Shaolin Kung Fu is different from most other martial arts in that it's focus is not conflict but management.
The Art of Shaolin Kung Fu kicks in well before the need for any self defence; it has to do with the way you hold yourself, your posture, balance, confidence and peace of mind. It is well founded that a Shaolin Kung Fu practitioner moves and stands differently than most other persons. There is no fight, aggression or fear on their face or in their mind. From the very onset of a potential confrontation, the Shaolin practitioners mind is focused on Safety, Resolution and Management, not conflict and strife.
It is no longer acceptable to use violence as a way of settling disputes. It is ever more evident that society has turned against violent people and that violent events receive a great amount of scrutiny from Police and Authorities. And this is likely to continue and become harsher as society increasingly turns against violent people and violent actions. The place for a fight is in the ring Kwoon, Dojo and Martial Art Studio under the supervision of experienced masters and martial art teachers between combatants that wish to have a one-on-one sparring experience, for the fun and the exhilaration, by mutual consent and with agreement of rules and consequences.
With the Shaolin Kung Fu Academy you learn to manage conflict and potential conflict situations in the way that a Peaceful Warrior would choose. You will learn advanced Kung Fu and specialist and individual Self-defence; and you will know how to use it, but you will also learn advanced Conflict Avoidance and Management Strategies and Skills that will help you to avoid the need for violence and fighting. For an old saying goes
"If you really know Shaolin Kung Fu, you will never need it!"
As stated by some of the worlds best know Actors and Martial Artists including Samuel L Jackson and Jacky Chan, Shaolin training offers mental and emotional advantages that are not often found in other exercises, sports or Martial Arts. As a style developed in a Temple, not through wars, Shaolin Kung Fu is designed to promote peace and peaceful solutions. We need the skills of Kung Fu to back up our desire for peace and dialogue - Sijo Robert Z.
Research has shown that through Shaolin Kung Fu equal emphasis on internal and external physical aspects (Yin & Yang), have unique psychological effects that are substantially greater than those produced by other activities. Studying Shaolin Kung Fu develops your self-confidence and inner calm and there is never a need to be aggressive or violent, even when in a conflict situation. 1000 years of development by peaceful Monks has created a style of Skill, Strategy and Elegance not requiring Force, Anger or Deception. As an additional benefit, it is a very effective and safe way to maintain health and fitness until a very senior age.
The benefits of Health and Fitness are well documented and we will not bore you with the obvious. But there are subtle other benefits that are often overlooked by many other sports and martial art styles that are part and parcel of Shaolin Kung Fu training.
"Posture is more powerful than a punch", to cite Sifu Vanessa, multiple Australian and State All Style Martial Art Champion who discovered herself that a better posture and smoother walking creates and projects the feeling of a winner and champion; often sending a clear subliminal message to would be attackers and aggressive people. At the same time this also creates a can-do/will-do aura that is often recognized by employers and managers.
You have the confidence and freedom to discover who you really are when you loose/reduce your fears and self-doubts. You become stronger and more confident and then many more options seem to open in your life. Meditation and Relaxation exercises in each and every class allow you to re-center yourself, focus on what is important in your life for you and be in touch with your reeal needs and wants.
All the while you are learning one of the most advanced, comprehensive and interesting martial art styles in the world. Slowly but surely increasing your fitness and stamina, greatly improving your flexibility and agility (no matter your age), you become stronger and fitter, your balance and coordination also improves and a host of other abilities. The way you move and stand will change and improve creating a relaxed and graceful aura and being.
It will not happen overnight! But you will see first results in as little time as after 15 to 20 training sessions. As a student you will do better in school because Shaolin Kung Fu learning and training fosters intellectual development and lateral thinking. If you are working, you will notice that your coping and problem solving abilities improve. The physical activity combined with the thinking required in Shaolin Kung Fu training serve as double stimulation to blood flow in the brain both for development and new ways of thinking by following and comprehend directions, understand how they work and grasp new concepts & strategies based on millennia of instruction and training. Members also develop a high degree of attention, focus and concentration. In senior levels they also develop their ability to function under high stress and pressure maintaining concentration, focus and safe attitudes. All this adds to your abilities to cope better at high pressure time with academic studies, professional and intellectual work as well as stress situation in home and private life.
Simulating Sparring and Self Defence situations will improve you stress coping abilities,
whilst you are having fun and becoming fitter. Thus taking the main stress from conflict
by associating it with a mental and physical challenge rather than a stressful conflict!
Shaolin Academy is a Professional, not a Commercial Organization. It is run, classically, by a semi retired Martial Art Master of some 50 years Martial Art experience who during his professional life was a People Development Manager and Engineer. The quality of instruction, style and interaction is highly professional and effective whilst still being warm, supportive and individual.
"We are not interested in fighters or making people into fighters" Sijo Robert Z states.
If you wish to 'fight' do it in the proper arena such as in a professionally managed, mutually consensual environment of an appropriate tournament or a competition ring, not in the street against unwilling and unsuspecting persons. If you wish to fight, train Wing Chung, Muay Thai, MMA or Boxing. If you wish to learn an Ancient Art, train Shaolin Kung Fu!
The Shaolin Academy environment is uniquely supportive. Students who have achieved a measure of skill and ability see new students not as competitors but as persons to help and develop. This helps both the New Students to feel comfortable and welcome as well as giving the experienced students a measure of Social & Humanistic experience and understanding of the role of Interrelationships whilst testing themselves on the learned knowledge and skill.
It is about developing your TAASK (Talent, Abilities, Attitude, Skill and Knowledge)
Although Shaolin Academy training contains an competitive elements, the students balance this with the competition with themselves. They learn to both function as a part of a group and gain a sense of camaraderie with their classmates as well as learning that there are times when you need to stand on your own two fee; by yourself. Class give the sense that the student belong to a greater community, not only because Shaolin Kung Fu has a 1450 year history and culture, but also because the students and instructors share the same healthy pursuit and experience the challenges together. Students of different levels and ages, although sometimes separated into smaller groups, also generally take lessons in the same room.
Allow yourself to be YOU
Because martial arts offers the opportunity to strengthen mental and social skills, they can dramatically influence children and adults with physical and learning disabilities. These include those with polio, cerebral palsy, birth defects, amputees, the deaf, and the blind. Martial arts training is especially popular for people with attention deficit disorder (ADD), a neurobiological disability that interferes with an individual's ability to sustain attention and control impulsive behavior, and autism, a disorder that impairs development of a person's ability to communicate and interact with other people.
You'll Never, never know; unless you give it a Go!
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