1. What style of Kung-fu do you teach?
We teach Shaolin Kung-fu 5 animals system (dragon, snake, leopard, tiger, and crane). Praying mantis system and monkey system are also trained along with the 5 animal system. Our kung-fu system's fighting and training techniques goes through whole spectrum of training from empty hand, striking and kicking, to weapons, chin-na (seize and control) joint locking, grappling, throwing arts, and pressure point fighting. We move into the internal arts and the healing arts as you progress in the system for a well rounded martial arts approach.
2. What style of Tai Chi do you teach?
We currently teach primarily Yang Style Short form in our Kung fu advanced class. We also train concepts and components from Emperor's Long Fist System which involves many other facets of Chinese Martial Arts with our advanced class. We do training push hands and combat applications for Tai chi. Remember Tai Chi is a Martial art not just a form of exercise.
3. What is Modern Arnis?
At Triangle Kung Fu Arnis Academy, we teach Modern Arnis. Modern Arnis is a style of Filipino stick fighting founded and developed by Grand Master Remy Presas. Modern Arnis focuses on the ability to translate from weapon to empty hand and from empty hand to weapon.
4. What ages can children train?
Children ages 4 to 12 are allowed to train only in the Children's Kung-fu Class. Children ages 13 and above train in the adult's class and can take any of the programs (with paid extra fee).
5. Do you compete in Tournaments?
No, we are not a tournament school. We do allow students the opportunity to attend tournaments on their own, but on their own accord and not as a representative of our school. Tournaments are not our focus, but rather training the martial arts for arts sake, and developing good self defense skill and mindset.
6. Do you spar?
We do spar and have different levels of sparring depending on the students level.
-Still Sparring (no gear)- Tai Chi style slow movement to develop sensitivity, coordination and control. For beginners and higher.
-Light Touch Sparring (no gear)- Very light touch sparring similar to Still Sparring but using a little more speed and timing to develop entering, trapping, and grappling concepts. Contact is very minimal as strikes are concerned, very light contact touches, but moves into take downs, joint locking, and light grappling for beginners and higher.
-Free Sparring (full sparring gear)- Light to Medium sparring with light contact strikes movement, angling, speed and power development. Use of take downs, joint locking, and light grappling and throws for the intermediate to advanced student.
-Weapons Sparring (Staff or Escrima Stick)- (no gear) or (full gear)- when performed without gear it is no contact weapons pattern sparring developing accuracy, angling, and counter for counter movement. With full gear, light contact sparring with weapons develops the reality of proper movement for attack and defense with respect for the weapon. We don't believe in full contact sparring.
-Chin Na Sparring- is the Chinese grappling sparring. Ground fighting is an important component which is implemented in the other sparring formats as well as the grappling sparring by itself.
-Full contact in our terminology means we are trying to hurt the opponent and in our class that is not acceptable. We do spar hard at times but safety is our main concern at all times.
7. I have previous martial arts training and have rank. Do I have to start at white belt?
Yes. As with many school, especially kung-fu, there are many differences in training curriculum which must be learned from the beginning. We have many students that have different training experience and from beginners to students who currently teach and run their own schools. They start from the beginning. Of course you will learn quicker in some instances with previous experience.
8. How long does it take to get to Black Belt and how long between tests?
Our promotions and testing are done based on student performance and training dedication. If you know the material at the level of proficiency required then you are ready to test. We have no set time for testing due to this reason. Not all students learn at the same pace. The average time to reach white to black belt is around 4 to 5 years.
9. Are there higher levels of Black Belt?
Yes. Follows the standard Dan or Duan Ranking of 1st to 10th Degree Black Belt.
(note: Our Black Belt higher levels are much more difficult to attain compared to certain other systems ex. 2nd degree in our system would be equivalent to 4th degree in other systems. Average time between degrees of Black Belt are average of 3 to 4 years per degree with regular training. Training material is very difficult and covers higher level of theory, forms, and technique.)
Blue Ridge Kung Fu Arnis Academy
Our Mother School and home of Grand Master Rick Ward
Blue Ridge Kung Fu Academy, West Jefferson, NC
Our Sister School in West Jefferson, NC, Sifu Adam Kahn
Blue Ridge Kung Fu Arnis Academy, Winston Salem, NC
Our Sister School in Winston Salem, NC, Sifu Eric Marks
Foothills Kung-Fu Arnis Academy
Our Sister School in North Wilkesboro, NC, Sifu Jason MacGuire
Mid South Kung Fu Arnis Academy
Our Sister School in New Albany, MS, Sifu Thanos Kalimeris
Links to our Friends and Associates
Bamboo Spirit Martial Arts
Master Brian Johns Modern Arnis
Corey Family Martial Arts
Sifu Brian Corey, Indian Trail, NC
Master Gauss' Martial Arts Center
Master Chuck Gauss, Modern Arnis
Master's of Tapi Tapi
International Modern Arnis Federation (IMAF USA) -Modern Arnis USA
Modern Arnis Academy
Master Ken Smith Modern Arnis
Small Circle Jujitsu (England)
Wally Jay's Small Circle Jujitsu, Professor Leon Jay
Grandmaster Bobby Toboada -Balintawak USA
World Moo Sul Kwan Federation
Grandmaster Derman Hodge, Florence, SC