I started my training at Shaolin
Arts in my mid 50's. I was looking for some form of exercise that would keep my body toned and agile. When
I attended my first lesson, I was somewhat hesitant and self-conscious. But, as the classes moved forward,
I knew I was in the right place; the atmosphere was inviting, friendly, and accepting. And the exercise
routines, animal fighting techniques, combinations, and forms, offered by Shaolin Arts were, and still are,
challenging, and energizing. Everyone is going to age chronologically, but how we age in body and mind is
up to us as individuals. Shaolin Arts is my way of taking control of the things I can control.
coming to Shaolin Arts I never really thought about how martial arts could help you with so many things in your
personal life. I quickly found out that this style of martial art was not going to be easy to learn. Shaolin Chuan
fa has taught me a lot about the arts and about myself. I never had done a push up in my life and now I'm working on
them to see how many I can do. I am in the best shape I have ever been in my life. I think more than I used
to and practice moves that I was not physically able to pull off before. This style has helped me out in so many
ways that no other style could even come close to, such as respect and discipline. These two elements alone are what
I lacked, especially in my daily life. Every rank I have received thus far has not been easily achieved. But I do
realize how much more I appreciate it, it was not something I was given for no reason. If I were to leave Shaolin
Arts and train elsewhere I believe I would not have as much appreciation and respect for whatever style I was
learning as I do Shaolin Chuan fa And what intrigues me the most about this style is that you never stop
learning. There is always something more that you have not learned, achieved or realized. The fact there is
always something to work on or learn is what makes me want to stick around longer to see what happens in the future.
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."
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.
Winning hearts is the best way. Winning the castles is the
secondary way. Winning through domination is the worst way.
Master Tung Tsung Nee.
An informed consumer is always in the best interest of an honest school.
Here, during general discussions, we will use the term the "Arts", meaning Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Karate,
fitness, healing, martial arts, and mixed martial arts.
Our instructors are teaching six days a week. Weekday evenings and Saturday mornings are the most common
times since most people are off work or out of school. Early morning, lunch time classes and afternoons
are available. Just call your local Shaolin Arts studio listed below for availabilities.
Twice a week works well for formal instruction. Once a week is common for those traveling a lot. Use us
as a school. Learn, take our principles with you wherever you go and you will grow. Some individuals do
come in everyday and programs are available for them, just like our programs we take to private homes
and businesses where the individuals or groups rarely, if ever, come to the studio location. Yes, the
more you can be involved the better. There are many activities to take advantage of. Still, quality is
more important than quantity. A good quality Arts program will actually increase your personal
productivity thereby giving you more time to use elsewhere. Take the time you have and really use it,
and you"ll feel the difference.
Cost will vary from location to location depending on the expenses of that locality. Expect to pay a fair
price for services. It takes years of training to learn the Arts properly and even more to develop the
skills to teach it. A good school costs money to run and maintain. In the Arts you are either growing or
decreasing as far as your personal skill level is concerned, therefore even masters continue to train.
These continual training sessions can be very expense for instructors as long travel is commonly
Actual costs for lessons can vary depending on the program you choose. The main point is to get your money's worth. Be aware of long term contracts. You should be
able to pay month to month in some form. Being forced to sign contracts is really a strong indication
students leave that school after a short time of study. Contracts are too often designed to keep you, or
at least your money, at the school when normally you would have left. Committing to your school is good
and needed. A school can save a lot of time and money by automated payments, packages, or longer-term
commitments, but this should also be to your advantage as well.
Again, you get what you pay for. You may not need the most expensive program but be cautious of paying
too little. We are each individuals with individual needs. Shaolin Arts is not the cheapest, nor the
most expensive, just the best - and we will guarantee you"ll get your moneys worth.
There is no set type of instruction for everyone. Shaolin Arts offers private, group and specialized
programs for men, women and children. Each type of instruction has it's advantages. The trick is to pick
the one that 's best for you. The best way is to let us help you decide. By us actually seeing you we
can make better recommendations, answer all of your questions, and you can decide. We have found, by us
taking a few minutes with you in person, is the most effective and efficient method of
Shaolin Arts has always provided a complete program, because that's what works. Kicks, punches, stances,
Defense, Offense, Grappling, Chin Na, Chi, Healing, Mixed Martial Arts, Philosophy, Health, Sport,
Street, Weapons, etc. There are more details on each under the 'More Inforamtion' Tab. Some individuals
do come in for just one piece or style of the Arts, which is fine, but we do like to teach the full
program when possible. It's fun, it's real, and it works. Let us know, and we will set up the best
program for your interests and needs. We do run seminars, clinics, retreats and workshops for families,
church groups, businesses and professional organizations.
It is common in North America for martial arts, Karate, Kung Fu, modern Wushu, even Tai Chi, to be toned
down, made into sport. These activities can be an excellent aerobic workout and many love such sport
like competitions. In our classes, students like to learn how their material really works, understanding
purposes for each movement. Once our students understand how things truly work toning techniques down
for sport is easy. Most often sport competition cannot be "toned up" to be truly effective outside of a
controlled sport environment.
Traditional Shaolin Systems had to work. They had to heal and they had to protect, otherwise you or your
loved ones died.
Uniforms accelerate the learning process. They are just clothes that work best for the given activity,
they are safe, functional, create a mood, and convey information. They are used because they make a
significant difference. Wearing a Shaolin Arts uniform allows you to change "hats" thus increasing the
effectiveness of your training. White and black uniforms are still the most common colors with "show",
multi-colored, uniforms sometimes used for tournaments, demonstrations, etc.
Shaolin Arts uses uniforms because they make a difference in your training. Not so you can pretend to be
what you are not. If you or I have to wear a uniform on the street to feel important, something is
wrong. True Arts will develop the honest, quiet confidence from within. Lets use the uniform of the Arts
for what it was designed to do. As a tool.
Rank, or sashes, is part of the uniform. The type and or color of Uniform also reflects experience or
rank. Uniforms create motivation, organization and safety. A good program will teach you in a safe
progression, called rank, so that your body and mind are ready for the next set of material. It is a
wonderful way to set you up for success after success.
Currently, our oldest student to date is 87. With each age comes a different set of life experiences,
abilities and desires. Age 5 typically is the youngest and works well when we are allowed to set up the
right program for them as an individual. Youth, teenagers, young adult and adults all love our programs.
A five minute in person consultation will give you excellent feedback.
Shaolin Arts offers weapons as part of your training. Weapons are an extension of the body. Any error the
body makes the weapon will exaggerate. Therefore weapon training can give the body great feedback. They
are wonderful tools for developing the mind and body. Certain traditional weapons aid in this process
more than others. Thus at Shaolin Arts, for those students who are interested, we like to introduce
classic or traditional weapons training. Secondly, weapons are a part of our society. Understanding how
they work increases our understanding of how to defend against them.