New Orleans Shaolin-Do students practice self-defense techniques, kung fu open hand forms, 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 7 different kung fu open hand systems and 6 weapons as well as over 50 self-defense techniques practiced against a partner using simulated street attacks. This provides a rich background of techniques and styles to call upon. Rather than forcing a student into a particular style, at Shaolin-Do we encourage each student to develop their own personalized, and evolving, fighting style based on the myriad of systems and techniques introduced in our curriculum.
Your First Class
Please arrive a few minutes early to sign a waiver form and to meet your instructor and fellow students. Wear something loose-fitting and comfortable and bring a water bottle and small towel. Remove all jewelry and shoes before starting class.
Class will begin with a warm-up and follow with some kicking and punching drills. The instructor will then work individually with you to teach you three basic kung fu stances, three basic kicks and the first three sparring techniques. Then you will learn some self-defense techniques against common attacks. Other traditional training methods, called I Ching Ching, for focus and strength could also be employed. Most classes will end with gentle stretching and meditation
In the Shaolin temple there were only four recognized levels; student, disciple, master, and grandmaster. Our Great Grandmaster, Ie Chang Ming, introduced the use of colored belts to divide the material between student and disciple into five levels: white, yellow, blue, green, and brown. One form from a new animal and weapon system is taught at each level above white. Keep in mind that for a student to pass into the next rank, he/she must perform all the material for their present and all previous levels.
Black belt degrees one through four are considered disciples or serious beginners, while fifth degree is called associate master. Once a person reaches sixth degree they are considered full masters. The rank of ninth degree is considered a Grandmaster, but the position of tenth degree is held by only one person; the highest of the Grandmasters. While there can be many 9th degrees (there were often ten in a temple), there can be only one 10th degree. This person is given the awesome responsibility of assuring the continuation of Shaolin in its purest form.