Frequently Asked Questions
1) At what age do you need to start the study of Kung Fu?
Anybody under the guidance of a true Master can start practicing this beautiful and ancient art. Kung fu can be practiced from 4 to 100 years old. There are no beginning and no end, age or sex; these are just mind’s categories. What is important is what you do or you don’t do.
2) What is the difference between Kunf Fu, Karate, Judo and Taekwondo…?
Each martial system has its own martial principles and techniques. Taekwondo is famous for kicks, Karate for hand techniques, Judo for projections. However, all Asian fighting systems have a common matrix in Chinese Kung Fu. Kung Fu is the most ancient martial art of the East. From the technical point of view provides the use of techniques of arms, legs, sockets and projections, the use of traditional weapons and the study of vital points. The development of flexibility, elasticity and power through relaxation and the use of the internal energy in addition to self-care and health complete the study of this art.
3) Are there tournaments or competitions in this school?
In our school tournaments or competitions doesn’t represent a goal or the aim of the practice. Shifu de Nittis in the footsteps of his predecessors, in founding this school has outlined a very specific path. Traditional Kung Fu didn’t represent originally an exhibitionistic or competitive art, but a personal path of growth, from the point of view of physic, martiality, mind and spirit.
4) Kung Fu is suitable for everyone? Are special physical skills required?
Thanks to the vast store of knowledge of Shifu de Nittis, anyone can learn Kung Fu in his purest and deeper form, specializing in the system that best suits your characteristics. Special physical characteristics are not required, what is necessary are desire, passion and patience in the practice of a good and healthy Kung Fu!
5) Kung Fu is a violent art?
No traditional and martial art is in itself violent. A true martial practitioner is calm and balanced, and his inner peace of mind, the result of years of hard work, moved to people around him.
The violence is the behaviour of false Master and irresponsible instructor who, in a superficial way and without a real knowledge of the art, vent their frustrations and their aggressiveness on unaware students, contributing to he incorrect equation martial art – violence.
Our school set on the fundamental virtues of ancient schools: Respect, Humility, Honesty, Righteousness and Courage.
6) How can you choose a Kung Fu School?
The indication we give is first of all to follow your instinct, but with judgment. What is important is to observe very well what is around you. A school has the tradition of a place in which you breathe an ancient atmosphere and respect for the symbols and objects that remind the past and the important virtues of the school itself. A school has a wall dedicated to Master or Masters and ancient symbols…The practitioners or students have always an attitude of openness and respect towards everyone becomes part of their school. The attitude that emerges is of disciplines and respect, but in a general atmosphere of serenity and harmony.
7) How can you choose a Master?
This is the most difficult choice. It doesn’t exist a bulletin board of Kung Fu Masters that could classify and certify their real technical and moral knowledges. The reality is extremely anarchic and various. There are reality in which who attend a “course” for instructors, learning some martial techniques, can say to be a “Shifu” or “Master”.
Making a show of technical or “exotic words”, titles or trophies increase self-assertion, at least here in Italy!
Haw can a person who doesn’t know this world, value with judgement a Master or Shifu and not just his image of degrees, uniforms or qualifications?
In fact, with some advices, you could avoid ending up in the hands of people with no real qualifications.
1- The first thing to consider in order to distinguish a Master from simple “passionate” is his family tree. A true Master has a very precise lineage of styles or systems; everything has to be clear, with no mysteries.
Please, pay attention that lineage means that he is the depository of a system through a specific ceremony. It doesn’t mean having made some photos in some stages with some Masters. It means that you are officially a “disciple” of another Master and not just a simple student or practitioner.
If you find someone with these characteristics it is always important to realize how many times this Shifu meets his Master and how much time he dedicates to perfecting his Kung Fu. This still makes the difference between who is really a professional and who practice for hobby or a secondary passion during the commitments of the everyday life.
2- A Master is discreet, moderate in his words and actions. He is not an exhibitionist and he is not interested in “fame and status” (which is quite rare in the martial world today), but he cultivates humility and harmony between the “being and done”
3- A true master has not only a martial curriculum well-defined. His responsibility decades not only on the physical-motor characteristics of adults, on the factors of development and motor skills of children, but above all on the cognitive-psychic axis of all his students. Master’s worlds, behaviours and attitudes to small gestures take on a value of responsibility and considerable importance in the lives of his students. So attention and responsibility, not approximation and improvisation.