Master’s blended Teh Nei Chia Chuan style has evolved through experimentation and proving the supremacy of his style in application.
There is the influence of his family heritage Diamond style Kung Fu and Muay Thai along with Master’s own evolved Kung Fu, Muay Thai and Tai Chi influences.
There are a lot of practical, likely scenario responses that Master includes in his curriculum, and it has benefited both himself and students who found themselves in situations where it is useful.
Master commits a lot of curriculum towards self-defence for women too, as well as helping people to respond to muggers and those who may attempt to hold you against your will, whether they have weapons or not.
Master teaches hidden and overt ways of attacking and defending. Aside from learning to balance when in motion, appropriate students will be taught how to break falls which is very important, especially amongst the elderly.
Falls make up a huge amount of hospital entries and ongoing health complications and perhaps significant forced lifestyle changes. To know how to fall safely is a life and living skill indeed. The Kung Fu leads on from the other brackets in moving applications.
Many have done Kung Fu, however, few would know the benefits of the Teh Nei Chia Chuan style nor the ability to execute soft style, or with the high degree of sensing, manipulation, subterfuge and control taught by Master. Your Senior Instructor will competently teach beginner and intermediate levels of Kung Fu and applied principles and detailed finesse applicable to advanced students.
No one is as high a level in the application of Kung Fu as Master Steve. He may be willing to teach advanced students. Due to our safety policy, we don’t offer freestyle combat or sparring.
However, anyone wishing to do freestyle full-contact Kung Fu will only benefit and lift their skills by incorporating the details and finesse found in Master’s curriculum. Nei Kung and Tai Chi lessons are pre-requisite for Kung Fu training.
You simply won’t be sufficiently conditioned, otherwise, and would remain unable to grasp the details required for high-level Kung Fu finesse. There are no shortcuts.
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What do I need to bring to learn Teh Nei Chia Chuan Health, Meditation, Breathing, Qi Gong, Massage, Tai Chi, Nei, Kung and Kung Fu?
Clothing – if you wish to comfortably manage the activities, wear flexible long shorts or pants and a loose t-shirt. We wear black pants and white tops.
After three months, you are expected to wear the uniform.
For formal occasions, you would be given plenty of notice and expected to have the formal uniform jacket.
Shoes – are not to be worn on the gym mat so you can have bare feet or socks/ stockings. It is recommended if you wear shoes on the tai chi lawn that they do not have a strong grip, for it prevents you from sliding, turning and spinning easily. Master always wears Kung Fu shoes, for they are cheap and flexible. Your Senior Instructor mainly has bare feet, enjoying the grounded feeling.
Water – we are on filtered rainwater at Forgedale. Bring a drinking vessel so you can rehydrate.
Loose-leaf folder or similar – if you wish to expedite your training, it is important to get into the habit of writing down what you learn and questions you would like to ask. Then over time, you will have created your own customised learning manual.
We suggest a different for each loose-leaf page so that as your learning deepens you can add to the page and add extra pages. A book can be frustrating and restrictive. Master is a stickler for writing things down and dating each entry. You will then know the context and gain an appreciation for your improved learning over time, too.
Though we may use videos as learning aids, reliance on videos is not considered an appropriate way for students to learn. We encourage memory enhancement and patience, letting the learning flow naturally.
Published books are available from Master who can be contacted via his Facebook page. In each class, we read one or two pieces of prose from Master’s books. Master shares a lot of his literature on his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Teh-Nei-Chia-Chuan-Tai-Chi-Kung-Fu-147054698663845/
Insect protection – as we are in a bushland setting and may train outdoors or in the open gazebo.
Weapons – are provided for lessons initially. After three months, you are expected to have your own. Beginners start with the bamboo staff and a plastic tai chi training sword.