Wushu and Kung Fu: Sport and Art of Self-Defense
Become strong, flexible, and fit, and learn to defend yourself — all at the same time with Chinese kung fu!
We now offer two separate kung fu curriculums: Wushu Kung Fu (forms) and Sanda (full contact sparring).
Wushu Kung Fu
Malee’s School’s Wushu Kung Fu Curriculum is designed for those who are looking for a fun, safe workout, or who are interested in choreographed forms competition.
Younger students (children, teens, and young adults) will enjoy the modern sport of contemporary wushu, with its dazzling speed, jump kicks, tumbling, and weapons training. Younger students wishing to develop high levels of fitness for health and competition will love contemporary wushu.
Beginning wushu students learn long fist routines along with staff, broadsword, straight sword, and spear.
Older students who are more interested in the strength and flexiblity that come from kung fu training will fit in well with our modified traditional wushu curriculum. The fundamentals are the same as contemporary wushu.
Some of our traditional wushu students are in their 50s and 60s!
We also teach a variety of contemporary and traditional barehand routines such as southern boxing; Shaolin; eagle claw; snake; praying mantis; tiger; dragon; and so on. Other weapons include the three-section staff; chain whip; southern broadsword and staff; polearm (pudao); and more.
All of our wushu kung fu classes teach essential self-defense skills, with primary emphasis on joint locks and simple takedowns that are safe for anyone to learn.
Sparring: Light and Full Contact
Malee’s School also offers a program with a strong emphasis on self-defense and competitive sparring. We teach both full and light contact sparring.
Sanda is the name of the modern full contact sparring sport in China, which features punches, kicks, and throwing techniques. By itself it is an excellent system of self-defense that includes practical, proven, no-nonsense techniques. Famous MMA fighters such as Cung Le and Muslim Salikhov were also sanda champions.
Unlike sanda, light contact sparring does not include takedowns, includes more restrictions on legal targets and techniques.
Following Both Paths
Students are also welcome to cross-train in both wushu kung fu and sanda! Maybe you prefer to focus on self-defense, but would like to learn a a sword routine for fun. Or maybe you’ve mastered the splits and butterfly twist, but would like to learn a bit more about self-defense. While advancing in one curriculum, you are more than welcome to try your hand at what your classmates are learning.