While most residents in Calgary enjoy a relatively safe city, our world is growing ever more unpredictable. Whether it’s a random attack, harassment, or bullying, individuals in Calgary face a variety of risks and dangers on a daily basis.
For women, in particular, self-defense skills play a crucial role in helping them discover the power within themselves to defend themselves against potential threats and stay safe. Learning self-defense helps empower women by giving them the confidence, awareness, and physical skills needed to protect themselves in any situation.
Helping women feel empowered to take charge of their safety is the mission of Kung Fu for Life. Our self-defense classes for women teach both basic and advanced techniques to help protect against physical attackers. Through practice drills, workshops, and group classes, participants learn how to defend themselves in real-world scenarios while building strength, coordination, flexibility, and confidence.
But self-protection isn't the only benefit of learning Kung Fu and self-defense! Read on to learn how learning self-defense in a community of women can be beneficial both in and out of the classroom.
The Most Peaceful Martial Arts
“To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace.”
Maybe because of the word “martial” in the name – a word referencing war and violence – martial arts are often misunderstood. It is often assumed they are all about conflict and fighting. However, while offensive and defensive moves are a part of the training, in every martial art there is also a focus on meditation, control, and self-discipline. In fact, some of these sports focus entirely on those peaceful aspects above all else.
The Martial Art of Krav Maga
Originally developed for the Israel Defense Forces and Israeli security forces, Krav Maga is a younger martial art when compared to others. Despite being lesser known than other self-defense systems, it is widely used by civilians, law enforcement and military.
Five Types of Activities for Children
It’s something that parents have wondered about for generations: how do you keep kids entertained after school? For parents in Calgary, this is no different.
Extracurricular activities and after-school programs are not just beneficial for kids, who get structure, socialization, and the building up of better emotional maturity and discipline. They can also provide a break for parents, who get a bit of time to themselves as their children expend extra energy on the development of new skills.
Today’s blog for those who are always wondering, what are some good after-school activities for kids? Whether you live in Bearspaw or Lake Bonavista, here are five of the best recreational classes and after-school ideas, for small children and teenagers alike.
It’s a question almost as old as martial arts itself: “What happens if I get hurt while I’m practicing?”
The thought comes to all of us at one time or another – even those of us who have been part of the sport for decades. After all, mistakes happen. They’re a part of life. So, the best answer to this question is that, sooner or later, you may just have to deal with it! (But in a healthy and educational way.)
Pop culture shows meditation as a very relaxing and gentle exercise, but Shaolin meditation is different. This particular form is not about relaxation, but instead about strengthening your mind. Discipline of breathing is crucial, and these exercises can feel like you’re drowning; combined with vigorous eye and abdomen exercises, it can actually be quite an ordeal.However, many practitioners swear by it, with anecdotal (and, to a lesser extent, scientific) evidence that Shaolin meditation can reduce pain, symptoms of illness, or even injury. The psychosomatic effect of meditation can help you feel better, which makes it good to use in conjunction with professional medical treatments. And there’s no doubt that it boosts mental faculties and helps keep your mind sharp.
What is the meaning of our lives? What is our individual purpose for being here? What can we achieve with the right motivation? These questions are the big ones, and many people struggle with answering them throughout their whole life. Many of them will never find a satisfactory answer. But that journey towards understanding our own value – finding self-mastery – is one of the most important journeys we can go on, even though it may require years of patience, discipline, and introspection.
The reason that it takes so long is that you must truly come to understand the relationship between your mind and your body. You must realize how your emotions and desires affect your behaviour, and balance them in harmony. To do this effectively, let’s look at five obstacles identified by the Shaolin Master Shi Heng Yi that often get in the way of our goals, called the “Five Hindrances to Self-Mastery”. By overcoming these, he says, you can make good decisions, help achieve your goals, and live a happier life. While these teachings are not fully within the realm of kung fu, the underlying message will definitely be helpful to all.
Kung Fu vs Karate
It’s a topic that comes in conversation in playgrounds and pubs, offices and the great outdoors. It’s a debate that’s been going on for decades, across all ages: “Which is better, kung fu or karate?”
The truth is, when it comes to martial arts, there’s no such thing as better or worse. There’s only different. And those differences in styles, gear, and moves are what gives each form its distinct look and feel. So, when we talk about kung fu versus karate (or any other martial art), they’re both just different expressions of the same concepts and ideas, and they are each fully capable in their own right. Here, we’ve laid out some of the main differences and similarities between the two.
The Martial Art of Hapkido
For anyone interested in getting into martial arts, there is certainly no shortage of choices on what to study. Over the last year we’ve talked about some of the more “famous” forms – like karate, tae kwon do, and ninjutsu – but there are many others that are less well known. One of these is hapkido.
BJJ - Brazilian Jui Jitsu
The history of martial arts is often richly layered and deep, with many different forms coming from the same original set of teachings. We’ve covered some of these in the past, and even in the modern age, many of these forms come into being as variations of more traditional forms. Today we’re going to be talking about one that is very popular in modern sports: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, also known as Gracie jiu-jitsu.