The Gung Fu Institute has been serving Lee County since 1992. We have a state-of-the-art facility with matted floors throughout the training area. We have three separate training areas. One of the areas is the bag and fitness area where there are approximately 20 different types of bags including double bags, speed bags, uppercut bags and many others. Grappling can be done on all floors. Our primary focus at the Gung Fu Institute is totality. We want our students to be complete physically, mentally and spiritually. The main arts taught at the Institute are Jeet Kune Do and Wing Chun. READ MORE →
Jeet Kune Do is simply the most complete martial art available. JKD is a non-classical method of martial arts founded by Bruce Lee. It is based on a solid understanding of the human body as a weapon of self defense. Jeet Kune Do (JKD) is a method that seeks simplicity, directness and economy of motion. Bruce Lee desired a more complete method of fighting based on the natural movements of a human being, rather than learning to move like an insect or an animal. The method is based on physics and body mechanics. JKD is straightforward in its approach to self protection. JKD doesn't teach an individual to be in bondage to a particular dogma or style whether it be Chinese, Japanese, Korean or any other national martial art. The JKD method allows the individual freedom to express themselves and to explore their inner workings rather than being a slave to form. READ MORE →
Wing Chun Kung Fu is one of the most sophisticated martial arts. Wing Chun addresses both the soft and hard principles of combat. This allows a smaller framed person to defend themselves against a larger, stronger opponent.
Most of the time in Wing Chun we are actually using the opponent's force against them by understanding body mechanics.
The folk history of Wing Chun reads like a fantasy book. The Shaolin monasteries were the only beacon of light in an otherwise dark dynasty. The government was corrupt and began taking over by force.
No one would be able to stop them except the Shaolin monasteries and its monks. The government officials bribed certain monks who helped the government by burning down the monasteries.
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The Jr. Dragons program is based on the principles of Jeet Kune Do, developed by Bruce Lee. The class is specifically designed for ages 8 to 15 years. Some of the philosophies of Jeet Kune Do are simplicity, directness and economy of motion such that the students learn to "carve away" the unessentials when moving their bodies. Everything the student is taught falls under these criteria so that the martial art the student is learning will be efficient and useful. The students then are given the opportunity to apply their martial arts in the form of closely supervised sparring. In this manner they see that they are actually learning to fight rather than just learning "forms". READ MORE →
Our Little Dragons program is simply the best martial art program available in the area. The class is specifically designed for ages 6 to 8 years. Our main objective is for the children to feel competent and successful every time they attend class. The instructors work with the students to strengthen their natural abilities and to develop the discipline to achieve in difficult situations. Our program enhances positive development in a fun and motivating way. The kids will develop a wide range of practical, self defense skills. These skills will empower your child to deal with the world more confidently. READ MORE →
Many people have heard the terms "MMA" or "cross-training." Bruce Lee and JKD were the catalysts for this type of multi-disciplinary integration over 40 years ago. Various forms of martial arts have existed for hundreds of years and yet, even as recently as the 1960s, it was unusual for a practitioner of one art whether Chinese, Japanese, or Korean to cross-train and use the ideas from a different art. Bruce Lee cared nothing about martial art denominations; he merely wanted to seek the truth. Many times, the truth lies outside of tradition. This is how JKD, the forerunner of what today is known as "mixed martial arts," began. READ MORE →
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