Frequently Asked Questions
I’M INTERESTED IN DOING A CERTAIN COMBINATION OF THE PROGRAMS OFFERED AT CMAA, INCLUDING KUNGFU AND TAICHI. DOES THIS COST EXTRA?
Tuition rates are determined by a number of factors: the type of program, frequency of attendance, duration of membership agreement, combination of programs, and other applicable discounts (family, senior, etc.). You are welcome and encouraged to cross train among any of the programs offered at CMAA. Once you’ve tried our programs, and know how you’d like to combine them, we can put together some different options to see which fits your interest, schedule and budget the best.
How much does it cost?
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). Call today to learn more which pricing plan will work best for you!
Can I try a class out before I join?
What should I wear to class?
For your first class, please wear loose, comfortable clothing, including clean indoor shoes or socks for Taichi, Kungfu Forms, and Kids Kungfu. For Kungfu Kickboxing, we prefer to train barefoot.
I Am 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?
No. CMAA teaches martial arts, not ‘fighting’. Children are taught basic martial arts techniques for solo routines practice only below age 13. They will exercise, stretch and train in techniques designed to develop all the basic physical and mental attributes of a martial artist without engaging in any fighting or sparring practice.
However, if your child is interested in learning more application based techniques and sparring, 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.
What’s the difference between “Kungfu” and “Wushu”?
Essentially there is not a difference between "Kungfu" and "Washu"; they are both used to describe Chinese Martal Arts. Technically Kungfu (Gongfu) means “a skill developed over time through hard work”, while Wushu 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 Kungfu and Washu. 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.
Is Sanshou a kind of Kungfu?
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.
I’ve never done martial arts before and I’m not interested in fighting or sparring the first day, is that OK?
Absolutely! 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.
I’m a bit older and I’ve never practiced Tai chi before. Is Taichi difficult to learn?
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.
I’VE TRIED TAI CHI BEFORE AND FOUND THE MOVEMENTS CONFUSING TO REMEMBER. HOW IS THE TAICHI AT CMAA EASIER TO LEARN?
If you’ve ever tried Tai Chi before and found the movements confusing or difficult to remember, don’t worry our approach will make things easier. First, we focus on the development of good Tai Chi basics. Becoming familiar with basic exercises will help us move into the routines more seamlessly. Once we progress to traditional Tai Chi routines, we break up the routines in to sections. We will focus on learning each section one at a time through a systematic progression. Since you will have developed a good foundation in Tai Chi basics and learned the sequences piece by piece, it will seem like a natural process and not overwhelming.