Wushu (Martial Arts) is a benign system of thought.
We adhere to, and uphold the old ways of teaching martial arts along with a system of ethics known as Wude. Wude encompasses the ethical concepts of Humility, Virtue, Respect, Morality, Trust, Courage,Patience, Endurance, Perseverance and Will. We simply reject any applicants who do not adhere to a personal code of ethics and who may abuse the power that our fighting systems would grant them.
The Ego is a spoilt, tyrannical child. Always ready to take control if unchallenged.
In the words of the legendary Zen master Takuan Sōhō,“When the swordsman stands against his opponent, he is not to think of the opponent, nor of himself, nor of his enemy’s sword movements. He just stands there with his sword which, forget fulof all technique, is ready only to follow the dictates of the subconscious. The man has effaced himself as the wielder of the sword.” Ego and pride have been the downfall of many. In order to unlock our full physical and mental potential, we must eventually face and overcome our own egos. A very painful and on-going process but also positively life-changing. In a real self-defence situation, your ego can get you killed. There is no place for uncontrolled ego and pride in our school. Leave them at the door with your shoes.
Our school is built on our training. A foundation of our blood, sweat and tears.
We invest an inordinate amount of personal time,energy and effort into our own training and into helping our students grow into the most effective and well-rounded martial artists that they can be. Over the years we have invested an incredible amount of ourselves into the school. The path to personal growth is difficult. Great personal sacrifice is required in order to achieve the very highest results. This is not a path for the fainthearted and those who desire a comfortable life.
We are not a business. We are a family.
We are old-school. When you train with us, you are not a consumer. You are not a customer. You are not always right. You are not ordering a supersize McKungFu burger with a side order of fries. Respect is a two-way process. If you want to be respected, then you must give respect. If you become a student, you will be expected to demonstrate respect for your seniors, your instructors and yourself. In turn, you will be respected and nurtured by your instructors. You will become part of our world-wide Chang Hong family along with all the responsibilities and privileges that this entails.
Kung Fu means Hard Work.
In its original meaning “Kung Fu” refers to any discipline or skill achieved through hard work and practice. The basic requirement is dedication. Dedication runs in our veins. Our head instructors dedicate at least 30 hours per week to their own personal training outside of class times. Our centre is as dedicated as we are and is exclusively used for the practice and purpose of martial arts. We do not hand out grades like happy meals. Mere participation on its own is not enough. Endurance and the will to work hard are required from all prospective students. Dedication to training and personal growth as well as a high degree of self-control are important qualities that we look for in potential students.
We don’t get to go home.
Our dedication flows out of our passion for what we do. We have built our careers, our knowledge base, our recreation and our life purpose around martial arts and self-defence. What we do is not a side-line, an interest or a hobby for us, as it is for most other martial arts and self-defence instructors. This is one of the big differences between us and our students. Students get to go home after class. We do not. This is our home.This is our life. Our passion for martial arts and self-defence has driven us to become some of the most skilled and qualified martial artists in the country. We look for keen interest and passion in potential students since this is one of the characteristics that will drive them to achieve excellence.
There is no space in a full cup for any more tea.
All of us have our own opinions about things but it is important to maintain an open mind and to try to perceive things from new perspectives in order to learn and grow. All students are expected to maintain an open mind, to be prepared to have their opinions challenged and to work hard to change the way that they’ve always done things. This extends to prior martial arts experience. All prospective students start at the very beginning learning the absolute basics. No one is given “credit” for prior martial arts experience, nor are they advanced through our system at a more rapid rate due to prior training in other systems. In order to properly adopt and apply our system, a total reconstruction of the student’s response is required. We do not cobble together our students’ martial responses out of their previous experience.Prospective students should be prepared to start from scratch with an empty cup.
An honoured lineage that stretches back thousands of years.
We are part of a world wide family of centres dedicated to training, researching, promoting and preserving traditional wushu in the comprehensive system of Chang Hong WuShu, founded byMaster Chen Ching-Ho and handed down to Masters such as SiGung Marco Kavelieratos. Our traditional classes include Kung Fu (Chang Chuan and HongChuan), Tai Chi (Yang Style), QiGong and Meditation sessions. Prospective students should respect authority and tradition, but should also demonstrate a questioning mind, not blindly accepting anything without first understanding it.
We are from a place where natural selection weeds out martial pretenders and self-proclaimed self-defence experts.
Our programs combine the martial DNA of the Chang Hong system with old South African special forces fighting mindset and techniques. Both of the CMAHC Australia head instructors were born, lived and were trained in South Africa by some of the most skilled and deadly self-defence specialists in the world. They have real-world experience in the application of self-defence to protect both themselves and others in one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Potential students should be serious about the application of self-defence principles and keen to understand the realities of surviving a real physical confrontation.