a note from Sifu Kevin
Nothing I have ever achieved came about by simply wishing for it to happen.
In my life, every accomplishment I have made, every barrier I have overcome, every victory I have ever enjoyed came about through an application of HARD WORK over TIME. That is the greatest lesson Kung Fu has taught me. Kung Fu (gongfu) does not mean Martial Art or fighting. It is a philosophy. It is my mission statement. Kung fu means ‘Mastery through Time and Effort’. It is the basic math for success in all aspects of life.
The philosophy of Kung Fu, while almost always associated with the Chinese Martial Arts, can be applied to anything. Think about your career. Think about your hobbies and passions. You are good at these things not because you are lucky, but rather because you worked hard to be good at these things. And you worked hard over months and years and a lifetime.
I invite you to come apply this philosophy with us at Fingerlakes Shaolin-Do. Every student is given the opportunity to test their limits and expand the horizons of their minds. The student learns what it means to take a chance and try something uniquely new. Being a beginner, whether as an adult or as a child, can be frightening. It takes remarkable courage to stand up and say, ‘Teach me’. Only the truly brave can Empty the Cup and stand before a teacher with humility, simply seeking knowledge. We all are capable of that courage.
Here at Fingerlakes Shaolin-Do, we work hard to create an environment where absolutely everyone is welcome if they are willing to work hard and exhibit good moral character. Sometimes the hard work is physical. Sometimes the work challenges the mind; often in ways you have never been tested. Sometimes the hard work can lead to a crisis of the spirit; it isn’t easy to look upon yourself with truly open eyes. But, if you are willing to sweat, to struggle, to suffer and strive, if you are courageous – you will be successful. You will grow as a student of martial arts and as a human being.
Whether your passion is for Shaolin Kung Fu or the Internal Arts of Tai Chi, we have an exciting opportunity for you. So, Welcome! Please browse our website, check us out! Contact us if you would like more information or to sign up for your Free Introductory Week of Classes. There is no commitment or contract, ever.
Thank you for visiting. I hope to see you in class soon.