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The breadth and depth of kung fu.
Kung fu is the oldest martial art in the world. As a result, it is also the most diverse. There are over 125 distinct styles of kung fu, and each style has anywhere from a few to dozens of forms that make up the style. These hundreds of styles focus on different the advantages that different body types bring, the mimicking of animals and many other aspects to give that style an advantage over others.
The Beijing Tai Chi & Kung Fu Academy was founded in 1999 by Sifu Jonathan Weizhang Wang. With 18 years of Kung Fu training, Sifu Wang decided to pass on to others the knowledge and skills that he had acquired under both Grandmaster Jiang Hao-Quan and his father, Grandmaster Daniel Yu Wang. The goal of the Beijing Tai Chi & Kung Fu Academy is to revive the Nan-King Guoshu Institute's curriculum and train the most well-rounded Kung Fu artists possible. Kung Fu is a 2000 year old traditional Chinese martial art with approximately 129 different styles. In order to preserve the art of Kung Fu, the Chinese government created the Nan-King Guoshu Institute in 1927. Top Masters in China gathered together to train hundreds of students. These students were required to fully master forms, weapons, fighting sets, freestyle weapons and empty hand sparring before being allowed to graduate.

By mastering a variety of styles, they would carry on the skills, philosophies, and techniques of traditional Kung Fu. Unfortunately, the Guoshu Institute was destroyed during World War II, and its curriculum was never officially reestablished. Sifu Wang, however, is a product of this curriculum, as he was a student of Grandmaster Jiang who was himself an esteemed graduate of the Nan-King school. Grandmaster Jiang strictly followed the Nan-King curriculum when training Sifu Wang. His goal, therefore, is to revive this traditional curriculum and continue to produce traditionally trained, well-rounded Kung Fu masters. Sifu Wang strongly emphasizes that Kung Fu should be as effective and applicable as it is beautiful. As he puts it: "Kung Fu fighting techniques are hidden in the traditional forms."

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A balanced teaching system results in a balanced Kung Fu student. The BTKA approach, based on the historical Nan-King Guoshu Institute teachings, is to train students in a variety of styles and disciplines. While other schools might focus on one style of Kung Fu, BTKA teaches all of the components necessary: Long Fist, Long Range techniques, Close Range techniques, Circular technique and Animal emulation. This method produces a well-rounded, effective and balanced martial artist that is prepeared for any contingency.

Sifu Jonathan Wang
Traditional Kung Fu, Wushu, Sanda, Tai-Chi

Sifu Jonathan Weizhang Wang was born in 1973 in Beijing, China. He began his studies in Kung Fu at the age of 8 when he started training in Shin Xi Xing Yi and Contemporary Wushu under Master Cui Guo-Gui. In 1989, Sifu Wang migrated to the U.S. and started training under Grandmaster Jiang Hao-Quan. Grandmaster Jiang was a distinguished graduate of the Nan-King Guoshu Institute and was one of the top 10 martial arts professors in China. Sifu Wang intensely studied traditional Chineses fighting techniques under Grandmaster Jiang for several years. At this time he was also studying Tai Chi under his father, Master Daniel Yu Wang, who is one of the few people in the world to have mastered all 5 classical styles of Tai Chi in addition to Tai Chi Sanshou and weapons.

In his over 20 years of studying martial arts, Sifu Wang has established a very respectable professional resume. He has won several championships in various categories throughout the years. In addition to his continued participation in tournaments and diligent training, Sifu Wang returns to Beijing China several times a year to perfect his skills by training with some of China's most respected Kung Fu masters.

In addition to his kung fu, Sifu Wang has a Master Degree of Science in Oriental Medicine, a national accupuncture certificate and is at the forefront of documenting kung fu forms around the world before they are lost.

It is common practice to research as many styles as possible and then find a school that teaches the chosen style. We take a different approach. BTKA is divided into four major categories of kung fu. Within those areas, Sifu Wang has chosen the best forms to create an overall better kung fu learning experience.

The disciplines he chose to follow for the BTKA comprise the Nan-King Guoshu Institue's primary traditional Kung Fu curriculum. The original Nan-King school practiced approximately 10 hours a day! Naturally, this is impossible for most people today. Therefore, Sifu Wang has chosen those elements within the Nan-King curriculum that he feels are the most valuable, and it is those elements that we focus on mastering. In general, those students who choose to follow the complete Guoshu curriculum can expect to be studying for 4-6 years (depending on their skill level). However, students do have the choice to study only those elements in which they are interested. Many students, for example, choose to only study Tai-Chi, which is perfectly acceptable. Any single style may be studied by itself and the Nan-King Guoshu Institute's curriculum is for those students who wish to become traditionally trained Kung Fu masters.

In addition to choosing what we feel is the best and most diverse kung fu styles to teach, Sifu Wang, the teachers and all of the students of BTKA take great care in making the entire learning experience both enjoyable and productive no matter what your level of expetise is.

While a student can take as many or as few classes as desired, it is recommended that a full course of study be completed to attain optimum effect. To see a summary of forms that make up each curriculum, you can download a PDF from anywhere in the "What We Teach" section.


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