Elchanan Lewis Shaolin&wing chun

Elchanan Lewis Shaolin&wing chun

Elchanan Lewis, male, 29, Israel. 8 months Shaolin&wingchun program.  Email: elchananlewis@hotmail.com                 I stayed at the maling shaolin kung fu academy for 8 months. i had been training shaolin back home for a few years but only a few evening classes a week, and it definitely does not compare to full time ’round the clock training every day! it takes a few weeks for the body to get used to it but once it does you’re usually only in pain during classes and not after (-; (usually…) the academy offers training in a variety of styles the main ones being shaolin and sanda, which is like boxing with kicks and takedowns. other than that there are optional classes for other styles you can read about on the website. i chose to focus on the shaolin mainly, and of course did the sanda classes. i feel that my understanding of the style of movement that characterizes shaolin kung fu really improved and that i am able to implement in my forms a lot better than i did before, master Du worked with me step by step going through how to generate force and power properly, then how to coordinate the different movements and finally how to put the whole thing together. in sanda i improved a whole lot, seeing as when i first came i had all the wrong instincts such as turning my head the other way and closing my eyes etc. after getting punched in the head and face a few times i really learned to keep my guard up and not look away. there’s still a long way to go by my sparring abilities are way better than what they were 8 months ago! in the mornings there’s an early tai ji class with headmaster Bao which is great. i learned a chen tai ji form (which is absolutely beautiful to watch when master Bao performs it) and it’s one of my all time favorites hands down. other than that you’ll find as you get used to the training schedule that there is a lot of free time you can use for personal training and i think it’s imperative to use it. if you really want to get better, and not just learn more things you need to practice in your spare time and go over the different skills you’re learning.

If you have any questions about the school and the training I’ll be more than happy to help, you can email me at: elchananlewis@hotmail.com

All in all i had a good experience and will miss this place. maybe i’ll be back someday (-: