More than 1500 years ago, the Shaolin monks in China began studying martial arts as part of a lifelong journey towards enlightenment. Recognizing that body, mind and spirit are inseparable, they embarked on three pillars of training. This training included martial arts and qigong to strengthen the body, meditation to clear the mind, and spiritual inquiry to answer the deepest questions of the soul.
At The Peaceful Dragon we adhere to the traditional “three pillar” approach, teaching authentic lineage kungfu styles. The journey is a demanding one requiring self-discipline and dedication, but the rewards are always worth the effort.
Chinese Kungfu Offers You:
• New and exciting levels of fitness and coordination
• Ancient devastating self-defense and fighting techniques
• New levels of mental focus and discipline
• The wisdom of Asian culture and philosophy
Originating in the Shaolin Temple in China over 1500 years ago, Shaolin kungfu is perhaps the most comprehensive of all martial arts. Often referred to as the “grand daddy” of Asian martial arts, Shaolin has influenced the development of much later arts such as Japanese karate and Korean tae kwon do. Kungfu offers you great health and fitness, superb fighting skills, and it can be beautiful and exciting to watch, as in the movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”
“The curriculum here is diversified. It offers something for any age or type of person. The instructors treat every student with respect and help the student reach the highest level of martial arts they are capable of.”
Frank Tippett, Bond investor
Shuai Chiao Kungfu (Chinese grappling)
The oldest recorded martial art in East Asia, Shuai Chiao dates back more than 2500 years to the time of the Yellow Emperor.
With emphasis on grappling, throws and sweeps, Shuai Chiao offers a devastating arsenal of real combat techniques for the martial arts enthusiast.
Though not for the faint-of-heart or for people in poor physical condition, Shaui Chiao is the perfect complement for stylists of “stand-up” fighting styles such as Shaolin kungfu, karate, tae kwon do or boxing.
“The Peaceful Dragon’s authenticity is what I feel is very important and it is more real than any other martial art schools”
Jonathan Wright, Student
The Peaceful Dragon’s Approach to Chinese Kungfu
We motivate our students to strive to reach their full potential in all aspects of their lives. Like all traditional Chinese schools, our adult programs have no “belt rankings” or other competitive grading systems; the only test is whether you’ve made a little more progress today than you did yesterday. We look at martial arts mastery as a lifelong process and aim to help you build a strong foundation for optimal progress.
Personalized instruction includes qigong, forms, breathing methods, conditioning, meditation, self-defense applications, sparring, weaponry and more:
- Diverse kungfu styles and forms including Shuai Chiao and the Shaolin styles of Tan Tui, Mei Jong, Lohan, Animal styles and Kenpo.
- Progress at your own pace – no belt rankings
- Classes 7 days a week in clean, spacious studios with showers, saunas, and dressing rooms available
- Highly motivated fellow students to train with