About Our Arts
At The White Oak Martial Arts Center we teach Internal Martial Arts.
We teach these principles via our
- Tai Chi Chuan Class (Chen, Yang, and Liu Styles),
- WACIMA Adult Martial Arts Class (Hsin Yi Chuan, Budo Jujitsu, Escrima Stick, and Baqua),
- TAI Kenpo Karate/Jujitsu Class
- QiGong and Meditation Class
All of our teachings are based on a series of principles designed by Grand Master George Xu. These principles provide our students with a systemized approach to reaching a very high level of knowledge and ability in Martial Arts as well as personal development.
Internal Martial Arts are unique with sayings like
“The weak defeats the strong.”
“The balance of Yin and Yang will defeat any imbalance.”
“Empty and agile will defeat solid and firm.”
“He who has no technique will defeat he who has technique. To see the emptiness creates the technique, like the tiger that chases the rabbit. The tiger doesn’t have a chasing technique but all the techniques are melted inside of the tiger. When the tiger attacks it “sees” the technique in that moment. This defeats the mind limited on technique, on jin (physical strength), on qi (internal power), on yi (mind), or to be focused on something.” George Xu
Internal Martial Arts use relaxed core body agility combined with a highly refined sense of balance to achieve what is called “effortless power.”
Balance means that we seek harmony and equilibrium within ourselves mentally, physically, and spiritually. True effortless power is the power to deal with the events of your life in a harmonious fashion.
Very rarely are we attacked physically (though our programs are second to none is our defense against violence training), but we are attacked by the events of our lives many times every day.
Internal Martial Arts are an excellent way to find the harmony within yourself to deal with whatever life throws at you and come out on top.
I have known Derek Croley since the mid 80’s when he began training with me as a child in California. Over the years, I have kept track of his progress and I am really proud of the man that he has become. He is an excellent martial artist and an amazing teacher. For authentic martial arts training, I would highly recommend his school to anyone in the area.
Shihan Dave Kovar,
Author of “A Dad’s Toolbox For Better Parenting,” creator of “The Satori Fitness Challenge,” and the recipient of the Martial Arts Industry Association’s 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award.