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We're located at 28 West 27th Street, 8th Floor, between Broadway and 6th Avenue. We're within easy reach of several subway lines:

  • R and W trains at 28th Street and Broadway
  • F and M trains at 23rd Street and 6th Avenue
  • 6 train at 28th Street and Park Avenue South
  • 1 train at 28th Street and 7th Avenue

If you're interested in our system, please come by the Temple to watch a class in session. It's the first step to joining the school and the best way for you to see what we're about and to get answers to any questions you have.

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Things We Sell

Commemorative 50th Anniversary Caps, Patches, T-Shirts and Sweatshirts

Celebrate our 50th Anniversary with us! Please stop by the school to purchase these souvenir items or order via email to questions@kungfuwusu.com

The DVD documenting our 2016 demonstration is now available for sale. $10 per DVD.

Please stop by the school to pick up your copies or order it right here, using Paypal (add shipping/handling costs): Purchase 2016 DVD. // The 2015 demo DVD trailer can be found on the Facebook timeline (posted 3/5/2016) -> 2015 Demo DVD Trailer.

The DVD documenting our 2015 demonstration is available for sale at a discounted price. $5 per DVD.

Please stop by the school to pick up your copies or order it right here, using Paypal (add shipping/handling costs): Purchase 2015 DVD. // The 2015 demo DVD trailer can be found on the Facebook timeline (posted 3/5/2016) -> 2015 Demo DVD Trailer.

We are proud to present this souvenir T-shirt showing an image of our Grandmaster Alan Lee performing a Chi Kung exercise, signed by Grandmaster Alan Lee. This image is on the front of a high quality 100% cotton black T-shirt. The T-shirt comes in Youth Size 10 (7-8 years old), Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, and Extra Extra Large. The cost is $25 plus shipping for this impressive souvenir T-shirt. This T-shirt is a great gift for friends of our school and followers of martial arts, Kung Fu, Chi Kung, etc. Note that Extra Large shirts are currently sold out but are expected to be re-stocked soon.

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Demo Team

The Chinese Kung-Fu, Wu-Su Association Demonstration team is available to provide performances for any organization. We have performed at educational institutions such as Columbia University and Hunter and Pace Colleges; public facilities such as Grand Central Station, The New York Public Library, The Brooklyn and Bronx Botanical Gardens; corporate and private clients as well as making numerous television appearances.

Our demonstration can be tailored to your event’s needs and thematic. We can provide a performance emphasizing any combination of our system’s aspects from fighting and self-defense to breath work and longevity training.

Please contact us at demoteam@kungfuwusu.com to discuss the details of your upcoming event; we look forward to working with you.

History

Elements of Chinese martial arts originated more than six thousand years ago as the first cavemen learned simple blocking and striking techniques to protect themselves. The first documented form of Chinese martial arts, classical Chinese wrestling, is noted in the texts written by and about the legendary Yellow Emperor, Huángdì, in the third millennium BCE.

In 525 CE a Buddhist monk named Bodhidharma left his monastery in Southern India to spread what would become known as Chan Buddhism to China (Japanese: Zen). After traveling hundreds of miles to reach Northern China and passing through the Himalayan Mountains, he crossed the Yangtze River and headed north to Luoyang, the capital of Henan Province.

In a neighboring forest, he found Shaolin Si (“Young Forest Temple”), famous for scholarly translations of Buddhist scripture into Chinese. He saw that the monks were weak and could not perform his rigorous meditations, so he augmented their training with a series of health-giving exercises. His emphasis on chi (intrinsic energy which can be cultivated with breathing exercises and meditation) is still an essential foundation of Shaolin Kung Fu.

The first Shaolin Si has long since been destroyed, but several branches of Shaolin Kung Fu stemming from the temple have spread throughout China and the world.

The Chinese Communist government, reversing an earlier ban on martial arts practice, decided that this knowledge was “China’s Greatest Treasure,” and in 1958 set in motion the regulation and standardization of Chinese martial arts. This resulted in the formulation of modern “Wushu,” a systemization geared primarily toward competition. Wushu includes standard forms, kickboxing and ranking guidelines. This is the system of Kung Fu now taught at the Shaolin Temple and the various schools that have been spawned by its disciples.

While modern Wushu has done a great deal to spread the knowledge and popularity of Chinese martial arts, it has also had the unfortunate effect of obscuring many of the traditional styles upon which it is based. At the Chinese Kung-Fu, Wu-Su Association we teach a traditional system that predates this modern codification.

Chi Kung and Longevity

In addition to self-defense and fighting techniques, the Chinese Kung-Fu, Wu-Su Association teaches its students how to achieve a better lifestyle which can lead to a longer and healthier life. We incorporate Buddhist and Taoist techniques into our teachings. Some important principles include:

  • “The Three Eights” - 8 hours sleep, 8 hours work, 8 hours play per day

  • Proper diet and use of supplements- Vegetables, protein, vitamins, minerals, herbs, health supplements

  • Breathing exercises - Tu-na, jing sung

  • Concentration exercises - U-Ding Concentration

  • Meditation exercises - Taoist and Buddhist

  • Internal organ exercises - 8 Silk Weaving, 12 Silk Weaving, 36 Superior Taoist Techniques Chi Kung exercises - Ging kung, neigong, waigong

  • Injury & sickness care - Daoyin bi ji, wai qi zhiliaom, accupressure, massage, herbology & Chinese medical techniques

Those who practice the above techniques with discipline and regularity build up strong chi, which can be used to improve ones own life and the lives of others.

In China, tales of great masters using chi and herbs to assist healing injuries and illness are well documented. Even today, the first “doctor” many Chinese go to is such a practitioner. Testimonials from recipients of chi healing mention feelings of energy surging through the body and/or injured area, seeing colors corresponding to different “flavors” of energy, and faster than normal healing of injuries. Grandmaster Lee performs these services and trains all his degree holders in the application of these techniques.

What is Chinese Kung-Fu, Wu-Su?

Chinese Kung-Fu, Wu-Su is the name of the system developed by Grandmaster Alan Lee. The definition of Kung-Fu, Wu-Su is multi-faceted. Broken down literally, kung means “discipline”, fu means “person”; hence, a disciplined person. Wu means “martial”, su means “technique” or “skill”; hence, martial skill. Put together this indicates a person disciplined in martial arts. Its ultimate definition becomes even more profound, in that Kung-Fu, Wu-Su is truly the harmonious blending of body, mind and spirit in order to become a better person and live a better life.

Our system is based on the instruction Grandmaster Lee received in over 26 styles of Chinese martial arts. These include Northern and Southern Kung Fu styles, ground fighting, animal styles, springing leg, breaking, escape techniques, the 18 traditional weapons, chin-na-fa (grappling and locking techniques), throwing, discipline techniques and iron body.

Students of Chinese Kung-Fu, Wu-Su become disciplined in the proper execution of martial art techniques through repetition, practice, focus and concentration. In addition, they develop proficiency in self-defense, meditation, breathing and internal cultivation. These disciplines become priceless assets throughout ones life. An individual can take them into her or his professional, academic and social activities.

About Us

The Chinese Kung-Fu, Wu-Su Association was established by Grandmaster Alan Lee in 1967. The first temple opened in Newark, New Jersey during the summer of that year. The second temple, and current headquarters, is located in New York City. It opened its doors in the winter of 1967 and is currently the only official recognized school teaching Alan Lee’s Chinese Kung-Fu, Wu-Su system. Other temples have been located in Brooklyn, Queens, Newark, Paris, Puerto Rico and Thailand. The Chinese Kung-Fu, Wu-Su Association is located at 28 West 27th Street on the 8th floor. It is accessible by most major subway lines and is in walking distance of Penn Station.

Membership within the Chinese Kung-Fu, Wu-Su Association is and has always been multi-racial and multi-cultural. Students come from all walks of life, including blue- and white-collar workers from public and private sectors, teachers, artists, doctors and entrepreneurs. Students range in age from 6 to 70+, with the majority between 20 and 40 years old.

Classes and Progression

Typical Class

Class begins with approximately forty-five minutes of general exercise aimed at developing the strength, endurance and other skills essential to the practice of Kung Fu. While this usually takes the form of calisthenics, emphasis is also given to flexibility, balance, concentration, breathing and coordination. The remaining hour and fifteen minutes is spent learning new techniques or refining old ones. Forms, meditation, practical applications and fighting are also covered.

Each class is then broken up into groups, depending on the students’ level of training. For instance, a class may be divided beginner, intermediate and advanced groups. Each of these is lead by a qualified instructor and each class is supervised by a senior instructor or Master. Occasionally the entire class will work as one group, deepening on the lesson plan for that day.

Ranking

Within 2 to 3 years, a student may be eligible to take the test for her or his first degree. The test takes approximately 7-8 hours to complete and is given once a year in two parts: written and physical. Satisfactory completion of this test earns the student the title of Assistant Instructor. They may then pursue advanced training and help teach new students. A student may be eligible to test for her or his second degree 3 to 5 years after being awarded the first degree rank.

The Association uses the traditional Chinese badge system of ranking. Degrees 1-5 are “White Button” ranks, Master (sixth degree) is a “Black Button” rank. There are then 4 “Black Button” ranks before achieving the title Grandmaster (a “Red Button” rank). On average, it takes approximately 20+ years of consistent study to achieve the level of Master.

Schedule and Rates

When a student registers for classes they are asked to pick a regular class time to attend. Adult class choices are a paired schedule on Monday/Wednesday nights, Tuesday/Thursday nights, Monday/Wednesday/Friday mornings, Tuesday/Thursday afternoons, Friday evening/Sunday morning or a once a week class on Friday night, Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. The children's class is once a week Saturday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

All classes follow the same curriculum. Each class is supervised by a different senior instructor who is responsible for the class as a whole as well as for tracking each student's progress. Once a student has been at the temple for three months they can, with the permission of their instructor, attend additional classes.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
6:30 - 8:30 am 6:30 - 8:30 am 6:30 - 8:30 am
11:00 am - 1:00 pm 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
12:00 - 2:30 pm 12:00 - 2:30 pm 1:00 - 3:00 pm
3:30 - 5:30 pm
6:30 - 8:30 pm 6:30 - 8:30 pm 6:30 - 8:30 pm 6:30 - 8:30 pm 6:00 - 8:00 pm

adult classes children's class

As a non-profit organization, instructors donate their time. This allows us to keep monthly dues very low. Students attending class two or three times a week pay tuition of $95 a month to the temple. Those attending only once a week pay $75. Children pay $65. These prices can be further reduced by paying before the first of the month.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an appointment to visit?
No, you are welcome to visit any time a class is in session. Instructors will be available to answer any questions you may have and there is no commitment to join. You may also direct questions to questions@kungfuwusu.com

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Do you have beginner’s classes?
No. New students are given private instruction for their first weeks to help them acclimate. Once they have become familiar with some basics, they are integrated into the rest of the class. Classes are typically broken into groups based on experience level for instruction.

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Do you have children’s classes?
Children’s classes are Saturday mornings 11:00am to 1:00pm. There is a high instructor-to-student ratio and the children study the same curricula as the adults. Ages range from 7-16, with the older children (16 and over) given the option of attending adult classes.

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How long will it take me to advance?
We use the traditional button rank system. The average student takes 3-4 years to obtain her or his 1st Degree (this is roughly equivalent to a 2nd Dan Black Belt in a typical Karate system). There are 5 degrees on the way to the rank of Master. It typically takes 20-25 years of consistent study to attain the rank of Master. 1st Degree students are called Assistant Instructors, 2nd Degree students are called Instructors, and 3rd Degree students and above are called Senior Instructors.

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Who teaches your classes?
There are currently six active Master level instructors at the temple. There are an additional 15 senior level instructors each possessing 12-30 years of experience. Each class is directly overseen by at least one senior instructor with others assisting in teaching. They are complimented by over 30 active degree holders of varying experience who divide their class time between receiving and providing instruction.

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I’m interested in Chi Kung and Tai Chi. Do you have classes that deal with that?
Yes and no. Internal development plays a fundamental role in our system, however we do not teach specific isolated classes in it. Chi Kung, breathing, mind control, meditation and other similar disciplines are fully integrated into our curriculum.

We do not teach Tai Chi Chuan.

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What makes your school different from others?
Our school is unique in several regards, the first of which is its traditional pedigree. Grandmaster Lee is the inheritor of many different, rare styles of Chinese martial arts. With the government codification of Kung Fu into Wushu in China many of these have become more obscure and difficult to find genuine instruction in. Our lessons are presented in two ways, physical and written. Unlike many schools, we have a twenty chapter written outline that details the substance and philosophy of our teachings. A third unique aspect of our school is our full contact fighting. We use the traditional techniques we learn to spar without protective equipment.

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You mention many styles are incorporated into your system; what can I expect to learn?
Every student comes to study martial arts for different reasons. We believe the highest purpose of Kung Fu is to help shape a more complete person. This is facilitated through a high level of discipline and mental and physical mastery. In terms of more tangible lesson material, our students learn fighting, animal styles, weapons, ground fighting, grappling, joint locking, throwing, breaking, escape techniques, discipline techniques, meditation and internal development, among other topics.

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I hear Kung Fu isn’t practical for “real life” application?
Chinese Kung Fu is widely accepted as the “father” of all other Asian martial arts. As such it contains the elements and application that gave rise to other currently popular arts such as Jujitsu and Muay Thai. While these systems are certainly unique and effective in their own right, it is important to note that Chinese Kung-Fu, Wu-Su encompasses many techniques that are highly effective in “real life” application such as grappling, ground fighting, vital point striking and pressing, choking and joint manipulation. Furthermore, Chinese Kung-Fu, Wu-Su contains many elements not as readily identified with these other systems, which are equally effective in a street setting.

Many other kung fu schools only teach forms. The Chinese Kung-Fu,Wu-Su Association also teaches forms, but we emphasize specific techniques and their applications.

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What commitment do I need to make?
There is no requirement to pre-pay for a designated period. As we are a non-profit organization all instructors offer their time free of charge. In reciprocity, we ask that our students commit to their studies and approach them with a serious and respectful attitude.

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What can I expect from a typical class?
A typical class will start with 45 minutes of exercise. Generally this takes the form of various calisthenics such as running, push ups and sit-ups. We emphasize general physical development so that our students are capable of learning and effectively using the skills that we teach. The exact format of the warm-up will vary from day to day, emphasizing such factors as strength, endurance, internal development or flexibility. After the warm up we generally break up the class into smaller groups based on experience. These groups will work on a variety of topics such as technique drills, fighting, forms, weapons or body conditioning.

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Grandmaster Alan Lee

Alan Lee is a grandmaster of both the Northern and Southern Kung Fu styles. He started his training in martial arts at the age of seven under the tutelage of his father, Lee Tiān Táng, a renowned master of the Southern Stone Fist style. Mr. Lee subsequently went to Beijing and studied under Grandmaster Jì Yŭ Jūn, a well-known and respected teacher of the northern Wu-Su styles. These became Grandmaster Lee's favored systems.

After leaving Beijing, Mr. Lee traversed the Chinese countryside three times, studying with over 26 different teachers. This was facilitated by the prominence of Mr. Lee's family. His uncle, Lee Zōng Rén, also a Southern style master and one of Mr. Lee's early instructors, was a famous general who won the first modern military victory against the Japanese at the Battle of Táiérzhuāng.

Since his arrival in the United States in 1959, Grandmaster Lee and his students have given innumerable exhibitions for the public, notably in such educational institutions as Columbia University and Hunters College, parks such as the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and the Bronx Botanical Gardens, public facilities such as Grand Central, and various television shows including "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson", "The Merv Griffin Show", "The Mike Douglas Show", "The Joe Franklin Show" and "Like It Is".

Grandmaster Lee has received wide recognition from the larger martial arts community as a patriarch of traditional Chinese Martial Arts in America. This includes numerous magazine articles, the chairmanship of the Second International Convention of Martial Arts and induction into the Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame.

Professionally, Grandmaster Lee has earned two degrees in engineering. Until his retirement, Mr. Lee worked as a senior electronics engineer with several prominent communications and engineering companies. This work included the development of communications systems for the InterStat #1 (Early Bird) satellite and development of the Telex communication system. Later, Mr. Lee began his own businesses in the areas of engineering consultation, general consulting, import and export, and real estate. He also owns many patents, copyrights and trademarks.

Grandmaster Lee remains very active in the temple and teaches his degree holders on a regular basis. He is currently involved in providing a longevity training program for both his students and the general public. Through the application of Dao Yin Bi Ji, Grandmaster Lee devotes his time to helping those most in need of these unique, life-enriching programs which are a fundamental part of Kung Fu training.

If you are interested in receiving Dao Yin Bi Ji treatments, please call (212) 995-2654. Treatments are available Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 am through 5 pm.

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The Chinese Kung-Fu, Wu-Su Association has been a beacon of traditional martial arts in New York City for over 50 years. Our founder, Grandmaster Alan Lee, was one of the first to teach this knowledge openly to all, regardless of race. The school he founded continues to pioneer the instruction of a once obscure art.

In continuous operation since 1967, the Chinese Kung-Fu, Wu-Su Association teaches a highly unique system based on all aspects of traditional Chinese martial arts. This art form has been passed onto thousands of students. Some of them have founded their own schools in the US and abroad while others have gone on to acting and stunt careers. Furthermore, the temple has provided many public and private exhibitions throughout the city and has been the subject of several documentaries and numerous magazine articles.

While we pride ourselves on the physical and mental development that results from training, the ultimate goal of the association is the overall development of the individual. We firmly believe that Kung Fu's highest purpose is to help shape a better person who lives the best life possible.