At the U.S. Kuoshu Academy, we teach a complete program in traditional Chinese martial arts. In the United States, these practices are sometimes called "kung fu." At the beginner level, the kung fu program includes stretching and warm up exercises, kicking and punching techniques, and pre-arranged sequences of techniques which we call "forms." After developing skill in the beginner level, students start to take on sparring practice and weapons training.
While we are teaching a martial arts program, we take care not to emphasize some of the more intense techniques to safeguard our children. To take this a step further, the Kids - Kung Fu curriculum is also carefully designed to insure that nothing is done to hinder the natural development of growing bodies.
Training the Front Heel Kick into a focus pad
In the background of our instruction, we emphasize discipline, respect, self-control, concentration and academic achievement. Students are required to exhibit these qualities both inside and outside of the school. A clear but subtle message in our program is an understanding of when, and just as important, when not to use the skills learned and honed in class. In fact, we explain to our students how to avoid conflicts, and promote the conflict resolution methods taught in the public school systems. Our students know that defense using kung fu is a last resort and only to be used in an emergency. Likewise, our students know they are not to practice on the family pet, older and younger siblings, and of course, mom and dad.
Our students benefit from enhanced listening skills, body strengthening and coordination, and self confidence as a result of our training programs.
We have designed our Class Schedule to place Kids - Kung Fu classes early in the evening on Monday through Thursday to allow time for homework and other activities. On Saturdays, the classes are in the late morning. All classes are 40 minets in duration.
Students of the U.S. Kuoshu Academy must possess the attention span necessary to complete a whole class. For this reason, classes for Kids - Kung Fu are available for children ages five and up. In some cases, we have allowed students who possessed superior focus in to our program beginning at four years old.
Kids Night Out - We had a lesson,
hung out with friends and watched a movie
The overall USKA curriculum features rich and diverse offerings, providing for extensive training in Kung Fu, Taijiquan and other Chinese martial arts systems. Portions of this curriculum were taught by Supreme Master Wang, Cheuh-Jen, 63rd Generation Grandmaster of Tien Shan Pai, and have been updated and supplemented by Grandmaster Huang, Chien-Liang, based on his extensive training and personal instructional experience.
The curriculum addresses training in a progressive manner - each level makes available the skills necessary for advancement to higher levels of accomplishment. Below, we have featured details on some of the major programs offered, including Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Xingyiquan and Baquazhang. Additional training opportunities are featured as well.
Note:Displayed below is the Adult Kung Fu curriculum up to 5th Degree Black Sash. Not all elements of the curriculum are shown, and the curriculum is subject to change without notice. Slight variations and adjustments have been made to this curriculum for our youth program.
1st Degree Black Sash
White Sash - Grade 6
- 初級拳 Chu Ji Quan (Primary Fist)
Orange Sash - Grade 5
- 小武花 Xiao Wu Hua (Little Martial Flower)
Green Sash - Grade 4
- 梅花拳 Mei Hua Quan (Plum Flower Fist)
Blue Sash - Grade 3
- 盤龍鞭桿 Pan Long Bian Gan (Coiling Dragon Whip)
Purple Sash - Grade 2
- 中級拳 Zhong Ji Quan (Intermediate Fist)
- 梅花連環腿 Mei Hua Lian Huan Tui (Plum Flower Kick Combination)
Brown Sash - Grade 1
- 小武花對練 Xiao Wu Hua Dui Lian (Little Martial Flower Two Man Set)
- 中級拳對練 Zhong Ji Quan Dui Lian (Intermediate Fist Two Man Set)
- 梅花單刀 Mei Hua Dan Dao (Plum Flower Broadsword)
- 小虎燕 Xiao Hu Yan (Little Tiger Swallow)
- 白眉棍 Bai Mei Gun (White Eyebrow Long Staff)
- 天山槍法 Tian Shan Qiang Fa (Tien Shan Spear)
- 鴛鴦譜 Yuan Yang Pu (Mandarin Duck)
- 燕形劍 Yan Xing Jian (Swallowtail Straightsword)
- 散打 San-Da 1-10
2nd Degree Black Sash
- 突擊 Tu Ji (Sudden Attack)
- 短棒對劈 Duan Bang Dui Pi (Short Staff Two Man Set)
- 單刀對槍 Dan Dao Dui Qiang (Broadsword vs. Spear)
- 梅花雙劍 Mei Hua Shuang Jian (Plum Flower Double Straightsword)
3rd Degree Black Sash
- 九節鞭Jiu Jie Bian (Nine Section Whip)
- 擒拿對練 Qin Na Dui Lian (Chin Na Two Man Set)
- 單刀對劈 Dan Dao Dui Pi (Broadsword vs. Broadsword)
- 叉腿 Cha Tui (Crossing Leg)
4th Degree Black Sash
- 小紅拳 Xiao Hong Quan (Little Red Boxing)
- 猴拳 Hou Quan (Monkey Boxing)
- 大刀對單刀 Da Dao Dui Dan Dao (Big Knife vs. Broadsword)
- 三節棍 San Jie Gun (Tri-Sectional Staff)
- 梅花雙刀 Mei Hua Shuang Dao (Plum Flower Double Broadsword)
- 盤龍棍行槍 Pan Long Gun Xing Qiang (Coiling Dragon Long Staff vs. Spear)
5th Degree Black Sash
- 禦步連環鴛鴦腳 Yu Bu Lian Huan Yuan Yang Jiao (Mandarin Kick Combination)
- 醉拳 Zui Quan (Drunken Fist)
- 虎頭雙鉤 Hu Tou Shuang Guo (Tiger Head Double Hook)
- 雙刀破花槍 Shuang Dao Po Hua Qiang (Double Broadsword vs. Flower Spear)
- 斬馬刀對槍 Zhan Ma Dao Dui Qiang (Horse Knife vs. Spear)
Additional Curriculum Elements
- Empty Hand Forms
- 孫臏拳 Sun Bin Quan (Sun Ping Boxing)
- 地公拳 Di Gong Quan (Ground Style)
- 白馬下山 Bai Ma Xia Shan (White Horse Descends Mountain)
- 螳螂拳 Tang Lang Quan (Praying Mantis)
- 查拳 Cha Chuan
- Weapons Forms
- 春秋大刀 Chun Qiu Da Dao (Spring Autumn Big Knife)
- 三才劍 San Cai Jian (Three Power Straightsword)
- 奇門劍 Chi Men Jian
- 穿心劍 Chuan Xin Jian
- 天罡寶扇 Tian Gang Bao Shan (Fan)
- 走線飛錘 Zou Xian Fei Chui (Flying Steel Ball)
- 雙頭槍 Shuang Tou Qiang (Double Head Spear)
- 梨花雙劍 Li Hua Shuang Jian (Pear Flower Twin Straightsword)
- 雙環 Shuang Huan (Double Ring)
- 鋪地錦滾螳雙刀 Pu Di Jin Gun Tang Shuang Dao (Ground Brocade Double Broadsword)
- 雙匕首 Shuang Bi Shou (Double Dagger)
- 太極拳 Tai Ji Chuan
- 摔跤 Shuai Jiao
- 八卦掌 Ba Gua Zhang
- 摔跤 Shuai Jiao
- 道家靜坐 Dao Jia Jing Zuo (Tao Meditation)
Kids Kung Fu Benefits
There is a growing recognition that regular exercise program is important for people of all ages and it is never too young to start. Indeed, getting kids involved in sports or other physical activities young could be the key to establishing a life-long commitment to an active lifestyle.
Based on our experience, and some studies on martial arts participation, we have found that the Kids Kung Fu program can help improve our student - capabilities in the following areas:
Discipline - Our structured program trains our younger student to control themselves and follow the instructors throughout the hour-long classes; students are not permitted to use their martial arts skills outside of the classroom.
Flexibility - Stretching is integral part of program, improving flexibility for our students.
Focus - Our emphasis on mastery of physical movements helps our students with continued attention on a single task. Our training is a different and complimentary practice to the kind of mental exercises required in school work.
Self-esteem - Students expand their self-confidence through setting progressive training goals and then reaching those goals.
Courtesy - Our programs teaches martial arts skill and appropriate behavior. Our instructors reinforce our requirement that students demonstrate appropriate behavior and self-control.
A recent Washington Post article describes the appropriate level of physical activity for both adults and children.