Fitness with a Purpose
“In the end it’s not the years in your life that count; it’s the life in your years!” Abraham Lincoln
Class Schedule
Waterloo Kung Fu Academy
Sunday   12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday  12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Thursday 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Kitchener Kicks Martial Arts
Tuesday   7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Friday      7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Student Testimonials
"I look forward to the class it is a welcome enjoyable highlight in the middle of the day."

"I can see self-improvement in all areas of the curriculum. You have an excellent understanding of what is required to provide a well rounded fitness program."

"Keep doing what you are doing. It is clear that you tailor the class to meet the needs of the people who are at that class. Everyone is benefitting from your wide range of expertise in many fields of fitness. You keep up the pace of the class to challenge everyone."

"Awsome - patient freindly instructor puts everyone at ease!"

"I only wish I would have joined earlier!"

"Great to be in a group and helpful to have options for class times available."

Fitness with a Purpose Curriculum

The aerobic, strength training, flexibility, and relaxation aspects of the program can be as intense or as light as you decide to make them.  What you get out of the program is directly proportionate to what you put in.

The first half hour of all classes combines flexibility, strength, and aerobic exercises.  All exercises are low impact and designed to accommodate a wide variety of physical constraints where necessary.

There are specific defensive techniques taught at each level and the defensive techniques are taught in a progressive manner starting with the most simple to the more complex.  All of our self-defense follows a “continuum of response” that teaches students to use a defensive response that is appropriate for a given situation.

Each class ends with specific relaxation techniques that will leave you feeling refreshed and stress free.  Relaxation techniques are taught in a progressive manner with a great deal of emphasis placed on diaphragmatic breathing combined with soft flowing movements.  At advanced levels students can choose to learn and practice Yang Style tai chi if they wish.

Each level has specific requirements that must be learned before progressing to the next level.  At each level you not only learn new skills but you constantly review and enhance all of your previous skills.

Novice/Level I

You will be introduced to basic aspects of strength training, flexibility training, aerobic training, relaxation techniques, and will learn basic blocks, punches, kicks, and self-defense.  You will be learning the basis of a martial art but because the techniques become an integral part of our overall fitness program you often won’t even be aware of it.  Basic awareness and assessment form the foundation of your skills training.

Level II

We begin build on the basic skills you learned in Level I, which is a prerequisite for this level.  You will continue to increase your strength, flexibility, aerobic capacity, and relaxation techniques, while learning about basic nerve points and how to use them effectively to your advantage.  You will begin to study the fundamentals of joint locks, knife threats, and improvised weapons to use in emergency situations.  Assessment and awareness skills are enhanced as are simple de-escalation techniques.  The best defensive technique is one that you never have to use.

Level III

As your basic skills continue to evolve you will begin to learn more advanced skills like; defending against gun attacks, defending against knife attacks, and defending against club attacks.  You will also enhance your skills with increased knowledge of nerve point and counter strikes.  You will be introduced to the walking stick as a defensive weapon.

Level IV

You will continue to enhance all of your previous skills and will delve deeper into internal training that may include Tai Chi, some elements of Kouk Sun Do, and the ability to utilize your internal energy.  Of course all of the basic elements of flexibility, strength, aerobics and self-defense will continue to be a cornerstone of every class. 

Depending on your skill level and desire you may begin to function as an assistant instructor.

Gai Shan

Gai Shan is Chinese for “continuous improvement”.  At this level you will refine and master all of the techniques you have learned to date, while maintaining that high level of fitness you have learned to enjoy.  More of the elements of traditional Chinese Kung Fu will be introduced into your training at a very individualistic level.  Students have the opportunity to become FWP instructors.

A certificate is awarded whenever you complete the specified requirements for a given level and there is never any pressure to progress faster than you want.  The emphasis of this program is on quality; not quantity! It’s better to know how to use a few techniques very well than it is to know a wide range of techniques and only have a rudimentary knowledge of their application.

I personally invite you to participate in two free trial classes with absolutely no cost or obligation.