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(Please note that all martial art training drills are strictly adherent to current COVID safety guidelines, and partner work is restricted accordingly. Our practical approach to self-defense is built on a core of traditional values in a fun & engaging training environment.)

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What is Kung Fu Strength (KFS)?


This class uses slow, flowing movements to build flexibility, balance, and overall strength. It harmonizes traditional martial arts conditioning with modern sports science to help you unlock healthier joints and a more relaxed mind.




What benefits can I expect?


Those who come to this class regularly will develop better mobility in their hips and shoulders, improve their squat technique, strengthen their core, and greatly improve their balance and leg endurance.




What happens in a typical class?


Classes begin with some gentle self-massage (foam rolling) to prime your muscles and to promote healthy connective tissue. Next, you will follow the instructor through joint mobility exercises and gentle stretching on the floor, with the work gradually intensifying until the body is completely warmed up. Finally, the instructor will guide the class through one or more KFS series, which will challenge your strength, focus, flexibility and balance.




Is this an intense workout?


This workout builds gradually and is a slow burn rather than a dynamic cardio class. Mindful movement and relaxed breathing is favored over jaw-clenching exertion. Most people experience soreness in their thighs, which is a part of the transformation into new strength and mobility.




Will I learn Self defense skills as a part of this class?


While Kung Fu Strength provides martial arts-inspired conditioning, it doesn’t include any martial arts techniques. It is perfect for anyone who is looking to build the strength and flexibility of a traditional martial artist, and for martial artists who want to supplement their conditioning with additional training.




Is KFS right for me?


If you’re looking for a beginner-friendly work out which will build strength, stamina and flexibility, then Kung Fu Strength could be a great fit. It can be safely modified for those who feel “out of shape”, yet is challenging for most anyone. Your best bet is try a few classes and see if it’s the perfect fit.





 

Kids Kung Fu

Do Kung Fu students earn belts and wear uniforms?


Our students wear a Kung Fu uniform (similar to a “Gi” in other styles), and there are nine colored sashes (similar to Karate belts) that students will earn as they progress through the program. The sash colors at our school go in the following order: White, Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, Purple, Red, Brown, and Black. Earning a black sash is a great achievement and marks the completion of our Kung Fu curriculum (much like a Black Belt in other styles).




How long does it take to earn a black sash?


This depends on the student and how much they practice, but you can expect to put in between 4-6 years of dedicated practice to earn a Black Sash in Centerline Kung Fu.




What kind of equipment will I need to purchase?


Compared to other sports (and even other martial arts schools), Centerline Kung Fu has very few expenses beyond the monthly membership cost. Students will be given a full uniform (which is covered by the cost of enrollment). Our test fees are reasonable and appear about once per season. Beyond this, there is no equipment required for training in the student’s first year. You will need to purchase protective equipment when students begin sparring, and this is typically a one time expense of around $100.




What’s the best age to start Kung Fu training?


Our Kung Fu program accepts students between the ages of 6 and 12, while our Little Dragons class is for ages 4-6. Although it’s never too late to benefit from martial arts training, it is preferred to start at a young age for these reasons:

  • Martial Arts classes improve focus and listening skills, which are important skills to cultivate early in a child's development.
  • Establishing flexibility and balance in body and mind at a young age makes it more likely to carry over later in life.
  • Cultivating body awareness unlocks a child's natural athletic talents at a younger age, and can help with school sports.
  • Kung Fu classes establish healthy social skills and a supportive environment for children to overcome their fears while growing stronger.




What is the instructor to student ratio?


Most classes have between 12-20 students, with two or three instructors. Our teacher to student ratio is optimal for having a fun atmosphere for kids with maximum learning!




Is there a chance my child will get injured?


In our experience, Centerline Kung Fu is one of the safest activities your child can be involved in. Thanks to a culture of safe learning, we have had no serious injuries in our years of kid's classes, and even minor injuries are extremely rare. We always emphasize the following in our classes:

  • Respect - for the safety and personal space of others in class
  • Mindful movement - students learn to push themselves without hurting themselves
  • Joint Health - muscle burn is a part of getting stronger, but joint pain is not. We teach this to our students from the very beginning
  • Train for the future - Although our Kids Kung Fu students are gifted with young and resilient bodies, they are learning valuable warm-up routines and exercises that will keep their bodies healthy later in life
  • Progressive Sparring Program - Sparring is the practice of "play fighting" with safety equipment, and this can carry a higher risk of injury in some schools. At Centerline, students learn how to spar gradually and safely with careful instructor guidance. It is always approached as a valuable learning exercise between two students, rather than a way to test oneself against another




Will martial arts training make my child more violent?


To the contrary, martial arts training teaches restraint, provides an outlet for stress, and decreases the chances that a child will get involved with fighting or bullying.





Kuntao Silat

What is Kung Fu Strength (KFS)?


This class uses slow, flowing movements to build flexibility, balance, and overall strength. It harmonizes traditional martial arts conditioning with modern sports science to help you unlock healthier joints and a more relaxed mind.




What benefits can I expect?


Those who come to this class regularly will develop better mobility in their hips and shoulders, improve their squat technique, strengthen their core, and greatly improve their balance and leg endurance.




What happens in a typical class?


Classes begin with some gentle self-massage (foam rolling) to prime your muscles and to promote healthy connective tissue. Next, you will follow the instructor through joint mobility exercises and gentle stretching on the floor, with the work gradually intensifying until the body is completely warmed up. Finally, the instructor will guide the class through one or more KFS series, which will challenge your strength, focus, flexibility and balance.




Is this an intense workout?


This workout builds gradually and is a slow burn rather than a dynamic cardio class. Mindful movement and relaxed breathing is favored over jaw-clenching exertion. Most people experience soreness in their thighs, which is a part of the transformation into new strength and mobility.




Will I learn Self defense skills as a part of this class?


While Kung Fu Strength provides martial arts-inspired conditioning, it doesn’t include any martial arts techniques. It is perfect for anyone who is looking to build the strength and flexibility of a traditional martial artist, and for martial artists who want to supplement their conditioning with additional training.




Is KFS right for me?


If you’re looking for a beginner-friendly work out which will build strength, stamina and flexibility, then Kung Fu Strength could be a great fit. It can be safely modified for those who feel “out of shape”, yet is challenging for most anyone. Your best bet is try a few classes and see if it’s the perfect fit.





 
 

Jeet Kune Do

What is Jeet Kune Do (JKD)?


JKD is Bruce Lee's Martial Art, focused maximum efficiency and authentic expression of oneself. The art is built on the finesse and flexibility of Chinese Kung Fu, synergized with modern styles (like western boxing) to make it extremely practical and unique. The original MMA for street combat, JKD will help you become more capable and unlock your inner power!




What is the JKD lineage at Centerline?


Centerline was founded by Sifu Collin Lieberman, a full JKD instructor with 20+ years of experience in the art. He is certified under his longtime teacher and mentor, Sifu Raffi Derderian, who is certified under both Guro Dan Inosanto and Sifu Kevin Seaman.




What are some of the advantages of non-traditional martial arts training?


Non-traditional training is the type you might find at a boxing or MMA gym, and tends to be less formal, more athletic, and no-nonsense. Students will select and sharpen a handful of skills to be used effectively in the near-term and discard those which don’t serve them. JKD classes have elements of both traditional and non-traditional training.




What happens in a typical class?


Every class begins with a good warm-up (footwork, mobility, and calisthenics). Next, the class works on understanding and sharpening specific techniques (shadow boxing, bag work, or mitt work). Finally, we spend time applying those techniques, either through sparring drills or scripted applications.




Are there belts and uniforms?


Jeet Kune Do students are required to wear a Centerline T-Shirt to each class. We don’t wear belts or traditional uniforms, however students will earn ranks as they work through the curriculum.




Is JKD right for me?


This class is versatile enough to inspire and challenge nearly anybody, however if you are seeking a dynamic and direct martial art and you are a fan of Bruce Lee, then JKD may be excellent for you! Your best bet is try a few classes and see if it’s the perfect fit.





Kung Fu Strength

What is Kung Fu Strength (KFS)?


This class uses slow, flowing movements to build flexibility, balance, and overall strength. It harmonizes traditional martial arts conditioning with modern sports science to help you unlock healthier joints and a more relaxed mind.




What benefits can I expect?


Those who come to this class regularly will develop better mobility in their hips and shoulders, improve their squat technique, strengthen their core, and greatly improve their balance and leg endurance.




What happens in a typical class?


Classes begin with some gentle self-massage (foam rolling) to prime your muscles and to promote healthy connective tissue. Next, you will follow the instructor through joint mobility exercises and gentle stretching on the floor, with the work gradually intensifying until the body is completely warmed up. Finally, the instructor will guide the class through one or more KFS series, which will challenge your strength, focus, flexibility and balance.




Is this an intense workout?


This workout builds gradually and is a slow burn rather than a dynamic cardio class. Mindful movement and relaxed breathing is favored over jaw-clenching exertion. Most people experience soreness in their thighs, which is a part of the transformation into new strength and mobility.




Will I learn Self defense skills as a part of this class?


While Kung Fu Strength provides martial arts-inspired conditioning, it doesn’t include any martial arts techniques. It is perfect for anyone who is looking to build the strength and flexibility of a traditional martial artist, and for martial artists who want to supplement their conditioning with additional training.




Is KFS right for me?


If you’re looking for a beginner-friendly work out which will build strength, stamina and flexibility, then Kung Fu Strength could be a great fit. It can be safely modified for those who feel “out of shape”, yet is challenging for most anyone. Your best bet is try a few classes and see if it’s the perfect fit.





 
 

Skip 2 Ripped

What is Kung Fu Strength (KFS)?


This class uses slow, flowing movements to build flexibility, balance, and overall strength. It harmonizes traditional martial arts conditioning with modern sports science to help you unlock healthier joints and a more relaxed mind.




What benefits can I expect?


Those who come to this class regularly will develop better mobility in their hips and shoulders, improve their squat technique, strengthen their core, and greatly improve their balance and leg endurance.




What happens in a typical class?


Classes begin with some gentle self-massage (foam rolling) to prime your muscles and to promote healthy connective tissue. Next, you will follow the instructor through joint mobility exercises and gentle stretching on the floor, with the work gradually intensifying until the body is completely warmed up. Finally, the instructor will guide the class through one or more KFS series, which will challenge your strength, focus, flexibility and balance.




Is this an intense workout?


This workout builds gradually and is a slow burn rather than a dynamic cardio class. Mindful movement and relaxed breathing is favored over jaw-clenching exertion. Most people experience soreness in their thighs, which is a part of the transformation into new strength and mobility.




Will I learn Self defense skills as a part of this class?


While Kung Fu Strength provides martial arts-inspired conditioning, it doesn’t include any martial arts techniques. It is perfect for anyone who is looking to build the strength and flexibility of a traditional martial artist, and for martial artists who want to supplement their conditioning with additional training.




Is KFS right for me?


If you’re looking for a beginner-friendly work out which will build strength, stamina and flexibility, then Kung Fu Strength could be a great fit. It can be safely modified for those who feel “out of shape”, yet is challenging for most anyone. Your best bet is try a few classes and see if it’s the perfect fit.





 

Boot Camp / HIIT

What is Centerline Boot Camp / HIIT?


Boot Camp / HIIT are high energy, functional fitness classes. These classes are designed to be fun, energetic, and accessible to people of all fitness levels. You’ll get a total body workout in each class, while learning sound fitness fundamentals and exercise technique.




What happens in a typical class?


Classes begin slowly with joint mobility and light stretching, increasing in intensity from there. After the warm up, there is a cardio component and an “achievement set” that keeps track of your strength gains in certain basic exercises. Additionally, each day of Boot Camp uses a theme (mobility, core, cardio, balance, strength, power, and reps) to keep your body guessing. No equipment is required, however many classes offer a variety of equipment for local participants (such as tires, agility ladders, kettle bells, medicine balls, battle ropes, sleds, and more) to enhance the workouts. **Use of equipment is subject to change based on location (indoors vs outdoors), and Covid restrictions.**




What benefits can I expect?


You can expect to get stronger, more mobile, and have an increased understanding of proper exercise technique. We also promote positivity and camaraderie, so you can expect to laugh and have some fun while getting a good workout! Lastly, working out early in the morning has been proven to increase energy levels and brain functioning, so it really is a great way to jump-start your day!




What equipment do I need for this class?


Equipment is not needed to do any of these workouts! Of course, using equipment can enhance your workout, and if you attend class in person you have access to the equipment available. If you are following along at home, you may incorporate any fitness equipment you have, and we recommend you purchase a “Penalty Box”, which is a simple, portable piece of equipment that will enhance your workout! We have some available at our studio, and we recommend buying one to add to your home fitness experience!




How hard is the workout?


The workout is as hard as you make it! We use intervals primarily, with anywhere from 30 - 60 seconds of work followed by 10-15 seconds of rest. While the timer keeps running, you are encouraged to pace yourself. Water breaks are built in after each circuit, however we encourage folks to rest and hydrate as needed. Every exercise we do can be scaled to your individual fitness level and needs.




Is Boot Camp / HIIT right for me?


These classes are great for anyone and everyone! Looking just to get moving in the morning? Wanting to exercise in the presence of other awesome people? Trying to increase your overall fitness level? Want a variety of exercises and fitness challenges that will make you stronger and more capable? Check out a class or two and see if it's the right fit for you!





Kickboxing

What is Kung Fu Strength (KFS)?


This class uses slow, flowing movements to build flexibility, balance, and overall strength. It harmonizes traditional martial arts conditioning with modern sports science to help you unlock healthier joints and a more relaxed mind.




What benefits can I expect?


Those who come to this class regularly will develop better mobility in their hips and shoulders, improve their squat technique, strengthen their core, and greatly improve their balance and leg endurance.




What happens in a typical class?


Classes begin with some gentle self-massage (foam rolling) to prime your muscles and to promote healthy connective tissue. Next, you will follow the instructor through joint mobility exercises and gentle stretching on the floor, with the work gradually intensifying until the body is completely warmed up. Finally, the instructor will guide the class through one or more KFS series, which will challenge your strength, focus, flexibility and balance.




Is this an intense workout?


This workout builds gradually and is a slow burn rather than a dynamic cardio class. Mindful movement and relaxed breathing is favored over jaw-clenching exertion. Most people experience soreness in their thighs, which is a part of the transformation into new strength and mobility.




Will I learn Self defense skills as a part of this class?


While Kung Fu Strength provides martial arts-inspired conditioning, it doesn’t include any martial arts techniques. It is perfect for anyone who is looking to build the strength and flexibility of a traditional martial artist, and for martial artists who want to supplement their conditioning with additional training.




Is KFS right for me?


If you’re looking for a beginner-friendly work out which will build strength, stamina and flexibility, then Kung Fu Strength could be a great fit. It can be safely modified for those who feel “out of shape”, yet is challenging for most anyone. Your best bet is try a few classes and see if it’s the perfect fit.





 

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