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Imagine a Martial Art...
that not only teaches you self-defense and conditioning, but helps you master life's daily challenges. Imagine being an integral part of an ancient, living tradition that embodies real world effective applications yet instills a peacefulness that leads you to becoming a true martial artist.
These secrets have been developed, refined, and passed down for over 1,500 years by the famous Shaolin Temple monks of China. These secrets are shared with people like you who simply have the desire to pursue personal growth and fulfillment.
At Somerset Kung Fu and Tai Chi we help you discover your true warrior self. Our teaching philosophy is based on the belief that strength comes from within. Our wellness approach focuses on health, fitness, personal development, and personal safety and is why we are Somerset's premier source for martial arts instruction.
As Alive Today As It Was Over 1,500 Years Ago.
Shaolin-Do students practice open-hand forms, self-defense, weapons, sparring meditation, strength training and aerobic conditioning. This dynamic approach allows for rapid advancement in fighting skill, balance, dexterity and endurance.
Before attaining black belt, the student will learn 21 long forms covering seven different open-hand systems and six weapons. This curriculum provides a rich background of techniques and styles to call upon.
A Typical Class
Class begins with a formal bow-in. As a group, students are led through drills consisting of kicking, punching, sweeping and blocking. The instructor then teaches or reviews forms that represent the core of the material for the belt rank.
Within this section of the class, there is normally dedicated time for students to practice individually. These are either empty hand or weapons forms. Students also work with partners on self-defense techniques and forms applications. Most classes end with sparring exercises and sparring practice.
Master Chris and his class on the outside lawn of the dojo.
A ftaher and son working together. Kung Fu is an EXCELLENT way to bond and teach.
Master Green: "TAKE...THAT!"
A live demonstration in the Somerset Mall (1985)
Prior To Black Belt You Will Learn
30 Short Katas
The original 108 short katas, created at Shaolin Temple in the Honan Province of China, form the basis of Okinawan Karate. These powerful and dynamic forms are one of the cores of Chinese Shao-Lin training.
30 Chin Na - "To Capture and To Hold"
Chin Na is a very old system of Chinese martial arts that combines pressure point manipulation with grappling holds and escapes.
20 Sparring Techniques
Sparring Techniques provide practical combinations of blocks, punches and kicks from a basic fighting stance.
9 Ippon Kumite - Short Distance Fighting Techniques
Ippons teach one step responses to short range attacks. Emphasis is placed on angular stepping, along with proper blocking and striking procedure and technique.
Weapon training is an essential part of traditional Shao-Lin training. It teaches concentration and focus. It improves conditioning and teaches the Shaolin Do practitioner to utilize his entire body. 16 Nunchaku Spins - "Single Jointed Stick" Se Pa Pong - "Four Faces Eight Direction Bo" Hal Lung Chang - "Sea Dragon Cane" Se Pa Kuen - "Four Faces Eight Direction Staff" Kwan Kung Tao - "Kwan Kung's Knife" Je Chan Pa Huang Tao - "Night Battle Broadsword" Tai Che Chien - "Sai Form " Pei Huang Chi Kai Pang - "Stick Of The Northern Beggar"
10 Techniques - Close Range Fighting Techniques
Techniques teach one step responses to close range attacks. Emphasis is placed on proper footwork, utilization of opponents' force against them, close quarter traps and close quarter take downs and finishes.
San Njig Chien - "Iron Man Form"
Iron Man training, sometimes referred to as Iron Shirt training, was developed at Fukien Temple. It teaches its practitioners to concentrate and center themselves and resist strikes with both empty hands and weapons.
Chi Kung is a practice of aligning body, breath, and mind for health, meditation, and martial arts training.
The Crane system is one of the five major animal systems of Shaolin. Its techniques come from circular movements that are soft and relaxed, yet these movements explode with quick, sudden power upon contact with the target.
The Tiger system is one of the two oldest Shaolin Styles. The tiger system is famous for its tiger claw strikes, tiger palm strikes, evasive footwork, flying kicks, rolls and cartwheel kicks.
The China Hand system, developing from the Tiger system, was one of the very first styles developed at the Shao-Lin Temples, and it evolved into the basics of the monks' martial arts training. The China Hands ingrain the concepts of striking, sweeping and avoidance, while also teaching the basic palm and fist strikes of the tiger system.
Tai Chi (Internal Arts) Program
Tai Chi Chuan or "Grand Ultimate Fist" is an extremely effective martial art, but is probably best known today for its phenomenal health benefits. Tai Chi's gentle, flowing motions are simple and natural, making the practice of Tai Chi a safe and healthful exercise. The practice of Tai Chi is very low impact making it a perfect discipline for both men and women of all ages. Tai Chi practice involves intense concentration on your immediate activity with an emphasis on complete relaxation. This combination of the mind being focused on the body's soft, fluid movements is one reason tai chi is often referred to as "meditation in motion".
Tai chi promotes physical and mental harmony while teaching a highly effective fighting art.
The Mantis system created by Wang Lang is based upon on precise hand and foot techniques in combination with strong
THE BENEFITS OF
What is Shaolin-Do?
Shaolin-Do means "The Way of Shaolin." Shaolin is an ancient Chinese martial art developed at the Shaolin Temples in China some 1500 years ago by the Buddhist monks who lived there. For a more detailed explanation of Shaolin-Do, check out our History page.
How much does it cost?
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What can expect in my first class of Shaolin-Do?
When you sign-up for classes with us, you can expect to become part of the family. You will be treated with respect and given every chance to succeed in the martial arts. As for your first actual class, every class begins with a formal bow and then a series of warm-up exercises to help you get ready to work out and prevent injuries. The bulk of the class time will be divided into practicing basics, reviewing previous material, learning new material, and some conditioning.
What will I learn if I sign-up for Shaolin-Do classes?
If you are interested in what physical skills you will learn, here is a partial list of the material you will learn between the rank of white belt and black belt, in our kung-fu classes: 30 short kata, 20 sparring techniques, 25 self-defense techniques, 4 tiger forms, 7 bird forms, 3 bo (staff) forms, 1 stick form, 1 broadsword form, 15 nunchaku spins, and 1 sai form. Simply stated, we are the most material rich and expansive martial arts school in the world! If you are interested in our Tai Chi program, you will learn 4 Tai Chi Forms (2 empty hand forms, a sword form, and an iron fan form), 1 Pa Kua form, basic principles of meditation, and some of the classical I Chin Ching (conditioning) exercises.
If you are referring to what mental skills you will learn, we concentrate on enriching our students' lives through the principles of honor, loyalty, respect, and self-discipline.
What should I do if I have studied martial arts before?
Sign-up today! Many of our students have studied other disciplines of martial arts prior to joining us. Because each martial arts system has different requirements for rank advancement, all beginning students must start at white belt, regardless of any other ranks they may have attained.
If you are a former Shaolin-Do student (from a school/teacher in good standings with Grandmaster Sin Thé), you may retain your rank when you join us. However, you must present to us your latest rank advancement certificate in order to do so.
If you are a traditional Chinese style of martial arts, why do you wear Japanese style gi's (uniforms) and belts?
When Grandmaster Ie Chang Ming fled China to Indonesia, he had to disguise his art from the government because of their hatred of the Chinese. Rather than abandon his life practice, he simply adopted Japanese uniforms and belts. He also added the Japanese word Do to Shaolin, which means "The Way of"
In fact, the common frog-button style Kung-Fu uniforms of today were made popular in the 1970's by Bruce Lee in many of his martial arts movies. Traditional Shaolin monks wore a wrap-around style uniform very similar to the gi's that we wear today.
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