What is Wushu?
Wushu is a Chinese term broadly encompassing ‘martial arts’ in Western countries. The term ‘Kung Fu’ is usually used to refer to the martial arts of China, but this is an incorrect use of the term. Kung fu simply means, ‘a skill,’ which can be applied to anything from chess to needlework. In China, Wushu is the official term meaning, ‘arts of war.’ Sometimes the term Chinese boxing is given to represent Chinese martial arts. Over three hundred styles and schools of the martial arts, each distinct, exist in China. Some are little more than gymnastic exercises, while others are legitimately considered combat arts.
What is contemporary Wushu apparatus training?
Contemporary Wushu apparatus training is simply the practice of traditional weapons in a safe and controlled manner. Wushu apparatuses include staff (gun), spear (qiang), straight sword (jian), broadsword (dao), nine sectional, three sectional, and others. All Wushu apparatuses are un-sharpened, and meant for practice only, and students are taught proper safety and care of all Wushu apparatuses. Safe use of apparatus is our main concern, and we ensure that our coaches and Sifus diligently watch over students during training. Contemporary Wushu apparatus training is limited to individual forms and choreographed fighting routines only.
What is lion dancing?
Lion dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture, in which performers mimic a lion’s movements in a lion costume. The lion costume may be operated by a pair of dancers. The dancers spring about while energetically moving and shaking the head and operating the jaws, ears, and eyes. The pair of dancers, forming the back and forelegs of the beast, mimic the motions of a single animal. The dance is traditionally accompanied by gongs, drums, and firecrackers which represents the descent of good luck. Traditional lion dance is done on the ground while a more modern variation has the dancer balancing upon a set of poles called jongs.
What is dragon dancing?
Dragon dance is also a form of traditional dance and performance in Chinese culture. Like the lion dance it is most often seen in festive celebrations. In the dance a team of people carry the dragon which is an image of the Chinese dragon on poles. The lead dancer lifts, dips, thrusts, and sweeps the head, while the other dancers follow in coordination of these movements. The movements in a performance traditionally symbolize historical roles of dragons demonstrating power and dignity. Dragons are believed to bring good luck to people, which is reflected in their qualities include great power, dignity, fertility, wisdom, and auspiciousness. The appearance of a dragon is both frightening and bold, but it has a benevolent disposition and eventually became an embalm to represent imperial authority.
What is Chinese opera?
Contemporary and modified Chinese opera is a form of traditional Chinese theater which combines music, vocal performance, mime, dance, and acrobatics to tell stories of current events and situations as well as old legends of China’s past.
What is Chinese drum, cymbal, and gong playing?
Students of Jade Moon Performing Arts Academy have the privilege to train in the long, time-honored tradition of playing drums, cymbals, and gongs which are used along with traditional lion and dragon dance ceremonies.
What are self-defense strategies?
Jade Moon Wushu Academy prides itself on teaching strategies of self-defense rather than self-defense techniques. This simply means teaching how to avoid confrontation and potentially dangerous situations. We first teach how to avoid the situation; not just how to get out of it. It is our belief as teachers of the martial arts that we hold a responsibility to the community of who we teach and what we teach our students. Our curriculum includes many combat and fighting techniques, however, students are instructed not to use these techniques in actual daily life seeing as how many are very destructive and deadly. Students are taught that confrontation should be avoided. The preservation of life, respect, peace, and compassion are a martial artist’s way of life. Students are taught that self-defense methods are not effective until a student reaches a mastery level (black belt) of the martial arts. In attempting to use such techniques before mastery level a student risks injuring themselves or others. Students are also taught that with the knowledge of martial arts comes the responsibility of self-control, humility, and awareness of the potentially dangerous techniques they now possess.