Over the many years that I have been studying and teaching the Li family’s Chinese Internal Martial Art of Feng Shou-Gongfu ( Hand of the Wind Boxing) it is really nice to see a wide range of age groups getting involved and recieving the many benefits that can be achieved from the regular practice of Feng Shou-Gongfu like developing a persons personality from a shy individual to a much more open and confident one, improving fitness levels, improving flexibility etc.
In today’s world most martial art classes have more children in their classes than adults, we in the LFIAA do not teach Feng Shou-Gongfu to children for many reasons. One such reason is that most adults do not like training with a child, as they feel they cannot train to their full potential. We only teach Feng Shou-Gongfu to adults and it’s nice to see young teenagers practicing with individuals in their fifths and older. I have known many individuals who study external martial arts like Taekwondo,Judo, Kick Boxing and Karare and after they reach a certain age, usually between forty and fifty years of age have to stop their practice for good. Some times due to injuries they have picked up from their martial art practice and others because they feel they are to old.
Because Feng Shou-Gongfu is classified as an Internal Martial Art discipline means it has a more holistic approach to its training. Just as much emphasis is placed on improving the students health and wellbeing through the study and practice of “Guiding & Leading the Energy” (Daoyin) exercises that help to strengthen the flow of blood and energy throughout the entire body. It is important that a student of Feng Shou-Gonfu develops a good balance between health and martial art skill that will help them to maintain their enjoyment of this fascinating Chinese Internal Martial Art well into their old age. It gives me great delight to see a women holding her own against male students, seeing them develop their own self confidence from a quiet, shy person into a more open, talkative individual.
Feng Shou-Gongfu can benefit anyone, obviously the younger you can start your practice the better.but no matter how old you are as long as you have the patience and commitment to pursue this fascinating holistic martial art it will share its many great benefits with you, giving individuals something to connect with in life that is positive, full of depth of knowledge that allows individuals to grow physically, mentally and spiritually.