White Tiger Family Martial Arts
Bak Fu Martial Arts                 Tiger Kids

The kicks of Tae Kwon Do with the forms of Kenpo Karate and Kung Fu

Exercise and self-defense for the whole family

Kenpo - Karate - Kobudo - Tae Kwon Do - Kung Fu - Kali/Escrima DTS

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Japanese/Korean Techniques

The Bak Fu (White Tiger) style incorporates several different Japanese styles. This includes the basic blocking and punching of traditional Karate, the kicking of Tae Kwon Do, the joint locks of Aikido and Hapkido, the sword techniques of Kendo and Kenjustsu, and the weapons of Okinawan Kobudo.


Karate

Karate (空手, Karate?) or karate-dō (空手道, karate-dō?) is a martial art that developed from a synthesis of indigenous Ryukyuan fighting methods, Chinese kempo and concepts from classical Japanese martial arts. "Karate" originally meant Chinese hand, but was later changed to a homonym meaning "empty hand" in Japanese. It is known primarily as a striking art, featuring punching, kicking, knee/elbow strikes and open handed techniques. However, grappling, joint manipulations, locks, restraints/traps, throws and vital point striking also appear in karate. A practitioner of karate is called a karateka (空手家).

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Tae Kwon Do

Taekwondo (also, Tae Kwon Do, Taekwon-Do, or Tae Kwon-Do) is a martial art and combat sport originating in Korea. Taekwondo is the national sport of South Korea and sparring, kyeorugi, is an Olympic sporting event.

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Kendo

Kendo (剣道, kendō?), or "way of the sword", is the martial art of Japanese fencing. Kendo developed from traditional techniques of Japanese swordsmanship known as kenjutsu. Kendo is a physically and mentally challenging activity that combines strong martial arts values with sporting-like physical elements. Practitioners of kendo are called kendoka (one who practices kendo) or kenshi (swordsman). Kendo is "played" by kendoka, wearing traditionally styled clothing and protective armour (bogu), using a shinai or two as weapons. Kendo may be seen as a Japanese style of fencing. The movements in kendo are different to European fencing because the design of the sword is different, as is the way it is used. Kendo training is quite noisy in comparison to other martial arts or sports. This is because kendoka use a shout, or kiai, to express their spirit and when a strike or cut is performed, the front foot contacts the floor in a motion similar to stamping. Kendo is one of the Japanese budo and embodies the essence of Japanese fighting arts.

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Aikido

Aikido (合気道, aikidō?), is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as "the Way of unifying (with) life energy" or as "the Way of harmonious spirit." Ueshiba's goal was to create an art practitioners could use to defend themselves without injuring their attacker. Aikido emphasizes joining with an attack and redirecting the attacker's energy, as opposed to meeting force with force, and consists primarily of body throws and joint-locking techniques. In addition to physical fitness and technique, mental training, controlled relaxation, and development of "life energy" or "spirit" (ki) are emphasized in aikido training.

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Okinawan Kenpo

Kenpō (拳法, Kenpō?), literally meaning "fist principles" or "fist method," is is a term used to refer to a wide variety of martial arts, and is sometimes used as a blanket term for martial arts in general, especially in East Asia. Kenpō is a Japanese translation of the Chinese word "quánfǎ", meaning "fist principles", "way of the fist," or "law of the fist form." This term is frequently transliterated as "kempo," as a result of attempting to use Traditional Hepburn romanization (which provides for use of the letter "m" when ん precedes a labial consonant such as "p"), but failing to use a macron to indicate the long vowel.

Many variations of Kenpo exist, including Kenpo Karate, Okinawan Kenpo, and Ed Parker's American Kenpo Karate. However, other variations of Kenpo keep it a purely Chinese martial art, referring to it as Chinese Kenpo, Shaolin Kenpo, and even Chuan fa Kenpo, in acknowledgement of the fact that the art has two names, one Chinese, one Japanese.

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Hopkido

Hapkido (also spelled hap ki do or hapki-do) is a dynamic and eclectic Korean martial art. It is a form of self-defense that employs joint locks, pressure points, throws, kicks, and other strikes. Hapkido practitioners train to counter the techniques of other martial arts as well as common unskilled attacks. There are also traditional weapons including short stick, cane, rope, nunchucks, sword and staff which vary in emphasis depending on the particular tradition examined.

Hapkido contains both long and close range fighting techniques, utilizing dynamic kicking and percussive hand strikes at longer ranges and pressure point strikes, jointlocks, or throws at closer fighting distances. Hapkido emphasizes circular motion, non-resisting movements, and control of the opponent. Practitioners seek to gain advantage through footwork and body positioning to employ leverage, avoiding the use of strength against strength.

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