Established in 1963, the Seattle Kung Fu Club offers traditional martial arts classes for adults and children. “Traditional martial arts emphasize developing discipline for your health and to learn respect, not just how to fight.” —Grandmaster John S.S. Leong


Kung Fu offers physical exercise for health, discipline, and blending of body, mind, and spirit. With regular practice, the student achieves confidence, patience, endurance, self-control, and self-awareness. The longer it is practiced, the greater the benefits.

Two styles of Kung Fu are offered at the Seattle Kung Fu Club: Hung Gar Kuen and Tai Chi Chuan. Both styles are available to men, women, and children of all ages. Students are taught and progress individually, and classes are a mixture of all skill levels.

There are opportunities to learn traditional Chinese lion and dragon dances, and to participate at frequent events throughout the year.

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Hung Gar Kuen is a "hard" or external style of Kung Fu featuring strong stances and powerful blocks, strikes, and kicks. Students undergo intensive physical training to develop speed, balance, and power. The Hung Gar style is a highly efficient self-defense system and an effective method of strength training and conditioning.

All students begin training with repetitions of basic exercises for strength, conditioning, and coordination. Students eventually learn sparring, hand forms, two-person forms, and a variety of traditional weapon forms.

When practiced diligently, students of Hung Gar will achieve strength, concentration, confidence, and self-discipline.

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Ng style Tai Chi Chuan is a "soft" or internal style Kung Fu that involves slow ballet-like movements to gradually develop the speed and agility necessary to turn opponents' energy against themselves. Tai Chi is a unique and dynamic method of non-strenuous conditioning.

All students begin their training with a set of 18 exercises for strength and flexibility. This is followed by a 20-minute hand form, taught move by move. The curriculum also includes weapon forms and pushing-hands.

The emphasis is on relaxation, breathing, and concentration. Students of Tai Chi achieve calmness, greater concentration, agility, and patience.

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An Inspirational Journey

This richly-illustrated book celebrates the legacy of Grandmaster John S.S. Leong (梁崇) and the history of the Seattle Kung Fu Club. Features never-before-seen photographs from Hong Kong, including the late Great Grandmaster Wong Lei (王利), along with many shots of training, practices, parades, group photos, and celebrations up to the present day. Photographs from early years of the school are paired with contemporary photos that demonstrate the consistency of the style and teachings over many decades. Includes a short historical essay about the origins of Hung Gar Kung Fu and a biography of Grandmaster Leong.

Hardcover with cloth binding and gold foil stamping
9.5 x 11 inches, 112 pages, 90 photos
$38 (proceeds benefit the Children's Home Society)
Available now from the Seattle Martial Arts Supply Store

For information call:
(206) 624-3838

656½ South King Street
Seattle, WA 98104
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