The syllabus taught within our school contains many elements, including:
Stance Training – Stances help strengthen the legs and the core of the body, allowing students to understand correct body posture, balance & weight transference. Stance training develops a strong foundation on which more advance techniques can follow. Stance training also makes joints and muscles more supple and resistant.
Qi-Gong & Deep Abdominal Breathing
Qi-Gong (Pronounced ‘Chee Gung’) are exercises developed over thousands of years to stimulate and cultivate the body’s natural flow of Qi (Pronounced ‘Chee’). Qi can be thought of as the body’s bioelectricity which flows around our bodies, gently warming the body, improving circulation to the joints, muscles and internal organs making them supple and relaxed.
In combination with Qi-Gong exercises, Deep Abdominal Breathing helps to stimulate the release and production of Qi from the ten internal organs; 1.Heart, 2.Small Intestine, 3.Liver, 4.Gall Bladder, 5.Spleen, 6.Stomach, 7.Lungs, 8.Large Intestine, 9.Kidneys & 10.Bladder. Keeping a healthy flow of Qi around the body is believed to be the secret of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The Chinese say that you can live without food for weeks, without water for days, but not one second without Qi. Qi-Gong & Deep Abdominal Breathing are integrated and key components of the forms and form training helping students to develop a body soft as cotton in appearance but on contact as hard as iron.
Meditation exercises develop calmness and patience through sustained concentration and focus. Calming the chaos of unfocused thought and distractions of daily life can benefit you by increasing your concentration levels, alertness & increase your energy. The mind controls the body, so by developing a calm and alert mind, will allow the body to react quickly and correctly to any given situation.
Forms & Applications
Forms are sequences of imaginary offensive and defensive techniques which have been structured in set patterns to enable the students to learn the techniques, tactics and principles of the system. Practising forms helps students to discipline themselves, developing co-ordination, balance, correct body posture, flexibility & mobility and to develop internal and external power & strength. Applications of the movements contained within the forms are explained and practised so students can understand how these movements could be used for defence, develop timing and co-ordination aswell as develop confidence in their abilities to subdue a potential threat or situation. Weapons forms and applications are also taught as the student progresses through the syllabus.
Traditional Shaolin training methods have been kept alive for generations, and we are fortunate to have inherited this complete, rounded system of self defence and self development. Sparring practice is restricted to intermediate and senior students only, under very close supervision by qualified Instructors.