We welcome everybody to brows our WEB pages and comment if you like. If you are interested in training then come in to our Main Location in Mordialloc, cnr Albert & Lewis St on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday for Temple Kung Fu at 6pm and on Saturday for Beginner Traditional Chinese Weaponry at 10.30am; or in 314 Camberwell Rd, Camberwell on Monday at 6pm. If you would like to ask us a question or 10, you can e-mail us on
firstname.lastname@example.org or call us Toll Free on 1800 SHAOLIN that is 1800 742 654. The best time to talk training, membership, Kung Fu or anything related, is between 10am and 2pm Sunday to Friday but i am also available at other times but more likely to be training or other wise busy. Please do call and chat or make an appointment to come in and try out the three free classes. Just be there 30 minutes before start of class as we need to run through the Training Health and Safety protocol! - Sijo Robert Z
Special Invitation to.....
This year (2013), we at the Shaolin Kung Fu (Martial Arts) Academy, are celebrating our 21st Birthday on 24 June. On Saturday 29 June all current and former students are invited to 1085 at 7pm to help us celebrate this special event. It is also Sijo's 60th Birthday, 51st Year in Martial Arts and his 40th year of teaching Martial Arts. So in a way a very momentous occasion for the Academy and Sijo Robert Z.
Shaolin Academy Members, current and past
We will be mailing out invitations to all our currently registered members and hope that many can make it; even if it is only to drop in a share a glass. But there are a lot of former members and friends that we would really like to catch up with and we do not know how to contact them. We are hoping that many occasionally visit this page and see this invitation! So, if you ever were a member of the Shaolin Academy or Liang-I Shaolin Kung Fu, please let us know through an e-mail that you are able to come or drop in! WE WOULD REALLY like to catch up with you!
Special Training Offer for Active and Retired Martial Artists
If you are currently or ever have been a member of a martial art school, other than the Shaolin Academy, and you still have your uniform; you can train with us for FREE for all of the month of June! If you are or were a qualified instructor, we may even ask you to take a portion of the class to show us your style and methods. Come and speak to us about this; we welcome learning from other styles!
Special Training Offer for Retired Shaolin Academy Members
We want you to drop in on our 21st Birthday Celebration for sure, but we also would like to offer you the month of June to come and train with us as often as you like in either of our venues. No obligations or expectations, just come-on-down and join in the training fun. I (Sijo) would most certainly like to see you in one of my Mordialloc classes on Tuesday and Wednesday 6.30pm or the Traditional Chinese Weaponry Class on Saturday at 11am!
Special June Try-it-out offer
Usually, we offer everyone three free classes to try out and see if you like us and the training. And we have never varied this in the 21 years of operation. Some call this persistence some call this stubbornness so, time to see which it is. For the month of June, we will extend our 3 free classes to 5 FREE TRAINING SESSIONS for all! No matter if you just want to have a look-see, or wish to try our some kung fu or self defence or are seriously thinking of taking up Kung Fu as a sport or life style. In the month of June you can come and train with us FIVE times for FREE; but just in June, to celebrate our 21st Birthday!
About Shaolin Kung Fu Academy, Shaolin Kung Fu (Martial Art) and Shaolin in general!
Shaolin was founded around 495 CE (Current Era; formerly AD) by a wandering Indian Buddhist. Some 40 years later Shaolin was revisited by another Indian prince Buddhist. He noted the lack of health and fitness with the monks and instituted a series of exercises based on a Hard Yoga Style and Indian Martial Arts. In it's almost 1500 year history, Shaolin was destroyed 4 times and rebuilt, the first two times due to it being a Buddhist Temple and the last two times because it was Shaolin.
Shaolin Kung Fu (Martial Art) went through several generations of development including Shaolin 72 Fist Kung Fu and Shaolin 170 Moves Kung Fu. Around 1100 CE (12 Century) Shaolin Kung Fu (Martial Art) is considered to have reached it's peak with the development of Shaolin 5 Animal Kung Fu. Many styles later adopted the Animal metaphors for their styles including the very popular Hung Gar (Tiger and Crane Kung Fu). But none were as significant and as pronounced as the Shaolin 5 Animal Kung Fu...more.......
Shaolin Kung Fu
Although through Shaolin History there was a great need for the Martial Art aspect of Shaolin Kung Fu, the style was not meant to be predominantly a Martial Art but to be a Health and Fitness style using martial arts movements combined with Yoga, Chi Kung and what we now called Tai Chi Movements. The Shaolin also trained Weaponry, not to use against other human beings but to know how to defend against weapons with their bare hands. As Buddhists, Shaolin would avoid hurting or harming other human beings, almost at all costs. That is why the Shaolin Journey men (those that spend many years traveling around before returning to Shaolin) were expected to have a high proficiency in Martial Arts to keep healthy and fit and for protection.
But even as good as these Journey Men were, around 10% of Shaolin were allowed to be Warrior Monks; specially trusted and trained to do the emperors bidding when required, protect the monastery and any who may also dwell in it and be the keepers of Shaolin Kung Fu (Martial Art). Only specific persons were chosen for this task and these learned the most
advanced form of Shaolin Kung Fu, the 5 Animal Style. Everyone else though, learned the Foundation Shaolin Kung Fu (Martial Art) that we at the Shaolin Kung Fu Academy honor by naming the 5 Levels according to the Major Influencing Temple of Shaolin, Wudang, Emai Shan, Kwantung and Fukien. ..more on What Shaolin Kung Fu Is......
Shaolin 5 Animal Kung Fu (Martial Art) Academy (Australia, Victoria)
We believe that martial arts in general are to violent and often teach their members to kick, hit or punch when they feel threatened. Much like the original Shaolin Kung Fu Spirit, we believe that Shaolin Kung Fu is for health and fitness first and for self defence second. Now this may seem like a contradiction but actually, it is exactly the opposite. Many martial arts cause harm and injury to their members through training to hard or too tough, to many repetitive actions (RSI) and over-extensions and not enough preparation, technical correctness and guidance. Violence should not be the first resource in a disagreement; we thrive and grow through constructive disagreement and many styles of martial art recognize this and focus on competitions rather than fighting.
We prefer to work on the traditional Shaolin aspects of martial arts and by using a vast variety of techniques, training exercises, activities and style patterns/forms we offer our members are vast array of possibilities and customization so that after the initial basics, each person can customize their Kung Fu and training to their needs. Everyone needs to learn the basics but once that is done, most training then takes on an individual and personalized direction. And that is when the 50+ years of Sijo Robert Z's Martial Art and Kung Fu training and the some 30+ years of Sibok Dagmar's martial art, meditation and Tai Chi training come to full impact. Through this unique combination and the dynamics of Shaolin Kung Fu, advanced students learn a style and way (path) that is uniquely suited to their own needs and future.
This individual and personalized training has it's advantages and disadvantages (of course). Disadvantage is that there is much more to learn and training and that means it takes longer. The Advantage is that you have a wide variety of items to keep you interested and going, the ability for you to specialize in that what suits your body, mind and spirit best; and do all this in a safe accident and impact free environment with other people who also prefer to do martial arts for mainly fun and fitness and less for conflict. Give Sijo a call on 1800 SSHAOLIn, that is 1800 742654 or on his direct number 0457 742 654! and have a look at the video below if you like.