How often should I attend class?
To get the most out of your training here, we recommend 2 to 3 days per week. Shaolin is a very deep martial art, challenging but extremely rewarding so consistent attendance along with practice outside of class are very important.
I am new new to kungfu and qigong, can I still participate?
Yes! Our classes are open to all fitness and experience levels.
What do I wear to class? All students in our members only classes are required to wear the school t-shirt, black kung fu pants and flat-soled shoes that are never worn outside. However, if you are a participant in one of our drop in classes, please wear t-shirt (sports bras or shirt less is not allowed) and track pants.
Do you have a ranking system? No, we are a traditional Kung fu school and believe that the emphasis should by on dedicated training. Each individual enters training with varying physical abilities and learns at their own pace. Although a grading system may provide great motivation for some students, we feel that the changes you feel in your body, mind and spirit will be very inspiring.
How do I know that I am making progress?
Every 2 or 3 months, you may take an evaluation test. This is not a pass/fail test but it is a good opportunity to receive feedback from your instructors. You will be given a guideline of what to focus on for your next evaluation. Furthermore and as mentioned above, you will continually see improvements in yourself. Your flexibility, memory, speed, strength and overall health will improve dramatically. This will indicate to you how you are progressing.
I am not in good shape so maybe I’m not ready for kungfu.
I have an old knee/ankle/shoulder injury…
We encourage you to start with Qigong class. The stretches, drills, stances and principles we practice, are the same as those in kung fu class. The main difference is that Qigong class is less physically demanding and focuses on breathing technique and proper alignment. You will strengthen your body from the inside out. Then, when you are ready, you may join kung fu class if you wish.
Tips to get the most out of your training
- Do not eat for an hour before class. The energy that you will need for class will be used on digesting your food. You may end up getting a headache or cramps. If you are hungry and feel like you need more energy, light snacks such as fruit (especially bananas) and nuts are more suitable.
- Start hydrating a few hours before class. This will help you to need less water during class. Too much water at the start of class and during class may also lead to cramping.
- Practice and stretch at home whenever you can. Attend class 2 to 3 times per week.
- Think of our school as a mini retreat. Remember that you are here to do something kind for yourself. When you arrive, leave thoughts of the errands you have to run or the problems at your job etc, at the door.