White Crane Kung Fu

What do you learn?

What do your learn? Self-defense, increased strength, improved balance and flexibility - Our training program consists of Chi gung Studies, Nei Gung Studies and traditional form studies (sets of exercises that are progressively more intricate), and partnered application training, (learning how to defend yourself against punches, kicks, grabs, chokes, etc. )

Stress Management and more - You will learn how to manage stress and cultivate a higher level of personal energy through a discipline that positively affects your entire personality even your diet. The exercise methods employed follow two traditional forms of instruction, "Chi Gung" and Nei Gung. (Nei Gung derives its benefits of strengthening the body through the isometric tension of structured polarity. Chi Gung's benefits are more subtle and oriented to the focus of breath expansion and contraction). "Chi Gung" exercises are often a microcosm of lightness or flow of movement while Nei Gung develops a coordinated blast of power from a developed full body utilization of body intelligence and polarity. Through both strength and flexibility are enriched. They are often referred to as Chinese yoga or cardio exercises, but the breathing and the focus make both unique. These exercises are both classified as having the benefits of a neurogenisis brain stimulation. They are active forms of meditation. In short they provide the dynamics for brain cell development through the discovery of inner peace. Kids and even adults become wiser.

Increase vitality, health and longevity - You will learn how to manage certain physiological factors that will increase your vitality, maintain good health and increase longevity. Some of these factors are 1) muscle mass 2) strength 3) basal metabolic rate 4) body muscle to fat percentage 5) aerobic capacity and 6) bone density. Other factors you will manage with the assistance of your physician are 7) blood pressure 8) cholesterol (HDL) level and  9) blood-sugar tolerance. *

Women and Kung Fu

Historically, girls were required to learn grace and manners through the discipline of sword instruction. It was royal tradition to have girls perform sword dances before the emperor. The sword dance was an enticing and elegant display of Kung Fu.

One old fable tells the story of Tsou Fe Yet, a famous swordswoman who had such light feet, she danced in the palm of the emperor’s hand. Another famous legend has it that King Tsu Ba Wa was so rough and tough no woman dared to set foot in his home. His cruelty was infamous, until the day he witnessed the sword dance of Lu Tse. He found her movement enticing and highly entertaining. She gradually won his favor and they fell in love. Her personal charm was so intense that, through her sword dancing, he was softened and changed. In time he became a notoriously happy and gentle ruler.

Traditionally, the power of the sword lies not in the sharpness of the blade, but rather in the beauty and warmth of the heart which guides it. Such has been the purpose of many a female Kung Fu expert. Their grace and elegance from kick to empty hand or closed fist they perform the art with flair to create a beautiful but when needed brutal art. Some may forget but before Disney fabricated the Panda Kung Fu animated movie, their recreation of Mulan into an American animated film broke box office records and at the same time opened a new market for Kung Fu movies and schools. We provide our schools with a glimpse of Mulan’s character, and elegance every time one of our female students demonstrates her Kung Fu.

There is an even more compelling reason for our school to develop women with special Kung Fu skills. We provide a unique service by arming each with the confidence and skill training, as Mulan proved to be quite necessary in her time. Women today must be courageous, quick-thinking, and unstoppable because our college campuses and our homes from city to city groom criminal sex offenders. Prevention through self-awareness studies and communication skills can prevent attacks before they begin.

According to the new White House report "Not Alone” one in five women is sexually assaulted during her college residency. The report tackles the issue of campus sexual assault, and it gives guidelines for universities to implement prevention of such attacks. As KSMU’s Julie Greene reports, one of Missouri's senators is devoting a lot of attention to this problem.

The number of "forcible rapes" that get reported at four-year colleges increased 49 percent between 2008 and 2012. That's the finding of an analysis by NPR's Investigative Unit of data from the Department of Education. That increase shows that sexual assault is a persistent and ugly problem on college campuses. But there's also a way to look at the rise in reports and see something positive: It means more students are willing to come forward and report this underreported crime. They want to fight back. “It's a good thing that more victims are reporting because they're getting the help and support they need from their institutions," says Daniel Carter, a veteran advocate for better campus safety laws.

"For far too long, they've been left on their own. And now they're getting the help they need, which is the first step in healing and recovery and ultimately ... finishing their education as wholly as possible." Carter is the director of a group called 32 National Campus Safety Initiative. He says there's still a long way for schools to go.


Mulan was and remains “for real”!

Practically overnight, Missoula went from being the home of one of the nation’s most respected public universities to a place where young women were victimized in horrible, violent attacks—or, as news coverage began describing it, “America’s rape capital.”

The nickname, however, has it wrong. Calling Missoula the rape capital is as misleading as it is ugly. The University of Montana isn’t a bizarre sexual-assault outlier in higher education. Instead, it is fairly average. The truth is, for young women, particularly those who are 18 or 19 years old, just beginning their college experience, America’s campuses are hazardous places. Recent research shows that 1 in 5 women is the victim of an attempted or completed sexual assault during college.


In 1985, Mary Koss, a professor of psychology at Kent State University, conducted a national rape survey on college campuses in the United States, sponsored by the National Institute of Health and with administrative support from Ms. Magazine. The survey, administered on 32 college campuses across the USA, asked 3,187 female and 2,872 male undergraduate students about their sexual experiences since age 14. The survey included ten questions related to sexual coercion. Out of the 3,187 undergraduate women Koss surveyed, 207, or 6%, had experienced completed rape within the past year. 15.4 percent of Koss' female respondents had experienced completed rape since age 14, an additional 12.1 percent of female respondents had experienced attempted rape since age 14, and 4.4 percent of college men reported perpetrating legal rape since age 14. The combined figure for rape and attempted rape of women since age 14, 27.5 percent, became known as the "one in four" statistic.

According to Christina Hoff Sommers, the Koss study and the oft-quoted "one in four" statistic is based upon flawed data. One of the three questions used by Koss to calculate completed rape prevalence was, "Have you had sexual intercourse when you didn't want to because a man gave you alcohol or drugs?" According to Sommers and professor Neil Gilbert, this left the door open for anyone who regretted a sexual liaison to consider their partner a rapist, even if neither partner thought of the situation as abusive. In 1999, researchers Martin Schwartz and Molly Leggett replicated Koss' survey, replacing the disputed question with "Have you engaged in sexual intercourse when you didn’t want to but were so intoxicated under the influence of alcohol or drugs that you could not stop it or object?" Rewording the question did not significantly change the results. Other studies of the time, such as those by Margaret Gordon and Linda George, found much lower measured rape prevalence by simply asking women if they had been raped, rather than asking behaviorally specific questions. The use of multiple behaviorally specific questions in rape surveys has since become the accepted approach used by both academic researchers and multiple Federal government agencies.

In 1997, The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the United States Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) conducted the National College Women Sexual Victimization (NCWSV) survey. 4,446 American college women were chosen randomly and surveyed. The survey consisted of behaviorally specific questions that describe an incident in graphic language and cover the elements of a criminal offense, such as "Did someone make you have sexual intercourse by using force or threatening to harm you?" According to that survey, 1.7% of women had experienced a complete rape and another 1.1% had experienced an attempted rape. The National Institute of Justice pointed out in a report that this estimate does not take into account variation between semesters and calculated that it can climb to between one-fifth and one-quarter over the course of a school career.

Research of American college students suggests that white women, prior victims, first-year students, and more sexually active women are the most vulnerable to sexual assault. Another study shows that white women are more likely than non-white women to experience rape while intoxicated, but less likely to experience other forms of rape. Regardless of race, the majority of victims know their assailant. Black women in America are more likely to report sexual assault that has been perpetrated by a stranger. Teenage girls are more likely to think that stranger rape is more serious than other forms of rape. Victims of rape are mostly between 10 and 29 years old, while perpetrators are generally between 15 and 29 years old.

If ever there needs to be promoted and supported it is our special skills class for women on college campuses and also at our Kung Fu school which offers a more intense program. Our mission is to not only to prevent these attacks but to grant each woman the keys to survival and the means of activating these very special skills. Timing comes with patience. Patience allows for selective vision and focus to develop. Selective vision exploits weakness. Weakness succumbs to a devastating, and lethally effective exit and satisfactorily re-entry provides peace. Thus this program stimulates self-awareness of the destructive power of fear, and distractive intimidation. In doing so, we produce confident and patient women as students of Mulan.

Patience comes from Mindful Relaxation.

Pictured below is Sarah D. Pollet tweaking her entire nervous system in a single spinal Nei Gung or Chinese yoga exercise.

Sarah D Pollet

Pictured below is a photo of Laura in a Houston form competition.


Adults, Children and Teenagers

Group classes are one and a half -hours in length. At our main studio in Baton Rouge adults -teenagers and younger children are separated into different classes. Our focus is on traditional form training that is exciting, yet safe and enjoyable to do. Form training can be safer than other recreational activities such as basketball, baseball, football, soccer and aerobics. Kung Fu is certainly more mentally stimulating, and valuable to learn. More importantly, it develops personal safety and self- defense skills that other exercise programs do not.

* Evans Ph.D., W., Irwin H. Resenberg M.D. and Jacqueline Thompson, Biomarkers - The 10 Keys to Prolonging Vitality, Simon & Schuster, 1992   - Since the mid 1980's aging research has be conducted at prestigious institutions throughout the U.S. in particular at he USDA Human Nutrition Research Center at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts.