Training

Schedule

An outline of the daily training schedule is given below. Class times change slightly with the seasons and teaching plans may be personally adjusted for individuals according to their training program or goals.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
6:00 - 7:00

Optional training

Optional training

Optional training

Optional training

Optional training

7:10 Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00 Training Training Training Training Training
10:20 - 11:30 Training Training Training Training Training
12:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
14:30 - 16:00 Training Training Training Training

Theory/

Budhism

16:20 - 17:20 Optional Training Optional training Optioanl training Optioanl training  
18:00 Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
19:30- 20:15 Chinese Mandarin Chinese Mandarin

Chinese Mandarin

Acupuncture/Massage  
22:00 Bedtime Bedtime Bedtime Bedtime Bedtime


Important Notes: 
For the "training" sections, it is the compulsory training time. For most of the case it is Shaolin training. It is also possible for you to change to other styles according to your own interest. For example, it can be full time Wudang,  Tai Chi, or Wing Chun besides Shaolin class etc.
Chi Kung/ Tai chi, Wu dang/Ba gua, Chinese Mandarin, Theory/Buddhism, Massage/Acupuncture are all free optional classes. Students can choose either to attend it or not.
Theory/Buddhism class is not a religious class. Our masters will usually introduce you the basic Buddhism knowledge and customs. It will be mainly Kung Fu related to surport your training..


Training facilities and preparation
The training hall is next to the accommodation building, looking out onto the outside training area and grounds used for running. It takes 1000 square meters.Training equipment is provided for all classes. For stretching lanes, Sanda (Shaolin kickboxing)pads, gloves and guards are used as are basic weapons for Shaolin form classes. There are training mats used for acrobatics / jumps, take-downs and sparring.

 

Mastering the basics in Shaolin is key to being able to perform more advanced forms or for having good technique in Sanda. Emphasis is given in training to basics by masters in accordance with traditional training. The practicing of basic kicks, punches and stances increases strength, agility, speed and technique. This progress translates in the traditional Shaolin forms.
Training is intensive so it is recommended for students to prepare before coming to train. Stamina exercise such as running, swimming or doing sports are good ways to increase fitness levels. Flexibility can be an important mediator of progress so doing stretching or yoga will benefit ability level. For improving strength, a form of functional training such as weights, physioball-type exercise or sprinting would be effective.

Teaching plans
Shaolin Kung Fu practice entails three levels. The primary is form and appearance. The intermediate level is `integration of mind and fist`, transforming the tangible into the intangible, turning the law into the lawless, obeying no rules, having no movement to follow and controlling the enemy from the intangible. The highest level of aspect is to guide all with heart and fight with the heart. Teaching plans are based on these principles.

 


Several weeks to 1 month
Basic knowledge of Shaolin Kung Fu; Shaolin Kung Fu customs; fundamental kicks, steps and sweeps, punches, palms, hand shapes; authentic Shaolin health care Qigong, Ba Duan Jin.
Flexibility training, stability training, endurance training and traditional Shaolin Introductory fist forms like five step form, continuance form or Tongbi form and their applications; Simple weapon forms like staff, broadsword etc; basic Sanda (Chinese kick-boxing) exercise and 24 Yang style Taichi form. In this time, you can manage to get a general idea of what Shaolin Kung Fu like, and learn the methods to practice Shaolin Kung Fu.
 


2-6 months
Shaolin Kungfu theory (to reach a more complete understanding of Shaolin Kungfu); Shaolin Kungfu customs; authentic Shaolin health care Qigong, Ba Duan Jin; flexibility training; stability training; endurance training.
3-4 traditional Shaolin fist forms like Xiaohong fist, Dahong fist, Xiao luohan fist, seven star fist, Chaoyang fist, Changhuxinyimen fist etc. 3-4 traditional Shaolin weapon forms, such as yinshou staff, fire stick, Zhenshan staff, Shaolin single broadsword, Shaolin Chantou broadsword, two section staff, double staff etc; traditional Shaolin forms applications and pair forms; conditioning on every part of your body; hard qigong to break a brick by palm and elbow; Sanda (Chinese kick-boxing); counter-acting exercise and pair sparring; 42 Yang style Taichi form or 32 Yang style Taichi straight sword.
These abilities require: agility of the movement steps, strength and speed of kicks and punches, accuracy of single moves, coordination of your body and the strength, speed and sprit of Shaolin Kungfu.


7-12 months
Shaolin Kungfu theory (to a higher understanding of Shaolin Kung Fu); Shaolin Kungfu customs; authentic Shaolin health care Qigong, Ba Duan Jin and Yi Jin Jing; flexibility training; stability training; endurance training; 5-6 intermediate traditional Shaolin fist forms like Da huohan fist, mantis palm-blossom fist, pao fist, simple animal forms like eagle style, leopard style, Shaolin liuhe fist; 3-4 intermediate traditional Shaolin forms like Damo staff, fengmo staff, southern staff, southern broadsword, Shaolin standard broadsword, chunqiu bid broadsword, Shaolin Damo straight sword, Shaolin qiankun straight sword, shaolin standard straight sword, palm-blossom straight sword, Shaolin thirteen spear, Shaolin standard spear, 1-2 Shaolin soft weapon forms like chain whip, three section staff; pair conditioning; conditioning on piles;
Qigong (Chi kung) to break bricks in the air, break an iron bar, steel board, and big stone on bean curd without break the bean curd etc; one opposed by many people sparring exercise.
This level requires the shape of the hand to be correct, the moving of the body to be quick, the body acting as a whole, the eyes following the moving of the hand, steps moving accurately, spirit to be up and strength to be released at curtain moment with speed. 

Over 1 year - 3 years
Shaolin Kung Fu theory (to a higher understanding of Shaolin Kung Fu); Shaolin Kung Fu customs; authentic Shaolin health care Qigong, Ba Duan Jin and Yi Jin Jing; flexibility training; stability training; endurance training; advanced traditional Shaolin forms selected from the famous Shaolin 18 kind of weapons, 72 secret skills, Shaolin Press on medical points, Shaolin wooden pile Kungfu, jumping Kungfu. Here are some of the forms: Liuhe staff pair form, double swords against spear, three section staff against spear, drunken forms, tiger forms, crane forms, king kong forms, monkey forms, taizu long fist, Shaolin luoham 18 hands, drunken staff, seven star broadsword, Shaolin palm blossom sword, Shaolin palm blossom straight sword, Damo straight sword, Shaolin 21 spear, Shaolin flying daggers, Shaolin rope dart, drunken straight sword, double hooks, double broad swords, double whips etc.
Shaolin Kung Fu is like a vast ocean; the learning is endless.
With the optional class, you can choose it on your own and your master will help you to choose something related to your previous practice. Forms at this level need repeated practice, perhaps thousands of times to reach the highest levels of Shaolin Kung Fu.

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