Wooden Man Training

Shao-Lin Wooden Man/Iron Monk Training Program

The forms/training with the Shao-Lin "Wooden Man" makes up an important part of the Kung Fu skills and conditioning found at our Shao-Lin schools. The "Wooden Man" form contains many of the fighting techniques and combinations of the Shao-Lin system.

The advantages of training on a Wooden Man are, that it can be hit as hard as the practitioner wishes, it can be trained on for long hours whereas a live partner might get bored. Also as the Wooden Man does not move much, thus the practitioner learns mobility while circling around the Wooden Man in conjunction with blocking and striking hand & foot techniques.

The key benefits of training on a "Wooden Man" are: 
* Improves Yao Li (power from the waist) 
* Teaches the student the correct distance
* Encourages good structure and alignment in techniques
* Conditioning of the hands, arms and legs
* Helping the student practice applying techniques with force

 Shàolín Mù Tou Rén (Shaolin Wooden Man) 
 Tie'h Seng (Iron Monk Training) 

Shaolin Iron Monk Training:  

Iron Monk training is designed to integrate hard body conditioning into your existing Martial Arts training. The Iron Bone Rod and Striking Board have been designed for anyone interested in hard body conditioning and strengthening the skeletal structure. You are only as strong as the foundation you begin with.

The development of Iron Monk training was designed to obtain the ancient Oriental training practices that the Chinese had known even before modern science. This training can easily be incorporated into any existing Martial Arts program. It can be used to prepare for offensive or defensive encounters.

Protecting oneself from injury is the inevitable reasoning behind hard body conditioning. Eventually, even slight bruising will heal almost before it is noticed.

The Iron Monk training is extremely versatile and can provide the following benefits if used as suggested: 
* It assists in the increase of the bones density 
* Slows down the process of osteoporosis 
* Can prevent future injuries 
* Prepare the body for rigorous training and combat, and to eventually be able to withstand the kicks and blows while not getting bruised 
* Toughen and harden the body in accordance to the Wolff's Law and Davis Law 
* Will give the body an enhanced ability to repair micro damage that occurs during training and sparring 
* Equalizes the playing field to all martial artists, giving everyone the opportunity to improve & strengthen their offensive and defensive techniques 
* Improve your ability to withstand impact, giving the martial arts warrior a greater confidence in one.s fighting ability 
* Can prevent help prevent injuries 
* Revives the lost art of hard body training/conditioning that has become a lost tradition

The Rod of Iron can be applied on any desired part of the body, but is not suggested to be use directly on any joints. 
(Warning: Using these techniques for conditioning should be done only in a supervised training program!)