Training genuine Shaolin Kung Fu and Taijiquan goes beyond the practice of form and movement, teaching you how to develop and manage your energy, for good health, less stress, a clearer mind and a simple, joyous connection with the people and world around you.
Whether you practice Qigong, Shaolin Kung Fu or Taijiquan (Wudang Kung Fu) you will develop increased energy levels, flexibility, agility and clarity of mind. Both the Shaolin Kung Fu and Taijiquan are martial arts, meaning you will learn how to use the arts to defend yourself. Even if you never have to defend yourself the practice gives you many benefits and can help you avoid conflict. This can be an important aspect for many people who are looking to gain confidence and enjoyment in life, without adding unnecessary stress and worry.
Shaolin and Wudang Arts are there to enhance life, not destroy it!
Students who are interested can go on to developing skills for free sparring. However, this aspect of training is not forced upon you, so you can continue to enjoy developing internal force and other traditional aspects of training without free sparring. Whether you free spar or not all classes are non aggressive and follow our “Safety First” policy. It is worth remembering that the Shaolin and Wudang Arts are there to enhance life, not destroy it!
Learning is progressive, so each lesson you will build on what you have already previously learned. So it doesn’t matter how fit or not you are at the moment or how good your memory or co-ordination is, you progress at a pace according to your nature and ability.
Taking the traditional approach entry is measured on ones merits...
Although the temple was open to all, entry was measured on ones merits to see if they were ready to receive the training. As it was then, it is now; not everyone is ready to practice these arts. This is one reason why the Shaolin Arts became an elite practice. Traditionally a person would be required to sweep the floors and follow the master around for a number of years doing chores before they were taught any Kung Fu. This was both a test and preparation for training. If you were willing to follow instructions, able to repeat what seemed to be pointless tasks and was able to do it with dedication, an open mind and heart, then perhaps you were ready to progress to the next level. Oddly, not many people want to follow me about doing chores or sweeping the floor for years before they start training. But that’s ok, that is why we have the foundation training.
Once you join you will be taken through a 12-week foundation course, where you will learn the fundamentals of the practice. During this time you will develop the important aspects that are essential for further development, such as: learning how to relax at a physical, mental and emotional level. How to develop internal energy. How to move with an absence of unnecessary tension. If you are taking the Kung Fu or Taijiquan classes you will learn the basic traditional stances and forms, application, force training and philosophy. Basic here means important.
If you are accepted as a student I will be your Sifu (teacher/master). Traditionally you call your teacher Sifu, not Sifu Tim (my name) and you would greet me with a Shaolin greeting. But don’t worry, you’ll be taught all about this.
As a student you are expected to practice what you are taught, so that when you return to the next class you have developed your skills. It is said that development is 10% teaching and 90% practice. If after the first three months you decide the arts are not for you, no problem. But you need to give them a reasonable amount of time to see. The reason we say 3 months is that a person cannot measure or fully appreciate the depths and breadth of these arts within a few lessons. There are many levels to these arts, which will be taught to you throughout the years of your practice. But nothing is wasted. Every skill you learn can be applied to everyday life. This is one of the beautiful things about these arts, they are practical and beneficial.
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