ADULT SHAOLIN KUNG FU CLASSES INCLUDE:
- Hung Ch'uan (Hung Family Style twelve animals short and long form)
- Hung Gar Arrow Hand (learned from Master Wing Lam)
- Shaolin Temple Entering The Door (learned from Master Shawn Liu)
- Preying Mantis (learned from late Master Brendan Lai)
- Pa-Chi Chuan Six Combination Continuous Fist (learned from Dr. Weng and Master Adam Hsu)
- Hsing Jing Chuan, the essence of five elements boxing (learned from Grandmaster Ch'ang Tung-Sheng and Dr. Daniel Weng)
- Lien Bo Chuan, the series footwork form "Dragon Fist" (learned from Dr. Weng and Grandmaster Ch'ang Tung-Sheng)
- Eagle Claw Fist (from the Red Dragon System)
- Ancient, Traditional, and Modern Forms Training
- Practical Self Defense
- Basic Grappling (advanced grappling is taught in Shuai-Chiao classes)
- Weapons Training
YOUR MONTHLY TUITION INCLUDES:
- Monday (beginning) or Tuesday (advanced) night Adult Shaolin class at 6:30 pm
- One open gym per week (open gyms are Thursday evening at 7:30 pm and Saturday afternoon at 1:30 pm)
Shaolin Kung Fu Ranking System Promotion is based on forms, technique and application.
The Shaolin Tiger system is predominantly a counter offensive style that allows the attacker to "tip his hand" by making the first move. The moment of exhilaration felt by the assailant as he launches his strike is all too brief as the Shaolin Tiger students are trained to react on the street to just this type of situation.
The first basic weapon in the Shaolin Tiger arsenal is the stop technique. Stop techniques are primarily low kicks that prevent the attacker from completing his first step into range. The kick must be well timed and accurately placed to be effective, since there is only one chance to deliver it as a preemptive maneuver.
While utilizing stop techniques, students are taught to position their hands to block and counter in the event that the attacker falls forward or evades the leg kick. Block and counter methods can also be used as the first line of defense if the attack begins in close range.
Several blocking drills are used to help students develop proper timing, distance, and become accustomed to the speed, angles, and force of real attacks. These drills start out at a distance, then gradually as the blocker becomes more confident he ushers the puncher closer and requests faster and harder strikes. When the defender controls the pace and intensity of the blows, he overcomes his fears more rapidly and quickly learns to stand in and block full force blows. This training leads to the development of accurate reactions and avoids the "false" distancing that have been associated with many forms of sparring.
Students are urged to keep their blocking motions close to the body within their own shoulder width and to wait until the last moment to react. These blocking principles are called "shaving" since they glide close to one's own body and because it is a close shave to wait until the attacker is fully in range. Grandmaster Greenlee cautions that the patience developed by the shaving training allows defenders to lure the opponent in close for the counter which is always one-tenth of a second behind the block. This tenth of a second counter is achieved by delivering both the block and the counter in the same instant with a forceful twist of the waist and a driving step which places one's weight on the front foot. By stepping in strong when you see power you interrupt the attacker's rhythm and invade his center. By concealing the counterstriking hand directly behind the lead block, the defender has effectively stopped the assault and turned himself into the aggressor in less than a second.
The favorite counterstrike of the Shaolin Tiger system is the palm heel thrust. When thrown with the rear hand and driven by the back leg its power is sufficient to drop any man in his tracks. This strike can be delivered horizontally at the neck and jaw as well as vertically with a swinging motion to the bridge of the nose.
One trademark of the system is an unusual hand strike known as the cobra punch. Advanced students practice the cobra punch with a bent arm, swinging their knuckles in a raking motion into the temple of their opponents. The cobra punch retracts quickly along one's own centerline and can be thrown behind the lead hand block.
Another interesting characteristic of the style is what is known as the trailing leg follow up. The trailing leg is a special ball of the foot follow step with the rear leg which occurs whenever the weight of the body is pitched forward onto the front foot. This allows the rear leg kick to arrive much sooner than if the rear leg had remained locked straight. The trailer step can also be used as a brake if one needs to retreat quickly or stop their forward progress for any reason.
Tiger students are trained in the use of the elbows and knees as finishing blows to bring an attacker down and put him out of commission. The elbow smash of the system is reinforced by grabbing and pulling in with the opposite hand while one or both hands are used to draw attackers into the "knee drop" which can be aimed at the head or groin.
The Shaolin Tiger's time tested formula for survival is to stop, block, counter, follow up, and finish. However, it is possible to use any of the techniques interchangeably according to the situation.
Once a student has been prepared for survival on the street there are a variety of forms taught by the Masters and instructors of the system. These forms include hard and soft styles, animal forms and internal sets on meditation, Tai Chi, and "iron" body and palm training. A simple combination of basics which address attacks from all four directions and includes variations on the Tiger self defense formula is the six part blocking form designed by Grandmaster Greenlee. Each part of the form can be practiced by itself or can be added together to create one long form. These forms can be practiced slowly and softly like Tai Chi or with full dynamic tension for strength and muscle tone, at a walking pace to achieve a relaxed and efficient way of moving, or at a fast and hard pace to train for the street.
The Shaolin Tiger system is a contemporary one which is well suited to the demands of the modern world. Most people who come into the system do so because of its simple, no-nonsense approach and because of the testimonials of those who have used it to successfully protect themselves. R. A. Greenlee, the system's current grandmaster has taken the knowledge given him by his teacher and has streamlined it for street usage. The methods and principles of the system can help anyone become street safe in order to survive in today's world, and the best part of studying any art is learning how it really works.