By Heather McLean, Instructor, Southern Crane Kungfu
Over the years I’ve heard students say some funny things, and some that are downright irritating. From miss-translations of movements, such as where ‘the lobster throwing out its pincers’ somehow becomes ‘the crab cuts the pizza’, to those that equate our club with the gym to the point where they tell instructors ‘well, you’re providing a service for money so we should be able to do what we want and you should provide it’. Way to make you feel a bit like a lady of the night!
While kungfu is often something that people find when they get bored of simply going to the gym and want to do something that gives their physique an actual reason for being, it is a lot more than that.
Going to the gym can be lonely; gym goers stride about in their own worlds, lifting weights and running on machines, rarely looking at or talking to each other. Physically the gym-goer’s movements are limited as well, as despite all those weights and exercise machines, most people are relatively self-conscious.
Kungfu on the other hand gives you not only an extremely social place to hang out and make friends, but it also gives you useful knowledge, and makes you move and stretch and test your body in ways that you simply don’t at a gym.
This ability is imparted to you by people that have trained hard for years for no pay, instead spending a lot of their own money and time travelling the world to get the best instruction. That is why kungfu is better than the gym, and should not be thought of as simply a service; you pay a small fee to enable your instructors to run classes purely for your benefit. Make the most of it!