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Editorial Review. Austin Kung Fu Academy is dedicated to providing quality martial arts instruction to students of all ages and levels.
Calming plus energizing and creative.
I've been attending Santanu's tai chi class for 2 years. I enjoy every class. I learn new movements and refine the forms I've already learned to gently gain grace and confidence in tai chi. I've been happy to realize that my tai chi training contributes to my creative practice as a fine artist in drawing and painting. My recent work has been influenced by zen painting and having tai chi in my life supports flowing and expressive brushwork.
I recommend Austin Kung-Fu Academy to older folks like me. Physically I have noticed my balance is better and I've gained strength. Tai chi is great mental training for memory too.
Santanu is a great teacher, patient and exacting who adds cultural information to the course that helps me to contextualize the movements. Santanu also created a comic book with a different slant on the tai chi positions. Santanu and Nisha created an access TV show that is quite entertaining, but the movie nights that Austin Kung-Fu Academy sponsors once a month are really silly and inspiring at the same time. Santanu has a collection of the wackiest kung-fu flicks and we watch them on an open air patio. Adding comedy to the already creative mix from class is a wonderful way to lighten the experience with laughter.
Martial Arts for all. I've been taken Santanu's Adult Kung-Fu class for 4 months now. I was looking around for dance classes at the time since I use to dance in high school, but I found AKFA through Austin Chronicle and decided to call. Santanu invited me to a one-on-one session where I learned some basics and then he invited me to a class. The class was really fun. It was exactly what I wanted, I was not only learning self-defensive moves, but I also was learning forms and formations in order to earn my belts. Not only is the class fun and useful, but the people are really friendly. I would recommend this for any one who is interested in starting out in martial arts or if they are looking for a new place to continue their practice.
Best Adult and Children's Kung Fu Classes.
I started taking classes after minor surgery over a year ago. I found the classes not only helped me get back into condition, but were fun at the same time.
The instructor is always positive and encourages me, or anyone else in his class to progress as quickly as they're capable. He identified my strengths and works with me on my weaknesses. Although I would still consider myself to be pretty much a beginner compared to others in my class, I have learned more than I thought I could in the limited time I have available as a parent.
I have seen him use the same positive motivation when instructing children. It's great to see kid's learning and laughing at the same time. Children progress at their own rate. I have not come across a better children's instructor. The reason I know this is my son has been taking classes for almost a year and has a great time. I would encourage any parent, including those who have children with minor disabilities, to take a look at the children's classes.
The locations and class times are convenient .
Teacher with a devoted following. I have been studying tai chi at Austin Kung Fu Academy for 16 months. In that time we have worked on five forms: the yang 37, broad sword, chen, straight sword and fan. We have done a variety of warm up exercises, push-hands and standing meditation. Santanu Rahman knows his stuff and is an unassuming and masterful teacher. He works with everyone at his own level, at every class. I tried the class when it was offered through my health club and liked how it felt. If you have curiosity or are knowledgeable about tai chi and want to practice and have fun, I urge you to contact Santanu and try a free class. Also look for "Do the Fu" his weekly program on Access TV (Tuesday at 8:00 pm on Channel 10), the book "Taijiquan: The Art of Nurturing, the Science of Power" by Yang Yang, his teacher; and Santanu's comic book series.
Everything you want in a martial arts class.
6 months ago I was shopping around for a martial arts class in Austin. After reading through the website, I called AKFA to get more information and Santanu personally answered the phone and kindly invited me to just show up and see how I liked it. He even took the time before class to show me the basics, so I wouldn't feel completely lost. You may think that anyone would do that for a first timer, but Santanu does this for every student at all times. He is sincerely there to help you learn and have a good time doing it.
Classes at AKFA are always fun and you get out of them whatever you are looking for. If you want intensity and power, you got it. If you want relaxation and meditation, it's there. You learn something new in every class. No matter what your skill level you never feel excluded from the exercises, even the more advanced students realize that they have much to learn. There is a strong feeling of teamwork and camaraderie.
AKFA is also a great value. Not only do you get two hours to practice each week, there are also supplemental classes for you to work on your form or your sparring techniques or both! Again, you get out of these classes exactly what you're looking to get. I would highly recommend you take a look at Austin Kung Fu Academy, but be ready to break a sweat!
Best martial arts instruction in Austin!. Austin Kung-Fu Academy ROCKS! What more can I say? AKFA provides excellent martial arts training in a friendly environment where everyone is focused on enhancing their martial arts knowledge from beginner to expert. The instructor, Santanu Rahman, masterfully guides all students to acheive the most in their training. If you are interested in high impact or low impact training, AKFA provides a well rounded curriculum from Tai Chi to Kung-Fu. I highly recommend sitting in a class and see why the students have such a positive experience from it.
Friendly, excellent instruction!. Austin Kung Fu Academy has been a thoroughly positive experience for me. I first met the Academy's founder and head instructor, Santanu Rahman, through my gym, where he was teaching a Tai Chi class. I have studied Tai Chi with a number of instructors, but I particularly liked the way Santanu focused on the basics. When the class was replaced by a yoga class, I knew I wanted to continue learning from Santanu. I have typically been drawn more to "yin," internal martial arts, such as Tai Chi, and wanted to stretch myself with something more "yang," or external, like Kung Fu. Santanu invited me to attend a Kung Fu class free of charge, to make sure it seemed like a good fit for me. He and his wife and business partner, Nisha, helped me feel very welcome. Their friendliness, encouragement, and positive attitude make all the difference. They welcome everyone, regardless of age, experience, or skill level, and create an atmosphere that is fun and supportive, while maintaining a high standard for instruction. Santanu's education background informs his teaching style--he literally makes it possible for anyone to succeed and enjoy the learning process at the same time. He regularly provides tips that help students continue moving forward, where they might otherwise get stuck and discouraged. I get a full-body workout at each class, and have gotten in touch with power (both internal and external) I didn't know I had. Santanu and Nisha also produce a terrific Public Access Cable Television show, "Du the Fu," which, like class, is both fun and educational. Santanu is a superb instructor at all age levels. When I arrive early for adult class, and am watching Santanu teach his kids' class, I don't know who is having more fun, him or his students! I highly recommend the Austin Kung Fu Academy!
Best Kung Fu classes in Austin. My son is 5 years old and has been learning Kung Fu at the academy this past year. He looks forward to going and I can tell he respects the instructor Santanu. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming and the kids get down to business from the time they get there until the class ends. I would recommend Austin Kung Fu Academy to any child who could benefit from dicipline, self control and self-esteem building. The owners/instructors are very friendly and passionate about what they do.
Wonderful Kung-Fu Academy.
I have been taking Kung-Fu here for over eighteen months and have loved every day of it. Santanu (the instructor) has extreme patients and is very easy to learn from. The two locations are also very convent.
Before starting with AKFA I had a gym membership. Kung-Fu gives me a more well rounded workout, helps the mind and sprit, and is much more fun!
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