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Chuntian Academy International (C.A.I.), Chuntian Academy Japan - aka Shizuoka Kung Fu

WHAT IS SHIZUOKA KUNG FU ?

Our methods of real world empty hand combat are smart, simple, and based on real world, authentic martial arts from ancient times as well as modern tactics and concepts from martial masters, police, military and security specialist that are well suited to the needs of people in modern society. It is a complete system of training. The CAI method is mainly derived from an original 1300 year old Shaolin Wu Su (Five Animal Fist) Kung fu.
Wing Chun Kung Fu Siulim Tao techniques and fighting applications and Jeet kune Do Concepts were adopted in the 1990s and added to the curriculum in 1996 to compliment our man-to-man close range combat skills. Police and military tactics from police training officers and military were added to our short-term training in the mid to late 1990's with input and street tested by active Police Officers and Police Training Officers.
Improvised weapons were added to the regular curriculum in Japan in 2015.
CAI programs are organized in a progressive format to help accommodate individual desires, training availability and time. It is an amazingly efficient and effective system that does not rely on physical size or strength. Dedicated students acquire not only a high level of martial skill and self defense ability in a relatively short time, they also develop a sense of relaxation, peace of mind, and greater confidence.

Which is better in you opinion Karate, Tae Kwon do or Kung fu - Every time I see kung fu at competitions they don't do well?

Authentic Combat Kung Fu styles are not used in martial arts tournaments. In America, Canada, Australia, Japan, UK, etc. practically all Kung Fu moves are illegal in a tournament. Because of the serious nature of Chinese arts, Combat Kung Fu has not become a sport (like Tae kwon, Karate, BJJ, etc).

Kung Fu practitioners are typically more interested in practical combat, rather than scoring more points or looking good in front of judges. (Sport)
However, many Kung Fu schools do attend martial arts tournaments, most of them are merely there to demonstrate forms and moves, rather than actually participate in any sport fight competition. These "Kung-fu"styles that demonstrate spectacular forms, weapons and other physical demonstrations are a hybrid of stunt Chinese Opera moves, exaggerated kung-fu "based" moves, gymnastics and showmanship. This is known as Wushu. This style is often more sport and showmanship than actual combat and therefore legal in mainland China and acceptable to teach non-Chinese.
As for fighting in tournaments under the term "Kung fu" - Those who do, use a severely modified version of Kung Fu and shouldn't be considered as real, where everything has been changed to make it legal.

Are the Programs hard to learn?

No! The drills are simple and easy to practice. One of the amazing things about the system is that it teaches advanced martial arts principles and techniques through exercises that anyone can learn in a relatively short time.

How long does it take to become an expert in CAI programs?

A student who trains diligently can become an expert in C.A.I.'s programs in a relatively short time. During the first few years of study, the student is opened to forms and drills that lay the foundation for mastery of the system. After completing the basic program, a student has the opportunity to become an instructor in his own school. C.A.I. is unique in the sense that the system does not require a lifetime of study for a student to achieve a high level of martial skill.; however, a dedicated student has the opportunity to spend a lifetime studying the system.

Are the CAI Program Different than other Martial Arts?

Yes. Most martial arts are practiced as sports, requiring students to train for and demonstrate their fighting abilities in tournaments or other organized competitions. Conversely, C.A.I. programs are not a sport and students in C.A.I. schools are not expected to compete in tournaments.

Additionally, a C.A.I. student does not receive instruction in an overwhelming number of self-defense techniques.
(See Hick's Law )

SIMPLICITY:

Many schools teach too many techniques or techniques that are too complicated, or based on someone willing, or at a slow speed, paused punch, one-handed, not moving the feet, etc.
This isn't real and training should not be geared this way, nor should you be impressed if you see a demonstration in this manner.
We aren't fighting single-movement slow androids, we are fighting moving, powerful humans with multiple punches and strong violent determination.
Some of these techniques may work in the controlled environment of a classroom or within the rules of an organized competition but may not work during an unpredictable street confrontation.

REFLEX REACTION-BASED SKILLS

We teach principles with certain skills, tools, qualities and drills that will give you tools and skills that can be applied in any number of situations and doesn't need to be assumptive and predictive of an attack, which is kind of a oxymoron if you understand real street situations. You are prepared for whatever, you are not thinking about what to do, the attack comes in, it's like one of your drills, in a relatively short you will react instinctively defend and attack almost simultaneously and without thought. Though our opponents are not androids or robots, we train to respond like a machine or robot. Reactionary and automatic via intense and regular drill practice. We take the thinking out of it. Thinking can lead to doubt, fear, etc.
We train our reflexes to respond with the most effective technique - on a primitive subconscious level.
We do deep meditation, counseling, and other techniques to find our inner survival "killer ape", and then teach it to fight.

LESS IS MORE:

Most importantly - K.I.S.S. - Keep It Simple and Smart. Quality is better than Quantity.
This has been proven effective for hundreds of years.
Our long program: Shaolin Wu Su, has only 108 tools / techniques. With Wing Chun Siulim Tao and Police methods being added in the 1990s, the tools / techniques come to only 180. The techniques are found in our forms (Quans / Kata).

FORMS / KATAS:

The long program has only 5 forms and 7 sets along with a variety of drills for reaction, skill and energy development.
All the forms are for practicing alone and have practical movements. None of our forms are for show, only practical skills.
The Forms are a way to go through ALL the techniques, while also doing breathing, footwork and getting a good cardio workout.

SPARRING:

We teach you to crawl, step, walk and then run. Not throwing you into sparring and throwing a bunch of punches and kicks with the hope to land one.
This is how sport and children classes often train. We do not. This style can cause injury and is giving you a false sense of security on the street.
We train your reflexes, teach control and accuracy and speed comes progressively and injury is rare.

TRAINING:

Also, Every student learns at his or her own pace. We have inside facilities, but we often train outside in parks and we focus on training combatants in conditions approximating real-life scenarios. We prepare trainees in self-defense, fighting and combat skills, as well as skills to defend others. We teach realistic fighting, self defense and use of improvised everyday weapons, and train in social and daily settings (pub, street, park, car, toilet, mass transit, house, bus and simulated airliner).

Finally, in contrast to the strict military-style hierarchy, ceremony, and protocol common in other martial arts, C.A.I. students generally train in a relaxed and informal "family-style" manner.

What do you do in a typical class?

The first class is basically our seminar - "learn-today-do-today" escape focused skills.
Next - the first few months you will learn 22-must-learn techniques and see and start to participate in the formal class.
A typical class starts with the students arriving a few minutes before and stretching and warming up on their own.

Standard Class:
Part 1. Chi Kung - ( 気功 / Longevity and Life Energy Exercises)
Part 2. Chuan - (型, 5 Animal Forms and Technique Analysis)
Part 3. Two-man Drills ( Reflex-Reaction and Energy Drills)
Part 3. Chi-shuu & Chin Na (実用的な技術 / Techniques)
Part 4. Duo Zhong -(多种 - Combinations)
Part 5. Suichi-Kung-chi - (ランダム攻撃の練習 / Random Attack Practice)

What is Kyusho Jitsu?

Kyusho Jitsu is a martial art study focused on targeting pressure points to control the opponent. Pressure points are areas of the body where people can apply pressure or strike in order to cause pain, joint compliance, releases, injury and assistance in controlling the attacker.
Kyusho-Jitsu is "a way of attacking the nerve points, cavities, reflex points, and joint angles to control an attacker or subdue an attacker to maintain your advantage and be in control.

What is Chi Kung (Qigong)?

Qigong, qi gong, chi kung, or chi gung - literally means: "Life Energy Cultivation" is a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for health, spirituality, and martial arts training. With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi (chi), translated as "life energy".
Qigong practice typically involves moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and calm meditative state of mind.
Qigong is now practiced throughout China and worldwide for recreation, exercise and relaxation, preventive medicine and self-healing, alternative medicine, meditation and self-cultivation, and training for martial arts.

I see pictures of Bruce Lee on CAI flyers, and references that sound like Wing Chun, related?

Yes, C.A.I.'s techniques are primary from an ancient family basic Shaolin Wu Su Kung fu style of Kung fu.
Bruce Lee studied Wing Chun and Wing Chun is the foundation of his Jeet Kune Do.
Wing Chun's Shaolin animals - snake and crane techniques, methods, theories and principles are widely adapted to compliment our training via the form Siulim Tao.
We do not study the Wing Chun Style out right, but use the applications of Siulim Tao and Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do Concepts of - using Wing Chun as a foundation - "Use What is Useful, Disregard What is Useless" - Using no way as way" & "Having no limitation as limitation". Also, the principles of JKD, center-line, forward intention, be like water, economy of motion, etc.
We put emphasis on JKD "Concepts", the original meaning of JKD's eclecticism, and not be a style in itself. They have since gone against this and have invented a style Jun Fan JKD - since Lee's death. We are not apart of that, only his principles and philosophy of fighting.

Does CAI have a ranking system?

Yes. It is true that some kung fu styles do not use the typical belt color ranking system. Some use titles, uniform button colors or start with black sash and end with white sash. There are many methods. Because of our karate history and being located in Japan, we use a ranking system, both title and belt color. However, it is an internally recognized system and has nothing to do with any other style, school or system except ours.
Instructors often never wear belts as we like to put emphasis on the fact that belts essentially mean nothing on the street and give many a false sense of power. Belts serve as a progression measurement of skill, and a reward perhaps. But your true award should be having the real skill in your mind, body and heart and not a symbol. You should be concerned about real skill and being fit, and not about collecting belts or certificates, and growing your ego. Your ego will kiss your butt and could get your butt kicked. The goal is real skill and train hard, not belts, trophies or other distractions.
http://www.caijapan.com/?q=ranks

Have you ever had to use your skills in a real life threatening situation?

Yes, as a Karate-ka with years 5 years of training, I confronted a couple of sailors that were talking trash to me and my friend, I thought I was good and was one of the best at kumite in my dojo. However, fear came over me and I tried to kick with numb legs, they basically jumped me and my karate skills failed me. I went soul searching, trying different styles and found my current style of close range practical kung fu based combat.
I have since used it 100% effectively, including when I thought I was being murdered.
I had my ego bruised by the encounter with the sailors, I've had a few unruly patients when working as an EMT on a Rescue Squad-Ambulance, and a few fights and incidents working as security, nothing life threatening.
That all changed in 2015 when I was attacked and thought I was being knifed and murdered by a gang in Bali.
My skills worked and I survived, but I also learned a lot, that has in-turn made me a better teacher and martial artist.
Read about it here in detail: http://www.caijapan.com/?q=bali-attack

A CAI school isn't available in my area, what should I study for real world defense?

We invite you to visit us in Shizuoka, Japan.
We have short term programs and Japan is awesome and I have lived here for 16 years, moving from Virginia Beach - Norfolk Area of Virginia.
I occasionally get back to Virginia for seminars, also Singapore.
If none of that works for you, shop around. They're good schools, but also many bad ones - that are teaching theory, Sport or Frozen punch/knife techniques that look cool and may work in the classroom with a willing partner or work paused or from a slower attack, but are pure fantasy at real speed under the stress of a real street attack.
Find a teacher that has actually used his skills in the world, a martial artist - cop for an example. Don't just go to the closest school, most are sport or self-proclaimed martial art theorist that promote themselves as Grand masters of the greatest system ever, but have never been in a real fight.
Experience is 9/10th of education - your teacher should at a minimum be experienced. Not the blind leading the blind.
Remember the Chinese Saying: It's better to spend 10 years looking for the right teacher than to spend 10 years with the wrong teacher.
Read this: http://caijapan.com/?q=buyer-beware