QUOTE(hitokiri @ Apr 3 2005, 04:13 PM)
depending on the style of kung fu being taught... i doubt its true shaolin kung fu, most schools that say shaolin aren't really shaolin they just know the five forms, so most likely it will be one of the various deriviations of win chung. the most basic difference between karate and most forms of kung fu is the fact that karate works on the principle of strength, mastery of the basics, and is a mostly external martial art; whereas most kung fu schools are based on finesse, speed, proper form, and is a far more internal martial art. you will have to get use to hitting someone 3 or 4 times with fast, lighter hits, as opposed to that one good strong hit that karate teaches.
your description of karate sounds right, especially since i did shotokan, the "one-hit kill" style. and yeah, there was a huge emphasis on the basics, which i understand is important, but i didn't exactly want to pay and arm and leg to do the same things each week.
this is the description on the kung fu page (www.usakungfu.com
): Traditional Hua Men Kung fu include 12 lightning hands, 36 seal hands and ancient grappling techniques. Contemporary Wushu include all northern and southern styles hand forms and weapons, such as Long fist, Southern fist, broadsword, straight sword, spear, staff, etc. Other traditional Kungfu such as Shaolin, WuDang, Baji, Pigua, Tongbei, Drunken fist, Animal forms (monkey, mantis, scorpion, etc.)
sounds really interesting (but how do you teach drunken fist?
), i think i'll stop by this week with my mom and check out how the classes work. the only thing is that right now their new branch is really small, so classes are tiny -- like one to three people -- and my mom doesn't really want me to be alone with some guy. but hopefully it'll work out; i really need to get back into shape, especially with all the chocolate i like to binge on.