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St. Louis, MO.
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Traditional Shaolin Wugong Program
Shaolin Waigong (external skills 外功) is the more vigorous aspect of Shaolin Wugong (武功), known in the West as Gongfu (功夫), or Kung-fu under the Wade-Giles Romanization System.
This program is suited to students of all ages. Students learn basic stances, leg and arm movements, combined into a series of basic-skill drills. These drills form the foundation of a student's training. They are designed to develop coordination, flexibility, strength, speed, and other important attributes, as well as solidify the body-mechanics of Traditional Shaolin Wugong.
After a solid foundation is formed, students begin to learn the fundamental boxing sets of Shaolin Wugong. Among those taught are;
Flood Boxing (Chin.: Hóngquán 洪拳),
Cannon Boxing (Chin.: Pàoquán 炮拳),
Arhat Boxing (Chin.: Luóhànquán 罗汉拳),
Full-arm Boxing (Chin.: Tōngbìquán 通臂拳),
Imitative Boxing (Chin.: Xiàngxíngquán 象形拳 (includes various animal styles)), etc..
These boxing sets or routines have hidden in them the combat applications of striking, throwing, and joint-locking which are taught as students progress.
After showing proficiency in Shaolin empty-hand skills, students begin learning the weapon arts of Traditional Shaolin Wugong. These include the four basic weapons;
Stick (Chin.: Gùn 棍),
Broadsword (Chin.: Dāo 刀),
Spear (Chin.: Qiāng 枪),
Straightsword (Chin.: Jiàn 剑).
More advanced weapons include;
Long-handled Broadsword (Chin.: Pǔdāo 朴刀),
9-section Chainwhip (Chin.: Jiǔjiébiān 九节鞭),
Cane (Chin.: Guǎizhàng 拐杖), etc..
The accumulated knowledge and ability a student gains from the Shaolin Wugong Program can be trained and tested in partner drills. From preset routines to free-form sparring, students learn to use the skills in practical real-life situations. There is also the competitive alternative to traditional sparring, complete with protective gear and ring rules, known as Sanda (散打), or "loose-striking".
Traditionally Shaolin Monastery does not have a ranking or belt system, however students of Shaolin Chan City follow a systematic process of learning Traditional Shaolin Wugong and have periodic testing between "levels". At higher levels students are taught styles based on their personal attributes and can choose from electives. At the most advanced levels students begin to have teaching opportunities.
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