Ling Nam Siu Lum Kung Fu Academy was established in 1984 by Sifu Michael Manganiello. It was the first kung fu school on Long Island that was to open to the public. Prior to that, only private instruction was available.
Chi Gung is a holistic system of coordinated body posture, movement, breathing. Meditation is used for health, spirituality, and martial arts training.
Forms are a way of carrying the message of movements, stances, and techniques from one generation to another. Ling Nam Siu Lum Kung Fu Academy has kept the original forms as close to traditional styles as possible without altering them.
The Lion Dance is the most recognized Chinese celebration, and the act most closely associated with the Lunar New Year around the world. Ling Nam Siu Lum members perform this dance from Long Island to China Town New York at specific locations. In Chinese communities from New York to Shanghai, colorful lion dances are performed to ensure an auspicious year ahead.
Footwork & Technique are among the many practices Ling Nam Siu Lum members are exposed. Multiple techniques are taught in conjunction with proper breathing techniques to ensure reactions are a part of instinct. (Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast).
Live Combat Drills are a major component for true martial application. Ling Nam Siu Lum has students of all different sizes which face each other to become versed in adapting the speed, distance, and technique used to properly defend one's self.
Attentiveness, correct posture, determination, positive mental attitude, self-analysis of movements, actions and intent, organization of time allotted to practice at home, self esteem and acceptance of critique. The development and enhancement of these aforementioned attributes is essential to what will hopefully be a long-standing study of our vast art. It begins with the study of the Chut Ma (Seven Steps) or Ma Bu (Horse Stance) training, which is the bedrock foundation of our martial arts system. The power derived from the “rootedness” of the low, wide stance training of Hung Kuen is legendary in martial arts circles. Needless to say, the discipline that is instilled by standing silent and motionless in these uncomfortable postures for several minutes at a time is priceless. As students progress, they will learn various isometric and dynamic tension exercises to help develop the upper body (especially the forearms) while standing in the horse postures. Note: when I was younger and first starting out, horse stance training used to last for hours! This was the primary method used to weed out students, as class space was very small, and most Sifu could only afford to keep the hardiest students. Since coming to Long Island, we have had to relax our standards somewhat, in order to survive in the commercial western world. From time to time, though, we like to test their level of endurance, just to see how far they’ve come along. Stance training, along with learning the basic punches and kicks will help to set the stage for the more arduous training in forms and their applications.
The First form taught to a beginner is the Sil Lim Tao (literal translation: “A Little Idea” or “A Small Thought). As its name implies, it is a meditative form that is stationary (no footwork) and ambidextrous in nature. It concentrates on hand placement and elbow positioning, or what we refer to as the Kiu Sao or bridge hand. It also helps to develop correct posture and regulate the breathing. It is comprised of 108 movements and will take the average student 2-3 months to learn. Sil Lim Tao is the cornerstone of the Wing Chun system, but its concepts are applicable to all southern styles of Kung Fu. The principles learned in Sil Lim Tao will help the student to understand the “Language” of more complex forms to be learned later on.
As the student progresses, the level of difficulty of the forms and their attendant drills increases. Each student learns at their own pace. The essential ingredient is perseverance. Encouraging students to develop good study/practice habits will enhance not only their martial arts training, but their schoolwork and other outside endeavors, (music, sports, etc.) as well. The key here is desire for advancement, the carrot on the end of the stick, if you will. A student may advance to the next set of moves only when the previous ones have been performed satisfactorily. The completion of each succeeding level of movements and drills will naturally increase the student’s degree of balance and coordination, subsequently increasing the desire to learn more complex moves. A self-feeding cycle, if you will. At Ling Nam Siu Lum, we will coach them through, move by move. Like all good houses, they are built one brick at a time.
Of all the areas we’ve discussed so far, this, I feel, is the most important. THE PRELUDE TO AVOIDING AND/OR DEFENDING ONESELF IN DANGEROUS SITUATIONS IS TO RECOGNIZE THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE. Pedophile and gang activity are no longer “inner city” problems. Drug abuse and peer group pressure have never belonged to any one particular demographic. Simply being aware of certain scenarios, their ramifications and possible solutions can make all the difference in the world.
There is no limit to the value of confidence building and degree of character development that a martial arts education can produce. Just the scope and breadth of the Chinese Martial Arts is staggering. Kung Fu can be likened to a huge tree, from which all the other arts are merely twigs and branches. We encompass all aspects of martial training. Consider this: an advanced form (Kata) in Karate may consist of 70-80 moves; a beginner form in Hung Ga contains 350-400 moves! This would be the musical equivalent of performing the entire movement of a concerto as opposed to say “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on the piano. The sense of accomplish and the degree of confidence that this carries with it is tremendous. Many of life’s greatest decisions will be made within the confines of the schoolyard amidst peer group pressure. Having the strength of character to stand apart from the crowd and/or popular culture and make choices that can have life-altering consequences is often an essential first step towards success later in life. Sound marital arts training can provide the necessary tools and guidance to make the right choices.
Ling Nam Siu Lum has changed my perspective on life from my ability to focus to the method I breathe all day to conserve energy. The practices taught here are like everything else in life meaning simply it will work if you work it. I am honored to be a part of this amazing family, and this unique group of people bring out the best in each other.
Dino Riese - NYC Teacher
Without this place, I would not be able to defend my family, the people I love, but mainly myself. Ling Nam Siu Lum has trained me mentally, and physically for lifes unexpected attacks.
Thomas Spinna – Professional Contractor
My child has gained self confidence, and focus. Ling Nam Siu Lum Kung Fu Academy is a wonderful place to help a child learn to defend themselves, and understand respect.
Debra Da Rigo – Mother of Ling Nam Siu Lum Student
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