Combat Aspect: Civil Self-Protection, Tactical Self-Protection, Free Fighting
Our motto is “traditional art for the modern world!” Our gungfu style and our approach to the training is summarized in the name of our system – Practical Hung Kyun (Sat Yung Hung Kyun).
In the civil self-protection training, we utilize the methodology from both the traditional styles and modern reality-based self-defense systems. Practical Hung Kyun Combatives training focuses on applied and situational drills, offensive „self-defense“, improvised weapons, tactics, strategy, psychology and legal aspects. We also regularly organize intensive self-defense seminars for women.
Courses and seminars of Practical Hung Kyun for Tactical and Law Enforcement professionals include customized programs for various state and private organizations and institutions – security agencies, police, army etc. Training includes mainly situational drills, use of weapons and coercive means, realistic training in an appropriate environment, tactics, strategy and psychology. Practical Hung Kyun currently provides regular tactical self-protection training for the Prague Probation and Mediation Service.
Practical Hung Kyun Free Fighting training focuses on preparing fighters for full-contact fights – Mixed Martial Arts, sanda/sanshou, Muay Thai or kickbox. The training focuses mainly on applied drills, sparring drills, sparring and intensive physical/fitness training. Cross-trainings and cross-sparrings with fighters from other schools/styles are an inseparable part of our saan da trainings.
Fitness: Strength and Conditioning, Good Health, Lifestyle
There is a proverb in Chinese martial arts, going: “If you practice only the technique (Kyun) and don´t work on the strength and conditioning (Gung), you will not achieve anything, even if you practiced your entire life“.
The development of various types of strength (stamina, maximum and explosive power) is therefore a key aspect of Chinese gungfu training. Practical Hung Kyun Strength & Conditioning utilizes, apart from various bodyweight exercises, also a number of specialized tools and aids: a hanging wooden post, punching bags, focus mitts, shields for kicking, long “single ended pole”, heavy metal “double-ended” staff, heavy metal knives, brass forearm rings, weights for boxing, wooden stick bundles, weights for strengthening fingers, sandbags, three-part wall sandbags for punching, dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, sandbags, medicine balls etc.
Another Chinese proverb says: “First you need a healthy body, then you must learn how to defend it”.
Health exercises are an inseparable aspect of all our activities – including mobility and flexibility (Yau Gung) development, regeneration, traditional Chinese breathing exercises for longevity, strength, fitness and vitality (Noi Gung/Hei Gung, in standardized Chinese qigong).
Practical Hung Kyun also teaches several traditional exercises for “inner energy” (hei, in standardized Chinese qi) cultivation.
Exercise and regeneration is not enough – one of the crucial aspects of improvement and success is diet and regimen. Our advisory activities have their source both in modern dietary findings and mainly traditional Chinese medicine and traditional Chinese “life cultivation methods” (Yeung Saang Faat).
Philosophical Aspect : History, Theory and Culture
Hung Kyun is first and foremost a traditional martial art, a legacy of the rich Chinese culture. The classic Chinese ideal is “Scholar-Warrior” (Man Mou Seung Chyun).
Besides practical training, Practical Hung Kyun therefore cultivates also field research of history and theory of various Hung Kyun lines and related systems (Lama paai, Hap Ga, Baak hok, Wingcheun, Choi Lei Fat, Jau Ga, Hung Fat…), video documentation of the old masters´ art, study, archiving, translation and publication of ancient sources; we also conduct lectures, workshops, conferences and exhibitions.
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