You become wise by learning from your mistakes . . . but you are wise if you learn from other peoples mistakes!
Here is all the information about the Shaolin Academy Home training Program, Cyber Kung Fu. This includes an Introduction by the Founding Master Sijo Robert Z, How and Why the Program has worked for the past 20+ years, and what you will need to make the training and teaching work for you. The Video to the right, recorded over 15 years ago, will give you a brief insight and explanations about the program.
Hi, I am Sijo Robert Z, Master of the Shaolin Academy and the main presenter and guide throughout the Cyber Kung Fu program. These are the Academy members that make the Cyber Program possible; the seniors and instructors of the Shaolin Kung Fu Academy!
It is a pleasure for us 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. With the help of some incredibly talented and hard-working martial artists, we will introduce you to Shaolin Kung Fu, the thousand-year-old art, and help you make it work for you both for Health and Fitness as well as Self Protection. For me, Kung Fu has become one of my 5 main reasons for living, and I enjoy showing the beauty and usefulness of Shaolin Kung Fu to you.
But kung fu is not for everyone and I, most certainly, am not for everyone! I have a strong dedication to the art of Shaolin and Safe martial art practices. I believe in preventing the use of martial arts for violence and teaching the art to minimize all chances for you to hurt yourself learning, training, and using kung fu. It is counterproductive to hurt yourself while learning and training a health and fitness style like kung fu. If you live in a dangerous area or country, then, by all means, learn the aggressive and violent forms of martial arts that are the mainstream of fight sports. We are more dedicated to the peaceful version of the art without neglecting your need to be prepared for the rare confrontational event. We believe confidence in yourself will prevent you from needing to use your kung fu.
Yes, we duke it out with each other and other martial artists to hone our kung fu skills, but in the ring and by consent. I especially remember fondly the many years I spent fighting full contact in various places around the world. But, when you hurt people, it stays with you and weighs down your Soul/Spirit/Shen. I still remember the first person I sent to the hospital, even 50 years after the fact. I think violence can make for a bitter and lonely, grumpy old fart.
If you know Shaolin Kung Fu, you will not need it, and you will be healthier, fitter, better coordinated, graceful, with a healthy posture, improved breathing, and more vital chi. Your confidence will improve able to deal much better with conflict, bullying, and intimidation attempts.
But the proof is in the doing and not wondering, so check out some of the feedback we received from our international members. It is not a great financial investment you make, with just $29/year for the extensive program and email support.
Sijo Robert Z
As a dual holder of Associate Diplomas of Engineering (Electronics & Communication Technologies), Sijo Robert Z, was put into the difficult area of Communications Engineering Development for staff of a large Australian Communications Organization. Managers, Engineers and Specialist Technicians located in remote and rural locations had to maintain their qualifications, be updated on new Communications and Technology as well as be informed and educated in OH&S, Life Balance and personal health.
Australia being the same size, land mass as most of the US or most of the EU but sparsely populated the task at that time was challenging. Having the people travel to one of the main population centers for retraining and updating was the only way of accomplishing this task. But this was very cost ineffective and for most of the participants very unpopular. They were mostly in the remote locations because they wanted to be and not in the big cities. So it was a challenging task. Thus, with the help of some very clever engineers and consultants, the Distance Education program was developed. It hinged around a few simple principles. Make it modular and digestible, keep it segment full of info and interesting and nothing longer than 2 segments of 25 minutes each; AND, have a form of checking to see that the training objectives were being accomplished. And this was essential. OH&S training needed to be documented and shown that the persons so trained did actually participate and had a minimum level of competency. For the Technical Aspects is was even more essential. If the Managers, Engineers and Staff did not put together, install and connect the systems correctly, everything was lost. And in remote areas of Australia, having a 'repair' crew going out would cost huge amounts of money, time and equipment. It had to be a program that worked!
Two years of development, trial and delivery saw a program being developed that was based on a combination of Video Presentation interspersed with Slides and supported by a Dot-point manual detailing the KRA or Key Result Areas. To create a way of accrediting and re-accrediting the participants we asked for recording of them performing the learned task. For example; there was a change of connected from a 2.5/6 to a 1.5/6 which required a retraining of termination of multi core coaxial cables. Just to give you an idea of the importance of these connections, the connectors were gold plated and cost a small fortune each. Over a 1000 could be involved in the working of a single Fibre Optic Modulator/Demodulator. Anyway, we showed how the cables needed to be striped, soldered, treated and then we asked for the person who would be accredited to record themselves connecting 5 such items and showing us the appropriate test results for connectivity and error rate (which they also learned from the training program).
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 Distance Education Program were used to readapted to suit Kung Fu training and thus the Shaolin Kung Fu Academy Cyber program started.
The program was meet with some great skepticism and various 'interesting' opinions being shared when the program was released. Yet, at the same time a curious development took place where former Shaolin Academy members reconnected with us and restarted their training sometimes including their families and friends. The program also spoke to the many people located in remote locations as well as persons who were interested in kung fu specifically. The program never really took of until the materials were made available for download through the WEB. As this reduced the overheads of materials, packaging, shipping and the like, the cost of the program went down to a token US$29/y; not for the materials, but for the support of the Cyber Kung FU team and for grading's. And we had some excellent results!
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 films, 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!
Dedication; is one of the big ones. When coming to a training session you meet with other people and there is someone 'live' to lead and motivate you. But when you are home alone, experience shows that you need a high degree of Motivation to get--your-ass-into-gear!
Social Interaction; is a human need and often people training with most any martial art or sport like the human interaction and socialization. If you are training alone at home, you may find that over time you will miss it.
Insecurity; are you doing it right? Is this how it is done or are you getting it all wrong. With a professional teacher managing the class you will receive feedback if something is going wrong or you can ask them. Although you can make a phone recording of what you are doing and send it to us for comment, it is not as immediate!
Application; and making your techniques work is always better trailed with a partner! Working alone makes the application aspect a bit difficult!
Although there is a reasonable solution for many of the 'Red' points above and that is;
Partner; team up with a like minded person or three! We have had groups of up to 11 person training together using the Cyber Program. In Holland a group of 11 teenagers banded together in 1998 for a twice-a-week and trained using the Cyber Program. We still have contact with 2 of them. They tell us that still around 8 of the former group members are still training although now with a kung fu school. So, if you can find a training buddy, you more than double your chances of maintaining a regular two to three times a week regime of kung fu workout.
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.
We have members aged over 80y and under 10y. But our core age group is from around 16y to 55y. We have more males than females; actually over 80% or our members are males but many report to us that they train with their partners and wives/husbands. We even have a community group in Canada following our program and a Combat Academy in the US using our system for cross training.
Trying out the Cyber Kung Fu program cost you nothing! And if you feel it is not for you, well your at least tried and made a clear decision rather than thinking 'ok, i always wanted to do that, but never have'. If your training takes off, become a member and we will support you with feedback and suggestions when you write to us. And when you are ready, record all the items listed in the level you are attempting and send it to us. Send us an e-mail before hand and we will tell you exactly how and what to do. it's all fairly simple.
You can train almost anywhere if you have a small amount of space and a place to put you Pad, PC or TV to watch and follow. We recommend a space around 2m by 2, or 7' by 7'. You don't even need an internet connection as all our materials can be easily downloaded onto your device. We use a format similar to Youtube Downloads and our recordings are at least SD but often HD. Just to the right is a sample of our Lesser 5 Animal Form.
A mirror is the only piece of equipment that is of great benefit. As you are watching the recordings, being able to compare the postures you are seeing with what you are doing is almost better than having a buddy around to help you. A lot of hotels have such mirrors and quite a few of our traveling members have reported how convenient this is.
E-mail Support from the Shaolin Academy.
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.
What you need to do is "Register Your Membership" as a Shaolin Cyber Kung Fu student through a token Pay Pal payment of $29. Yes, that is all for one-years support and help. Once you are registered you can write to us 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! But still, we need to ask you to note two things;It is the Law, the Rule of Law and Order that allow us to be free;
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!