After a year of kicking myself for not giving Kung Fu a chance I thought the least I could do was go in for a visit. I convinced Jen to come with me because I knew that if Kung Fu was to be a part my life it better be a part of hers ... I was thrilled that I was going to learn something that I had desired my entire life and Jen was thrilled that I was finally going to shut up about it. It has taken several years to be able to see the effects that Shaolin Ch'uan Fa has had on my life and I would like to explain a few of them. First and foremost it has made me feel like I am 13 again. I feel like I can move better now than I have since high school. My stress level is 10% of what it used to be and my stomach problems are much more manageable than ever before. I feel like I have found what has been calling to me all of these years and studying Shaolin Ch'uan Fa is now as comfortable as laying in a hammock on a Sunday afternoon. Since childhood I have wanted to know the mystery behind the martial arts and the truth is what drives my studies now and for the rest of my life.
A great privilege for Shaolin Arts students to study with a great Calligrapher. Duanran Fan is a professor of calligraphy at Yunnan University. He was born and raised in Kunming, China, where he had spent nearly forty years on calligraphy.
We wanted to let you know how pleased we are with Brandon’s progress. The changes we are seeing in him are great! Brandon is more responsible both at home and at school. He does his homework more willingly. His chores are done with less fuss. He is less aggressive with his little brother and sister. We have also seen his confidence increase. He is also more respectful towards us. The four months he has taken lessons have been well worth the money the lessons cost. We checked several studios before we chose you. As we visited other places we were not impressed with the atmosphere or philosophy as we were here.
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.
"This is the reason why I wanted to be involved in Shaolin arts. Not only using my own body but also many kinds of weapons will give me more diverse strength as a whole. Training my inner strength ... should be my life-long theme no matter what I would do in a future but the idea of Zen Ken Ki Itsu was actually coming from the Shaolin Temple. Therefore, I feel like I have finally reached the art that fits my idea that Improves me."
I have always been interested in oriental culture, especially the martial arts. Visions of ninja warriors from movies who seemed to possess superpowers, and scenes from "Kung Fu Theatre" probably sparked my love for the arts. Throughout my life, I have taken lessons from several different studios, but the lessons were not enough to keep my interest. In addition to my love of the orient, I feel it is very important to be in shape. When I first joined Shaolin Arts, I was forty pounds overweight and depressed. A little over a year later, I have lost all of my excess weight and am in the best shape of my life--physically, mentally, and spiritually. As a side effect from doing something I think is fun and good exercise, I have developed a good understanding of how to defend my loved ones and myself if violence ever strikes. Matt Crockett
Snake Techniques 101 by Trish
An early morning workout. The sun was just braking through the trees.
Just Chris having fun in the back parking lot ...
A Self Defense photo shot with Amber and Master Gracey
I am fortunate to have been associated with Shaolin Arts School of Martial Arts and Fitness for the last eight years. I have been mentored and trained by Master Gracey and Sifu Mitchell in the arts of Chuan Fa (Kung Fu) and Tai Chi Chuan. Both arts have helped me maintain mental sharpness, remarkable physical condition, and great confidence in my abilities. Shaolin Arts not only teaches the martial aspect of Kung Fu and Tai Chi, but also the age-old traditions of sincerity, self control, effort, etiquette, and character. Sincerely,