A powerful start to the New Year
THE New Year will start with a powerful punch and kick for many Lockyer Valley residents with the introduction of a special form of martial arts into Gatton.
A branch from the internationally renowned Chinese Martial Arts and Health Centre is set to start its first classes next Wednesday, teaching Chang Hong Wu Shu.
Chang Hong Wu Shu is a combination of the two traditional Chinese Kung Fu systems of Chang Chuan (Northern Long Fist) and Hong Chuan (Hong Family Fist).
Pioneer SiXiong (instructor) and Lockyer Valley local Lester Walters first introduced Chang Hong Wu Shu to Australia in Toowoomba in 2006.
After leaving a career as an electrical engineer, Walters pursued the martial art training under Kung Fu masters in Taiwan and in his homeland of South Africa.
With more than 20 years experience in martial arts, Walters said he was looking forward to spreading and teaching his knowledge with the Lockyer Valley.
"The martial art is a benefit both in physical and mental discipline which helps in life, improving efficiency and coping with stress at work," he said.
"A strong component is self defence and everyone should be capable of defending themselves when necessary."
Walters said learning a martial art was very rewarding and was a great way to get fit and healthy.
"Most of our students join for fitness and self defence and also a sense of belonging to something," he said.
Walters said classes were adult orientated with Chang Hong Wu Shu having a strong fluid progression allowing students to learn the techniques easier.
"We do have some kids but generally the minimum age is from 10 upwards and the classes are specialised for adults," he said.
The Chang Hong Wu Shu classes start next Wednesday at the Uniting Church Hall on Maitland Street in Gatton, with beginners of all fitness levels welcome.
For more information or to register for a free introductory class, visit www.cmahc.com.au, phone 0431 012 048, or email 8 firstname.lastname@example.org