Kung Fu Training
“The master teaches the trade, but the perfection of the apprentice’s skill depends on himself.”
Our experienced Shaolin Masters will do their utmost to train each student in martial arts. However, we expect each student to learn and excel at their own rate. Simply put, the harder you train, the better you will become. While each student will encounter both physical pain or weakness at some point, working through these roadblocks is part of the kung fu training process. Putting in the physical work, building mental stamina, and following the guidance from our teachers is what will take your kung fu training to another level and make you both physically and mentally stronger.
Kungfu Training Plan
At our school, we train up to six hours a day, five days a week (with weekends off). During our training days, we work hard to improve the strength and flexibility of the legs, waist, and shoulders, as well as stance training. It is vital to practice these skills daily to build up a solid foundation that will develop into Kungfu mastery. Once these necessary skills are mastered, these basic skills can be applied in various styles for more specific routines such as boxing, kicking, and weapon skills.
Below is our typical training schedule. This schedule is adjusted for each student’s individual goals, style focus, and physical condition. For example, a student can opt to take a full-time Tai Chi or Wing Chun training class instead of the Shaolin class. At the beginning of each student’s stay, the student will try out each class we have to offer. After this trial period, the new student will work closely with a master and create an optimal training plan based on personal preference, physical restrictions, and length of stay.
Note: Class times change slightly with the seasons. Our first morning class (6:00am-7:00am) and our second afternoon training (16:30pm-17:30pm) are optional.
On Mondays and Wednesdays, we teach Chinese Mandarin classes. On Friday afternoon, there is a class dedicated to Chinese culture. The Chinese culture class varies depending on the masters currently teaching at the school. Some examples of our Chinese culture classes are Wushu Theory, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Massage, Bagua & Liangyi, Buddhism, or Chinese calligraphy. Not only will you practice the art of Kung fu training during your stay, but you will also have the ability to immerse yourself in the culture and learn the Chinese language.
How We Create Your Kung Fu Training Plan
Our Kung Fu training plans have three levels and we base our teaching plans on these principles. We use them to determine where each of our students are when they begin, and how their training plan will progress. These kung fu training levels are as follows:
- Primary Level: Form and appearance mastery. Building the pieces of your stance, form, and mental capabilities.
- Intermediate Level: The “integration of mind and fist.” This is where students begin to combine the movements they have learned with their focused minds (Qi).
- Expert Level: This is when a student no longer thinks of mind and body as separate entities, but subconsciously melds the two together, making kung fu a part of who and what they are.
Based on a student’s length of stay, our masters will provide each student with a general teaching plan. This plan will be adjusted individually to each student’s body condition, preference, and weekly advances. For example, if a student prefers one type of weapon after a few weeks – then the plan will be adjusted to include that weapon form during their stay.
Our masters have spent their entire lives learning the art of kung fu and teaching at our Shaolin school. Their suggestions of what kung fu styles they recommend for a student, may not be what a student expects. However, we have found that when a student adheres to the advice and teachings of their master, they will see great results.
Basic Training Plan Timeline
In one month, each student will learn the Shaolin basics and a traditional short fist form. Also, we will begin teaching the fundamentals of basic Tai Chi moves. Options to add in simple Tai Chi forms are included during this month, and depending on the experience and dedication of the student, students may be able to learn one to four (short) forms.
During three months of studying, a student will develop an advanced level of Shaolin fists and weapons (either a long or a soft weapon), Sanda wrestling techniques, the law of attack and defense, Sanda sparring and some hard Qi Gong.
During this time, students learn four different weapons, six fists, three Tai Chi forms, and all of the applications of those forms. Training in Sanda combat and takedown techniques progress, and students learn how to break a brick by hand or head (with hard Qi Gong). Other techniques, such as the flying needle or Two-Finger Zen, are also taught.
After a year, students know all of the Shaolin Kung Fu customs and ideas as well as the authentic Shaolin mental health techniques such as Qi Gong, Ba Duan Jin, and Yi Jin Jing. Students will have reached high achievements in flexibility, stability, and endurance training. The year-long students continue to learn advanced traditional Shaolin forms from the 18 types of weapons and 72 secret skills of Shaolin.
Please note: Learning Kung Fu is a continuous process. The timelines of what our students learn during their stay are based on our experience and what our students have achieved at Maling Shaolin Kungfu Academy. Each student is different, and each experience varies. You are never too old to learn, and it is never too late to get started!
The training room is located on the first floor of the accommodation building, with mirrors and stretching bars installed. Within our Shaolin school, there are plenty of training grounds, as well as a performance and a grading platform. Training equipment is provided for all classes, including Sanda pads, gloves, suit-guards for sparring, Sanda stands with punch & kick bags, mats for acrobatics and take-downs, wooden dummies for Wing Chun, Meihua poles for Bagua, etc.
For more extended stays, you may want to purchase your gear. Basic weight lifting facilities and a range of training weapons are also available. Training clothes (sizes small – extra-large) and shoes (up to 47 EU sizes) can be purchased at the academy, as well as basic weapons. If you would like more unique weapons, they will need to be ordered or bought into the city, and Maling Shaolin can assist you in acquiring them.