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  • Why train in martial arts?
    Everyone who studies the martial arts is different. Most people believe that it's all punching and kicking people. There is so much more to real martial arts training! Through your studies you will learn not only self-defense skills that will make you more confident but equally important skills like respect, dedication, goal setting, patience, perseverance and an iron will that will help you succeed at school, your career and your life in general! We guarantee it because we live it! Real life doesn't reward you with a participation medal so we teach you the skills to get the gold.
  • I don't know much about martial arts, how do kids programs work?
    Our kids program, Hyper Pro Xtreme Junior, covers the same material as the adults learn in a more age friendly curriculum. This program teaches real self-defense concepts that are easy to learn and execute, traditional martial arts mixed with exciting new tricks and competition style weapons, cool blue uniforms, fitness and promotes goal setting and respect. As the martial arts should always be what you put in you get out, all members will earn each advancement on skill and not from attendance or testing fees. Limited to 6 members to focus on the individual's development and you only pay a monthly membership. Attendance is 2x per week and run September to June.
  • How much does it cost?
    We only charge a monthly membership fee. The amount is based on the amount of classes you can attend. We offer two types of memberships, Part-time 1x week or Full-Time 2-3x per week. We don't charge grading/testing fees under Black Belt, registration fees or association membership dues and you aren't paying for a big fancy space and large overhead, so our membership fees are well under the national average. We offer 20% off if you pay for 3 months in advance. Family and friend discounts are also available. If you join with another person, you both get 10% off monthly membership fees for as long as you remain members. We don't use contracts or auto-debit, we only ask that memberships are paid by the 1st of each month via cash or e-transfer. We do require a 30 day notice to suspend membership fees or cancel your membership. All of our Adult programs run continuously all year and our Kids Program runs Sept-June yearly unless there are 2 or more kids committed to training in the summer. We also are able to supply most of the sparring equipment and this enables you to try our program without the additional investment until you know it is something you will continue with. Once you decide you need your own gear, we sell it for cheaper than anywhere else because we want you to have it to help with training and not to make a profit.
  • I tried martial arts before, how is STMA different?
    - We don't teach in a way that is outdated and dangerous. Just because your style was created thousands of years ago, doesn't mean it wouldn't need to evolve. True martial arts is about self defense and a way to live your life, this is the tradition of martial arts. - We don't cater to money making martial arts business tactics like after school care, birthday parties, registration fees, testing fees or other gimmicks. We teach authentic martial arts and don't give out belts every 3 months based on attendance. Promoting a student that is not ready is dangerous and immoral. Martial arts should not have participation awards, what you put in is what you get out. - Our students are encouraged to ask questions and find what works for them and not just connect the dots. - Adults don't wear belts and uniforms. - We don't structure our lessons the same each time. Life is about variety and your body responds to that as well. - Most importantly we train in all areas of combat and self defense, not just kicking and punching!
  • What do I need to start?
    All you need is a willingness to learn and an open mind to try something new. We provide all the equipment you may need except for groin protectors and a mouth guard. Most members choose to get their own equipment once they feel confident they will continue training. This is usually between the 3rd and 5th month. We can order any equipment you may need.
  • What do I need to do to register?
    Be prepared to fill out a waiver and a brief information form and have a willingness to learn. We offer 2 classes for free and then memberships are done monthly with payment due by the 1st of each month. Cost is based on the amount of classes you can attend. We accept e-transfers and cash. Look at our offers page to see if there are any that may work for you.
  • I have never trained before and not in shape, will I fit in?"
    It doesn't matter if you trained 20 yrs ago in a martial art never trained before. We pride ourselves in our students "not just fitting in but standing out". This means you are encouraged to be yourself and not just taking a robot approach to training by doing what everyone else is doing. Everyone is different physically so we believe you need to tailor the style to you and not the other way around. We teach with a sense of humour and a relaxed atmoshpere so you can feel comfortable at all times. If you are really concerned that you might struggle at the start, that's ok. Most students feel a bit like a fish out of water for the first 2-3 months. If you don't feel confident to join a group, you can do private lessons via online or in person to get a head start and be able to hit the class at full speed when you feel ready.
  • Where is Silent Tiger Martial Arts located?
    390 Husch Rd in Rutland We are what is referred to as a "Garage School" and we can charge much less because we have less overhead. Our school is open to 6 members per class Please contact for an appointment as we do not do drop ins.
  • How long has Silent Tiger Martial Arts been around?
    First established in 1994 and has been in Kelowna for nearly 17 years. The name Silent Tiger is actually the fighting nickname of Master Instructor Chad Genereux who was known to start out slow and become a fierce competitor as the match progressed. He used this name for his school because the most valuable lesson he learned from his martial arts training was to be able to overcome the many obstacles that life put in his path. The "Silent" is the inner strength to persevere when life got tough and the "Tiger" representing the actions you perform to make it through the tough times.
  • What styles of martial arts do you teach?
    We teach Shaolin Chuan Fa Kung Fu, Kickboxing, MMA, Military Hand to Hand Combat, Jeet Kune Do Concepts, Hyper Pro Xtreme and traditional weapons from stick to the more exotic. Our martial arts include all ranges of self defense and combat. We have strikes, trapping, clinches, throws, grappling and weapons. Our Adult Beginners Classes, Close Combat, Hyper Pro Xtreme and Kung Fu programs are for those 14 years and older (unless with prior experience) are taught with a relaxed atmosphere that allows students to cross train in different systems to see which fits them best. For example, if you tried martial arts before and didn't like the kata, poomsae, forms or traditional approach, you can tailor your training to meet your goals. There are no testing dates, all advancement is up to the individual and their life's schedule. Programs are limited in size to maximize your training time and Adults can attend 1x -3x per week.
  • How old is your martial arts style?
    Our Kung Fu System can be traced back to the Shaolin Temple and includes two martial arts legends umong it's disciples! • Lam Sai Wing (1860-1943) One of the best fighters of his time, an outstanding master of Southern Shaolin Kung Fu and a disciple of the legendary Wong Fei Hung. In 1917-1923, Lam Sai Wing was appointed the Chief Instructor in hand-to-hand fight in the National Revolutionary Army of Fujian province. Lam won first place at a large martial arts competition that took place at the Dongjiao ground, receiving a medal from the Provisional President of the Republic of China, as a token of recognition for his service and success. Many stories are documented of his skills in combat both in challenge matches and self defense. • Wong Fei Hung (1847 – 1924) Wong was a master of Hung Ga. He systemized the predominant style of Hung Ga and choreographed its version of the Tiger Crane Paired Form Fist, which incorporates his Ten Special Fist techniques. Wong was adept at using weapons, such as the staff, and one tale recounts how Wong defeated a group of 30 gangsters on the docks of Guangzhou with a staff. So famous are his fighting accounts that over 100 films and television series featuring Wong have been produced. Actors who portrayed Wong on screen include Jet Li in the Once Upon a Time in China film series! One of the most famous fighters and healers in China and known for his infamous Shadowless Kick. Today we believe in a modern approach to the traditional concepts and lessons.
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