You will find all the information and background to the Shaolin Kung Fu Academy Cyber Kung Fu home-training program and a bit about the Shaolin Academy.
As a dual holder of Associate Diplomas of Engineering (Electronics & Communication Technologies), Sijo Robert Z, Shaolin Academy Founder, was put into the difficult area of Communications Engineering Development for staff (of a large Australian Communications Organization) that are located in remote and rural locations. Two years of development saw a program being developed that was mainly based using Video Training supported by some guiding and written material! This program proved a success and was translated to WEB based or on-line learning somewhere in 1999.
It is in the 90's that the professional workforce became very mobile. A number of Shaolin Academy members needed to travel a lot and often missed their training. It was especially frustrating for those living in Hotels as there was enough spare time (being away from friends and family) to do training but frequent short term relocation made it virtually impossible to find local training for any meaningful period. So, in 1994, the principles established in the Engineering Cyber Program were used to develop the Shaolin Kung Fu Academy Cyber program.
Initially, the program was meet with great skepticism with some interesting opinions being shared when the program was released onto the WEB. Yet, at the same time a curious development took place where former Shaolin Academy members reconnected with us. They had moved to a different location both for professional reason but also because they found a new home, and wanted to continue their training. In addition this this, initially very sporadic, new members in remote locations were found who wanted to train Shaolin Kung Fu. Initially it was mainly Canada, remote areas of the US and Australia but before then end of the decade we had over 300 members in around 50 different countries.
As all the material was initially on VHS Tapes (PAL & NTSC) we do not have the originals anymore but to the right is a sample into recording from around 1999, 2002. ⇗⇗⇗
Although many people think Shaolin Kung Fu is a Martial Art, it's not! It's like saying a Carpenter who is using a hammer is just a hammerer. In Chinese, kung fu (meaning 'work' or “achievement” and “man”, or fu, a particle or suffix that can mean 'intensity') can be generally used to any outstanding individual accomplishment or skill cultivated through long effort and hard work. It is only in the late twentieth century, that this term was used in relation to martial arts. Wushu or War Art is the official name used by the Chinese Government or traditionally the name 'Way of the Fist' but we feel that Shaolin dose not have anything to do with WAR and thus we continue to use Kung Fu and your Kung Fu can be good as a Carpenter, Architect, Street Cleaner of a Shaolin Martial Art practitioner!.
Thus to be clear, Shaolin health and Well-being training uses a variety of 'styles' which include but are not limited to Yoga (from which Shaolin Kung Fu derives), Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Meditation and of course Chinese Martial Arts. Shaolin Academy teaches you the skills and principles of Shaolin Way of Health and Fitness without prescribing that it is to be used as a martial art. It is up to you how you use your skills and abilities. We hope that ywhen learning from the Shaolin Academy you use it in the way of Shaolin, for health, Well-being and peace.
Hi, I am Sijo Robert Z, Master of the Shaolin Academy and the main presenter and guide throughout the Cyber Kung Fu program and these are the members of the Academy that make the Cyber Program possible; the seniors and instructors of the Shaolin Kung Fu Academy!
It is a pleasure to be able to spread the art of Shaolin Kung Fu to the world using this gloriously anarchistic medium we call the WEB. I am your guide and instructor to the Shaolin Cyber Kung Fu program. It has become one of my 5 main reasons for living and looking forward to the next day being able to be showing, teaching and opening Shaolin Kung Fu to the world; really!
But i am not for everyone! I have strong believe in preventing the use of martial arts for violence. Oh, i don't mind two warriors entering the ring and fighting it out as long as both are consensual and are made aware of the long term risks. I loved my times in the full contact circuit and it taught me a lot. But i am not for using martial art lightly even in self defence. You hurt people, it stays with you and weighs down your Soul/Spirit/Shen. I think violence can make you a bitter lonely grumpy old fart. We have enough of those already without adding to it.
Shaolin Kung Fu should make you healthy, fit, well coordinated, graceful, improve your posture, breathing and earth chi. It should make you confident not because you think yourself better than everyone else but because you know what you can do irrespective of everyone else. Inner confidence through ability not domination of others though intimidation. The difference between being a Rock or a Bully. But back to my original statement, i am not for everyone and Shaolin is also not for everyone. So have a look at the 2nd recording to the left, now also over 10 years old and possibly needs updating. See if me gassing on and explaining things is bearable for you. The people featured in this video are Shaolin Academy members, some of them the best in the World!
But the proof is in the trying and in the results. We have a number of members feedback over the years so have a quick look at one or two of these to see what they say and how they say it. It should give you a different input the the nature and quality of the Cyber Program. This is just below and that is enough from me. Thank you for taking the time to read, listen and watch so far and hope to see you as a Cyber or Kwoon member soon. Any questions, write to me!
Sijo Robert Z
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.
Yours in learning
Originally, we started the program because our Members needed to travel and wanted to continue to train with the Shaolin Academy. We made recording of our training sessions and sent it to them on VHS tape (yes, that is how long ago the program started!). But this did nothing for them when learning new materials, we needed to have a way of explaining to them new materials, forms and techniques. At the time, Sijo was a Learning and Development Manager with a large company. He managed the training for 50,000 people including persons who were not able to come to training courses because they were to remote of far away. Using the same principles as in the company the program was developed with very clear curriculum, minimum requirements and a Accreditation and Feedback process; a way that members could send themselves performing the materials and be either helped to improve or accredited! This ensured that Cyber Members were not going of course.
Today, with internet video sharing, members upload a recording of what they are doing and receive feedback, quality and detailed feedback, usually within 72 hours; all easy! To the right you have some select feedback we have received over the 20+ years of doing this. As we guarantee your anonymity and we do not store your information, we have also only used partial names for the people who gave us feedback!
Traveling; has become quite normal in many professions. Hotel room to hotel room, weeks away on site, on a rig or even traveling on the road in a truck. No matter what the travel is, if you can have a tablet or lap top, all the material can be downloaded and available even if the internet is not! Just remember the times you were bored sitting around somewhere possibly even in a bar thinking that you could put the time to good use and work on your health and fitness!
Performance Art; is something that many people dabble with. From extras to minor roles, hero jobs and even stunt work; martial art training has become an essential aspect of many movies, theater and shows. Especially such a practical and diverse style as Shaolin Kung Fu and traditional Chinese Weaponry with it's unique feel and exceedingly wide variety goes well beyond the usual 'hit-them-in-the-face styles and allows artistic expression and individuality whilst maintaining a real function and believability. From far fetched wire work of Chinese Cinema and Hollywood fils such as the matrix to real fighting action and skills like Jacky Chan.
Cross Training; is a great way to enhance your abilities, increase your skills as well as understanding your own current style of martial art. We have had many martial artists commenting that having a look at their own style from the outside gave them a greater understanding of what they were doing.
Remote Location; being in the middle of nowhere, far north Queensland or Quebec, central US or Hawaii Islands you may not find a good quality traditional and safe Kung Fu school. Although martial arts is one of the top 5 sports in the world, usually you just find the McDonald's corner martial art studio in your area. For quick get fit, they are usually good but for detailed quality of martial art and the important "Why is it so?", these schools are just not right.
When ever - What Ever. With the Cyber program you train what you need, when you need and can. So, if you need to spend some extra time getting that kick right, no problem, you are the master of the program and you make it work for you.
21st century Hours?; Weekend work, shift work, part-time, early morning, late evenings, etc.. Not easy to find a martial art school that will fit around your hours that is not a McDonald's martial art..
Forms and Style; more for the exercise, the flow not the punch, the movement not the contact. All easy with the Cyber Program. You train what you want and we give you feedback on what you need! We have possibly the widest range of Kung Fu and weaponry forms available currently on the WEB. You see our complete availability listing after the Indemnity Information further down the page!
There are many more reasons for training with the Cyber Program and one final reason is that we have been around for over 20 years and we intend to be around for another 20 years, at least!
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.
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 $29 for the 1st 5 Temple Levels and then $39 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!
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Where as the above has been information about the Shaolin Red Eagle Spear, understanding and such, what comes next is the actual learning to use the Red Eagle Spear. This can be dangerous so we feel obliged to make you aware of a number of matter in relation to Safety, Shaolin Principles and how to get the best from the materials we provide. WE STRONGLY recommend that you read all of the following and agree to follow all the rules and guides. 50 years of teaching and training martial arts and weaponry has taught me that the only short cut is to the hospital via an ambulance. Shaolin is not a style to be rushed no matter how many Dans or Degrees you have.
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! A detailed Indemnity and Condition of Use statement is available and we strongly suggest you READ IT. If you can not agree to this please click here NOW.
Note - Yes a statement like this can seem very 'dicky' but we would rather make you aware of potential risks in training martial arts and weaponry rather than having you hurt yourself.
Welcome, i am Sijo Robert Z, the person who developed the Cyber Kung FU Home Training program. There are a few things i need you to do before you continue any further. Please do read through all the materials relating to your safety and training rules and we feel you will have the most from the information provided here and will have this in the safest way. So enjoy and be safe.
The form on the right→ is information presented to all students who enter the Shaolin Academy Venue and wish to try out the training. We expect that they and you follow these rules when training or using Shaolin Academy teachings and Kung Fu!
We expect that if follow the conditions and indemnities set out on the form to the right&rarr: and that you agree to abide by these. Please read the form carefully and if you do not agree with this move on to another site and style. If there are any aspects that you do not understand or are not sure about, please write to us immediately and we will seek to understand and clarify if possible! I have a question about the indemnity conditions and details
If you can not agree to these conditions click on this line, else continue on down to the training information.
Minimum Training Area - 4sqm / 50sqf. Much like a small dance floor, a clear space where you can swing your arms a bit and kick without something being hurt or damaged. Many of our members use the living room when they have a wall mounted set, some have spare bed rooms and some have even set up whole garages and rumpus rooms for their training. We have received members recordings from Snow Covered back years, beaches, farms and ranches, and even balconies. As long as you have a bit of space and a screen to refer to when you needed it, no problems. (If you have a dedicated area set-up for training and meditation. You are more likely to use it than if you have to clear an area or wait for good weather. Some members like using training aids and store or mount them in these areas (where possible and not traveling). These are not essential but often help with the motivation an interest. Wall mounted fist/palm impact pad with impact mitts, mirror for visual feedback on your moves and posture. or you can simply connect a camera to your TV and use that like a mirror (if it has a flip function)).
1½ to 2 hours, two to three times a week. Unless you put the time aside, much the same as if you were going to a training kwoon, and develop this habit, you may not achieve the results you want. Although there have been exceptions to this, usually, the members who put aside this time each week are the ones to progress best and achieve good results.
A Monitor that allows you to see the training detail. Preferably wall mounted so that accidents do not happen and connected to the internet. But we have many members who also train from a lap-top and even internet enable phones. You may need to experiment with what works best for you.
A training partner? If you have someone train with you, friend, family member, work colleague, etc., this achieves the best results as two heads are better than one (usually) and you motivate each other!
E-mail Support from the Shaolin Academy.
If you are not sure what is best for you, contact Sijo and talk about options, ideas and possibilities. Everybody get's stuck and at some point demotivate and once this happens it is difficult to restart. Sijo Robert Z has been helping Cyber students with their training since the program started in 1996. He has helped many Cyber Members get over the problems and continue to successful completions and advancement in to the next level. For this we ask a small yearly contribution of USD29/y and that is for the whole year. This is a reoccurring payment that you can cancel with PayPal anytime, no hassles and no regrets. Just click on the Subscribe button below and become a member. We will contact you as soon as PayPal clears the funds.You become wise by learning from your mistakes . . . but you are wise if you learn from other peoples mistakes!
Excellent! Good martial arts will have many things in common. Although Shaolin is a traditional martial art with a lot of detail, all you need to do is note the small differences and incorporate that into your practice. As you know, in the detail is the devil!
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