Traditional Kung Fu is better than other forms of exercise for promoting health and fitness. In swimming, jogging, and boxing, for example, the fitness acquired diminishes as one grows old, but in Kung Fu it is enhanced. This is because Kung Fu is more than physical exercise; it develops the inner faculties of vital energy (Qi) and the mind. A Kung Fu practitioner will exhibit more zest and vitality in both work and play than an ordinary person, and have calmness of mind and clarity of thought even under demanding situations.
Character Training : Traditional Kung Fu's teaching emphasizes moral development as well as physical training, stressing values like respect, courage, tolerance, and reverence for life. The very nature of Kung Fu training is a long process of character building. Wholesome qualities like endurance, perseverance, discipline, loyalty, and a calm disposition are prerequisites for progress, especially at higher levels. All these qualities, acquired through Kung Fu training, are transferable to daily life.
Self defence : This is the essence of Chinese martial arts. Our Traditional Kung Fu's teaching instructs students to be tolerant and avoid fighting, but the ability to defend oneself is a valuable asset. It is only when we know that we can defend ourselves effectively that we gain self-confidence. In this way self defence can be applied to non-combative situations, such as job interviews or school exams. In modern Singapore, this need for psychological self defence is more important than the need to actually fight.