To answer this question in a few short sentences is almost impossible. It may even take a book full of writing to do the definition justice. But in any event, I shall try.The thoughts and definitions contained herein are my personal feelings, and understandings based on my personal journey through Pai Lum.
Pai Lum is a martial art.
Pai Lum is a way of life.
Pai Lum is a self defense.
Pai Lum is a philosophy.
Pai Lum is an exercise.
Pai Lum is nature.
For the beginner (first ten years of training) one should focus entirely on basics. This includes basic fighting techniques, theories, and concepts, basic health techniques, both internal, external, and the basic philosophy of Pai Lum. A beginner should learn how to construct the basic techniques, the mechanics of executing the techniques, and the basic striking points on which to apply the techniques. This method of learning may appear to be slow, but a good understanding of the purpose and function of techniques is essential for the mind to accept that technique and allow it to work.
Pai Lum for the beginner starts with practice and repetition. In order for the mind to accept and understand a technique, it must be thoroughly familiar with that technique. It must be friends with it. It must know it as One knows the neighborhood one grew up in; all the back alleys and shortcuts, where to go and where no to go. When the mind gets this familiar with a technique, it accepts it and uses it without thinking when the need arises. So remember, what the mind accepts, the body must do.And this is accomplished through:
Martial arts has many benefits. You get in great condition, learn to defend yourself, and have a lot of fun. Kung-fu is a unique martial art which dates back to ancient China. Kung-Fu is based on Ying Jow Pai (Eagle Claw) kung-fu. It has been greatly streamlined for use as a fitness program.The result is a fun, effective and dynamic workout which keeps you motivated and inspired. Kung-Fu is the perfect combination of ancient wisdom combined with modern science!
Kung Fu means “skill and effort” and can describe anything that one needs to spend time training in and becoming skillful in. When it means “martial art,” Kung Fu refers to the hundreds of styles of martial arts in China, all of which are different. However, there is one thing that all Chinese martial arts have in common and that is the idea that Kung Fu itself is merely skill.
The real value of Chinese martial arts goes beyond self defense. It lies within the strong traditional training that all Kung Fu styles emphasize: training that teaches the student to respect the teacher and the teacher’s advice; to be respectful towards other Kung Fu styles and to only use Kung Fu in a morally correct manner.
Entry level Kung Fu begins with the Nan Quan (Southern Fist) style. Nan Quan has its roots in Southern China and began its development during the Ming Dynasty. Nan Quan is famous for its steady footwork, combined with quick kicks and a variety of powerful close combat hand techniques. Beginning with the fundamental techniques and forms, practitioners will develop strength flexibility and an understanding of its traditional applications. This program is based on the methods used to train professional martial artists in China today.
Kung Fu consists of a number of martially inspired systems for fighting, health development, and dance. As for the hundreds of different styles, some are hard and linear, using punches and kicks. Other styles are soft and circular and do not appear useful for combat. Some schools resemble Karate. Weapons are used in some Kung Fu schools. Grappling methods are generally not used, so Kung Fu arts are usually considered striking styles, although not all styles use strikes.