Yang Mian System FAQs

Q: Is Yang Mian™ Kung Fu an internal or external martial art?

A: (For those not familiar with the terms: internal refers to internal strength [the flow of Chi], external refers to more muscular type strength. Tai Chi is an example of the first, most Karate styles are typical of the second). The Yang Mian™ System develops and maintains inner strength. Internal styles usually begin with slow, relaxed movements. It often requires years of practice before inner stylists are able to release explosive power effectively. Yang Mian™ Kung Fu employs relaxed but fast movements from the beginning. It also generates and stores inner strength for expression in an instantaneous and powerful manner. The first signs of this inner development appear within a few months.

Q: In Kung Fu they speak of iron palm techniques. Is Yang Mian™’s steel hand the same as iron palm?

A: They are not the same although there are some resemblances. Steel hand covers a wider range of practice and use than is usual with iron palm. Also, steel hand training requires no special liniments or medicines to toughen the hands to avoid injury. Your hands will always appear completely normal until you have to use them in self defence. Your hands will be able to break tough objects such as river stones (stronger than house bricks) if you wish to reassure yourself of their power.

Q: How long does it take to develop Yang Mian™’s spring power?

A: Conscientiously practice what you are taught and you will find it emerging within a few months. As you continue to practice it becomes increasingly explosive and instinctive.

Q: Does Yang Mian™ Kung Fu work in the street?

A: Yes. It was originally designed by 12 masters of various styles of Kung Fu to express the best of what they had learned during their years of experience and teaching. It is totally practical. There are no wasted movements of body or hands. Saving yourself or a loved one from an attacker is the most practical of all objectives. Although the spring power of Yang Mian™ can be applied to all sports to improve performance, practical and very effective self defence is its prime purpose.

Q: Does it have training techniques not available from other martial arts?

A: Yes. You can only learn the techniques of Yang Mian™ from a Master or Sifu (qualified teacher). They do not appear in books.

Q: Is it a safe art to practice?

A: Quite safe so long as you follow the Instructor’s guidance. Of course you will be required to agree to take responsibility for yourself if you misuse what you are taught or practice incorrectly. But health clubs and sporting teams expect the same thing anyway.

Q: Does Yang Mian™ Kung Fu have a grading system, awarding coloured belts?

A: If you are attacked in the street it will be your fighting skill that will save you not the colour of your belt. In tournaments black belts are frequently defeated by lower grades. Yang Mian™ is interested in defeating an opponent not in giving false feelings of confidence by awarding coloured belts. The real world of self defence is a lot tougher than make-believe fighting within the walls of a training hall according to laid down rules.

Q: Are age or sex a factor to be considered?

A: No. Yang Mian™ suits both sexes of all ages.

Q: Do I need special training gear?

A: No. Just wear clothes that do not hamper freedom of movement

Q: Where are classes available?

A: Yang’s Mian Kung Fu is taught in private lessons conducted personally by the Master or his nominated instructor.

Q: How many times a week would I have to attend?

A: Normally once per week unless you and the Instructor have agreed otherwise. You are expected to conscientiously practice at home. The Instructor assesses your technique development during each lesson and gives appropriate guidance. He will introduce further techniques as you are ready for them.

Q: What does it cost to learn?

A: Ring for details. Costs are reasonable when you consider the unique qualities of Yang’s Mian Kung Fu and the fact that you are being personally taught by the sifu.

Q: How do I enrol?

A: The first step is to ring Master Yang and discuss the matter.
For further information phone: Master Yang Zhen Hua