In addition to the technique on this website, there are also the books
BEGINNING STUDENTS - There are two types of basic techniques on this website.
There are basic Shaolin techniques which are common to most Shaolin styles, and there are the basic techniques
of each style.
Let us make this clear - the material on this site cannot supplant a
LEARNING SHAOLIN BASICS - Instructors of most Chinese kung fu styles will be
able to assist the beginner in correct execution of the basic techniques
described here, as should instructors of most martial arts. Once the
Shaolin basics are performed to the specifications of a qualified
instructor, the student can proceed to the basic techniques of a specific
Shaolin kung fu style.
LEARNING STYLE-SPECIFIC BASICS - The basic techniques of the individual Shaolin styles, e.g. Northern
Praying Mantis or Southern Tiger, are best taught and perfected by a
qualified instructor of that specific style.
ADVANCED STUDENTS - As with any martial art, each of the Shaolin kung fu styles
has both basic and advanced techniques and applications. Shaolin.com will
eventually offer most basic and many advanced techniques for each of the
kung fu styles described here. If you are already a student of one of the
Shaolin styles described here, you will likely find either new forms here,
or at least new applications for the forms you already know.
Advanced martial arts practitioners seeking to learn a new style will
still need to start with the basic Shaolin and specific style techniques
until they become familiar. Forms and applications can then be learned with
the more advanced applications, but again, qualified instruction is needed
to approach true proficiency in any style.
The goal of this section is to provide training tips and
Shaolin kung fu technique to those wishing to learn. Initially all
material available will be accessible without registration. Soon
anything beyond some basic techniques of each style will be accessible
only after our free registration process. Registered users will
have access to all free material, and will also be able to purchase
additional forms and applications.
Disclaimer: The material demonstrated on this website,
as all martial arts, can be dangerous, and should be practiced
with the greatest care. Under no circumstances is any of this material
to be considered effective of its own merit, and all liability is
assumed by the practitioner. There are no guaranties of its
effectiveness or safety, express or implied. We require that all
material from this website be practiced either by a black belt or
equivalent, or under the direct supervision of a black belt or
equivalent. All applicable local and federal laws must be
adhered to. Please consult a physician before performing any of these
techniques. All persons under 18 years of age must have the permission
of a parent or guardian before beginning training.
There is no pat answer, nor any single standard that will qualify a
school as Shaolin, but there are several guidelines that hold with
considerable consistency. Shaolin kung fu arts have now become so
thoroughly filtered into a variety of cultures that the presence of a
Chinese practitioner of any age is no longer a requirement. While martial
arts magazines often list reputable schools, listings are often influenced
by the number of copies of that magazine are purchased (and then sold) by
the school. You may do better to scan the Yellow Pages to make a short
list of schools that appeal to you, and then start your homework.
Prepare a written list of questions you will ask of each school during
your phone interviews. Among the important questions will be:
Other questions you should ask (if you get past the first five) are the
same you would ask a potential employer or university:
Things that you should NOT accept from any martial arts school:
physical or psychological abuse (Are students physically punished or
humiliated for minor "infractions"?). Shaolin practitioners come
from a priestly background that avoided an Inquisition phase, so do not
expect or accept any physical harm or public humiliation. Do not accept a
long-term contract (three months is acceptable; one year isn't), because
you do not know if your interest will survive, or if the school will
survive. Besides, you can use the bank interest as much as the school can!
Do not sign a contract with a rank-related deadline (implied or
specified)-you will earn a rank in the time it takes, and you cannot pay a
reputable instructor to race you up the ranks. Hopefully, you would not
want such a worthless rank...
Do not sell the farm or liver pate concession to pack up, move to Honan
and study in China. The fact is that most of the top Shaolin practitioners
left China by 1930, heading to the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, and
Malaysia, where they have taught students and a new generation of masters.
If you talk to a school representative who satisfactorily answers your
questions, make an appointment to visit the school and possibly see a
beginning and advanced class. The beginner's because that is where you
will spend the next few months if you join; the advanced so you can see if
that is how you want to look after a few years. Students are the only real
advertising for teachers. Great coaches are rarely excellent former
players, so judge the teachers by their products: the students they turn
We cannot make specific recommendations about schools or
instructors-there are too many out there, we don't know them all, and
pointing out the baddies subjects us to liability laws. Great teachers do
not necessarily hold high rank, so don't be fooled by rank claims. There
are precious few 10th-degree masters, though many a medium-sized city has
three or four in the Yellow Pages. Forget rank and follow the guidelines
above. Ask questions and use your judgment. If you don't like an
instructor, you won't be able to learn much from him no matter his rank.
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