The Bottom Line on Kung Fu
Not All Martial Arts Are Equal!
Shaolin Do is the original blend of hard and soft arts, developing internal and external strength simultaneously. It doesn’t rely on body rigidity to develop power like Karate, but instead generates forces from natural body mechanics and circular movements.
Do you think about fighting?
The bottom line on kung fu is that Shaolin Do is more than just a fighting art, it is a way of perfecting oneself. By studying the efficiency and balance that exists within nature, we gain understanding and respect for all life. The ancient Chinese observed the diverse fighting strategies of the animal kingdom, and realized that like animals, people also required fighting techniques suited to their unique physical statures.
Masters of life
Thus was born the animal fighting systems. These techniques had already been tested in nature and since have been orally passed within the Shaolin tradition. Throughout history, the Shaolin monks have been the most feared fighters in Asia, but even more famous is their long standing love of peace, virtue and honor. The long standing history of the Shaolin temple and their famous reputation can be attributed to an ability to train not only deadly fighters, but masters of life. So if you were to ask what is the bottom line on kung fu, my answer would be to master oneself through its training.
What Will You Learn?
Shaolin-Do students practice open hand forms, self-defense, weapons, sparring, meditation, strength training, and aerobic conditioning. This dynamic approach allows for rapid advancement in fighting skill, balance, dexterity, and endurance.
Before attaining black belt the student will learn 21 long forms covering 7 different open hand systems and 6 weapons. This provides a rich background of techniques and styles to call upon.
What is a Form?
Don’t worry if none of this makes sense. You will love learning this art more with each passing month and year. It will never grow dull, only more exciting and challenging. If you are looking for a path that will last a lifetime, Shaolin-Do is the one. When you’re eighty years old, you will still have more brand new material to learn and challenge you. As a added bonus, you will learn an effective method of self-defense, get in the best shape of your life and maintain flexibility throughout your life. We have students of all ages with us, many started in their 60s, and many in their young adult years who are now in their 40s, 50s and 60s and still training and learning new material and seeming younger every year. So the bottom line on kung fu? Living a full life of forward motion, always learning and always growing.
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