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Date Listed 12-Jan-17
Address London, ON, Canada
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Korean Kung Fu --- Ship Pal Ki (Adult Class Information)

What is Ship Pal Ki?

The term Ship Pal Ki (also spelled; Sib Pal Gi and Sip Pal Gi) is a general term for Kung Fu coming out of Korea. Sometimes it refers to traditional weapons from the Korean middle ages, however, it also refers to general unarmed self-defence. There are different types of unarmed Ship Pal Ki, and ours is based on the Praying Mantis. We focus on self-defence and not sport. Yes, we occasionally assist those who like the sport aspect, however, that is not our main purpose in teaching Ship Pal Ki Kung Fu.

Origins of Ship Pal Ki:

Ship Pal Ki Kung Fu from Korea, originated in China, mostly Long Fist from the Shaolin Temple, though other forms of Kung Fu also go into making up Ship Pal Ki, such as Tam's, Northern Praying Mantis, Ba Qua, Tai Chi, ... Chinese masters took this kung fu to Korea, however, the Koreans tweeked the system a bit by putting into it, their own more rigid energy and the tightening up of the chan su and fa jing energies. Some moves were adjusted as well to offer more direct power. So, if you have ever saw the graceful and flowing moves of kung fu and thought that you would like to study and practice this art, but you didn't want to give up the power of Tae Kwon Do or Tang Soo Do, then Ship Pal Ki is the art for you; it is both graceful and powerful at the same time.

Why Study Ship Pal Ki?

There are many great martial arts out there, and while they are not all equal in effectiveness, for the most part, they will all benefit you. The real decision, in studying the martial arts, is: How do you want to express yourself in a fighting situation? Do you want to be a kicker? Do you want to use your hands mostly? Do you want to fight in a straight line or be more circular? Of course there is style, too... you may want to fight a certain way, based on a style, because it matches your personality. Ship Pal Ki offers a unique style, and is also very practical. Ship Pal Ki is not for everyone, and we don't want it to be; we like having our own unique way of doing things... if you want something unique and cool, then you might want to consider Ship Pal Ki.

Mike's School of Self-Defence: Korean Mantis Fist Kung Fu

The Ship Pal Ki Kung Fu we teach is designed for SELF DEFENCE... this means it is made up of little tricks to help you better survive an attack, even if you are not in shape. Look, being in shape will certainly help and increase your chances of surviving an attack, but, the truth is, people need a martial art that will work even if you are not fit; Ship Pal Ki Kung Fu is that martial art. As just said, if you are fit, you are going to be better at defending yourself.... but not everyone has the desire nor even the ability to get fit, however, that should not keep them from being able to defend themselves. Now, keep in mind, that there are no guarantees of success with any martial arts training, whether you are fit or not; the person who attacks you might get lucky, they might be just too strong or they may be a better fighter... but, it is good to learn what you can and improve your chances of survival.


Like many other Ship Pal Ki schools, we add to our Kung Fu, the Korean art of Hapkido. Hapkido is a Korean form of Jiu-jitsu and has both stand up and ground techniques; this helps round out the student's/practitioner's arsenal, in the event that he or she is attacked.

Southern Mantis Kung Fu:

We give more focus on the Mantis systems than some other Ship Pal Ki schools, and have also integrated Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu; there is a unique flavour to this style and it is similar to systems like Wing Chun, White Eyebrow and Goju Ryu Karate.

Class Structure:

We don't waste your time with, Push-ups... Sit-ups... Jumping Jacks... If you need exercise, you can do that on your own, or at a gym. That said, if you put full effort into the techniques and forms that you learn, you will get a great work out...

What we will do is this:

Work the kicks and strikes over and over....

Teach you reaction drills and sensitivity drills, such as sticky hands, sealing hands (a.k.a. trapping hands), and leaking hands....

We will also teach you practical and effective self defence concepts/principles and techniques...

A handful of actual self defence situation examples will be taught along with how to create these yourself...

Practical traditional forms that help develop proper technique and aid you in remembering moves...

From here, the manifestations are endless....

(Note: We do have some push-ups, sit-ups, leg-raises and stretching exercise in the children's class)

take care,
Shifu Mike
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