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The Art of Shaolin Do

The Shaolin Temples were the equivalent of universities for the martial arts. Masters were professors, each of them a specialist in a particular area of training. Temples were known for a particular style, just like medical schools of today. Monks at each temple still practiced the forms from the other temples, but they specialized in the style for which their particular temple was known for.

Over the course of time, an untold amount of martial knowledge was housed at the Shaolin temples. In order to better systematize this material, the techniques, motions and fighting applications of major systems were housed within eighteen forms; medium sized systems were housed within twelve forms; and smaller systems were housed within six or fewer forms.

The Shaolin system as taught today is comprised of more than fifty styles and nine hundred forms. From this enormous body of material, today's Shaolin Do practitioners receive a broad-based martial education that covers the entire spectrum of martial arts philosophy and technique. The Shaolin Do curriculum teaches its practitioners sound fundamentals and provides each practitioner with the appropriate mental and physical challenge for their level of training.

Shaolin Do is a traditional martial art providing its practitioners with time-proven self defense techniques. Shaolin Do strengthens the body and sharpens the mind, leading to a longer, more productive, and healthier life. Shaolin Do is the most complete and comprehensive martial arts system in the world.

Traditional Shaolin Temple Curriculum

 
Practical self defense for men and women
               Effective fighting arts
                Traditional weapons
               Shaolin Animal styles

Shaolin-Do is the original blend of hard and soft fighting arts. It doesn't rely on body rigidity to develop power like karate, but instead generates force from natural body mechanics and circular movements. Yet shaolin-do is more that just a fighting art, it is a way of perfecting oneself. By attempting to master these ancient styles of fighting, we actually come closer to mastering ourselves.

Shaolin-Do students practice open hand forms, self-defense, weapons, sparring, meditation, strength training and aerobic conditioning. This dynamic approach allows rapid advancement in fighting skill, balance, dexterity, and endurance. Before attaining black belt the student will learn 21 long forms covering 7 different open hand systems and 6 weapons. This provides a rich background of techniques and styles to call upon. These forms introduce students to a variety of styles and weapons such as tiger, mantis, white crane, staff, nunchaku, short stick, broadsword, sai, and cane.

Questions?  For more information please contact Sifu Andy.  Or check the schedule of classes and come try out a class or two for free!