Chinese martial arts, collectively known as Kung Fu (loosely translated as "hard work"), are well known as a means to learn self-defense, gain spirituality, and cultivate or express the mind and body. With this in mind, it is helpful to establish a motive behind learning Kung Fu. Whether it is for exercise, spirituality, self-defense, or just for an escape from the day-to-day stresses, there are some simple steps that can be taken to get started in learning kung fu:
First, decide on the type of kung fu you're looking for. There are styles that emphasize quick and easy solutions to self-defense problems, while there are others that concentrate on body and energy development. Also, there are more traditional styles that incorporate a little bit of everything mentioned.
- For fast and hard self-defense, inclusive of exercise and general body development, the kung fu derivative Krav Maga, an Israeli martial art, is very effective.
- On the other hand, the well-known Tai Chi is a strong style of kung fu for those looking for spiritual, mental, and physical development. Also, due to it's popularity, it is easy to find many schools of Tai Chi [Chuan] that teach in tandem with Yoga and various other arts.
- Finally, Wing Chun is a great all-around traditional martial art that covers all of the above facets for overall self-improvement. This may be a familiar name as it is the style of kung fu originally practiced by Bruce Lee.
The next step, after deciding on a style of kung fu to undertake, is to purchase a good introductory book to the art. It doesn't have to be anything special, but it should thoroughly cover the basics and any preparatory steps necessary to get started in practicing the martial art. This is a great way for those unfamiliar with martial arts to quickly get acquainted with their practice, and the books help to bring the history of the arts and their respective country's history.
After acquiring a good text on the chosen style of kung fu, it is time to look for a good school from which hands-on practice can be gained. If the book that was purchased does not give recommendations for schools in the immediate area, the best alternative would be to search on the internet or through local directories, and to pay a visit to the schools themselves.
Hopefully these steps will give an idea of how simple and fun it can be to get started in the world of kung fu.