Zhen Ren Chuan

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301 Broadway, Arlington, MA | Directions   02474

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Complete Martial and Healing Arts Training in Arlington-Zhen Ren Chuan. Call 339-368-6272


About Zhen Ren Chuan

  • Tai Chi
  • Kung Fu
  • Chinese Chin Na, Judo/Jujitsu

Zhen Ren Chuan is a martial and healing arts system that offers a complete education in the study of the human mind and body.

It encompasses correct and well balanced exercises, movements and forms that date back hundreds and thousands of years. The core of Zhen Ren Chuan's movement and philosophy comes from the arts of Baguazhang, Chinese Shaolin/White Crane Gong Fu (Kung Fu), Taiji (Tai Chi) and Qi Gong (Chi Kung).

Also included in the full curriculum are Chinese Chin Na, Judo/Jujitsu and traditional Chinese and Japanese weaponry. Sparring, Iron Palm and Iron Body training are available to our more advanced students who have developed the proper foundations, skills and discipline. Call 339-368-6272


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6 months ago

This came to my attention, and needs to be available: "My 9 year old son has been a student of Instructor Charles at Zhen Ren Chuan for about 7 months now. It has been a completely positive experience for our family.



Previously, my son was doing soccer and that was cheaper, but it was chaos. And he wasn't into it. We also tried T-ball, basketball and swimming, but none of those really worked. I think the reason why martial arts is great for my son is because he enjoys being in his body and he enjoys the fundamentals and movements; also he does well with the structure Instructor Charles places around the classes. There is a sense of camaraderie among the students, but it is non-competitive. And this is a real plus, I believe, for kids to be able to learn that the biggest challenge is to challenge yourself. Charles calls this "Success," and I agree with him.



At first I was a little concerned about the cost ($125 per month on my plan--it can be cheaper), but now it feels like a bargain. We go three days a week, and my son is on board. Once he is in his uniform it is martial arts time. Three days a week boils down to about 10 bucks a class and I think it's a good value. The classes are well attended but never too full, and my son gets lots of personal attention (as do all the kids). He is learning a lot, and I can see from watching and observing the other kids and families that he has much more to learn. He knows it too.



So, who is the Instructor Charles guy? Well, aside from being the heart and soul of the operation, Charles sets the standard for the school. He is friendly and welcoming, he invites respect, he in clear in his speech and expectations (a quality I really admire), he is fair, he is a natural teacher, he loves children, and he is very skilled in the martial arts. Is he strict? Yes. He is strict, but the kids know he is fair.



What do the kids learn? Well, I have no background in martial arts, but my understanding is that Charles teaches Chinese-based kung-fu forms with a combination of tai chi forms. The kids also learn meditation techniques and self-defense. There is a great focus on martial arts fundamentals, flexibility, coordination, body awareness, personal conduct, school traditions (like rank, showing respect, etc) and learning a little bit about Chinese philosophy. They do not spar and they do not engage in any activities which are likely to cause an injury (I haven't seen an injury in 7 months). The practicing they do with weapons appears to me to be more decorative routines that emphasize coordination and body awareness and NOT fighting.



I think if you want your kids to be able to really beat on other kids, this is not the school. This school is much more likely to teach your kids to be disciplined and make good decisions....and to be able to protect themselves if needed.



Bottom Line: I wouldn't change it! It's a great place. Great vibe. Charles is really cool and great with kids, and a fine martial arts instructor. Definitely come by and observe a class and even better if you can see a community demonstration. It's amazing to see what the kids (and the adults) do at their big events!



The intangibles:

-great location in Arlington Center

-lots of girls. Not all boys

-opportunities for adults to participate and/or train too

-it's fine to watch, all are welcome.



The fine print:

- There are weapons, but kids learn the safe, respectful use of practice weapons (non-harmful) and this is pretty cool. Great for coordination, and quite amazing to watch their synchronized routines

-There are minor upcharges for Seminars

-There is a "belt" system, but it's not like what you might see on TV. It's just different, and the kids don't really make a huge deal out of it, which is a plus in my book."

7 months ago

I have been taking tai chi chuan for a year and a half and like it very much. The constant flow of movement takes my mind off mundane things, helps me combat lower-back pain, and improves my balance. Instructor Charles gives personal attention to everyone.

7 months ago

My 9 year old son has been a student of Instructor Charles at Zhen Ren Chuan for about 7 months now. It has been a completely positive experience for our family.

Previously, my son was doing soccer and that was cheaper, but it was chaos. And he wasn't into it. We also tried T-ball, basketball and swimming, but none of those really worked. I think the reason why martial arts is great for my son is because he enjoys being in his body and he enjoys the fundamentals and movements; also he does well with the structure Instructor Charles places around the classes. There is a sense of camaradarie among the students, but it is non-competitive. And this is a real plus, I believe, for kids to be able to learn that the biggest challenge is to challenge yourself. Charles calls this "Success," and I agree with him.

At first I was a little concerned about the cost ($125 per month on my plan--it can be cheaper), but now it feels like a bargain. We go three days a week, and my son is on board. Once he is in his uniform it is martial arts time. Three days a week boils down to about 10 bucks a class and I think it's a good value. The classes are well attended but never too full, and my son gets lots of personal attention (as do all the kids). He is learning a lot, and I can see from watching and observing the other kids and families that he has much more to learn. He knows it too.

So, who is the Instructor Charles guy? Well, aside from being the heart and soul of the operation, Charles sets the standard for the school. He is friendly and welcoming, he invites respect, he in clear in his speech and expectations (a quality I really admire), he is fair, he is a natural teacher, he loves children, and he is very skilled in the martial arts. Is he strict? Yes. He is strict, but the kids know he is fair.

What do the kids learn? Well, I have no background in martial arts, but my understanding is that Charles teaches Chinese-based kung-fu forms with a combination of tai chi forms. The kids also learn meditation techniques and self-defense. There is a great focus on martial arts fundamentals, flexibility, coordination, body awareness, personal conduct, school traditions (like rank, showing respect, etc) and learning a little bit about Chinese philosophy. They do not spar and they do not engage in any activities which are likely to cause an injury (I haven't seen an injury in 7 months). The practicing they do with weapons appears to me to be more decorative routines that emphasize coordination and body awareness and NOT fighting.

I think if you want your kids to be able to really beat on other kids, this is not the school. This school is much more likely to teach your kids to be disciplined and make good desicions....and to be able to protect themselves if needed.

Bottom Line: I wouldn't change it! It's a great place. Great vibe. Charles is really cool and great with kids, and a fine martial arts instructor. Definitely come by and observe a class and even better if you can see a community demonstration. It's amazing to see what the kids (and the adults) do at their big events!

The intangibles:

-great location in Arlington Center

-lots of girls. Not all boys

-opportunities for adults to participate and/or train too

-it's fine to watch, all are welcome.

The fine print:

- There are weapons, but kids learn the safe, respectful use of practice weapons (non-harmful) and this is pretty cool. Great for coordination, and quite amazing to watch their synchronized routines

-There are minor upcharges for Seminars

-There is a "belt" system, but it's not like what you might see on TV. It's just different, and the kids don't really make a huge deal out of it, which is a plus in my book.

over a year ago

dear instructor charles-

i wanted to let you know that you have really made a very

positive impression on elliot (who recently turned 5 y/o).

after we played an energetic wrestling game tonight, i

suggested we do some sea turtle breathing to calm down. he quickly took me up on the offer and after the first spell,

he asked if he could get his black uniform shirt because he

wanted to pretend he was the instructor.

please know that he had me do: knee kick, front snap kick,

jump snap kick, and various punches. please know he even corrected my hand position on more than one occasion! he got jamie to hold the heavy bag for us so we could practice our kicks. all the excitement was followed by sea turtle breathing and 2 minutes of meditation.

all in all, he led a 20-25 minute class completely on his own.

like i mentioned to you the other day, we feel so lucky to

have found our way to your class. we have all learned so

much.

with kind regards,

sara

Recommends
over a year ago

This is a true Martial Arts Center. The head instructor Charles is great with the children.

I drive from Lynn to Arlington to bring my pee-wee son for classes. Highly recommended!

Recommends
over a year ago

My 9 year old son, who has been practicing martial arts at the center for a year, attended one week of the children's summer camp and absolutely loved it. He is more interested now in continuing his practice than ever. While the abilities of the students range from beginner to advanced, the instructor kept the pace interesting for all and also mixed in a good balance of Chinese art and cultural lessons. The class was small enough for all of the kids to get to know each other and have fun. My son came out of the camp feeling happy and confident every day.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Excellent Martial & Healing Arts Environment – Having visited a number of schools during my stint in the area, I can comfortably and honestly say that Zhen Ren Chuan Martial Arts & Healing Center is one of the best. Both instructors are knowledgeable, dedicated and enthusiastic, and willing to work with students of all age and skill levels. During my time as a student there I would occasionally be in early enough to observe the kids classes taught by Mr. Charles DeVirgilio, the owner of the school, which was always a lot of fun. He would engage the kids with games and interesting learning devices to help teach them basics, and he always approached the classroom with great passion and a sense of humor which the children responded to and thoroughly enjoyed. It was great to watch some of the younger students move through the curriculum as they learned more intricate physical movements and important life lessons through their training. Zhen Ren Chuan is truly a gem in the realm of martial arts for kids-- where else are you going to find a group of five year olds who know (and can enthusiastically tell you.. at volume..!) the difference between victory and success? Who demonstrate control and respect to one another? Not many places, and certainly not many martial arts schools.

The adult lessons were always demanding and invigorating. In addition to working well with kids, Mr. DeVirgilio runs a great adult class. There were many students I trained with during my time there who reached, and exceeded most if not all of their personal goals under the guidance of their teachers. Mr. Ian Factor, the senior instructor at the school, teaches the advanced classes at Zhen Ren, and I would not hesitate to say that he is one of the most qualified and inspiring teachers or practitioners active in the area.

Most importantly, what was demonstrated at this school on a daily basis was the unwavering dedication of both instructors and students towards building a happy, healthy lifestyle for themselves, and maintaining a clean and inviting environment for their community.

I highly recommend Zhen Ren Chuan to anyone interested in a serious education in martial training, either for themselves or their children.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

learning and enjoying Karate! – My son really enjoys his Karate lessons at Zhen Ren Chuan. There is an emphasis on being respectful and focused. Instructor Charles is helping him learn excellent Karate skills and complex moves in a variety of styles. Since the class is not too large, my son has been able to learn quickly and get more attention to improve. The class is disciplined but fun activities and weapons training are integrated which helps keep children and teen interest.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

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Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Long lasting life lessons – I started my practice in the martial arts under Instructor Charles DeVirgilio in 2002 at the age of twelve. At the time, my mother and sister had been taking lessons for a few years, and I felt that it might be an appropriate means of maintaining my own physical activity and building self-confidence about who I was and how people saw me. Under Instructor Charles

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