Students are offered a wide variety of internal/external disciplines to study and master, with a mission to make the world a healthier and better place to live. The knowledge of Shaolin evokes a confidence that enables us to stay focused and on course with our views and missions. Major programs are Shaolin Kungfu/Traditional Wushu, Tai Chi (Taiji), Qigong (Chi Kung), Fitness Kciboxing, SanShou/Sanda Kickboxing, QinNa & Suaijiao (grappling & wrestling) and Health Wellness Programs.
Today’s Wushu often in the west refers to the modernized sport Wushu. The Chinese literal equivalent of “Chinese martial arts” would be Zhongguo wushu (Chinese: 中國武術; pinyin: zhōngguó wǔshù).
Shaolin Kungfu, at our institute, is traditional Shaolin Wushu which is a traditional Chinese combat sport, holistic healing, as well as an art form. All of which emphasizes both internal and external aspects of martial arts, with combat fighting movements as its main content. It has two main categories: routine exercises and free combat fighting. Wushu, a time-honored sport in China, traces to as early as the clan community in primitive societies (before 2600 B.C.). Kungfu is a more familiar general term for Chinese traditional Martial Arts, especially Shaolin Kungfu. Kungfu contains routines and the combat style derived from it can be practiced in Kungfu pairings, defense/offense fighting, as well as Sanshou/Sanda and Qinna-Shuaijiao.
- Shaolin Kung Fu (Gong Fu) inherited by the Shaolin Institute, evolved from the 1500+ year old Shaolin Temple, China. Shaolin Kung Fu is actually the practice of Chan; freedom of the mind and freedom of body movements expressed in Kung Fu form. Shaolin Kung Fu applies thousands of bodily motions to express our minds, our emotions, and our thoughts.
- Shaolin Kung Fu was designed for individuals to attaining harmony, to increase an personal 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 guided and encouraged through each step of your journey.
- Shaolin represents traditional Chan culture and it symbolizes the ancient way of loyalty, integrity, and it also represents a way of life emphasizing freedom in thinking, thoughts, and expression.
- Today’s Shaolin Kung Fu is not merely a pastime, but rather a serious way of life. Kung Fu is the Chan way of life, meditation in Chan recovers our true self that can be overrun by the ego.
- Shaolin Kung Fu is a Chan way of life in practice, a step-by-step body and mind experience of meditation, mindfulness and tough physical movements, along with a complete change in the way one has grown accustomed to living. Shaolin Kung Fu in reality is like “boiling oil over a blazing fire”. If we wish to truly understand Kungfu, to have enlightenment in Chan, we must go through the trial by fire before the truth of Chan Kung Fusmiles upon us.
- Through the expression of Shaolin Chan Kung Fu meditation of infinite motion, we see the infinite possibility in life and we discover the third eye we have all forgotten. We can envision our sub-consciousness filled with countless possible images, so as to provide us power to see into the nature of our own being that may lie hidden.
- Through Shaolin Kung Fu meditation we see Chan that awakens us in our consciousness (that which may be the third eye). By meditating on those utterances or actions that are directly poured out from the inner region undimmed by intellect, those mindful actions in Kung Fu are calculated successfully to exterminate all the turmoil arising from ignorance and confusion. Then we receive insight into the nature of our own being. This insight finally puts a stop to all the doubts that have upset our mental tranquility.
- Kung Fu is both an art of competitive nature as well as an art of healing through compassion, benevolence and servitude. The true martial artist always remembers the basic martial arts ethics and principles. Without them martial arts becomes nothing more than a simple physical endeavor. Respect, tolerance, integrity, discipline and control are the essence of the Shaolin Temple, and therefore the essence of Kung Fu. (request info)
First of all, “Chi”, or “Qi” (pronounce them both the same – “chi”). “Chi”( or “Qi”) is understood in the West to be the vital energy deep within us all, which can be developed and manipulated. The benefits to good health associated with Qi Gong or Tai Chi practice derive from maintaining the flow of chi. In martial arts, to achieve the total expression of physical power, a person must also learn to develop health, internal discipline and energy. “Chi” or “Qi” may also be defined as life energy, 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.
Tai Chi or Tai Ji, the full term is Tai Chi Chuan or Tai Ji Quan. The literal translation of Tai Chi Chuan is “Supreme Ultimate Boxing”. This is one of the oldest form of internal Kung Fu. Although primarily practiced today as a “moving meditation”. It is wonderful exercise form for improving Qi balance, circulation, concentration and relaxation, Tai Chi is, in origin, a method of fighting. 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 of any martial art all tend to reach toward the same realm of Qi.
Harvard University Medical Press called Tai Chi “Medication in Motion” which indicated the healing effect of Tai Chi. As researchers at Harvard University have published, growing evidence has demonstrated mind-body Tai Chi practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems such as high blood pressure and heart disease. Combined with traditional treatment, Tai Chi appears to be helpful in fighting several medical conditions such as: anxiety, depression, back pain, arthritis, low bone density, breast cancer, heart disease, hypertension, Parkinson’s disease, sleep problems, and stroke. Participating in Tai Chi may also help to boost the immune system and improve respiratory- circulatory function.
Through circular motions, Tai Gong exercise serves to improve Qi flow, re-channel Qi, mobilize Qi, increase energy levels, strengthen organs, ligaments, muscles and improve the transportation of Oxygen, energy and nutrients for proper healing and body function. In fact, additional studies conducted by UCLA found that older people who practiced Tai Chi and Qi Gong have a much better immune response against viruses.
Tai Gong practices cultivate and refine body and mind through nurturing one’s vitality or life force. Long term practice of Tai Gong will show you the primary mechanism that is triggered by the spontaneous balancing and enhancing of the natural healing resources in the human system. Over thousands of years millions of people have benefited from these practices believing that improving the function of the Qi maintains health and heals disease.
In the paradigm of mechanistic Western science, the practice of Qigong triggers a wide array of physiological mechanisms which have profound healing benefits. It increases the delivery of oxygen to the tissues. It enhances the elimination of waste products as well as the transportation of immune cells through the lymph system. And it shifts the chemistry of the brain and the nervous system. You can find a summary of the many physiological mechanisms that are initiated by the practice of Qigong in the Information Center.
Tai Chi and Qigong as an exercise of the mind and body, has shown in research to reduce anxiety, depression, blood pressure, back pain, and other chronic pain conditions. They help to boost the immune system, improve oxygenation, aid in energy and nutrient transportation, improve respiratory/circulatory functions, burning of calories, improve balance drastically, provide cardiovascular benefits, provide powerful stress releasing tools, and prolong both quality and duration of life.
Based on both Tai Ch (Taiji yin/yang) theory and Chinese Medicine, the Tai Gong breathing exercise works to redirect, unblock and balance out Qi (energy) movement throughout the entire body (using existing internal pathways) and internal organs for both wellness and healing.
Chan (Zen) means meditation. Chan is the freedom of the mind, of thought, of emotion, of desire, of spirit and of 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 will lead to us becoming proactive, self dependant 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.
Chan at our institute conveys that we have been working hard to pave our own lives and we have never waited for opportunities or circumstances to give us a lift or give us burdens. We must write our own stories of our lives instead of letting so-called “fate” write us. 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 of 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.
2. Chan let us flow with Qi and allow 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.
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 HuiNeng 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.
With that character and integrity, we listen to others with compassion and appreciate others with right speech and righteous action to help and to influence the world around us with positive and harmonious 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, to make 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 and like 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 see our surroundings with clear eyes. We shall 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.
This class is a fairly intense session of high energy, fat burning; this is the exercise with a focus in total body conditioning. This class is for anyone who wants to be in great shape and learn martial arts. Fitness Kickboxing and Conditioning teaches the fundamentals of martial arts hands techniques (including boxing) and kicking techniques. Fitness kickboxing incorporates some ground work but focuses on striking. This class is designed not only for burning calories, but also for strength conditioning, building lean muscle, toning & conditioning your entire body, increases flexibility, and teaches self-defense skills! Experience what the great energy is all about! (Gloves required).
This class has much higher intensity than the Fitness Kickboxing class, which utilizes 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 will result in a noticeable fat burn. This training will definitely bring 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.
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 of intentionally injuring another fighter is grounds for automatic disqualification. This is especially true during throws and grappling.
This fight is captivating and is 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 movements and motion that comes from each unique individual. Not only does it express the flow of energy from within the individual, but it also needs to comprehend and anticipate the opponent’s energy in a contest. It is a basic understanding that one microcosm of energy represents the universal energy; power, life-force, Qi. Much is being written today on this field.
The second part of cultural ambassadors program is to introduce Chinese students to the western way of life, especially life in America. Each student will have an opportunity to go the US to learn English language, participate in cultural events and will also go to people’s home and institutions to learn and share from their culture as well.
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.
The whole process of golden black sash program is divided into 4 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.
The Shaolin Temple is the oldest institution that teaches martial arts, health and wellness. For more than 1,500 years, the Chinese martial arts have grown and become inclusive of new ideas and techniques, while maintaining its rich and proven traditions.