Martial arts are inherently non-verbal. To understand it, one must experience it first hand as learning happens via direct transmission from an experienced Sifu (teacher). We encourage you to explore this firsthand by trying a class. However, trying martial arts for the first time can seem a bit awkward and beginners (and their parents) often call with some simple questions about getting started.
We are sharing these common questions and our answers in hopes of making this transition a little easier. If you don’t see your questions here, please call the school and we’ll be happy to guide you through the process.
“I’ve never done martial arts before, what sort of experience is necessary to begin?”
No prior experience at all is necessary to learn. Wah Lum’s curriculum will start you with the building blocks of martial arts: stances, punches, and kicks then form-exercises will teach you rudimentary combinations and shapes commonly found in more complex techniques. Meanwhile you’ll build strength, focus and balance for better execution.
“Martial artists seem very fit but it’s been a while since I’ve worked out and may have some limitations. Can I still learn something like this?”
While mature students are frequently concerned with their physical capability, we’ve found the most important indicator of success is always one’s attitude and willingness to try new things. Wah Lum is a great way to get into shape- give it a try. Let us know if you have any medical limitations or needs and we will work with you to customize a program for you.
“I have a very hectic schedule. Maybe I should wait until I have more free time before committing to learning?”
Our experience is that if people wait until they have lots of free time they may never get a chance to learn. On the other hand, when one can just get started then the skills and energy students gain from this sort of training help them better manage their schedule and make space for a growing practice.
“I’m in another sport; will this help my conditioning?”
Wah Lum Kung Fu is an excellent way to cross train. Anaerobic stamina, core strength, agility, flexibility, balance and plyometrics are all involved in the execution on our techniques. Young athletes typically see improved performance in their sport of choice.
“Can I learn to use those weapons?”
The classical Chinese weapons are part of Wah Lum’s core curriculum, albeit at a more intermediate proficiency level. When one has demonstrated sufficient grounding in the basics as well as the mental and emotional control necessary to handle them, students will be taught weapons forms, drills, and ultimately applications. Moral value remains the most important aspect of the art of martial weapons.
“I’ve heard martial arts are good for youngsters. Is this also true of energetic or shy youngsters?”
Absolutely. Wholesome discipline, clear boundaries, non-competitive training, and energetic workouts help children learn quicker, calm their focus, build confidence, and apply themselves more consistently. Children will tell you it is fun. Parents often report improved behavior at school and home in as little as 6 classes.