AN OUTLINE OF OUR DAILY TRAINING TIMETABLE IS GIVEN BELOW. TIMES WILL VARY DEPENDING ON THE SEASONS. THE TEACHING PLAN CAN BE ADJUSTED TO YOUR PERSONAL GOALS, STYLE FOCUS AND BODY CONDITION. IN GENERAL YOU WILL HAVE A NUMBER OF 8+ HOURS OF TRAINING PER DAY (EXCEPT WEEKENDS).
We train students not only forms but we do pair fighting (Dui lian Taolu), applications and techniques. We follow a set curriculum which covers Duanwei Levels in accord with Chinese Shaolin Wushu Association Duanwei Examination. This is particular beneficial for students which are looking for a professional Academy. In the Duanwei system there is compulsory pair fighting techniques.
Some classes are common to any style such as Kung Fu Basics (stances, kicks, punches), Power Training, Power Stretching, Endurance, Stamina, Body Conditioning and Self-Defense Techniques.
Our Academy trains students in small groups.We do not accept on monthly basis more than 25 students. We believe in the STANDARD of our training and the QUALITY. We can teach you as much as you like to learn and more. All depends on your goals and your attitude for training.
Each day you will have study group which means students with the same focus will train together. This group has in general 2 or 3 students. You are welcome to train and use the Academy Equipment during the weekends and free time if you wish. The timetable is given as a guidance. However we take the freedom to change it based on the students requirements.
PROFESSIONAL COACH CERTIFICATION AND DUANWEI SYSTEM
Songshan Shaolin Traditional Wushu Academy is a professional Academy. This means if you train with us you will not only have a great time and achieve the best health wise but you will become certified.
The coach certification program consists of two separate parts. First consist of practical training for the specific style you wish to certify. We certify coaches for Shaolin Kung Fu, Sanda, Taiji Quan, Meihua Quan, Qigong and Wing Chun.
The second part consists of theoretical studies. We teach:
For all the above theoretical classes we issue certification. For the First aid class the certification is valid for 2 years only.
For coaches who will teach Shaolin Kung Fu and Sanda it is strongly recommended to certify in the Shaolin Duanwei System.
Shifu Shi Yan Jun it is in the commission for professional grading : Shaolin Duanwei Grading from the Chinese Shaolin Wushu Association. The ranking system used by the Shaolin Temple has 12 levels. By training intensively for at least 3 years you can achieve 4th level. You can grade during your stay with us in Shaolin Duanwei. Each two years there is a professional grading from Chinese Wushu Association and we train specifically students to participate in these examination in order to get their Duanwei Grading.
All Academy certifications are Government recognized. Please note that these certifications will incur an additional charge specific to the particular certification. Please contact us for details.
There are students which wish to become Disciples. Shifu Shi Yan Jun has disciples in Greece, India, UK. By becoming a disciple, you will receive a Disciple Passport which will be signed by the Venerable Abbot of the Shaolin Temple. When you become the Disciple of Shifu Yan Jun you must realize that you will automatically receive not only the Discipleship for Shaolin Kung Fu but for Meihua Quan as well.
All Shifu’s students become 35th Generation Shaolin Warrior Monks and 18th Generation Disciple of Mei Hua Quan.
Based on the Teaching Plan we have in the Academy and depending on the length of stay with us, you can achieve the following:
1. UP TO ONE MONTH:
Shaolin Basics (kicks, steps, stances, sweeps, punches, palms, hand shape, flexibility), Basic movements of Shaolin fist and staff, One traditional introductory fist form (Wu Bu Quan or Five Step Fist), One Staff form (Yin Shou Gun or Shaolin Staff). You will learn Sanda (basic kicks and punches, take downs, sparring), Qin Na (Grappling Basic movements and introduction to one form), Tai Ji Quan ( 24 Step Yang Tai Ji or any preferred form), Qi Gong (Ba Duan Jin), Hard Qigong, Meditation, Acrobatics (basics, flips, cartwheel, jumps), Endurance.
2. UP TO THREE MONTHS:
In addition you will be introduced to Shaolin Kung Fu theory and traditions. You will learn more fist forms (Tong Bei Quan, Qi Xing Quan and Xiao Hong Quan), two traditional weapons forms, Tai Ji forms and their applications. You will develop your skills in Sanda (introducing wrestling techniques, full contact sparring and developing your speed and your reaction). You will continue to study the additional styles: Hard Qigong, Qin Na and Tai Ji. You will improve your Acrobatics (flips and back flips, butterfly kicks so on), flexibility and Endurance.
3. UP TO SIX MONTHS:
You will have a higher understanding of Shaolin Kung Fu theory and traditions. You will improve a lot your flexibility, balance, endurance and stamina. You will learn about Medical Qigong in more depth such as Ba Duan Jin and Yi Jin Jing and you will learn more forms and their applications. You will learn Iron palm and you will be able to break, an iron bar or to condition your throat using a spear. You will introduced to two people forms. The forms your will learn will be decided by you together with the Shifu recommendation.
4. UP TO ONE YEAR:
You will achieve great flexibility, balance, endurance and stamina. You will learn advanced forms which belong to the Shaolin 18 weapons and you will learn some skills which belong to the 72 secret skills.You will be able to leanr animal forms, paired fighting,advanced weapons forms (spear, double spear, two-section staff, three-section staff, double sticks, double chains, whip, straight sword or broadsword, Damo & Fengmo staff, Shaolin 13 spear, fighting techniques and their application on street fighting, 12 sets of sparring, 24 sets of grappling, kickboxing practice one against many. All the skills above will be at advanced level and you will be able to participate in the formal Shaolin Duanwei grading. Please visit our page for Shaolin Kung Fu to see the forms we teach in the Academy.
5. MORE THAN ONE YEAR:
In addition of the above you will increase your Qi level (break an iron bar over your head, hammering a nail into a wood with your hand, heal your injuries and illnesses, Fire gong, advanced iron and sand palms), learn more than 20 Shaolin forms with applications (Big Luo Han Quan, Pao Quan, Shaolin cross attack Quan, Free chosen art Quan, Shaolin Tai Zhu long routine Quan, Gong Li Quan, Shaolin Luo Han 18 hands, Taizu long fist and so on), animal forms (tiger, monkey. snake, crane, mantis, eagle, leopard and drunken style), weapons (double broadsword, double hooks, bull whip, double chain whip, southern staff including sword, Shaolin 3 section cudgel, Damo sword routine, Damo straight sword, Shaolin Spring & Autumn saber routine, 9 section intermediate iron-whip routine. pair practice, Drunken staff, Drunken straight sword, double broad sword, 7 star broadsword, Shaolin palm blossom sword, Shaolin 21 spear, Shaolin flying daggers, Shaolin rope dart, double whips and so on), hitting vital points, advanced breathing techniques, higher skilled routines of Quan (forms) and weapons, the essence of Shaolin Martial Arts (you will subdue your enemy with one hand), Mei Hua Quan ( 26 sets for sparring, 72 sets for grappling, usual weapons (such as Mei Hua halberd, Mei Hua big axe, Tigers head double hook, Mei Hua double straight sword, Mei Hua double hammer), unusual weapons (such as: double hook, hand-held halberd, body armor, big and small Luozi spear, big nunchuku, oil bottle spear, 3-section staff, small crutch), sparring with bare hands, you will achieve the Three Internal Coordination (neisanhe). These are coordination between mind and intention (Xin & Yi), intention and internal energy (Yi & Qi), internal energy and strength (qi and li). It is the higher stage of Mei Hua Quan in practical fight and will make your fist and footwork move too fast to be clearly seen in the fight. Constant advanced training will bring out all-around development of the Waidan and the Neidan and the practitioners of martial arts have reached the profound stage where internal energy and mind are unified. You will fight one to more than eight sparring with bare hands. One against group sparring with weapons such as falchion against three spears, Paipa staff against a group of staffs, Five-tiger ben against a group of long spears.This is the advanced level of Mei Hua Quan and will make you reach the most profound stage of theory and skills of Mei Hua Quan which is the more traditional Kung Fu in China.
WHAT DO WE DO DIFFERENTLY?
Give more and better service to our students : We lead by example.
WE ENGAGE :
The difference between a world class coach and an average one is their engagement, the ability to consistently engage the hearts and minds of the students, to feel alive. A training class without engagement is just group of people exercising together.
We engage in our communication because communication without engagement is just cheap chat.
We asses and give feedback: Our teaching skills are measured by our students performance. Coaching without engagement is not coaching.
One person with a complete sense of engagement and the absolute motivation to do whatever it takes to be the best.
We develop constantly a new curriculum: new, exciting, fresh, high-energy training.
WE HAVE SPECIAL COURSES:
Character development, life-skills, mental skills, community involvement, martial arts courtesies.
Students no matter how talented are will need people and places around them which nurture them. Kung Fu is about health, fitness, lifestyle and providing unique opportunities for unique people to realize their full potential. High performance means being different, being unique, being an individual and thinking, talking and acting outside the box.
Greatness and uniqueness are intimately entwined. The best win – do it you way, do it uniquely, do it differently to the rest.