NEW YORK—A free martial arts course is being offered to veterans by the International Xin Wu Men Martial Arts Association in Flushing.
Longfei Yang, a 6th dan Kung Fu master, and the association are opening their doors one hour a week to war veterans for a program titled Peaceful Power.
“Any generation that goes to war must meet the challenge of returning to peace, and this program is designed to meet that challenge,” said Diane P. Antonio, executive director of International Xin Wu Men Martial Arts Association.
The pilot program offers foundational training for physical development, mental focus, relaxation as well as martial arts training.
The majority of participants come from Helmets to Hardhats—a national veterans organization designed to train war veterans to work in construction.
The program is also offered to older veterans. Master Longfei says that everybody can improve and get something from the culture of martial arts.
This program had never been done before, according to Diane, and Yang is tailoring the course especially for veterans.
“A lot of people like it so much because it really helps them to go further in leaving behind bad habits and improving their hearts, [both] inside and out,” Yang said.
The International Xin Wu Men Martial Arts Association has its roots in China and seeks to preserve knowledge of traditional martial arts and philosophy.