SHAOLIN

Roughly six hours each day is dedicated to Shaolin training at our school. This includes practicing traditional fist and weapon forms, Chin Na (grappling), and Sanda, along with lots of strength, flexibility and conditioning training.

Forms

Forms are systematised martial techniques arranged in patterns, with the aim of developing strong and stable footwork, learning basic striking, and training sweeps/takedowns as well as takedown defence. One might describe it as an ancient form of 'shadow boxing'.

Students will spend roughly 6 weeks practicing each form on average. They will often alternate between learning fist and weapon forms. So, if a student trains for 3 months, they will learn one basic fist form and one basic weapon form (usually either staff or sabre).

Chin Na

Chin Na is the practice of locking and trapping as well as other basic and advanced grappling techniques. Shaolin forms have many of these techniques imbedded in them so it is important for students to understand the practical applications of these concepts. These include wrist, elbow, and shoulder locks, as well as choking techniques and defence against them.

Sanda

Full contact competition of traditional styles of Kung Fu was banned by the Chinese government in an effort to distance common people from violent activities, and also because in the past they would have bare-knucle matches that would often result in injury and, in some extreme cases, death.

In recent years, unified rules were developed to allow practitioners from different Kung Fu backgrounds to compete to test their skills against one another.

It is an important part of Shaolin training as it allows students to further understand their true level of competence when it comes to applying martial techniques. These days, Sanda is taught all around the world as a form of kickboxing.

Students will have an opportunity to learn all basic punches, kicks, and how to build combinations. Also, when the weather is warmer, it greatly reduces the risk of injury, which allows students to practice more takedown and wrestling techniques.