Does Any of This
You feel inadequate when it comes to protecting yourself and/or your family. You’ve been told before that you lack “character”. Whatever the heck that means.
Your self-confidence is questionable at best, and could certainly use a boost. You need a surefire way to cope with the stress and anxiety of work and relationships.
You’re looking to improve your health and physical fitness, but the thought of heavy weights or long runs terrifies you.
When was the last time you were in a situation
Maybe someone made a hateful comment about your appearance. Maybe you tried to accomplish a feat of strength (lifting heavy weights, running a Tough Mudder, etc.), but you fell short of victory.
Or maybe, someone physically threatened you and you were left paralyzed with fear for not knowing how to react.
What did that feel like? Probably not too great.
For years, martial arts have proven to be a way of building strength, learning self-defense, and reversing those self-confidence issues.
Would you rather be the hero or the victim?
The first step to empowerment and personal safety is understanding that we live in an often dangerous and unpredictable world. When something happens that threatens you or someone else’s well-being, you really only have two options: pray and hope for the best, or accept the responsibility of protecting yourself and your loved ones.
Furthermore, living a healthy, ideal life is all about balancing the mind, body, and spirit.
When was the last time you focused on your body and prepared it to withstand the hardships life sends your way? While self-defense is the most common reason people take up a martial arts practice, it’s far from the only one.
Self-Defense from Life’s Attackers
In an ideal world, we’d never want to have to use Kung Fu in our lives, but the reality is we live in a dangerous and violent world.
We want to protect ourselves and keep our loved ones safe. Sometimes, the comfort of knowing you possess a skill that can save a life is an alluring benefit in and of itself.
That’s why our Kung Fu training is very serious about teaching you the skills needed for self-defense in any circumstance. Whether that be some neighborhood thugs, some stranger on the street, or the bully co-worker who keeps stealing your lunch (kidding, of course!).
Knowing how to defend oneself is a necessary skill in a scary situation, but our Kung Fu teachings also instill the respect and self-discipline that comes along with turning your fists into weapons.
Underlying Fitness and Health Benefits
Let’s face it. We all spend way too much time at a desk and staring at a computer screen. There’s not a single one of us who couldn’t benefit from moving more.
Kung Fu is an awesome way to increase your level of fitness, while learning the important art of self-defense.
See for yourself the many health benefits Kung Fu has to offer…
- Improves muscle strength and aerobic capacity.
- Tones muscles in the arms, legs, and core.
- Relieves stress and anxiety.
- Increases energy levels and centeredness.
- Strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure, and enhances sleep quality.
Almost sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well it isn’t. And that’s what our Kung Fu classes have to offer.
Personal Growth and Self-Confidence Boost
All of us stop growing physically at some point in our adult lives (vertically, at least). But that doesn’t mean we should stop growing mentally or spiritually.
Personal growth is an important factor in everyone’s life. If we’re not setting goals and improving ourselves, we begin to feel stagnant or misguided.
Kung Fu is a great way to push the bar higher and improve yourself. Our Kung Fu classes at Dragon Claw Academy of Kung Fu offer clear and concise training goals, giving you something meaningful to pursue with every class.
Become a Part of a Welcoming Community
When you walk into your first Kung Fu class, you’re immediately welcomed as a member of our martial arts family, no matter who you are.
We’re a like-minded and friendly community of Kung Fu students and teachers, and we do our best to ensure that prospective and new students of all ages, shapes, and abilities feel comfortable during their practice.
Our classes provide a healthy and supportive environment to meet people and make life-long friends with others who share your passion for the martial arts. Come check out an upcoming class, and we promise that you’ll feel right at home.
Shifu Aaron Chen is a phenomenal and fun instructor that genuinely cares about each and every student. Shifu Chen is very knowledgable and teaches his style in a way that everyone can understand and replicate. I have taken many types of martial arts and I have never found an instructor like Shifu Chen.
This place is my second home. I take the adult classes and have been going for a few months now. Aaron is an awesome teacher and is always there to help! If you are an adult and thinking of taking some kung fu. Give it a shot!
Dragon Claw Academy has been an amazing experience for our family. I had very different goals in mind for my kids: one of them needed to boost confidence and one of them needed a focused physical activity for his body and mind. Both have shown improvement and have been successful at DCA. Shifu Aaron values the individuals in his classes AND the communal experience that classmates provide for one another. Assistant teachers complement Shifu's teaching. Since a black sash kung fu master is a white belt novice who refused to quit, we'll happily be there for years.
I came here to relax and exercise. I am a UIUC student, and when I come here, I get to release all the energy while exercising and being healthy. Love it!
Shifu Chen is an exceptional teacher who takes a personal interest in the growth of every one of his students - no small task. He meets each student at their current skill/confidence level, encouraging and challenging them to grow with his expert guidance. He has developed a robust kung fu curriculum and a very welcoming culture that brings out the best in people. My husband and I started as adult students at Dragon Claw Academy a year ago and we cannot think of a better place to grow in strength, skill, and confidence.
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