I wanted to take a little time and thank you for some of the things your instruction have done for my son Eric. Sixteen months ago, he started out totally focused on kick boxing. You kindly but firmly informed him that a few basics were in order, then other things would follow. Many good things have followed. Eric has a hard time staying with a task. I have been very pleased with the patience shown him, the reminders at appropriate intervals, and diversity of training that eliminates boredom. He comes home after nearly every lesson having learned a new technique, a new defense and wants to tell us all about it. In his fifteen years, he has never stayed interestied in anything for more than a few weeks. With every lesson, with every advancement, he looks forward to the next goal ... These things are good, but they are not all. He is learning patience and exhibits more with his family. He understands that just because he can’t have something right now does not mean he can never have it. He is less eager to fight. He has learned the value of keeping his composure and walking away from a confrontation - even one he knows he can win. He shows his friends and siblings greater respect, and he shows his mother and me much more respect. We have fewer arguments, and he is slower to anger when we do. He is more grateful, more attentive, more kind. Self-confidence has never been an issue with Eric, but the display of confidence has subtly shifted from self-absorbed bravado to quiet strength. No, I don’t think that you, John, Josh, etc. all are solely responsible. But you have helped reinforce the values and principles we try to teach him at home. You have helped fashion my son in a way unavailable to me as a father. You have taught him true and correct principles, in the setting of Martial Arts, which are applicable to his life. You have been teachers, mentors and friends. My thanks for your genuine and sincere efforts. I may pay you for your time as you teach my son, but you have also given him things that cannot be bought... honesty, integrity, respect, and goodness.
John David Moran
1993 I just wanted to share our experience with this studio and their kung fu program. My son, TJ, has had an interest in martial arts since he was a little tiny boy. I thought it was just a passing fancy, and so I would just put him off when he would beg to take lessons. As he grew older, he continued with a great interest. TJ had three older brothers who play all sorts of team sports, as he has himself, but I felt that he didn't feel he could ever measure up to their ability. He seemed to not be feeling very good about himself to me, and I began to search for something that I felt would help. That is when karate entered the picture. He was so excited when I told him I thought it would be a great thing for him to try, and so I began checking around. This studio came very highly recommended to me by a friend whose son took lessons here. She had previously checked around and had a very bad experience elsewhere. I have found that kung fu has been absolutely the answer for TJ. He has learned a great deal of discipline from this experience, and he has definitely had a great boost in his self esteem. I have found your studio very professional and very excellent in every way. They are willing to listen if a concern develops, and handle any problems that might arise in a very appropriate manner. Kung Fu has been everything that I'd ever hoped it would be for TJ and I'm so glad I found Shaolin Arts.
Sincerely, Jan England
The Rules of Nine
Keep yourself disciplined in all situations.
Choose the middle path of harmony; never go to extremes.
Be humble; do not show off.
Be honest with yourself and others.
Do not criticize other styles – there is good in most things.
Persevere and put heart and mind into all you do.
Accept and exhibit responsible behavior, cooperation and respect.
Avoid fights or situations where confrontations are likely.
By remaining true to the above nine, one shows respect for oneself, for their instructors, for the ancestors of the arts, and for the art.
I am constantly amazed with Tai Chi. It is a beautiful combination of art and science. By practicing, I get to play and cultivate creative potentials. I also gain insight into physiology and health benefits. The more I learn, the more I see these elements blend, and I become more aware of how I can flow between them. Tai Chi helps me discover my imbalances and allows me to work on becoming centered. I can vary forms to fit my daily needs and can satisfy curiosities as well. I can then apply these new ideas and principles to other aspects of my life. I feel more centered and fulfilled creatively from my Tai Chi study than I have after years of studying dance. By studying Tai Chi at Shaolin Arts, I let go of myself and gain more than I can ever imagine. The discoveries never stop. I learn something new each time I run forms, practice Chi Kung exercises, or meditate. Best of all, I have the chance to be childlike: to learn, explore, dance and play, and strive to enjoy each moment in my life. Lori Nichol
Avoid rather than check
Check rather than hurt,
hurt rather than maim,
maim rather than kill.
For all Life is precious, and none can be replaced.