Instructor – Alex Retzlaff
4th Dan Won Hop Loong Chuan/ 3rd Dan Pyong Hwa Do
This course will be taught in the traditional fashion. There is a curriculum that the student will follow with coinciding belts to identify rank. Each student will be moved up individually based on their ability to retain, and demonstrate knowledge. The average time to achieve Black Belt in this system will be 3-5 years. All students will begin in Pyong Hwa Do, and will transition into Won Hop Loong Chuan as they progress in rank. No previous experience is necessary, and you may begin at any time.
Pricing is located on our sign up page. You do not have to be a member of CrossFit Roughnecks in order to attend this course.
The art itself is based almost entirely on Daoist philsophies and ideas. Unlike many other Chinese arts, it has no connections to the Shaolin Temple, and is not considered to be a Shaolin-derived art. The past practitioners of the art had a tendency to acquire portions of other martial arts and to then incorporate them into their own style. Because of this, art has been described by some as "eclectic". In modern terms, some have also refered to it as a "mixed martial art", but this isn't entirely correct. The key difference is that the mixture happened slowly over a long period of time, and not by a single person. Each acquired portion was evaluated, and if necessary, modified, to fit into the existing curriculum and structure of the art. Because of the slow evolution and careful planning, the art maintained the cohesiveness and consistency found in other more "pure" styles. In addition to this, masters in the art also created their own original forms to fit within the framework of the style. Some of the forms were also modified to add more solid power and stability to the stances, while removing some techniques (for example, a lot of the "hopping" was removed).
Although sometimes thought of as a separate style, pyong hwa do is actually the name given to the introductory curriculum of won hop loong chuan. In a manner of speaking, it is more accurate to say that it is a subset of won hop loong chuan. It consists primarily of the Okinawan curriculum, although it does contain some of the Chinese curriculum as well.
This is a high-level overview of the concepts that are covered in the Pyong Hwa Do curriculum. A more detailed curriculum is available to students, and is usually posted at individual schools.
- Pyong Hwa Do (Peaceful System Way)
- Chong U (Chinese Forms)
- Tomari (Okinawan) Forms
- Waza (Self-defense techniques)
- Hapkido (Joint isolations)
- Kumite (Sparring)
- Qi Gong training for martial specifics
- Iron shirtIron fist
- Vibrating palm
- Vibrating fist
- Dim Mak