About Learning and Training Shaolin Kung Fu @ Home
This page will introduce you to the concept of Shaolin Academy Cyber Kung Fu; how it can work for you, Grading's, promotions and senior levels.
The 1st steps on the way of Video training were made in 1988 as part of a large national telephony service which needed regular and efficient updates of it's engineers and Technicians. As part of a Learning and Development project it was decided that an Audio-Vidual approach was vastly better than just paper or even audio tape. The convenience of being able to up-date oneself when it suited best greatly outweighed the benefits of a class-room style learning; which many people did not have the time to attend. Sending the Tapes together with some sample materials, the program was exceeding successful and copied by many technology company's in the 90's.
One of the key drivers for the program development and delivery was Sijo Robert Z a Fibre Optic, Digital Transmission and Communications Technology Engineer. The original Cyber Kung Fu program was developed for his students who needed to travel and could not always come to training. As this proved successful, the program was expanded and made available through the Internet all over the world (but only in English).
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) first with Video Training, then since 2000 with DVD's. 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.
Sijo Robert Z with the initial 50 Cyber Kung Fu Packs
The Original Cyber Intro Recording from around 1997
The More recently updated Cyber training Introduction from level 2 White Sash
More of an explanation how the Cyber Kung Fu Program works for you.
An example of how one of the 5 Blocks on the 1st level is explained; have a look; easy isn't it?!
The recording to the left is the introduction to the original recording of the Cyber Kung Fu Program with a newer introduction by Sijo Robert Z at the beginning. Although our current video quality is better this recording shows extracts from the actual program which uses demonstrations, repetition, slides, angles and detailed views to show how each technique works.
Initially we had some comments about it being impossible to train Shaolin Kung Fu from recordings but there are two arguments that counteract that assertion. One being that there have been well over 1000 registered Cyber Kung Fu users and the 2nd possibly more important argument is that traditional Kung Fu is not to be had everywhere and true Shaolin Kung Fu is even rarer.
Over the past 10 years and more many people have successfully Learned, Trained and Graded. Many of these people have lived in remote areas where access to a martial Art school is difficult, let alone a Shaolin Academy. But there have also been many members who train with another style and compliment their training, so to say, cross train with the Cyber Kung Fu program. This has in a way proven very successful for many being able to have a different perspective on what they are learning. As a rule, those training Chinese Martial Arts, Kung Fu, Wushu, Wing Chung, Hakka, Gar, Fut and even Wudang styles have reported achieving the greatest success. As the program allows you to spend as much time as you need on any given item, it lends itself to overcoming some difficult to grasp technique, forms and applications.
It is particularly effective if you have any knowledge or inclination towards Visual Meditation. In 1984 the Russians realized that Olympic athletes who mentally rehearsed their sport experienced a positive impact on their performance. Since then the area has been widely studied. In the 1990s a researcher showed that just five minutes of mental visualization, versus five minutes of basic tasks yielded a significant difference in overall performance and the dramatic increase in performance wasn't limited just to experienced professionals, the researcher showed that it applied to novices as well ( Isaac, A. R. (1992). Mental Practice- Does it Work in the Field? The Sport Psychologist, 6, 192-198.).
Vidual Meditation is the Key
It's an old cliche of the aged master telling his troubled student to go and meditate on the problem is not far wrong, except in modern day we know to focus on the solution. The Shaolin Cyber Kung Fu Instructional Program is ideal for this; not only for distance students but also for the in-house Kwoon students.
There is a simple step by step process that you can follow to achieve the best results, no matter if you are a member of the Shaolin Academy or trying this from across the world;
Look at the material 3 to 5 times until you are familiar with it; until you can see it in your minds eye.
Switch off the sound and look at the recording again, this time placing yourself (mentally) into the recording to take place of the person demonstrating. Do this until you can visualize the whole technique, routine, section or such without the need for the recording.
Now stand up and re-enact the pertinent portions of the recording, the portions that assistant you are replacing is performing; if possible in front of a mirror. At this point you will/may/should notice what you have forgotten and you may need to repeat the process from the beginning.
If the item is more complex, you may need to chunk down into several parts at which time the 4th step is to start putting the components together. For example, you may have been focusing on a Block to get it right; now start the process again but this time focus on the bottom part of the body and have your Stance/Posture right. Once you have done this start from the beginning but do both, the Block correctly on the correct posture. You may need to do this several times when learning the form, just break it down into manageable chunks!
A little down the track, when you feel you have Learned and Trained the item enough, you record yourself with a video camera both from the front and then turn sideways; and the take a good look at yourself, compare it to the Cyber Material material. And when you feel that the two are very similar (allow for some individual interpretation) you send the recording in to the Shaolin Academy for evaluation and if appropriate for promotion and Certification!
Grading's, Certification, Promotion
As you can see, it is all not that complicated especially if you relegate the Grading's to where they belong; not the be-all-end-all but just part of the process to ensure that you are Learning and Training correctly and Safely. It's doesn't matter if you pass or fail a grading; it just matters if your are improving, learning and growing. And we have some evidence that this is very successful process by which you can really learn Shaolin Kung Fu.
We never solicit feedback from our members as most everyone will be polite and try and be positive. But we do value feedback that is sent of given unasked and over time we have had many of these. Here are some....
The Shaolin Cyber Kung Fu, is a fully supported and certified Shaolin Kung Fu & Shaolin Weaponry Home Training Program. Based on 50 years experience in Martial Arts, 30 years of teaching Experience and over 15 years of running a distance education program. It has the same curriculum and content as the Instruction given in the Shaolin Kung Fu Academy and if you pass the Cyber Grading you would have passed the in-situ Grading's at the Academy.
It has been fine tuned and developed to meet the needs of person who are novices as well as being suitable for martial artists from Kung Fu and other styles. Sijo fully stands behind the program and personally supports the registered Cyber Members!
Only $20 for One Year Registration & Support
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Who can train using the Shaolin Cyber Program
No martial art experience in needed! Everything is covered in a plain and simple way. Even if your English is very limited, the recordings are very easy to follow. Every item is explain in Word, Picture & Action! Since 1996 we have receive a lot of feedback and have with each revision of the program incorporated all the feedback possible to ensure that you have the best possible Martial Art, Kung Fu Instructional Material. Each level has a clear curriculum to fulfill and follow. Just to give you an overview, the Curriculum Cards for the 5 Levels are accessible below.
You can train anywhere, anytime any part of the program.; in a hotel room, beach, forest, gym, etc. All you need is a 7 foot by 7 foot (2.2m by 2.2m) square area and either an Internet Connection or a Mobile device that plays these recordings. Once registered, you are authorized to download the recordings and put them on your Lap Top, Video enabled Phone, Palm Tops or anything the like.
Full Support from Sijo Robert Z
You have a problem, do not understand something, an item is unclear or you are just unsure; e-mail Sijo Robert Z and if you would like to know about the Academy;s Chief Instructor, just have a look.
All we ask of you is that you "Register Yearly" as a Shaolin Cyber Kung Fu student through Pay Pal to firstname.lastname@example.org of $20 for the 1st 5 Temple Levels and then $35 for the Advanced levels leading to Black Sash. 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. The only other cost involved is when you are ready to Grade and be promoted to the next level as an instructor level student is needed to sit there and review the material and write you a report. All this is explained at the bottom in the "I am Ready to Grade" Video.
Once you are registered you can write to Sijo to clarify any of the techniques you are learning and training; it's that easy. But please take the following warning seriously. We have not had a reported sports injury with the Cyber Training since it's inception in 1996. We believe the program has been developed to Optimize Safety without Compromising Shaolin Kung Fu. Yet, we still believe that your should Think, Train and be Safe when learning Shaolin 5 Animal Kung Fu!
Reading beyond this paragraph you agree to follow the instructions given on these WEB pages, in a safe and responsible way including the following rules;
Do not cause harm through action or inaction if anyway possible and/or reasonable
Do not break the law unless your safety is compromised or the safety of the persons in your charge
Do not misuse your skills;
Do not bully or intimidate
Do not initiate violent, threatening or intimidating action
Only use Shaolin Academy Kung Fu for fitness, competition, fun, development and when needed self defence. NEVER initiate the course of violence. If you agree to this, please read the following also and only continue if you are in agreement with both this and the below.
MARTIAL ARTS IS DANGEROUS!
The Shaolin Academy only makes this material available, beyond this point, under the provision that you, the user (reader, potential student, interested person, etc.), indemnify the Shaolin Academy, it's Master & Instructors; and any person or persons from any liability arising from you following, learning, using or anything else derived from any Word, Picture, Video on the Shaolin Academy WEB pages! If you can not agree to this please click here NOW.
Shaolin Academy Kung Fu and Weaponry Links
We are in the process of re-organizing and updating our WEB site and content. Below are listed most of the items we plan to include. The full color icons are items already available and the ghosted icons we will be working on. You can help decide which we focus on first by expressing your interest and thoughts by e-mailing us at Shaolin Academy; Thank you - Sijo Robert Z