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What is Shaolin?
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Shaolin Institute remains true to the ancient principles of Shaolin Chan, a cultural heritage that includes Chan self-expression through martial art forms developed and refined over a period of 1500 years.  Shaolin has passed from generation to generation of Grand Masters with the strictest regard for preserving its truth and integrity. With its origins in the teachings of Confucius and the insights of Tao and Chan, Shaolin is more than a set of principles by which to govern a society, and it is so much more than “just another” martial arts form. Shaolin Chan is a “mindset,” at the basis of which is the wisdom of consciousness (in contrast to knowledge gained) that the most powerful force in the universe resides within us. We need only be guided and taught to quiet the chaos of “mind” and interference of the “outside world” to discover and harness the extraordinary power within.At the foundation of Shaolin are the principles of integrity, honor, respect, discipline, and perseverance. Grand Master Shi DeRu (Shawn X. Liu) has dedicated his life to the preservation of the sacred Shaolin Chan foundations, and to enlightening Western society about the benefits of the Shaolin “way of life.”

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Is this “real” Kung Fu?
A The Shaolin Institute is a martial arts and health-wellness facility within the direct lineage of the original Shaolin temple in Henan province, China. We offer genuine traditional Shaolin training. The Institute’s Master, Shi DeRu (AKA: Shawn X. Liu), is a 31st generation disciple of the great master, His holiness Shi SuXi at the Shaolin Temple. Shaolin teaches and trains an individual to be free in body, mind and spirit. For more than 1,500 years, the Shaolin Temple has trained hundreds of thousands of the highest disciplined warriors in the world, with deep respect, great character, integrity, a superior level of self control, and indomitable spirit. Read more about the history of the Shaolin Temple at the Institute website, www.shaolin-world.net.
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What are Tai Chi and Qi Gong?
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Chior Qi may also be defined as life energy (or life force), breath or breath energy, our essential vitality. Gong is defined as work. Thus Qi Gong Is breath work, life energy work, internal energy channeling and cultivation. Qi Gong has been proven to reduce anxiety, depression, arthritis, back pain, and other chronic pain conditions. It helps boost the bodily defense system, improve respiratory circulatory function, burn calories, drastically improve balance, provide cardiovascular benefits, provide powerful stress management tools, and slow aspects of the aging process. For more information on the continually developing research into medical and health benefits of Tai Chi, see our website.

The full name of Tai Chi or Tai Ji is Tai Chi Chuan or Tai Ji Quan. Tai Chi is, in origin, a method of fighting: the literal translation of Tai Chi Chuan is “Supreme Ultimate Boxing.” This is one of the oldest forms of internal Kung Fu.  Although primarily practiced today as a “moving meditation” or “moving medication” (Harvard University Medical Press), it is a wonderful exercise form for improving Qi balance, circulation, concentration, and relaxation. Tai Chi is one of the three internal martial arts of China. The difference between internal and external arts has been debated widely. It can be said that the internal arts are more concerned with how the body controls and generates inner strength and internal and external energy. The differences don’t mean much, however, because at the highest levels, all martial arts tend to reach toward the same realm of Qi.

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What is Tai Gong?
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Tai Gong is a combination of Tai Chi and Qi Gong designed by Grand Master DeRu. It focuses on conscious quantum communication, Qi (energy) empowerment and redirection as well as body/mind cleansing. Tai Gong redirects, unblocks, and balances Qi on the right path in the meridian channels and within the organs for wellness and healing of both body and mind.

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What are Chan & Zen?
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Zen or Chan mean the same thing in different tongues. Chan is Mandarin while Zen is Japanese. Most people in the west are familiar with the term Zen.Ch’an (Zen) means meditation.  Chan is the freedom of the mind, of thought, or emotion, of desire, of spirit, and of physical movement.Chan enlightens us and allows us to be empty and free. The Chan path is to find our self and our own true nature. This path will lead to us becoming proactive, self-reliant, and harmonious internally and externally. We will look for solutions grounded with our feet. That is to say, we will cultivate ourselves in body and mind, strengthen our self-healing, and unveil our inner wisdom instead of depending on external sources. For more on Chan, including lectures and words for meditation, visit our website.

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What is Chan (Zen) Paradigm Shift?
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Chan leads us to see the true freedom of self–nature instead of viewing the world with filtered concepts, illusions, or beliefs. On the Chan path, we unveil our true nature: an inner healing mechanism and an innate intelligence. Chan lets us flow with Qi and allows us to become one with nature. This allows us to empower ourselves and cultivate our ability to heal and live our life with greater self-control. Chan is not confrontational; rather, it embraces harmony. Chan empowers us to heal instead of letting disease strike us. Chan lets us witness that we are a microcosm of the Universe.

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What is Chan Nutrition?
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Nutrition consultation and monitoring has always been part of our teaching and training program. There are three nutrition programs. One is geared toward patients who need sufficient nutrition for the body to heal and to defend itself from viruses, diseased cells, or tumors. It comes from validated methodology of traditional Chinese medical nutrition.  The second program is for individuals who wish to have optimal health and wellness through proper nutrition, especially applying Chan and Dao nutrition.  The third is to help high-level athletes to gain optimal health and body-mind conditioning for optimal performance.

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What is Chan? What is Zen?
A Zen, or Chan, means the same thing in a different tongue. Chan is Mandarin, while Japanese read the Chinese as Zen since Zen came to the West through the route of Japan. Most people in the West read Chan as Zen.

Chan (Zen) means meditation. Chan is the freedom of the mind, thought, emotion, desire, spirit and physical movement.

Chan enlightens us and allows us to be empty and free. Let it be as it is, for the truth with decorative clothing is not real truth. Real truth is always naked and plain. Let life go, as it is like a stream in the mountain. Nothing can be reversed. There is no turning back. The Chan path is to find our self and our own true nature. This path leads us to become proactive, self-dependent, and harmonious internally and externally. We look for solutions grounded with our feet and unveil our inner wisdom, instead of depending on external sources.

Chan at our Institute conveys that we have been working hard to pave our own lives. We never wait for opportunities or circumstances to give us a lift or burdens. We must write our own life stories instead of letting so-called “fate” write us. We will look for solutions grounded with our feet, that is, to cultivate ourselves in body and mind, strengthen our self-healing and unveil our inner wisdom, instead of depending on external source. We take our own lives in our own hands, letting life Qi prevail.

In Chan, we follow the Master to empty our minds and cleanse ourselves from the chaos to be mindless, thoughtless and to follow nothingness. We learn Chan motion techniques to free ourselves from various emotions and human struggles and pains.

We learn various positions in meditation, sitting, standing and laying on the floor, all with a calm and peaceful mind. By adjusting our breathing, emptying our mind and experiencing total tranquility, we demonstrate Chan. All of our meditation should eventually result in a sense of lightening, floating, releasing and enlightenment. We forget, we let go of all things past and present, and we refresh ourselves with new life and a new way of living.

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What is Chan (Zen), Paradigm Shift, and What is Chan-Qi Empowering and Natural Healing?
A 1. Chan leads us to see the true freedom of self–nature instead of viewing the world with filtered concept, illusions or beliefs. On Chan path, we unveil our true nature, an inner healing mechanism and an innate intelligence.

2. Chan lets us flow with Qi and allows us to become one with nature, therefore, empowering ourselves, cultivating our ability to heal, living our life with greater self-control.

3. Chan is not confrontational. Rather, it embraces harmony. Chan empowers ourselves to heal instead of letting disease strike us.

4. Chan lets us witness that we are a microcosm of the Universe.

5. Ultra-secret teachings or esoteric expressions, as Hui Neng stated in Confucian words: “Bodhi is to be found only in your mind. Why waste your effort in seeking inner truth outside? A saint submits himself to all disciplines, but a sage has passed beyond all disciplines.”

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What is True Shaolin Kung Fu Leadership?
A In the process of completing our true Shaolin Institute mission, we often face the challenges and vicissitudes of life. However, along that rough road of testing and training, we learn who we really are and learn how to live with others harmoniously in a challenged society. Our primary mission is to restore character and integrity to humanity, see the true freedom of self–nature and unveil our true nature to live in our own world. We strive to be proactive, adapt ourselves, develop the ability to respond to any challenges, and have a clear vision of the true world. We possess the freedom within to choose effectively where our lives are heading.

With that character and integrity, we listen to others with compassion and appreciate others with right speech and righteous action to help and influence the world around us with positivity and harmony Qi.

As Confucius stated to us over two-thousand years ago, “Thousands of miles start with a first step.” We shall start our first step of this life path with the principle of Dao that our self-nature of freedom allows us to choose what we do daily, weekly, making wise decisions, with the wisdom of the mind instead of emotions. Let the old mind of habits be “emptied and cleared,” and let us refresh ourselves with clear vision of body and mind. As in the morning meadow, let us be flowing with Qi. Let us flow with nature. We shall empower ourselves and cultivate our ability to live our life and respond to events and incidents through the correct interpretation, instead of reacting or reflecting with emotions or feelings. We shall see the world and our surroundings with clear eyes. We choose happiness instead of gloominess or misfortunes. It is us who see light instead of darkness. It is our responsibility to see life sufferings or challenges as our training opportunities.

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What is Chan Nutrition?
A Nutrition consultation and monitoring have always been a part of our teaching and training program. There are three nutrition programs. One is geared toward patients who need sufficient nutrition for the body to heal, repair and defend themselves from viruses, diseased cells or tumors from traditional Chinese medical nutrition validated methodology. The second program is for individuals who wish to have optimal health and wellness through proper nutrition, especially applying Chan and Dao nutrition. The third one is to help high-level athletes gain optimal health and body-mind conditioning for optimal performance.
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What is Fitness Kickboxing for Women?
A This class is aimed at weight loss, toning muscle and getting in shape. It is a wake-up call to people who need to get in shape through an effective and proven exercise, Fitness Kickboxing.

This class is a fairly intense session of high energy and fat-burning with a focus in total body conditioning. It is for anyone who wants to be in great shape and learn martial arts. Fitness Kickboxing and Conditioning teaches the fundamentals of martial arts kicking and hand techniques (including boxing). Fitness Kickboxing incorporates some groundwork and focuses on striking. This class is designed for burning calories as well as strength conditioning, building lean muscle, toning and conditioning the entire body, increasing flexibility and teaching self-defense skills! Experience what the great energy is all about! (Gloves required).

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What is Ultimate Body Conditioning Training and Extreme Fitness Kickboxing?
A This program is designed with a variety of time-proven training methodologies, both ancient and modern/scientific, to get each individual into great shape along with physical and mental conditioning. Each individual goes through tough training in cardio, muscle and mental endurance. This program includes, but not limited to, cross-sports fit training, kickboxing, stationary endurance training and fast-paced simulation combat fitness training.

This class has much higher intensity than the Fitness Kickboxing class, utilizing various kicking techniques, open hand strikes, punching and kicking combinations, and floor calisthenics conditioning. Floor work includes strengthening the abs, arms, chest, waist and legs while using focus mitts and pads. High levels of circuit cardio and muscle endurance training result in a noticeable fat burn. This training definitely brings your heart rate up! Experience the most popular cardio workout while you develop kickboxing techniques and self-defense skills! This course is for individuals with previous experience in kickboxing and those with high levels of fitness.

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What is San Shou or Sanda?
A San Shou is Chinese kickboxing with kicking, punching, intercepting and throwing in combat. This class is not only for those who need the highest level of body-mind conditioning, but also for those who wish to learn real combat/self-defense techniques, and/or are interested in amateur and professional combat fighting.
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What is Qin Na?
A Qin Na is an ancient Chinese system of grappling, joint manipulation and arm-leg locks to disable the opponents without traumatic strikes. This course is taught with the goal of basic self-defense. This class develops higher levels of self-awareness and fighting instinct.
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What is Shuaijiao?
A Shuai Jiao is a Chinese Wrestling in Combat, which emphasizes quick techniques and trapping/entrapping throws. Qin Na and Shuaijiao are the base martial of Judo and Jujitsu
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What is Extreme Sanda?
A Extreme Sanshou/Sanda is the product of the evolution of Kung Fu, which is an ancient martial art with over 4,000 years of history. The Shaolin Monks of China used Sanda during times of hardship, strife and war to defend themselves and innocent civilians. Now seen as a sport titled Xtreme Sanshou, a full-body fighting contest in the modern day ring incorporating every aspect of Kung Fu including kicks, punches, grabs, throws, grappling, locks and interceptions. It is unlike any other fighting sport and demands incredible mental strategy and physical strength, making it the most exciting fighting style in the world today. It is entirely different from MMA, which focus on violence and brutality without skill. Kung Fu Sanshou incorporates skills, talents, character, self-control and indomitable spirit of the ancient Shaolin Warriors.

The rules of Xtreme Sanshou are very simple because it is a Kung Fu fight. It utilizes extreme strategy and endurance skills. Any act of malicious behavior or intentionally injuring another fighter is grounds for automatic disqualification. This is especially true during throws and grappling.

This fight is captivating and the highest test for true martial artists who incorporate their knowledge of skills, talents, tolerance, discipline and control under the most extreme set of circumstances. The true martial artist knows that Kung Fu is a genuine expression of movement and motion that comes from each unique individual. It expresses the flow of energy from within the individual, and comprehends and anticipates the opponent’s energy in a contest. It is a basic understanding that one microcosm of energy represents the universal energy, power and life-force (Qi). Much is being written today on this field.

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What are Chinese Cultural Studies?
A Through the wisdom of Chan, Confucius and Taoist combined with the discipline of traditional Kung Fu, students will learn the wisdom of the Orient. Shaolin multi-cultural ambassadors’ program takes each individual on an in-depth cultural learning journey. Westerners learn the arts of Kung Fu, music, painting, Chan (the ancient wisdom of China) and modern Chinese culture to help build a relationship and bridge the understanding between two peoples. Each will have an opportunity to go inside China to learn at people’s homes, schools, universities and other organizations.

The second part of cultural ambassadors program is to introduce Chinese students to the Western way of life, especially life in America. Each student has an opportunity to go the U.S. to learn English language, participate in cultural events and go to people’s home and institutions to learn and share from their culture as well.

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What is Natural Healing?
A This program is for patients with various disease and illnesses. The philosophy of this healing program improves each cell’s ability to protect itself, repairs internal damage, fights against infections viruses and protects against tumor cell mutation. This healing program includes, but not be limited t, natural treatment through meditative breathing, nutrition, Chan meditation, Tai Gong, exercise medicine, rehabilitation therapy and herbs etc. This program does not incorporate drugs designed by companies and other corporations.
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Can I do this?
A Every person can do Kung Fu. You can still do internal Kung Fu, such as Tai Chi or Tai Gong designed for internal and external healing. The Kung Fu way of life is, importantly, a healty way of living. The training of Kung Fu includes not only the more familiar physically explosive forms, weapon techniques, physical toughening, and self- , weapon techniques, but also mental disciplines such as meditation, breathing and healing Qi Gong, as well as Tai Chi. Training in Kung Fu is exercise. To fully practice a martial art, a person must also strive to develop and maintain a level of fitness that will allow them to improve their physical and mental capabilities.
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What class should I take?
A It depends on your physical ability and your current interests. For you to enjoy the most from your training, you shall have a solid understanding of what you want to achieve and to define personal goals. It is best for you to visit the any of the campuses in the U.S. to personally see each program, and a professionally trained instructor can give you a full explanation and its benefit.

At Liu Institute, each prospective student must have an interview and orientations before he/she becomes a full student. Together, we will help you decide which class will work best to meet your goals and where to start.

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How long are training sessions?
A A first training session lasts about 30-45 minutes. Kids programs are 45 minute for Little Tiger; 45 minutes for beginner teens and adults, one hour for GBSC fully enrolled students, both adults and teens, and one and half-hour or more for advanced GBSC and beyond.
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Who will be my instructor?
A The Institute’s Head Master, DeRu (Shawn Liu) is 31st generation Shaolin Grand Master, trained by the Great Master Shi SuXi at the Shaolin Temple. His selected instructors are well trained in the techniques, styles and traditions, directly from the original Shaolin Temple of China. Many of them are considered some of the best in the world.
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Will classes meet a planned time schedule?
A It would be wonderful to have a full-time Shaolin Temple where students could reside and train full-time, but, this is today, in America! We understand that this is not your only activity all day, every day. All classes follow a regular schedule, and must start and end on time.
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I’ve heard about difficult, mean-spirited martial arts schools and instructors. Will my instructor be encouraging?
A Shaolin is a means for attaining harmony, to increase an individual’s health, mental attitude and encourage a deeper awareness and focus. We also strive to have our students become positive community representatives. This begins with the instructor’s attitude towards teaching and towards their students. You will be encouraged in every step along the way to make sure of your progress.
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Will I understand what my instructor tells me?
A All instructors strive to give each student explanations of the exercises and techniques in the training program. We take care to answer questions as best we can during the training session, without reducing the level of training being provided to the class. Instructors are available to answer questions before and after classes. To the greatest extent possible, instructors will be made available to assist students in other languages. Students are assisted in every way possible to understand all situations of the class and all the materials covered in class.
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Will I be introduced to anyone? Will anyone be my age? Will anyone be a beginner like me?
A You will be introduced first to your instructor and office staff. You will be introduced to all the students, especially beginners in your ranking at the Institute. All classes are divided, not only by ranking, but also by age.
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Will I feel welcome or out of place?
A This is a very friendly Institute with positive energy. You will be welcomed very dearly.
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Will I leave here feeling like I have learned something or will I leave feeling confused?
A Like any new experience, you may be confused in the beginning due to the large amount of unfamiliar information given. In this regard, you will be in great company! All of the students and instructors in the classes have been in that same situation and will strive to help. You will feel more comfortable with your program as you progress. It will not take weeks before you fall in love with the training. It is a great feeling.
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Will I learn something new each time I come so I can see progress, or will I do the same thing each time I come?
A You will learn something new each time you come. The martial arts, like any physical training regimen, require repetition of body movements. Improvement comes through conducting this training with the assistance of the master and the instructors, and through your own concentrated attention and focus. Each student must train hard and review all the previous training skills before moving on. The speed with which an individual student advances is directly dependent on their level of personal attention to the training. Our training philosophy is, “Master a few things with perfection instead of going over many things without mastering anything”. Only more training and repetition can make a more perfect martial artist.
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Will I be on some type of program so that I can have a goal and progress toward reaching that goal?
A You will be assigned a program and a goal will be set. When a goal is set, the goal can be achieved and be reached if you never give up.
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Is there a belt ranking system in this school?
A Yes, in order to organize each student’s studies and check the progress, we have a ranking system. Beginning from Black Sash (belt), which is a symbol of total darkness, we progress through many years of disciplined training and studies to a more advanced level of Golden Black Sash, symbolizing completion of the first level of pre-discipleship program graduation. The first graduation, which epitomizes the accomplishment of successful completion of various levels of sash tests, is the first lunching platform for students to travel on the path to becoming a true Shaolin warrior.

The whole process of Golden Black Sash program is divided into four stages of studies: Freshman (White-Orange), Sophomore (Green-Red), Junior Purple-Brown) and Senior (from Part 1-Part 2 Golden Black) before the first pre-discipleship graduation. After first full pledged Golden Black Sash graduation, only the dedicated Shaolin warriors will be chosen to continue further training on the road to become full pledged disciples, some of whom will be chosen to become future certified Shaolin instructors and masters who need many more years of in-depth studies and training.

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What is GBSC Team?
A Golden Black Sash Champion Team (GBSC) is our official enrolled students body. When you complete the initial basic program, you will be qualified for the GBSC Team program. The basic qualification and requirement for GBSC is commitment. You must be committed to never give up before you obtain a full Golden Black Sash. It takes about 4-5 years to complete the first GBSC full-pledged program.
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What if I cannot reach the goal of Golden Black Sash or I am too slow to complete the program?
A Everyone can successfully accomplish the GBSC program. Many quit too early.
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What is self-defense?
A Self-defense is a state of mind and any available means of safely avoiding or escaping a potentially dangerous encounter.
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Does self-defense work?
A Yes. Self-defense training can increase your options and help you prepare responses to slow down, de-escalate or interrupt an attack. Like any tool, the more you know about it, the more informed you are to make a swift and accurate decision and use it.
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Will it take years before I learn how to defend myself?
A No, a basic course can offer enough concepts and skills to help you immediately develop self-protection strategies, which you can continue to build and perfect indefinitely.
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Is self-defense a guarantee?
A No, there are no guarantees when it comes to self-protection. However, self-defense training can increase your preparedness and options.
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Am I too old o out of shape to study Kung Fu?
A You don’t have to be an athlete to learn how to defend yourself. Our program is designed to adapt to every age and their limitations. It provides each student with the opportunity to learn at his or her own level.
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Will I get hurt?
A Under the staff’s direct supervision, the student is taught how to control the amount of contact while training. At no time is a student allowed to use destructive force. This policy provides for safe training and maximum learning for each student.
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What is the difference between Kung Fu and Karate or Tae Kwan Do?
A Among these martial arts, there are similarities in some physical appearance, but the mental aspect is quite different. Kung Fu is the oldest martial arts in the world, with 3,000 years of history. These arts were carried to other areas of Asia and incorporated into the styles of combat and Buddhist training of their day. Kung Fu is characterized by both a straight line as well as more fluid circular movements, and includes both internal and external strength with more in-depth training. Karate evolved later in history in Japan, with varying styles of “direct” (rigid) movements. Tae Kwan Do, developed in Korea, and has been speculated to have derived from Karate and Kung Fu, but adapted its highly-evolved kicking techniques. Akido, one of the latest derivations of Karate, established as a distinct style following World War II, more closely resembles the origins of Kung Fu, with fluidity of movement and the combination of internal and external energy toward a peace and health. The circle of martial arts expands and yet returns to its beginnings!

The Shaolin Temple is the oldest institution that teaches martial arts, health and wellness. For more than 1,500 years, Chinese martial arts have grown and become inclusive of new ideas and techniques, while maintaining its rich and proven traditions.

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Okay, when can I start?
A TODAY!