From the Garden to the Table

Our Programs: Physical Development

The purpose of the FGTT Physical Development program is to partner students’ education experience with an introduction into a healthy lifestyle in nutrition and lifelong physical maintenance. This is accomplished through embracing the concept that a physical health program is as important as the 12-year school experience they are expected to complete.

FGTT Physical Development is a well-rounded, holistic, long-term course with expected goals and mile stone achievement markers. It is based on White Crane martial arts techniques and Tai Chi. Traditional martial arts were founded to enhance physical, spiritual, and academic growth through discipline. These traditions support the core concepts of physical education, flexibility, weight-bearing exercise, and aerobic activity.

1: Beginners will be introduced to organized body movement exercises designed to acquaint them with simple eye/hand coordination. Generally the class will run from 45-60 minutes composed of students enrolled at the target school but may include parents for early morning Tai Chi.

2: Intermediates will be taught one or two of the basic traditional sets (organized sequence of basic single movements already learned) for development and to test personal limits. This is specifically designed to clearly demonstrate to students their individual strengths and weaknesses.

3: Advanced students will receive personalized training on maintaining and improving the techniques they have been taught for demonstration. This is mandatory in that it will physically demonstrate that change is possible.

4: Those students that are having concentration issues will receive special training in movement meditation, i.e. Tai Chi & Chi Gung.

The Story of the White Crane System

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White Crane kung fu originated in Tibet. It is considered a true “classical” style and complete system. The legend is that it began with a Buddhist Lama (Monk) who would contemplate daily near a pond. One day he was observing a beautiful white stork, when out of the forest came a gorilla. He feared that the ape would destroy the bird, but was amazed by the bird’s elusiveness and ability to peck vital parts of the gorilla’s anatomy. Afterward, he meditated daily upon the bird’s actions and tried out the techniques on the gorilla as he nursed it back to health. When he reflected on his actions, he realized that he had been mimicking the movements of the crane and the footwork and grabbing of the gorilla. He then set about to study and preserve this knowledge, which is now called the White Crane system.

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