The benefits of training Shaolin Kung Fu are endless. The most obvious benefit you will gain is that your health will improve and you will become stronger and more flexible. But training in Shaolin kung fu will help you gain much more, as through the Shaolin philosophy of The Unity of Chan and Kung Fu, students livelihood will be improved, their wisdom will expand, and their ethical standard will be elevated. As a result, students will feel more at peace and confident in themselves.
External training is the most popular aspect of Shaolin Kung Fu. We teach the external exercises of Shaolin through forms and drills. Each individual basic movement is essential for more advanced training. One’s fundamentals need to be strong and sharp as it will lead to a higher understanding in the forms and more advanced movements. As a result, all students who wish to learn Shaolin Kung Fu must first start with the basics whether they have experience in other martial arts or not. We base our trainings on the training of the Shaolin Temple in China.
Internal training is equally as important as the external. The internal exercises help you achieve the fluidness, power, and spirit of the external. It is the essence of all movement in Shaolin Kung Fu. Since the beginning of Shaolin, students have learned what is called Qi Gong, which is the development of one’s qi (pronounced “chee”). Every human being possesses qi, there is qi everywhere. It is the energy of all living things in the world. Shaolin Monks have unlocked the secrets of qi through exercises and forms. We teach a form of Qi Gong called Yi Jin Jing. Yi Jin Jing was practiced and taught by Bodhidharma himself. This is the first time that the complete Yi Jin Jing form has been offered outside of China.