The mission of Laughing Dragon Kung Fu is to combine practical self-defense skills with a total body workout and inspire a lifelong love of Chinese martial arts. Our training is available to anyone interested, provided they have a sincere desire to learn and are of good moral character. As a traditional school, however, we believe that kung fu is about much more than the physical training. We consider the cultivation of honorable and benevolent students to be of paramount importance. When the Jow Ga Five Tigers established the first Jow Ga school, they appropriately called it “Zhou Jia Quan Ren Yi Tang”, or the “Jow Family Boxing’s Hall of Benevolence and Justice”. Our Mizong teacher Grandmaster Lu Junhai has taught us that: “You must first be a good person, then a good martial artist”. In that spirit, we have developed the following code of conduct. It is based on the principles of our larger code of Martial Ethics, or Wu De. We ask that students familiarize themselves with these ideas and strive to respect and adhere to these principles.
Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct
- Observe proper martial arts etiquette. Please refer to the chief instructor as “Sifu”. Sifu is an honorific title for someone who as achieved a certain level of mastery of an art or skill.
- Show respect for instructors, elder classmates, each other and yourself.
- Pay respect (using our kung fu salute) to instructors and to the founders of our styles when entering and leaving the training hall.
- Respect the hard work of others even if they make mistakes. Remember that none of us are perfect and that we are all striving to improve ourselves.
- Be helpful to those who need it, in and out of the school, but do not teach new form or technique unless asked to do so by an instructor.
- Do not abuse your knowledge of Kung Fu, especially against those junior to you or deemed weaker. Under no circumstances will the abuse of Kung Fu skills be tolerated.
- Do not disparage other martial arts styles, schools or their members. Remember, we can always learn something from others.
- Strive to balance pride in your achievements with humility. Avoid behaving in ways that reflect poorly on you or your school.