In the tradition of the Shaolin Temple we train the Body, Mind, and Spirit. In our training we follow the progressions of The Shaolin Halls. From the beginning the new student is instructed in Gei Bun Gong (Basic Exercises) in our first hall, in order to build a fit and well conditioned athlete, all of the training is foundational causing the student to tear down his original body and rebuild it with strength, stamina, and flexibility. The basic exercises consist of training the breathing, muscles, and tendons to withstand the rigors of extreme stress. The intent is to build the students Body, forge his mind, and have him draw upon his spirit to become more than he has been during his past existence. He is stressed to shed his previous notions about martial arts styles and gain a fuller understanding of the true meaning of martial arts. He will soon recognize that style is an illusion and that the consistency of a system will endure for his entire martial arts life.
In the second hall the student is instructed in Gei Bun Dong Jok (Basic Movements) to develop his ability to move instinctively with speed, balance, and power, while using minimum energy. It is at this level that the student is taught the value of stances, footwork, directional techniques in the air, forms, structure, and the basis of how to position himself for superior position to engage his opponent. Everything that we teach is based upon concepts. Using the six criteria as a training methodology the student is taken through a process where he can receive lectures, learn the body mechanics, experience the free motions of his techniques, and gain an insight into the impact of his techniques through feedback. He then is put into a situation where he can feel the stress of actual combat in a controlled environment. The stress is increased from time to time to prepare him for actual combat. It is evident that only in an actual life and death situation can the full understanding of combat be experienced.
In the third hall the progression continues to develop the practical and effectiveness of a martial artist. He brings all of his previous training experience to focus using Chi Sau (Sticky Hands),Ti (Kicking), Da (Striking), Shuai (Throwing), and Na (Controlling) as weapons of simultaneous attack and defense. In his previous training he learned the movements and was exposed to stress, now he will refine his art. In addition the knowledge of the four activities; Entertainment, Exercise, Sports, and Combat is instructed in order that the student will develop a true sense of reality in regards to his martial arts. Also, at this level, the student is taught the Four Ranges of Combat so that he can fully understand the time and place to deploy each of his weapons. At this level a martial artist should be able to handle most situations in a real environment of conflict.
Beyond the Third Hall
In our training in the next hall, we refer to it as the Weng Chun Dim, he will learn to be efficient and will, step by step, go deeper into the understanding of Heaven, Man and Earth fighting. During this training a paradigm shift will occur and there will be an integration of all of the knowledge from the previous halls, leading to a unified and seasoned martial artist who can “hold his own” in any arena. The progression will continue with the adherence of economy of motion which will culminate in maximum efficiency in the use of time and space. In this training all illusion of style will be forever removed and replaced by the knowledge that only a system can be manifested through this learning experience. The ultimate goal for a martial artist is emptiness. Emptiness is a state of mind where Time, Space, and Energy are at one creating perfection and then cease to exist, leaving only emptiness.