Frequently Asked Questions
Teacher, How do I find an authentic, traditional Kung Fu school in my vicinity?
First, a caution: A great percentage of the
schools that claim to be authentic and traditional are not. By authentic we mean ‘having unbroken
lineage to traditional Kung Fu masters.
- Find out the names of schools or teachers in
- Phone Book (under Karate or Martial Arts)
- Martial Arts Magazines - many magazines are specifically
oriented toward Kung Fu and include a directory of schools
- Local papers
- Word of mouth
- The Internet
Contact the head teacher at each school and
question him/her thoroughly about the following (take copious
- Who his/her teacher(s) were
- How long did he/she study under each one
- What is the schools
method of teaching (does it stress the importance of "The Three
Pillars": Mind, Body, and Spirit)
- What art forms are
offered (a choice of forms may indicate fuller and deeper knowledge of
- What references can be provided (and how to
contact them if possible)
- Beware of Contracts and Hidden Costs
(a traditional school should be more interested in having you as a
serious student than in getting your money up front)
- The need
to purchase a uniform is to be expected. Ask how much it will cost so
you wont be surprised.
Follow up by checking out the references as
thoroughly as you possibly can. We realize this may be the hardest
Visit the school, observe
or take a class, and meet some students (ask them how they feel about
There is no shortcut to achieving this goal. Don't rush it.
Many of the greatest Kung Fu masters have spent years seeking out
and becoming accepted by their teachers. Most of the great masters
speak only Chinese and have unlisted phone numbers.
Dont lose heart - persevere. It is well worth the effort it
takes to find a truly good teacher.
What to Look For in a True Kwoon
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