Shaolin Kungfu Training Program
Practiced correctly training in Shaolin Kung Fu will lead to many benefits, such as:
Improved mental clarity
Improved health and fitness
Positive engagement in life
This is achieved by actually training mind, energy and form at the same time, just as it was by the highest level Kung Fu masters such as Zhang San Feng.
Kung Fu Stances and the development of internal force are an important aspect of training and therefore feature in each class. A good Kung Fu stance creates a solid foundation for further, deeper and meaningful training. With good stances and internal force the students is better able to apply their form and skills in combat as well as in everyday life.
SHAOLIN KUNG FU PROGRAM
Shaolin Kung Fu Level 1 - 12 Week course
Fundamentals of Shaolin Kungfu
Form Basic patterns, stances and footwork.
Application Specific Techniques.
Force Zhang Zhuang (basic stances), One Finger Shoot Zen, Leg Stretching.
Philosophy Dimensions, aims and brief history.
• 8 basic patterns of hand attack and defense.
• Basic stances — Horse-Riding, Bow-Arrow, False-Leg, Single-Leg, Unicorn, Goat.
• Footwork — forward, backward and sideways.
Specific Techniques against simple punches, kicks, holds on wrist, and throws from standing position. Use “Single Tiger” against punches, “Lohan Strikes Drum” against kicks, “Rolling thunder” against holds on wrist, shifting step against throws.
Shaolin Kung Fu
Level 2 Lohan Asks the Way.
Requisite Level 1 Foundation Course
Form Basic set — Lohan Asks the Way.
Application 4 basic hand attacks and defence from poise patterns.
Force Zhang Zhuang with hand forms, Spacing, Timing, Breath Co-ordination.
Philosophy Principles of Attack and Defence.
• Sparring mode— pre-choice and self-choice.
• Principles — Three Arrivals, Ask the Way, Safety First.
Shaolin Kung Fu Level 3
Black Tiger Steals Heart.
Requisite Level 2
Form Applicaion Set 1 — Black Tiger Steals Heart.
Application Hand attacks in three-step sequences.
Force Flow of movement, Quick decision making, Instant modification.
Philosophy Principles of Force Training.
◦ Sparring mode — changing patterns.
◦ Principles — Gradual Progress, Perseverance,Techniques and Skills.
Shaolin Kung Fu Level 4
Fierce Tiger Speeds Across Valley
Requisite Level 3
Form Application Set 2 — Fierce Tiger Speeds through Valley, Patterns for kicks and defence.
Application Further hand attacks in three-step sequences, One-step kicking attacks and defence.
Force Leg-Stretching Exercises.
Philosophy Techniques, Tactics and Strategies.
◦ Sparring mode — left or right, run-on sequence.
◦ Principles — Soft against hard, Exploiting opponent's weakness, Avoiding his strong points.
Shaolin Kung Fu Level 5
Happy Bird Hops up Branch.
Requisite Level 4
Form Application Set 3 — Happy Bird Hops up Branch.
Application Combat sequences with kicking attacks.
Force Breath Co-ordination.
Philosophy Use of Tactics.
◦ Tactics — Feign weakness, Pressing attack, Breaking opponent's momentum.
Shaolin Kung Fu Level 6
Felling Tree with Roots.
Requisite Level 5
Form Application Set 4 — Felling Tree with Roots.
Application Combat sequences with holds and falls.
Force Elegance and Speed.
Philosophy Use of Strategies.
◦ Strategies based on “Know Thyself, Know your Opponent”.
Shaolin Kung Fu Level 7
Cross-Roads at Four Gates
Requisite Level 6
Form Cross-Roads at Four Gates
Application Combination Set of Four Gates.
Force Solo performance as well as sparring with picture-perfect form, force, speed but without panting.
Philosophy Different levels of combat.
◦ “Cross-Roads at Four Gates” is a treasure of Shaolin Kungfu, enabling us to experience profundity in simplicity.
Shaolin Kung Fu Level 8
Requisite Level 7
Form Flowing Water Staff.
Application Against staff and other weapons.
Force Hit, Thrust, and Eye sight training.
Philosophy Principles of weapon combat.
◦ Safety, certainty and decisiveness, Avoiding strength and attacking weakness.
Shaolin Kung Fu Level 9
Requisite Level 8
Form Plum Flower Single Sabre.
Application Against sabre, spear and other weapons.
Force Accuracy and “sabre force” to cut an apple or any suitable object for testing.
Philosophy Characteristics of major weapons.
◦ Major weapons — staff, sabre, spear, sword, dagger, Big Knife, trident, soft whip.
Shaolin Kung Fu Level 10
Unarmed against Armed
Requisite Level 9
Form Empty Hands Enter White Blade.
Application Unarmed against dagger, staff and sabre.
Force Countering feign moves.
Philosophy The principles and practice of Apparent and Real.
◦ “Over Bridge, Flow with Water”.
Shaolin Kung Fu Level 11
Single Unarmed against Multiple Unarmed
Requisite Level 10
Form Tiger Enters Herd of Sheep.
Application Single unarmed against multiple unarmed.
Force “Bamboo Man” or “Through the Woods”.
Philosophy “Back-wall battle” and “Dodge-hit battle”.
◦ Agility stamina and endurance.
Shaolin Kung Fu Level 12
Single Unarmed and Armed against Multiple Armed
Requisite Level 11
Form Dodge Hit.
Application Single unarmed and armed against multiple armed.
Force Dodging skills and using enemy as shields.
Philosophy “Catch the Leader First” and “Break Through the Weakest”.
◦ Importance of mind and energy control.