Most modern fighting styles have been influenced by Chinese Kung Fu. Kung Fu is comprised of a large collection of martial arts that date back thousands of years. Although there are many variants, the underlining theme is that of using your opponents' force and momentum against them.
Like many systems, Chinese Kung Fu is the foundation for the Fire and Water Martial Arts, particularly the animal systems of Shaolin Kung Fu.
Early masters recognized that animals were superior fighters and developed fighting styles that mimicked the movements and attitudes of the animal. The dance-like movements appear graceful on the surface, but can be deadly during a confrontation. The animal's elegance and grace is matched only by its efficient ferocity. Animal style practitioners are quick, deceptive and are taught to end a fight almost instantly, usually either maiming or killing the opponent.
Of the various animal styles, the Fire and Water student may pursue Praying Mantis, Tiger, Eagle, Snake, Bear, Monkey, Crane and Dragon. Students will receive practical fighting / sparring experience in both empty hand (controlled) and gloved (full contact) bouts.
Kung Fu literally means "hard work." This is the very essence of Kung Fu training. As a Fire and Water martial artist, you will work hard to develop your fighting skills and to develop yourself physically and mentally to be the best that you can be.
In addition to the animal systems, other aspects of Kung Fu are taught within the Fire and Water Martial arts. These include Chi Kung breathing exercises, the iron palm and iron body arts, Chin Na, traditional Kung Fu weapons and more.