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Traditional

Kung Fu

-An Atlanta Tradition-
ages 15+

What is Kung Fu?

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 `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, like ours, Northern Shaolin.

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 competitive sport of Wushu, which is not what we do.

Kung Fu

Our History and Lineage.
History & LineaGE

Kung Fu: An Atlanta Tradition

Kung Fu has been in Atlanta, GA, for many years. Northern Shaolin, our flagship style, has been offered here since the early 1980’s and in the Southeastern region of the USA since well before.

Chin Woo, Hung Gar, Southern & Northern Praying Mantis, Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan), Ba Gua Zhang, Xing Yi Quan, Chang Quan, Eagle Claw, Hop Gar, Jow Gar, Lama Pai and other styles of Kung Fu have made appearances in the area.

The PATHS Atlanta Kung Fu of today and the PATHS of its founding in 2007 are two very different animals. Learn more About PATHS Atlanta Kung Fu.

Sifu Kiessling‘s Northern Shaolin Kung Fu classes of yesteryear and the classes of today are vastly different as well.

Our classes have always been conveniently located near downtown Decatur, Georgia, just minutes outside of Atlanta and accessible via major highways, roads and MARTA. See our Class Schedule & Locations for details.

Our Story

The PATHS Atlanta Kung Fu origin story.
Our Story

Adult Classes

Unlike many other martial arts schools, we specialize in Adults and Teens.

All classes are Teens and Adult Martial Arts Classes, with varying ages all together in one group.

Teens and Adults, Ages 15 – 40 is what we consider to be the sweet spot.

After many years of teaching traditional Chinese Martial Arts outdoors, many years of “work hard play hard,” we’ve noticed a trend that it is those within this age range that tend to do well.

And, unfortunately, we simply do not have the resources to run proper children’s classes, adaptively-abled classes, and the like, however much we’d love to.

That being said, every individual is unique and the final decision is up to Sifu.

We’ve seen youngsters come in and grow through their Kung Fu training. So why not give it a shot? Check out Our Prices and then you should definitely Try a class today!

Our Classes

You'll learn. You'll be challenged. You'll have fun.
Our Classes

Martial Excellence

You want to be a Martial Artist and might want to learn practical, effective self-defense.

Perhaps you want to master your physical art, to really develop Kung Fu and not just Wushu.

In a buy-your-belt type of martial art school, how on Earth is that supposed 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.

Our Curriculum

Northern Shaolin will empower YOU.
Our Curriculum

What is Kung Fu?

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 `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, like ours, Northern Shaolin.

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 competitive sport of Wushu, which is not what we do.

Kung Fu

Our History and Lineage.
History & LineaGE

Kung Fu: An Atlanta Tradition

Kung Fu has been in Atlanta, GA, for many years. Northern Shaolin, our flagship style, has been offered here since the early 1980’s and in the Southeastern region of the USA since well before.

Chin Woo, Hung Gar, Southern & Northern Praying Mantis, Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan), Ba Gua Zhang, Xing Yi Quan, Chang Quan, Eagle Claw, Hop Gar, Jow Gar, Lama Pai and other styles of Kung Fu have made appearances in the area.

The PATHS Atlanta Kung Fu of today and the PATHS of its founding in 2007 are two very different animals.

Sifu Kiessling‘s Northern Shaolin Kung Fu classes of yesteryear and the classes of today are vastly different as well.

Our classes have always been conveniently located near downtown Decatur, Georgia, just minutes outside of Atlanta and accessible via major highways, roads and MARTA.

Our Story

The PATHS Atlanta Kung Fu origin story.
Our Story

Adult Classes

Unlike many other martial arts schools, we specialize in Adults and Teens.

All classes are Teens and Adult Martial Arts Classes, with varying ages all together in one group.

Teens and Adults, Ages 15 – 40 is what we consider to be the sweet spot.

After many years of teaching traditional Chinese Martial Arts outdoors, many years of “work hard play hard,” we’ve noticed a trend that it is those within this age range that tend to do well.

And, unfortunately, we simply do not have the resources to run proper children’s classes, adaptively-abled classes, and the like, however much we’d love to.

That being said, every individual is unique and the final decision is up to Sifu.

We’ve seen youngsters come in and grow through their Kung Fu training. So why not give it a shot? Try a class today!

Our Classes

You'll learn. You'll be challenged. You'll have fun.
Our Classes

Martial Excellence

You want to be a Martial Artist. You may want to be a talented one. You might even want to master your physical art, to really 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.

Our Curriculum

Northern Shaolin will empower YOU.
Our Curriculum
Our Average Ratings & Reviews
are
5/5
Five Stars!
Our Average Ratings & Reviews
are
5/5
Five Stars!

PATHS ATLANTA
KUNG FU

Adding Depth to Your Life.

Do Life. Do Kung Fu.

Tired of the superficial?

Gain self confidence. Expand your awareness. Learn powerful stress reduction tactics. Become stronger & more flexible. 

Learn the secrets of mastering…anything! How to learn, how to improve, how to change perspective, how to take your game to the next level, and much more.

We Train Outdoors.

We work hard. And we play hard too.

From challenging physical & mental training and in-depth lectures to the socializing fun times we typically get together to have, we are all a “Family of Friends,” sharing, encouraging, helping and laughing with each other.

Give it a Try
No Risk.
No Commitment.
Nothing to Lose.
Everything to Gain.

Kung Fu in Atlanta

What Makes us Different
No Contracts

We’d rather you want to come to your martial arts class…

Not because you are locked into a contract.

In-Depth Learning Opportunities

You’ll gain access to detailed documents about what you learn in class and much more. History, Chinese language, Old Chinese myths & legends, philosophies, martial art strategies, principles, inspirational stories, and so much more.

Experienced Teacher

Sifu Kiessling has been teaching kung fu for over 20 years. He’s been active in the Martial Arts for over 30, having competed and judged in tournaments, has trained in the USA and overseas.

In short,  you can be assured you’re getting quality instruction.

Affordable Tuition

Affordable Pricing – Monthly or Pay-as-you-Go via Cash or PayPal (which accepts all credit, debit, direct, etc. methods).

Demo Team

Show off what you’ve learned and learn new material with the other members of the Demo Team at the various demonstrations we give. Chinese New Year is a big time for us!

Diversity

Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, so you’re sure to fit in and make new friends.

Personal Attention

The teacher works individually with each & every student.

Progress at Your Own Pace. Can’t do a solid push up? We’ll get you there. Want to spend more time on XYZ? Done. Need a personalized training regimen? Okay.

Martial Virtue

You will learn the ins and outs of 武 德, or Wu De, which means Martial Virtue.

Read the Blog post Understanding Wu De as Martial Virtue.

Traditional Kung Fu Forms

You’ll be learning authentic, historic, legitimate Kung Fu forms passed down from teacher to student through many years. And not just the shell; you’ll learn the meat of the matter for sure.

Traditional Chinese Kung Fu Weapons

Need we say more?

That’s just Ultra-Cooool!

Okay, maybe it’s “Fire” or whatever the latest buzzword is. 🙂

Convenient Atlanta Location

Martial Art Classes are located conveniently in & around downtown Decatur, close to major highways & roads and only a couple of minutes walk from MARTA a train station and bus stops.

Facebook Group

We have a private Facebook group for students to connect and interact.

I know Facebook’s popularity is declining, but it has what we need for now. 🙂

Power-Packed Classes

Our Northern Shaolin Kung Fu classes, for example, run a whopping Two Hours each!

Martial Applications

Classes are very hands-on with our material, not just learning What to do, but Why we do it. Almost every body movement we engage in has a variety of possible applications from a martial art viewpoint; everything from Bows to Push ups have martial applications.

Logical Curriculum

The instructor won’t be tossing you this and that out of order. There is a logical flow of instruction, ensuring proper and logical progression. You WILL actually improve; overall – not just come out of the system with a bunch of empty forms and hand-waving.

Physical Fitness

Our training methods have some of the most in-depth and challenging exercises you will ever come across. 

With a phased approach, you’re sure to make exceptional gains in strength, flexibility and much more.

Deep & Wide Network

Connections abound. Traveling? Moving somewhere else? 

We can help make the old-school, traditional connections, referrals and introductions for you to trusted teachers and schools.

Chinese Language

You’ll be introduced to the Chinese Language, specifically Mandarin and Cantonese; from how to pronounce the sounds and tones to their meanings and more, you’ll be strengthening your cultural knowledge with gusto.

No Testing Fees

Getting to the point that you’re ready to test is difficult enough. 

Going through the test is a challenge in and of itself. 

We figure you’ve at least proven yourself enough for us to foot the bill on the sash when you pass your test. 😉

Qigong / Chi Kung

With Qigong, you’ll learn traditional breath-work exercises to aid in relaxation, power-generation, and much more.

Make Body-Mind connections like a Boss.

Advanced methods of 氣功, 養生, 導引, 推拿 and others are available for aspiring students.

More

But wait – There’s More!

Meditation, Private Training Sessions with the teacher, special outings and more can be yours for just the low, low price of blood, sweat & tears!

Just kidding 😛

No Contracts

We’d rather you want to come to your martial arts class…

Not because you are locked into a contract.

In-Depth Learning Opportunities

You’ll gain access to detailed documents about what you learn in class and much more. History, Chinese language, Old Chinese myths & legends, philosophies, martial art strategies, principles, inspirational stories, and so much more.

Experienced Teacher

Sifu Kiessling has been teaching kung fu for over 20 years. He’s been active in the Martial Arts for over 30, having competed and judged in tournaments, has trained in the USA and overseas.

In short,  you can be assured you’re getting quality instruction.

Affordable Tuition

Affordable Pricing – Monthly or Pay-as-you-Go via Cash or PayPal (which accepts all credit, debit, direct, etc. methods).

Demo Team

Show off what you’ve learned and learn new material with the other members of the Demo Team at the various demonstrations we give. Chinese New Year is a big time for us!

Diversity

Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, so you’re sure to fit in and make new friends.

Personal Attention

The teacher works individually with each & every student.

Progress at Your Own Pace. Can’t do a solid push up? We’ll get you there. Want to spend more time on XYZ? Done. Need a personalized training regimen? Okay.

Martial Virtue

You will learn the ins and outs of 武 德, or Wu De, which means Martial Virtue.

Read the Blog post Martial Arts and the Cultivation of Character through Wu De.

Traditional Kung Fu Forms

You’ll be learning authentic, historic, legitimate Kung Fu forms passed down from teacher to student through many years. And not just the shell; you’ll learn the meat of the matter for sure.

Traditional Chinese Kung Fu Weapons

Need we say more?

That’s just Ultra-Cooool!

Okay, maybe it’s “Fire” or whatever the latest buzzword is. 🙂

Convenient Atlanta Location

We’re located conveniently in & around downtown Decatur, close to major highways & roads and only a couple of minutes walk from MARTA a train station and bus stops.

Facebook Group

We have a private Facebook group for students to connect and interact.

I know Facebook’s popularity is declining, but it has what we need for now. 🙂

Power-Packed Classes

Our Northern Shaolin Kung Fu classes, for example, run a whopping Two Hours each!

Martial Applications

We are very hands-on with our material, not just learning What to do, but Why we do it. Almost every body movement we engage in has a variety of possible applications from a martial art viewpoint; everything from Bows to Push ups have martial applications.

Logical Curriculum

We won’t be tossing you this and that out of order. There is a logical flow of instruction, ensuring proper and logical progression. You WILL actually improve; overall – not just come out of the system with a bunch of empty forms and hand-waving.

Physical Fitness

We have some of the most in-depth and challenging exercises you will ever come across. 

With a phased approach, you’re sure to make exceptional gains in strength, flexibility and much more.

Deep & Wide Network

We’re connected. Traveling? Moving somewhere else? 

We can help make the old-school, traditional connections, referrals and introductions for you to trusted teachers and schools.

Chinese Language

You’ll be introduced to the Chinese Language, specifically Mandarin and Cantonese; from how to pronounce the sounds and tones to their meanings and more, you’ll be strengthening your cultural knowledge with gusto.

No Testing Fees

Getting to the point that you’re ready to test is difficult enough. 

Going through the test is a challenge in and of itself. 

We figure you’ve at least proven yourself enough for us to foot the bill on the sash when you pass your test. 😉

Qigong / Chi Kung

You’ll learn traditional breath-work exercises to aid in relaxation, power-generation, and much more.

Make Body-Mind connections like a Boss.

Advanced methods of 氣功, 養生, 導引, 推拿 and others are available for aspiring students.

More

But wait – There’s More!

Meditation, Private Training Sessions with the teacher, special outings and more can be yours for just the low, low price of blood, sweat & tears!

Just kidding 😛

What Our Students Say

My first time studying Kung fu & it was the best martial arts experience!

I’m moving to another state which is the ONLY reason I have to leave the class. I mean… I really love it here!

The teacher is GREAT. We not only learn how to fight & defend ourselves, we also learn how to become better people.

The class is awesome. Very loving & friendly. I’ve felt super comfortable since day one. I’m stronger mentally, physically, & spiritually because of the class 🙂

I’m pretty sad to leave but they’ve given me so much to take with me so I can continue progressing with my Kung Fu & with self.

Key James

Coming to Atlanta two years ago from Toledo, Ohio, I have had an amazing experience at PATHS.

Sifu Kiessling has such a deep knowledge of Chinese culture — history, traditions, language, medicine as well as martial arts.

As you move up the levels from basic, he pushes you to explore applications from the forms so that you figure it out for yourself like a puzzle.

I had trained for almost five years previously in a different Northern Shaolin lineage, but my knowledge and skills have improved dramatically here.

Small intimate setting is also supportive, but to get a good result you need to put in the time.

Todd Michney

I come mainly from a western boxing background, and was looking for something to supplement my training to help my flexibility and agility.

I heard about Sifu Craig Kiessling’s class through a friend and have been hooked ever since.

Gotta say this Kung Fu class offers one of the most complete systems for developing overall fitness and practical martial skills.

If you’re looking to get in great shape, this will do it!

Wonderful instructor and overall training environment!

This class is both challenging and fun, leaving you with a true sense of accomplishment when you finish a training session.

Jay

My first time studying Kung fu & it was the best martial arts experience!

I’m moving to another state which is the ONLY reason I have to leave the class. I mean… I really love it here!

The teacher is GREAT. We not only learn how to fight & defend ourselves, we also learn how to become better people.

The class is awesome. Very loving & friendly. I’ve felt super comfortable since day one. I’m stronger mentally, physically, & spiritually because of the class 🙂

I’m pretty sad to leave but they’ve given me so much to take with me so I can continue progressing with my Kung Fu & with self.

Key James

Coming to Atlanta two years ago from Toledo, Ohio, I have had an amazing experience at PATHS.

Sifu Kiessling has such a deep knowledge of Chinese culture — history, traditions, language, medicine as well as martial arts.

As you move up the levels from basic, he pushes you to explore applications from the forms so that you figure it out for yourself like a puzzle.

I had trained for almost five years previously in a different Northern Shaolin lineage, but my knowledge and skills have improved dramatically here.

Small intimate setting is also supportive, but to get a good result you need to put in the time.

Todd Michney

I come mainly from a western boxing background, and was looking for something to supplement my training to help my flexibility and agility.

I heard about Sifu Craig Kiessling’s class through a friend and have been hooked ever since.

I must say this Kung Fu class offers one of the most complete systems for developing overall fitness and practical martial skills.

If you’re looking to get in great shape, this will do it!

Wonderful instructor and overall training environment!

This class is both challenging and fun, leaving you with a true sense of accomplishment when you finish a training session.

Jay

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Atlanta is the biggest city in Georgia, United States (and is the capitol city as well). Decatur, GA, is where PATHS Atlanta Kung Fu, a traditional Chinese Martial Arts training facility focusing on programs in Adult & Teenage Martial Arts, makes its home. Many surrounding areas are close enough that students could possibly drive to class or take public transport, like MARTA, if they were motivated enough.

Some of these might be Atlanta, North Decatur, Belvedere Park, Druid Hills, North Druid Hills, Panthersville, Gresham Park, Tucker, Chamblee, Doraville, Redan, East Point, Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Clairmont Park, Oakhurst, Avondale Estates, Comfort Hill, Chelsea Heights, Emory, Emory Estates, East Lake, Emory Highlands, East Lake Highlands, Highlands, Midtown, Kirkwood, North Kirkwood, Scottdale, South Kirkwood, Clifton, Dekalb, North Dekalb, Country Squire Acres, Rehoboth, Turner Village, Clarkston, La Vista, Montreal, Plymouth Colony, etc.

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