Introduction to Our Martial Arts Program
Our martial arts program combines both very practical applications of Kung Fu for self defense and traditional Kung Fu forms with their inherently beautiful physical movements. Our program consists of 16 different belt levels. Each belt level has its own unique martial arts form. In order to pass each belt level, the students need to master different aspects of “The Basics.”
“The Basics” include learning techniques, stances, applications, strength and inner energy (Qi) in order to understand and utilize authentic martial arts that can work in a defensive situation or in a competition. Pure Shaolin Kung Fu’s goal is to provide comprehensive training to its students, ranging from self-defense and self-discipline to providing health benefits. It is then up to each individual student to achieve his or her individual goals.
In the end, the application of Kung Fu to one’s life has no boundary.
The Importance of Traditional Forms in Kung Fu
The origins of Chinese martial arts can be traced over 5,000 years ago to self defense needs, hunting activities and military training in ancient China. Hand to hand combat and weapons practice were important components in the training of Chinese soldiers. From this beginning, Chinese martial arts developed by incorporating different philosophies and ideas into its practice–expanding its purpose from self defense to health maintenance and finally, as a method of self-cultivation.
Traditional Kung Fu forms connect different movements that are based on combat skills. Each movement has a purpose, whether to win a match offensively or provide defensive movements from an attack. Traditional Chinese philosophy discourages the use of fighting as it is considered uncultured. Historically, the teachers of Kung Fu created these forms to weaken aggressive desires in individuals so that order and balance in society could be maintained.
When experts practice their Kung Fu forms, they do not need an actual enemy to practice combat, they focus on how to find each movement’s core and how to achieve perfect balance. A technique to fight and defeat an enemy does not serve to promote peace for all human beings in the world. The Kung Fu form is characterized by balance of the whole body, a calm mind, integrated breathing, and the extension of natural energies. The Kung Fu form is flowing and graceful.