The Chinese Shao-Lin Center for traditional Kung Fu is comprised of various colorful styles of skill and training, making up the extensive Shao-Lin System available today!
Whatever you body type and condition, we have a variety of options for you to choose from.
Some of the styles within the Shao-Lin Art are:
- Northern and Southern Fist (Pei Chuan/Nan Chuan)
- Hua Fist (Hua Chuan)
- Drunken Fist (Pa Hsien-8 Immortals)
- Chin Na (Holds & Counters)
...as well as, Animal styles such as:
- Black Tiger (Hei Chuan)
- White Crane (Pai Hao)
- Monkey (Hou Chuan)
- Preying Mantis (Tang Lang)
and Classical forms, such as:
- Tiger/Crane form (He/Hu Suang Hsing)
- Shao-Lin Original Five Animal form (Shao-Lin U Hsing Chuan)
Also, within the Shao-Lin system are the Classical Weapons, such as:
- the Monk's Staff (Pang)
- the Broadsword (Tao)
- the Kwan Tao
- the Spear (Chiang)
- the Double-edged Sword (Chien)
- the Tiger Hook Swords (Hu Tou Gou)
- the Butterfly Swords (Tie' Tao)
- the Iron Fan (San)
- the 3-Sectional Staff (San Chie Kuen)
- the 9- Sectional Steel Whip (Chou Chie San Pien)
to name a few.
Qigong or Chi Kung is an aspect of traditional Chinese medicine involving the coordination of different breathing patterns with various physical postures and motions of the body.
Our school teaches Tai Chi, Pa Kua, Hsing I and more.
Shao-Lin is also unique for it's depth of Internal Breathing training:
- Ta Mo's I Chin Ching (Muscle-Tendon Change Classic)
- Hua To's Five Animal Frolics (Wu Hsing Chuan)
- Yueh Fei's 18 Continous Postures (Se Pa Kwan)
...including, numerous Tai Chi Styles such as:
- Tai Chi Chuan (Grand Ultimate Fist)
- Combined 24 Posture Style
- Yang Style Tai Chi
- Chen Style Tai Chi
- Tai Chi Weapons - Straight Sword, Fan
...as well as advanced, Internal Classical Styles, such as:
- Pa Kua Chang (8 Changes of the Palms)
- Hsing I Chuan (Mind/Form Fist)
- Fu Chia Chien( Buddha Family Fist)
again, to name a few.
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