Our Taichokun Classes always begins with a salute and a meditation.
Main Focus of Taichokun Training:
- Fitness— Training in Taichokun classes can improve cardiovascular endurance, strength and flexibility. A tough physique and good cardiovascular fitness are essential to self defense.
- Practical Self-Defense – By honing techniques and training in methods geared towards practical self-defense skills, we prepare our bodies and mind for any conflict that arises.
- Culture – When doing Taichokun, you are practising a martial art that has been in unbroken continuation since the Song Dynasty (more than 1000 years ago). Training in Taichokun martial arts also has the benefit of making us better people by appreciating culture, discipline, perseverance, strength of character, and temperance.
- Coordination – Training in Taichokun improves our overall coordination. This coordination is also linked to the speed at which we process information, and that would benefit our lives outside of martial arts.
The Basics, or Kee Poon (基本), are always practised in our Taichokun classes. Repetition of techniques and punches are done countless times until the muscle memory accepts the techniques as natural.
Physical fitness is essential and is one of the most prominent benefits of training in Taichokun. Besides traditional methods of strength conditioning, we also keep up-to-date with modern sports science training methods.
All punches and kicks are useless when the limbs are not conditioned to strike hard. The body’s defence is weak when the body is not conditioned to take hits. In Taichokun, we take conditioning very seriously.
Forms are essential in most Asian martial arts. Ancient masters of Taichokun practised a set of techniques chained together and passed these techniques down as a systematic method to transmit information. Today forms are also important in performances to display Taichokun techniques to others.
Knowledge and techniques are useless without drills to hone the skills. In Taichokun, we practise a series of different drills to train the Taichokun techniques, including drills to focus on reaction. This will ensure that our students learn a skill that could increase their chance of survival in a self-defence situation.
The best test of the efficiency of techniques we train in is by simulating physical conflict in a safe, controlled situation. Trainees are encouraged to think out of the box while keeping true to Taichokun fighting principles when sparring.
Throughout history, performance is an important aspect of Eastern Martial Arts. Sword dances in the warring states in China were often performed to display martial prowess or even intimidate rival states. In Japan, Yagyu Munenori rose to fame performing in the presence of Tokugawa leyasu, who later became Shogun. Performances have always been an integral part of training to build stage confidence.
(Picture: Taichokun Singapore performing for the President of Singapore, Madam Halimah Binte Yacob)