How Kung Fu Changed My Life (part 1)

Freshman year at Stuyvesant H.S. was hard. Besides trying to keep up with my studies, I had to make it through daily bullying by my schoolmates and upperclassmen. I was picked on because I did not belong to their social group. Also, I was not strong so I did not fight back, which made me a target. The summer after my freshman year was when I would begin my life as a martial artist.
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What is Foundation?

When I think of a foundation, I imagine anything that gives something the ability to become what it will ultimately become; In other words, if I am going to run 5 miles I need the ground below me to do so. A person can go even deeper into this idea if they would like, if you think about the world on a subatomic level, or even on a biochemical level; in laymen’s terms, there is a foundation for every step of way, a science behind everything.
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The Wu Tang Approach To Teaching Kung Fu

In the Wu Tang Martial Arts system, our instructors do not just train people to become elite fighters, but turn them into the future leaders and teachers. Without knowing how to teach, you will never understand your techniques. If you cannot explain when, why, and how a movement is used, then you do not understand all aspects of the movement yourself. Therefore, in order to fully comprehend all physical and cognitive aspects or martial arts, one must teach.

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5 Things I Learned from Teaching

Right now, I have been teaching for almost 2 years and I learned a lot about teaching. When you teach someone a form, you’re not only helping them but you’re helping yourself by remembering a form you did (doesn’t mean you shouldn’t practice). Say if a new student comes to Wu Tang, the higher level students can review from teaching them Tan Tuei 1-6 and then 7-12. When you review with the students you could also find mistakes so that’s another way of learning.
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