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The curriculum presented below is based on Shifu Shi Yanjun’s 35 years of expertise and research in the Martial Arts field. 

Only one style is not enough to help you achieve mastery but a combination of styles. The human body is very complex and its training requires strength, power, Qi, speed, movement, and stillness. There is the saying: “The mind understands but the body cannot follow”. It takes usually three months to re-establish the coordination between the mind and body.  

You will only be a complete Martial Artist when you understand that at a high level there are no styles, only Kung Fu. 

Month 1

In the first month, we will cover three modules: The Importance of Exercise, The Importance of Body Posture, and Warm-Up Exercises. 

Included a timetable on how to implement the exercises daily.

The importance of Exercise

  1. Why is movement so important?
  2. What is the solution to avoiding health risks?
  3. Active rest position
  4. Walking
  5. Running
  6. Consider stretching
  7. Strength training
  8. It’s all about balance

The importance of Body Posture

  1. Posture matters
  2. What does posture mean?
  3. The problems with bad posture
  4. How can I check my posture?
  5. The importance of head and spine alignment
  6. What is good posture?
  7. How can I improve my posture? (*Including practical stances from Shaolin Quan, Meihua Quan, and Wing Chun Quan)
  8. Body relaxation

Warm-up exercises

  1. Stretching (neck, shoulders, torso, back, hamstrings, knees, and ankles) 
  2. Core body movements (monkey and elephant walk, practice and medical benefits)
  3. Planks (health benefits, muscles work, 10 plank variations, how to improve plank time, risks and common mistakes)
  4. Push-ups (health benefits, muscles work, 7 push-ups variations, how to improve push-ups, risks and common mistakes)
  5. Jumping (medical benefits, skipping rope and 360 turn jump)

month 2

In the second month, we will cover two modules: Qigong & Qi and Qigong breathing for health.

Included a timetable on how to implement the exercises daily.

qigong & qi

  1. Qigong introduction
  2. Qigong taboos
  3. Qigong and martial arts
  4. Qigong and Yin & Yang theory
  5. Qi introduction
  6. Qi training and nature
  7. Types of Qi
  8. Dantian

qigong breathing for health

  1. Breathing introduction
  2. Dantian breathing benefits
  3. Qigong and healing
  4. Six breathing types (demonstration, instruction, and theory): 

He

Xu

Hu

Xi (4)

Chui

Xi (1)

month 3

In the third month, we will cover two modules: Basic fist forms and Stance training.

Includes a challenge four weeks with daily activities to implement from all the topics taught from the beginning. The purpose of the challenge is to understand and apply the connection between the body, mind, breathing, and Qi flow. 

basic fist forms

  1. Fist (How to form a fist; Parts of the fist; Stationary varieties of fists; Fists varieties in movement)
  2. Palm (Introduction: Reference to Traditional Chinese Medicine and Medical reasons for palm appearance and feel; Types of palms; Parts of the palm; Stationary varieties of palms; Palms varieties in movement)
  3. Hook (Introduction with reference for Acupuncture Meridians; How to form a hook; Parts of the hook; Varieties of hooks)
  4. Claw (Tiger, Eagle, Dragon, Mantis, and 7 Star claws)

Stance training

For each type of stance we will discuss why do we do the stance, how to practice, the muscle involved, precautions to avoid injuries, breathing during stance practice, demo, and practice. 

  1. Introduction – Stances in Martial Arts
  2. Ma Bu (马步 – Horse Stance)
  3. Gong Bu (弓步 – Bow and Arrow Stance)
  4. Pu Bu (扑步 – Crouch or Flat Stance) 
  5. Xie Bu (歇步 – Resting or Twist Stance)
  6. Xu Bu (虚步 – Empty Stance)

month 4

In the fourth month, we will cover two modules: Stands training and Shaolin Fist from Wu Bu Quan. Includes Wu Bu Quan assignments.

stands training

The purpose of stand training is to seek movement in stillness where the harmonious and smooth circulation of blood and Qi are achieved. The stand is correlated with breathing in movement. 

  1. Hunyuan Stand
  2. Siping Stand
  3. Concentration of Mind 

wu bu quan (五步拳)

Wu Bu Quan is the first Shaolin Quan fist form. 

 

  1. Demonstration of the form
  2. Fist forms included in the form
  3. Stances included in the form 
  4. Dynamics of the form 
  5. Technical aspects of the form 
  6. Breathing 
  7. Challenge – perform Wu Bu Quan both sides for brain body coordination

BONUS: Identify the location of the Baihui (GV20 Governing Vessel Meridian), Hui Yin (CV1 Conception Vessel Meridian), Ming Men (GV4 Governor Vessel Meridian), Shen Shu (BL23 Bladder Meridian), and Yong Quan (KI1 Kidney Meridian) acupoints. 

EXTRA BONUS: Shaolin Wu Bu Quan workbook containing the form explanation, breathing, and assignments to ensure your form is the highest standard.

month 5

In the fifth month, we will cover two modules: Hand & Eyes training and Shaolin Fist form Lian Huan Quan. Includes Lian Huan Quan assignments.

Hand & Eyes training

The hand-eye training aims to increase the flexibility of the tendons and ligaments.  The movement involves hardness and softness, tightness and looseness.  

  1. Shoulders relaxation techniques
  2. Wrist movement (coordinate the eyes training with wrist and hands)
  3. Leading eyes training with both hands 

lian huan quan (连环拳)

Lian Huan Quan is the second Shaolin Quan fist form. 

  1. Demonstration of the form
  2. Fist forms included in the form
  3. Stances included in the form 
  4. Dynamics of the form 
  5. Technical aspects of the form 
  6. Breathing 

EXTRA BONUS: Shaolin Lian Huan Quan workbook containing the form explanation, breathing, and assignments to ensure your form is the highest standard.

month 6

In the sixth month, we will cover two modules: Waist training and Shaolin First Duan Routine. 

Waist training

In martial arts, waist flexibility is crucial as leg flexibility. The waist must be as supple as a snake. Practicing martial arts without a flexible waist, you will never achieve mastery level. 

  1. Waist training introduction
  2. Waist anatomy and physiology
  3. Bending the waist forward
  4. Bending the waist sideward
  5. Turning the waist
  6. Twisting the waist
  7. Overturning the waist
  8. Spring and swing the waist

shaolin first duan routine

Shaolin 1st Duan routine form is taught to allow the student to 6 months prepare for the official Duanwei examination (optional). We advise also to find a practice partner for duilian section.  

  1. Demonstration of the form
  2. Duilian fighting (two people application)
  3. Fist forms included in the form
  4. Stances included in the form 
  5. Dynamics of the form
  6. Breathing 

grading & certification

The grading is optional. Forms grading does not require an additional fee. 

To ensure you progress well, grading your forms and receive feedback is very important. At this point, you can grade Wu Bu Quan, and Lian Huan Quan.

If you achieve a grade between 6 and 8 points for each form, you will receive a Completion Certificate. If your grade is 8 points or above, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement from the International Shaolin Wushu Federation

If the form is not up to standard, you have the option to grade it again in six months’ time.  You can only grade a form twice. To grade the forms, you must record yourself and post the video in the Facebook Inner Circle in the Grading section. 

 

Shifu Shi Yanjun will analyze your form and will give you personalized feedback on your performance.

month 7

In the seventh month, we will cover two modules: Wing Chun Basics and First Form of Wing Chun, Xiao Nian Tou. 

wing chun basics

  1. The basic principle of Wing Chun: simplicity, directness, economy of movement, minimum strength, practicality
  2. The centerline theory
  3. Basic stance

xiao nian tou form

Xiao Nian Tou (Mandarin) or Sil Lum Tao (Cantonese) is the first fist form of Wing Chun Quan. The form focus is to improve balance, cultivating force and Qi, strength, and flexibility in the wrist joints.  

  1. Demonstration of the form
  2. Fist forms included in the form
  3. Stances included in the form 
  4. Dynamics of the form
  5. Technical aspects of the form
  6. Breathing 

month 8

In the eight-month, we will cover two modules: Meihua Quan Stances and Meihua Quan Wushi form. 

meihua quan stances

The Meihua Quan stances are Qigong stances that correlate the body alignment with meridians and breathing. 

  1. Da Shi (Lungs and Large Intestine)
  2. Shun Shi (Kidney and Bladder)
  3. Ao Shi (Liver and Gall Bladder)
  4. Xiao Shi (Heart, Pericardium, Small Intestine, and Triple Burner)
  5. Bai Shi (Stomach and Spleen)

meihua quan wushi form

The first form of Meihua Quan is called Wushi and consists of transitions between five static stances with dynamic movements. 

  1. Demonstration of the form
  2. Fist forms included in the form
  3. Stances included in the form 
  4. Dynamics of the form
  5. Technical aspects of the form
  6. Breathing 

month 9

In the ninth-month, we will cover two modules: Taiji Basics and Yang Style Taiji 8 Steps. 

Taiji Basics

Taiji Quan is the art of softness containing hardness.

  1. Hands in Taiji
  2. Body static techniques
  3. Preparatory posture
  4. Begining the form posture
  5. Closing the form posture

chen style taiji 8 steps form

The 8 steps form is an introductory form for the Chen Style Taiji Quan and consists of 8 steps using soft movements correlated with breathing. 

  1. Demonstration of the form
  2. Fist forms included in the form
  3. Stances included in the form 
  4. Dynamics of the form
  5. Technical aspects of the form
  6. Breathing 

month 10

In the tenth-month, we will cover one module: Footwork (kicks and swings). 

footwork in martial arts

  1. Front kick
  2. Oblique kick
  3. Sideward kick
  4. Outward swing
  5. Inward swing
  6. Backward kick
  7. Snap kick
  8. Heel kick

month 11

In the eleventh month, we will cover one module: Sanda (Shaolin boxing) Basics

sanda (Shaolin Boxing) basics

  1. Basic punches (straight punch, cross punch, hook, uppercut)
  2. Basic kicks (front, side, round, hook, crescent, stomp, back, and sweeping kicks).
  3. Basic steps
  4. Knee strikes
  5. Combination techniques

month 12

In the twelve-month, we will cover one module: Shaolin Tong Bei Quan Form. 

shaolin tong bei quan form

  1. Demonstration of the form
  2. Fist forms included in the form
  3. Stances included in the form 
  4. Dynamics of the form 
  5. Technical aspects of the form 
  6. Breathing 

grading and certification

The grading is optional. Forms grading does not require an additional fee. 

To ensure you progress well, grading your forms and receive feedback is very important. At this point, you can grade Wu Bu QuanLian Huan Quan, Tong Bei Quan, Xiao Nian Tou, Meihua Quan Wushi, and Yang Taiji 8 Steps.

If you achieve a grade between 6 and 8 points for each form, you will receive a Completion Certificate. If your grade is 8 points or above, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement from the International Shaolin Wushu Federation or, when appropriate, from the International Meihua Quan Federation. You can only grade one form twice. Therefore if you believe you will not achieve a minimum of 8 points, you can delay the grading for another six months. If you acquired a Certificate of Achievement the first time, it is not required to grade again. 

To grade the forms, you must record yourself and post the video in the Facebook Inner Circle in the Grading section. 

Shifu Shi Yanjun will analyze your form and will give you personalized feedback on your performance.

professional duanwei grading and certification

The grading is optional and requires the student to be 18 years of age minimum. Duanwei grading requires an additional fee. 

Duanwei System is a hierarchical system used to evaluate the professional level of Martial Arts practitioners. 

The skills a practitioner must demonstrate during the form presentation are explosive power, the flow of the movements, precision in a stance, speed, eye – movement coordination, and Qi.  

For the first professional level of Duanwei, three forms must be presented: Wu Bu Quan, Lian Huan Quan, and 1st Duan Form

Shifu Shi Yanjun is a professional Judge certified by the Chinese Wushu Association

If successful in grading,  you will receive a formal Duanwei Certification from the Shaolin Temple Yunnan and International Shaolin Wushu Federation

first online international competition

Come and compete and watch in the spirit of Good Will and Sportsmanship. The 2022 First Virtual International Competition will be broadcast from China, organized by Shaolin Temple Yunnan, International Shaolin Wushu Federation, and International Meihua Quan Federation

Sections to complete: Shaolin Quan, Wing Chun Quan, Taiji Quan, and Meihua Quan.

Head Judge: Shifu Shi Yanjun

Official Judge of the Chinese Wushu Association

Shifu Shi Yanning

Shifu Shi Yanjun

Shifu Shi Yanpeng

If successful in the competition,  you will receive a formal digital Certification of Achievement from the Shaolin Temple Yunnan, International Shaolin Wushu Federation, and International Meihua Quan Federation

Medals, trophies, and the Certificate of Achievement can be sent by post to your location. However, the postage fees must be cover by you. 

If not successful, you will receive a digital Certificate of Participation.

*The Competition attendance is Optional. However, to participate, a fee will be charged. Details coming soon. 

year 2 membership content

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