TRAIN SHAOLIN KUNG FU WITH AUTHENTIC SHAOLIN MONKS
Shaolin Culture consists of 3 Treasures
Chan 禅 (Buddhism Philosophy)
Wu 武 (Martial Art)
Yi 医 (Chinese Traditional Medicine and Qigong)
When you start training in Shaolin Kung Fu, firstly you must first develop life healthy habits and personal discipline. There are some traits of the monks which are passed into the disciples: to be considerate, courteous, brave, righteous, diligent, loyal, develop clarity and learn how to solve problems.
A true Master will teach you to be gentle, love life and be happy. The two main pillars of the Shaolin Philosophy are: WISDOM and COMPASSION.
Each training plan for learning Shaolin Kung Fu will follow the structure and will be detailed below:
BASICS SKILLS (基本功; JĪBĚN GONG)
The most important part of the training in Shaolin Kung Fu are the BASICS training. They represent the foundation of your STANCES and FORMS (TAOLU). Only a student with strong basics will be able to develop his KUNG FU at the HIGHEST level.
Shaolin movements require POWER and SPEED. They are: up and down movements, right and left angles, attack and defense, advance and retreat.
OTHER BASICS SKILLS
Leg kicks: Front –Swing Kick, Side Swing Kick, Cross Crescent, Inside Crescent and Outside – Crescent.
Snap kicks: Front Snap Kick, Mai-Geri and Washi-Geri.
Snap- Kicks with a sound: Clap Foot, Clap Foot While Jumping Up.
Sweep legs: Front Sweep Leg and Back Sweep Leg.
- DEFFENSIVE and ATTACK MOVEMENTS
- TAOLU (set of movements)
The COORDINATION is the body and mind is as follow:
Eyes – Mind / Mind – Spirit / Spirit – Breath / Breath – Power / Power – Hands /
Hands – Feet / Elbow – Knee / Shoulder – Hip /
If all the above are coordinated together, YOU WILL BECOME INVINCIBLE!
FORMS (TAOLU 套路 /TÀOLÙ)
The Forms in Kung Fu mean a set of movements. Forms can be performed with empty hand called Fist Forms (Combat Skills 拳 / Quán) or with Weapons.
Shaolin Forms are short and the moves are linear. The oldest form of Shaolin Kung Fu is considered: Arhat’s 18th hands (罗汉十八手/ Luóhàn shíbā shǒu).
NOTE: Below is a brief list with a selection of Forms taught. If the form you wish to study is not on this list, please send us a message to ask if available. Because are too many forms, was not possible to list all of them. Our Masters are MONKS from the SHAOLIN TEMPLE, therefore they cover a very big range of forms.
|Forms with Empty Hands||Forms with Weapons|
|Five Stances Form (五步拳 / wǔ bù quán)||Yin Shou Staff (阴手棍 / yīn shǒu gùn)|
|Lianhuan Quan (连环拳/ liánhuán quán)||Yingyang Staff (阴阳棍 / yīnyáng gùn)|
|Xiao Hong Quan (小洪拳 / xiǎo hóng quán)||Shaolin Single Broadsword (少林单刀 /shàolín dāndāo)|
|Qi Xing Quan (少林七星拳 / shàolín qīxīng quán)||Short Shaolin Staff (Shaolin stick) (少林短棍/ shàolín duǎn gùn)|
|Animal Styles: Monkey Fist (猴/ hóu), Tiger Fist (虎/ hǔ), Snake Fist (蛇/ shé), Eagle (鹰/ yīng), Duck (鸭/ yā), Frog (青蛙/ qīngwā)||Shaolin Spear (少林枪 / shàolín qiāng)|
|Drunken Style （醉拳 / zuì quán）||Damo Sword (二路达摩剑/Èr lù dá mó jiàn)|
|Great Straight- Line Arms Form (大通臂拳 / dàtōng bì quán)||Meihua Broadsword (梅花单刀/ méihuā dāndāo)|
|The Sunny Form (朝阳拳 / zhāoyáng quán)||Staff with 6 Unifications (六合棍/liùhé gùn)|
|Da Hong Quan (大洪拳 / dà hóng quán)||Spears with 6 Unifications (六合枪/ liùhé qiāng)|
|Xiao Straight- Line Arms Form (小通臂拳/ xiǎo tōng bì quán)||Damo Cane (达摩杖 /Dá mó zhàng)|
|Shaolin Great Power Form (少林大炮拳 / shàolín dàpào quán)||Shaolin Twin Broadswords (少林双刀 /shàolín shuāng dāo)|
|Plum Blossom Form (小林梅花拳/ shàolín méihuā quán)||Shaolin Single T-Cane (少林单拐 / shàolín dān guǎi)|
|Plough Mantis Form (七星螳螂拳 / qīxīng tángláng quán)||Drunken Style with weapons (醉拳和兵器 /zuì quán hé bīngqì)|
|The Sixteen Types in Five Stances (五型十六法 / wǔ xíng shíliù fǎ)|
|The Snap kicking Form with Ten Sections (十路弹腿 / shí lù dàn tuǐ)|
|The Dragon Form (龙拳 / lóng quán)|
|The Little Martial Monk Form (小罗汉拳 / xiǎo luóhàn quán)|
|The Taizu Long Form (太祖长拳 / tài zǔ zhǎng quán)|
|The Form with 6 Unifications (六合拳 / liùhé quán)|
The 18 weapons of Shaolin Kung Fu are: rope dart (绳镖/ Shéng biāo), double tiger hook swords (双钩 / Shuānggōu), double hammers (双锤/ Shuāng chuí), battle axe (鈇/ Fū), snake halberd （蛇界 / Shé jiè), gwan dao（关刀 / Guān dāo), twin broadswords （双刀 / Shuāng dāo), double edged sword (剑/ Jiàn), Chinese spear （枪 / Qiāng), three section chain whip (九节鞭 / Jiǔ jié biān), double daggers (匕首; Bǐ shǒu), double crutches (双拐 / Shuāng guǎi), monk’s spade （月牙铲/ Yuèyá chǎn), staff (棍 /Gùn), tiger fork (叉; Chā), rattan shield (藤牌; Téngpái), single butterfly sword （刀 / Dāo) and three section staff (三节棍 / Sānjié gùn).
You will develop your technique through gradual progression. In the same time your body must become stronger. This is the first step in order to be able to apply a good technique. You will improve if you practice the techniques in the same time with developing your body by doing FLEXIBILITY exercises (stretching and power stretching), ENDURANCE training, STRENGTH and POWER training. The flexibility and balance skills are called “Childish Skills” (童功; Tóngzǐ gōng) and consist of 18 postures.
Applications always follow the techniques. You must prepare your mind in the same time. In the class we explain the APPLICATIONS for each move in the form, no matter if is for fist forms or with weapons. Only by understanding the applications you can improve your forms to a higher level.
DUILIAN (对练 /DUÌ LIÀN)
Duilian means when you practice the forms in pairs so you can perform it as a COMBAT form. Each form can be practiced in pairs.
You can learn to perform in pairs the Fist Forms or forms with weapons. Some advanced students can learn to perform Duilian using different weapons for example T-Cane against Spear.
For Duilian forms we teach the DUANWEI CURRICULUM of the CHINESE WUSHU ASSOCIATION. Students which wish to pass the Examination and get Graded in SHAOLIN DUANWEI must present a form independently and a form as Duilian. If you are interested in the Duanwei Professional Examination please contact us to inform when you book the course because the Examination has additional fees than the regular course.
Martial Arts have been created primarily for health and total control of the body and mind. In our days is more important than ever to have a healthy mind and body. Through practice we learn to PROTECT ourselves from useless and negative thoughts and unhealthy habits by extending our lifespan.
The Qi is not limited by age or body. It is used mostly for its healing properties.
ADDITIONAL NOTES ABOUT YOUR TRAINING
When you join, the level of your skill will be assess during practice time and your class will be decided based on this. We have classes for ADVANCED, INTERMEDIATE and BEGINNERS students in SHAOLIN KUNG FU. We also run classes for COACHES and ASSISTANT COACHES.
During your training time you can be moved between these classes based on your OWN progress.
INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED students which train for short term, can train only on the main goals for their trip. The same is for COACHES and ASSISTANT COACHES.