Kids Kungfu:

Q: Im interested in martial arts for my son or daughter but I don’t want them fighting.  Will they be taught to fight and made to spar in class?

A: No, CMAA teaches martial arts, not ‘fighting’.  Below age 13, children are taught basic martial arts techniques for solo routines practice only.  They will exercise, stretch and train technique to develop all the basic physical and mental attributes of a martial artist without engaging in any fighting or sparring practice.

For more information please read more about the program here:  http://www.martialartsalbany.com/programs/kids-program-2/

However, if your child is interested in learning more application based techniques and sparring, then at age 14 they may attend the Kungfu Kickboxing (Sanshou) class.  The techniques developed during their Kids Kungfu program will give them a great foundation in what we call “martial mechanics” and a superior ability to learn sparring techniques correctly.

Kungfu Forms:

Q: What’s the difference between “Kungfu” and “Wushu”?

A: Essentially nothing, they are both used to describe Chinese Martal Arts.  Technically Kungfu (Gongfu) actually means “a skill developed over time through hard work”, while Wushu actually means Martial Art (Martial = Wu, Art = Shu).

Some people have started to use the word Kungfu to mean traditional Chinese martial arts and Wushu to mean modern Chinese martial arts for competition.

At CMAA we practice both.  We train traditional Longfist kungfu (Chang Quan) as the basis for our advanced competition wushu routines.  Long Fist style is renowned for its impressive acrobatic kicks.  Wushu trains martial art patterns and maneuvers comprised of basic movements inherent to traditional Kungfu routines (stances, kicks, punches, balances, jumps, sweeps and throws).  However, in advanced demonstration events contemporary Changquan includes movements that are difficult to perform, requiring great flexibility and athleticism comparable to that of gymnastics.

Kungfu Kickboxing :

Q: Is Sanshou a kind of Kungfu?

A: Sanshou (Kungfu Sparring) is a part of Kungfu.  All styles of Kungfu practice Sanshou when they do freestlye sparring.  Sanshou is the counterpart to our solo kungfu forms training.

However, now Sanshou has been developed as system of full contact, competitive sport fighting as well.  Sport Sanshou allows for both striking (punch, kick, knee) and grappling (throws, sweeps, takedown).  At CMAA we practice both traditional Sanshou and sport Sanshou.

Q: I’ve never done martial arts before and I’m not interested in fighting or sparring the first day, is that OK?

A: Yes,that is OK!  You will not have to fight/spar on the first day- or ever.  At CMAA we will use the class time to do our Sanshou technique training.  Practices will include shadow boxing, mitt drills, pad drills, partner drills, and takedown/throwing drills to allow all practitioners to develop the techniques required for sparring or a real life altercation.

Sparring will be held separately after class and participation is entirely optional.  Please speak with an instructor if you are interested in participating in sparring/fight training.


Q: I’m a bit older and I’ve never practiced Taichi before.  Is Taichi difficult to learn?

A: Taichi is a great art to begin practicing as you get older.  The beginner class focuses on the development of good Taichi basics and beginner routines.  The slow motion movements offer a form of non-impact exercise and are simple to learn.

Q: I’ve tried Taichi before and found the movements confusing to remember.  How is the Taichi at CMAA easier to learn?

A: At CMAA we focus on teaching the highest quality Taichi.  In order to do this we focus on the development of good Taichi basics.  Before, traditional schools typically taught long forms which may have consisted of up to 108 movements.  Now, before teaching the longer traditional routines, we use simplified forms consisting of 10, 16, 24, 48 and 56 movements .  By teaching in smaller, more digestible, bite-size pieces, you can advance to longer, traditional forms through a systematic progression.  In the end, you’ll learn the long, complex routines.  However since you will have developed a good foundation in Taichi basics, and simplied forms, it will seem like a natural process and not overwhelming.


Q: I’m interested in doing a certain combination of the programs offered at CMAA, including Kungfu and Taichi.  Does this cost extra?

A: No, tuition is determined by the frequency you attend, not by which classes you attend.  CMAA offers training is both Taichi and Kungfu in order to give our students the opportunity for the most balanced approach in training the Chinese martial arts.  You are welcome and encouraged to cross train among any of the programs offered at CMAA.

Q: How much does it cost?

A:CMAA offers several pricing options to best suit your needs.  The cost for differs based on how long you sign up for (monthly/annually) and how frequently you attend class (1x per week and unlimited).   Please call and schedule a time to take a free trial class and learn more about which pricing plan will work best for you!

Q: Can I try a class out before I join?

A: Yes, absolutely.  Please call and schedule a time to come in a try a class out for free.

Q: What should I wear to class?

A: For your first class all you are required to wear is comfortable clothing. Also, please wear clean indoor shoes or socks for Taichi, Kungfu Forms and Kids Kungfu.  For Kungfu Kickboxing we will train barefoot.

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