Sijo Robert Z with the initial 50 Cyber Kung Fu Packs
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On this page is information about the Shaolin 5 Animal Kung Fu Academy's, Martial Art and traditional Chinese Weaponry Home Training program. Established in 1994, the Shaolin Academy Martial Art Home Training Program, Shaolin Cyber Kung Fu is one of the best and most workable programs currently available on the WEB and has been so for almost 20 years.
Since 1994 we have been providing Shaolin 5 Animal Kung Fu training materials and have reached over 100 countries. We started by distributing NTSC and PAL VHS tapes for about 4 years. We then switched to the DVD format still needing to make sperate formats for the US market (NTSC) and PAL for the rest of the world and SECAM for France and East Germany (also others). Around 2007 we switched to Blu Ray when it was clear that the HD vs Blu-Ray war was settled. Together with this the HD Video format was settled and agreed on which allowed for one Disc standard all over the world. Yet, only 2 years later it was evident that direct access through the Internet was the way to go into the future. Since this time we have been transferring and updating our materials for the WEB. All said and done though, the Shaolin Cyber Kung Fu program is now passing into it's 2nd decade as a mature and functional system. Soon we may be dealing with the 4k or Ultra HD (UHD) Video standard.
How and Why the Shaolin Cyber Kung Fu Program Works
We don't always have time when we want it; and when we do we can not always find what we need. More and more Learning Institutions like the Shaolin Academy are providing online learning programs. Why you may ask? Well there are a few reasons.
When-Ever-You-Want; you can access the program when you want it; you don't have to wast time traveling and you can run the program anytime you want. So it doesn't matter if you are shift working, off-shoring or any such.
At Your Pace; You can spend 30 minutes or 3 hours, you can do it hard or soft, slow or fast, with breaks or without; your choice.
Consistency; the material does not change or alter it's opinion on the 2nd hearing or viewing. you will receive a consistent quality delivery time and time again. Your instructor will never forget anything and never go on holiday or be sick, have an off day or just not feel like teaching.
Adaptable to Your Learning Style; you can review any material as often as you want, when you want and not consider anyone else's needs except your own; optimism your ability to take in the material and subject.
Superior Outcome, Less Distractions; Studies have shown that just looking at the material and allowing your mind to assimilate the overall aspect of the material accelerates learning especially in mature age students. If you are able to follow the material whilst visualizing your self (Visual Meditation) performing the training this is even better and more efficient.
In other words, in the words of Frank Sinatra, 'You can do it your way'.
Motivation; is always one of the main challenges to almost anything. After a while you get a bit so so and well things happen. With the Cyber Kung Fu program we offer 'distractions' to re-motivate (is that a real word?) you. You can look at the next level or even look at some of the advanced techniques. Often this helps with motivation when you see what you will be learning at an advanced level.
Regularity; when you have to be somewhere at a certain time you will either be there or not but when you are studying under a self-paced learning it requires a higher degree of Discipline. It is very much the same challenge that a small business person faces, there is no one to chase them around and if they do not do the job they go broke.
Isolation; often the social aspect is one of the key motivators to maintaining a regular training and learning regime BUT to achieve higher levels of proficiency you will most always outpace your buddies. We see that again and again. The only martial artists who last at a higher level are the ones who are prepared to continue alone.
Materials and Set-up; you will need to have everything you like working with at your place in the area of training. A monitor hooked up to a lap-top, possibly a mat to do the floor exercises and ideally a mirror where you can see yourself doing the techniques and compare this to what you see on screen.
In essence, it is a bit more difficult initially but once you achieve your rhythm and routine it becomes much easier. A bit like brushing your teeth or such; once you decide to do it and make it a habit you hardly relies that you may have brushed them over 25,000 times by the age of 35. Except if you train one-fifth as often you will likely be a master of kung fu.
Some real unedited feedback!
That is why people start training with us but that is not always the reason they remain with us. We have regular communications with many of our students. Following are some examples;
Hello Master Z,
It's been a while since I wrote to you and let you know how I was going with my white sash Cyber Kung Fu. You'll be happy to know that while it has been slow going it is still going. Even thought I had reviewed the materials a number of times I found that I was losing too much of my form and technique when I started to follow the training video. So now I am just following the learning video until it becomes rock solid.
I have a few questions, I noticed on the video's that after a form or move is performed, your students exhale with a sound, I know that in sport exhaling with sound or a word helps to focus and expel energy, what I was wondering is if this is what your students are doing, and what is the word/sound that they are making?
Also if you could properly explain to me when you would use the formal greeting and what is the proper way to do it? I have seen it used in the video's but I would just like to know more about it.
I think that is about it, I will have a photo of me soon, so that way you can see who I am, and hopefully feel a bit more personal. Just so you know I will give you a brief description about me attached to the photo, in my next email to you.
Thanks again for providing people like me the opportunity to learn kung-fu, I am very gratefully.
We have some of the best martial art material in the world. We believe that Shaolin Kung Fu IS the best in the world and if you are learning another style, please forgive us. We would not be doing what we are doing if we would not think that it is the best in the world; yes? Anyway....
In the first level you will learn the Iron Shield System of Blocks. Not just one or two blocks but a System that is considered impregnable when you do it the right way. It is one-third of the Ancient Iron Blocking now almost forgotten in it's original form. Why may it be lost? Well it is not easy to learn as there are 10 Iron Blocks as part of the system of Hard Blocks. Not counting the 10 Soft-quick Blocks of the Crane System most of which you learn in the 1st 5 levels leading to Red Sash the Temple Levels. Why not have a look at the recording to the right and just below you see the full curriculum in 5 levels to Red Sash!
How does it all work?
Well, it is fairly simple actually and even easy. You download and print out the Curriculum Card (just above) with what you need to learn. There are usually about 25 items including a Kung Fu Form and there is also a bit of essay work in each level. You look at the training material, learn it, practice it and then you record yourself doing it. Upload the recording to our WEB site and it will be reviewed in detail. How much detail. Well following is the feedback a student received after Grading for White Sash. The times refer to the place in the Grading video that the comments refer to;
Example of a recently given Grading Feedback
Your right foot is turned out a bit and your left foot a little; these should be parallel to each-other and pointing directly forward. (major point)
Your knees should be off-lock (major point)
In the left and right twisting, your back hand is mean to be parallel to the floor, as if you are pushing off the floor (minor point) 6.06 min (like in the Emei Shan Form 52.19 min)
When entering the Dragon Stance, your first perform the Horse Stance; always 7.18 min
Front of Leg Stretch, the toes should be in-line with the leg not turned in as in 8.46 min
Donkey Kicks CHANGED (our bad) should be a lift upwards rather than a kick backwards 14.00 min
V Leg Stretch, head up else breathing is difficult (Major Point) 15.22 min (as in the side stretch (towards your toes 16.30 min) you do directly after which is perfect!
ALL Sitting stretches, head forward NOT down (major point)
Warm-up Result ... Very good bordering on Excellent. When the above points are fixed the mark will be distinction, which is the requirement for Red Sash. At this point you receive a Credit + (75%) result.
Horse Stance - Buddha Palm RELAX the shoulders 27.06
Your Guard Stance is Exceptionally Good, actually very good 85% (Distinction)
Midsection Block needs to go a bit further across the body, more hip turn 30.16 min
Outside Block excellent; a bit more wrist twist and it would be perfect. 31.11 min
Upper Block needs to be a bit further across; see attached image - UpperBlock.jpg
Lower Block excellent, except left-to-right side at different angles and distances from/to the body. 33.50 min
Straight Punch; everything excellent but a little to much extension in the elbow and thus the wrist a bit to straight; have a look at the explanation again regarding arm bends when punching. 37.57 min
Straight Punch should be aimed at the solar plexus height!
Inverted Straight Punch is a bit like doing the Midsection Block; it first comes up a bit like an upper punch and then shoots out forward; 38.45
More shoulder and hip and the Square Rolling/Chain Punching please 40.05 min
Toes too far outwards in your stance horse in the Punching System 41.35 min
Front Kick is good but it would be stronger and more effective if your knee was lifted higher before projecting forward; at 45.02 you kick but your knee is not at max hight. The kicking action is more like a stomping rather than kicking a football (or some such)
Reverse Elbows Brilliant.
Emei Shan Form
Bow, also at solar plexus height; as to not obstruct your view (amongst others) and relax the shoulders. 49.37
The Form is very nice.
Self Defence Routines
SD1 - Review this in regards to dropping much lower in the stance; review please.
Very nice, you pass with Credit (75%). Very clear and disciplined and the only half-concern is item 20 the 1st SD technique. Please review this but no regrading required. You have an Unconditional Pass and are promoted to White Sash in Shaolin Kung Fu.
Explanation to the Feedback
We look at what you send us and we need to make one determinations. Do you know what you are doing and are you doing it mostly right! If yes, you receive a Pass. Then we also give you some detailed feedback on how to improve your technique. Should you receive 80% or better we think you are crash-hot and we tell you so as in points 10, 21, 23 and 25 above.
Full Support from Master Robert
You have a problem, do not understand something, an item is unclear or you are just unsure; e-mail Sijo Robert Z. Most the time he will respond within 24 hours but usually within 72 hours. He has received some hairy questions over the almost 20 years of the program and all will be handled fully confidentially. No mater if they are kung fu related or other. All we ask of you is that you "become a Member of the Shaolin Kung Fu Academy" through Pay Pal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Just set up a yearly transfer of $20. This will give you access to receive help and support in your training from Sijo Robert Z who is the Author & Presenter in the Videos. But first, we need to give you this warning and then you can join.
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