The use of striking with the feet has always been an element of traditional kung fu, but truly became refined with the emergence of the Northern Shaolin style in the 18th century. One of the most prominent traditional northern styles of Chinese martial arts, the northern styles of kung fu generally emphasize long range techniques, quick advances and retreats, wide stances, kicking and leaping techniques, whirling circular blocks, quickness, agility, and aggressive attacks.
For centuries martial artists from every discipline have trained their bodies to withstand the rigors of both training and combat. For the Kung Fu practitioner, this entails gradual training to strengthen the hands for devastating strikes, forearms to block and withstand any attack, and the legs to ensure every kick will end a confrontation.
Physical fitness is at the very core of Chuan Tao Kung Fu. Every exercise and drill is specifically designed to enhance the students cardio vascular endurance, physical strength, agility, power, acceleration, flexibility and precision. The workouts are designed to be directly applicable to the techniques being learned and, if maintained, will ensure an incredible level of skill and physical prowess.