of traditional training is as good as it gets. Thanks to Sifu Fong's generosity Sifu Scott now continues this tradition. This level of training in Tai Chi Chuan is very difficult to find.
Two of Sifu Scott's current students have over 35 years experience each in martial arts (Karate and Taekwondo) and now train in Sifu Scott's Tai Chi. When they first touched hands with Sifu Scott they were given the opportunity to try anything they wanted only to find out that none of their previous martial arts training worked against Sifu Scott's Tai Chi Chuan. One of the two students also spent 6 years training Yang Tai Chi under a very well known Tai Chi / Wushu / Kung Fu Teacher in the Clear Lake area. After training with Sifu Scott he quickly found out that the previous teacher's knowledge about Tai Chi was very limited.
From that teacher he learned Tai Chi based on looking good. He was taught the 24 step short form which was approved by the communist government for competition and demonstration purposes only, the most important principles were removed from the form leaving it a hollow shell with little use but for looking good. The Chinese have a saying "What only looks good often has no use." Sifu Scott teaches Tai Chi that came out of China before the The Cultural Revolution and Modern Wushu. He teaches both Cheng Man Ching's modified set and the traditional 108 section long form. Both forms are too long for demonstrations and are designed to develop the foundation principles that make up the system of Yang Tai Chi Chuan. Teachers that try to teach more than one system or style of Tai Chi do not follow the tradition of strict loyalty and they also do not truly understand the amount of work and discipline it takes to master one system. Teaching more than one system is to know a little about many things but to know a lot about nothing. The Chinese who developed these systems knew and understood this, that is one reason why strict loyal was expected.
Sifu Scott focuses on medium and small frame forms practice. Large frame forms are practiced for demonstrations because it looks pretty. It is also practiced by beginning students to help develop the basic skills, it is easier for the new students to feel the momentum of the larger movements. Small and medium frame practice is actually more advanced, it develops a better understanding of internal power and more condensed movement that is used in real self defense. You could roughly say that large frame movements might be used less than 5 % of the time in a real situation. Small frame movements might be used 75 to 80 % of the time in a real situation. Leaving approx. 15 to 20 % of the time using medium frame movements.
Tai Chi Chuan translates as "The Supreme Ultimate Fist" and is a powerful and an extremely effective martial art system when taught properly. Without the proper in-depth development of push hands one will never truly understand the powerful principles or gain the complete health benefits that make up the system of Tai Chi Chuan. The traditional Masters commonly said "To know Tai Chi one must know push hands". Those that only learn the Tai Chi forms without the complete system of Tai Chi Chuan will be trying to understand a language by only reciting the alphabet. The most important lessons mentally, physically and spiritually are developed and understood through the diligent practice of Tai Chi Chuan as a complete system which has to include a dedicated, loyal and detailed practice of push hands with a knowledgeable instructor.
Tai Chi is based on the balance of yin and yang. Through the regular practice of Tai Chi a healthy balance mentally, physically and spiritually can be achieved. Many believe that through the proper practice of Tai Chi one can restore and preserve their youthful vigor and well-being.
Our classes are private. Hand forms, weapon forms, qi gung, theories, development exercises, push hands, self defense applications, etc. are taught. A Trial Class is required before joining. Video
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