Welcome to the Stafford Lau Gar Kung Fu Club’s frequently asked questions section. We hope to address many of the questions you might have regarding Lau Gar kung fu such as describing what the training involves and who it is suitable for. If we don’t answer your question here please feel free to contact us.
What is Lau Gar kung fu?
Kung fu is a Chinese martial art. Kung fu is similar to many other such arts in that it uses kicks and punches together with grabs and joint locks to form a well rounded self-defence system. Advanced practice also includes the use of traditional weapons such as swords and sticks. Kung fu is said to have its origins in the 6th century AD.
Lau Gar is a form of kung fu from Southern China. For a fuller description of the origins of kung fu and Lau Gar this site features a number of detailed articles on the subject.
Who is Lau Gar kung fu suitable for?
Lau Gar kung fu is suitable for people of all ages, male or female. We will tailor your training to suit your age and physical capabilities so there is no need to worry whether you are young or old.
If you have any specific concerns then why not visit one of our clubs and have a chat with us or you can contact us by email if you prefer.
Are there specific classes for adults and children or are the classes mixed?
No, there are no separate classes for children and adults. All students train together regardless of age. We do however have separate classes based on your grade.
What should I wear at my first lesson and do I need any special equipment?
You don’t need any special equipment to start Lau Gar kung fu. Of course kung fu is a physical activity so you will need to wear a T-shirt and track suit trousers or something similar. We don’t allow students to wear training shoes etc. with the exception of specialist martial arts training shoes. Most students train in bare feet. We do ask that your training kit be clean and that you wear short toe and finger nails.
What or who are the Lau Gar Guardians?
Master Jeremy Yau, the Chief Instructor of the British Kung Fu Association (BKFA), has appointed a ‘Council of Guardians’ comprising senior members of the BKFA. The Council has been working with Master Yau to see how they can best ensure that the knowledge, skills, principles and values of Lau Gar can be preserved so that future generations of students can benefit just as we have.
Do you do any fighting and what are the risks of me getting hurt?
There are really 3 aspects to Lau Gar training:
- Traditional training
- Self-defence training
- Kick boxing and competition fighting
The risk of injury during traditional and self-defence training is minimal although there is still some degree of physical contact. The aim of these types of training is to develop your skills without you having to hurt yourself. As you progress you will be expected to demonstrate your ability to defend yourself but any fighting is kept strictly under control.
Students who really want to pursue the fighting aspect can opt for kick boxing and competition fighting. This type of training offers a higher degree of contact and the risks of getting injured are higher. Again however, levels of contact are controlled and fighters wear protective equipment such as gloves, foot and shin pads, head guards and gum shields.
We also undertake a form of fighting which we call ‘sticking hands’. This advanced form of fighting is for black belt grades only because there is no protective equipment and a wide range of techniques are permitted.
Is there a grading system in Lau Gar?
Yes, there is a grading system. There are 8 belts, or rather sashes, from white to black. Beginners have no sash until they take their first one after a few weeks training.