Silent Dragon Kung Fu and Tai Chi
About this pro
Silent Dragon has been offering some of the country's most thorough and comprehensive instruction in both traditional and progressive Chinese and Chinese-Indonesian martial arts throughout the Tri-state for more than 30 years. My name is Matt; I took over from my teacher and mentor Bruce Walker, the founder of our school, back in 2010. Since then I've been continuously teaching and training, and have had the privilege to work with people of all ages and abilities, including a thriving senior citizen's group, the oldest member of which was 101 years old! I strive to both preserve the essence of the traditional arts and the teachings of my teachers, while allowing martial practice to evolve to meet the ongoing demands of it's students and practitioners. At Silent Dragon, we seek always to tailor our instruction to the exact needs and abilities of the student. No one is put in a mold; but rather we seek to bring out the best qualities already inherent in the individual.
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Pricing varies depending on the nature and duration of the class/lesson. As a general rule of thumb, the price is $40 per hour for private instruction.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?The first step in working with a new student is to discern the goals and objectives of the individual, as well as their current abilities and experience. Since we provide instruction to all levels of ability, from complete beginners to highly advanced, the approach will very depending on the individual's current ability. We all have lives: and with that come time constraints, injuries, and what not. In addition, everyone has different goals and aspirations. Once the student and instructor have a feel for each other - for what the student needs and the instructor has to offer - a general plan and direction can be taken for training. Of course this plan can (and almost certainly will), be modified as the needs of the student change. Generally, training falls under two categories: combative training and health/fitness. Now of course there's a massive amount of overlap; in fact complete training encompassed both. In the long run, martial (combative) training is also training for health. Combative training will tend to begin with basic methods of positioning and body movement, with an emphasis on hitting skills. From there training will gradually get more complex, involving different ranges of skills: grappling, kicking, standing and ground fighting, weapons, etc. Training for health only, is in many ways the same only it involves only the intrapersonal (as opposed to interpersonal) elements. The objective here is to rework the body and mind and how they relate to one another, so as to obtain optimal functioning.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have a Full Teaching license from my teacher and our school's founder, Bruce Walker. In addition, I have had the honor to train with world renowned Tai Chi master and Push Hands champion Don Ethan Miller, and the legendary Kuntao Silat master Willem "Uncle Bill" de Thouars. I have been training since 2001 and have been teaching as a Chief Instructor since 2010.