SONGSHAN SHAOLIN TRADITIONAL WUSHU ACADEMY IS THE OFFICIAL TRAINING CENTER OF THE INTERNATIONAL MEIHUA QUAN FEDERATION IN CHINA UNDER THE DIRECT GUIDANCE OF SHIFU SHI YANJUN – FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERATION.
WHAT IS MEIHUA QUAN?
IT IS THE ANCESTOR OF ALL THE CHINESE MARTIAL ARTS AND THE MOST CULTURAL STYLE OF MARTIAL ARTS
Meihua Quan (Plum Blossom Boxing) is the ancestor of all the Chinese martial arts and is practically unknown in the western culture. The practitioners kept it secret because they wanted to preserve thousands of years of the old culture, philosophical and practical knowledge. To study Meihua Quan is like taking a short-cut in the study of traditional Chinese Culture. There are several secret manuscripts for Meihua Quan which includes philosophy, Feng Shui and medicine (techniques and methods to improve health and prolong life). The roots are found in the three Chinese doctrines of Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. The composition and philosophy of this art contains elements which are missing from all the other Martial arts. Practitioners of this art are very accomplished and have many advanced degrees such as master and doctorate degrees.
WHY STUDY MEIHUA QUAN? WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS CLASS?
Meihua Quan aims to train the body and mind, improve the ability to attack and defense , cure disease, develop compassion, inspirational thought and wisdom. Training the body and mind has advantages such as healing illnesses , make a stronger body , prolong life, broaden the mind, develop discipline, induce a state of well being , improve internal and external Qi.
Training in attack and defense techniques are unique for Meihua Quan in comparison with other schools of boxing and consists of a combination of grabbing, locking, tumbling and boxing used in actual combat.
WHAT I WILL LEARN?
You will learn Djuang-Bu (five static positions – active meditation), foot, leg and handwork, grabbing, knocking, tumbling and punching. We will teach you group steps (unique for Meihua Quan – attack or defend, advance and retreat, relax in a static position), duel-training box (grabbing, locking, punching, tumbling, rolling, wrestling, develop your intuition to feel your opponent), winning boxing and attacking boxing (sparring using rapid movements, interlocking footwork and handwork, execute techniques at will and change instinctively). We teach you the use of 18 traditional weapons and rare weapons with their routines. We teach you Ba Duan Jin (8 section brocades) and Mianbi Gong (facing the wall) and how to concentrate and clear your mind of thoughts. We explain all their applications and movements.
Apart of the physical studies we teach theoretical part which includes philosophy, health, healing, alchemy, meditation, longevity, ancestor and divination. All these theories contain a holistic theory derived from Daoism, Buddhist, Confucianism and principles of ‘The book of Change’ , trains the spirit (shen), the Qi and cultivates the heart.
The practice of Meihua Quan is very traditional and uses plum stakes. During the exercise , the movements are required to be energetic, uplifted, quick to react, flexible and to have a full concentration. Meihua Quan stakes are a tool for practicing a higher level of the essential skills. The stakes heights depend on the level achieved by the practitioner: Basic (93 cm), intermediate (110 cm) and advanced (119 cm) skills. The diameter depends on the practitioner foot but should not be wider than the foot (10 cm) and the distance between stakes should not be wider than one step. The practice on the stakes improves flexibility, courage, skills of controlling the body, the footwork is fundamental, and the angles of the movements are the basics, eye movement, stance, body movement and develops a high level of focus.