First and foremost: Kung Fu is not a style of Martial Arts. Most English-speakers use the term to mean Chinese Martial Arts or CMA or even a bit more specific, Traditional Chinese Martial Arts or TCMA.
This helps to distiguish it from other Martial Art systems like Karate, Tae Kwon Do, JuJitsu, etc. However it actually says very little, other than a slight reference to the martial art system’s country of origin. Like the other martial arts mentioned, there are actually many different styles of Kung Fu.
And oddly enough, the term “Kung Fu” is the romanized version of the Chinese term 功 夫, and refers to any discipline or skill achieved through hard work and practice, not necessarily martial arts.
Perhaps even more strange is the fact that there are many different Chinese words for the term Martial Arts. But a popular one is 武 術 or Wushu, which also commonly refers to the Chinese sport of Wushu, which is not what we do.
Kung Fu has been in Atlanta, GA, for many decades. Northern Shaolin, our flagship style for example, has been here since the early 1980’s and in the Southeast USA well before. Chin Woo, Hung Gar, Southern & Northern Mantis, Taijiquan, and others; they’ve all been here for years.
Shifu / Sifu Kiessling is an Atlanta native, having been born here (obviously) and has lived in various places throughout the Atlanta area and has kept the flame alive, teaching Kung Fu in various metro areas of Atlanta for years. He’s been in newspapers and television, competed and judged in local tournament and much more.
Unlike many other martial arts schools, we specialize in Adults and Teens. When it comes to Age, we do indeed have a range that we prefer prospective students to be within.
Teens and Adults, Ages 15 – 40 is what we consider to be the sweet spot.
The low end allows for a bit of maturity and the high end ensures enough time for physical progression, with fewer ailments or injuries.
That being said, we have been known to allow the rules to be broken by individual exception.
You want to be a Martial Artist. You might even want to truly develop Kung Fu. In a buy-your-belt type of school, how on Earth is that suppose to happen?
As you may have guessed, it won’t. And we do not foster that type of environment.
Instead, we focus on YOU, the individual. Someone with their own goals, weaknesses & strengths. We break things down into minute detail – lengthen the spine, pivot on the heel of the foot, coordinate breath with movement, alignment of the joints – and so much more.
We work on Anatomical Intelligence or Body Awareness through direct experience, creating experiential wisdom. How to strengthen this part of the body, how to use gravity plus xyz muscles to develop power and so on.