Chinese martial arts, often labeled under the umbrella terms kung fu (/ˈkʊŋ ˈfuː/; Chinese: 功夫; pinyin: gong fu) and wushu (武术), are the several hundreds of fighting styles that have developed over the centuries in China. These fighting styles are often classified according to common traits, identified as "families" (家; jiā), "sects" (派; pài) or "schools" (門; mén) of martial arts. Examples of such traits include Shaolinquan (少林拳) physical exercises involving Five Animals (五形) mimicry, or training methods inspired by Chinese philosophies, religions and legends. Styles that focus on qi manipulation are called internal (内家拳; nèijiāquán), while others that concentrate on improving muscle and cardiovascular fitness are called "external" (外家拳; wàijiāquán). Geographical association, as in northern (北拳; běiquán) and "southern" (南拳; nánquán), is another popular classification method.
At WenLin Chinese School, our Wushu class will be taught by master LIN Cunguo, the Chief Coach leading a team of the most experienced coaches from Henglong Kung Fu club, (http://www.kungfuuk.com ) Henglong Kung Fu Club is the leading Shaolin Kung Fu and Wushu Club in the UK winning gold medals at multiple national and international competitions. WenLin Chinese school is working in partnership with Henglong Kung Fu Club providing our students a pathway from beginner’s level to advanced level and with possibility of entering into national and international competitions.
Shaolin Wushu classes (WP, WE, WT)
These classes focus on traditional Shaolin style training. Students learn basic and advanced fighting techniques and applications, as well as traditional bare hand and weapons forms.
Beginning students focus on Shaolin basics, starting with basic stances, punching and kicking and progressing to a form called Lian Huan Quan.
Intermediate students continue basic training in order to refine and improve techniques learned in the Beginner level. They are also introduced to more difficult forms and applications, including Luohan Short Form and Yingshou Pole.
Advanced Level students study increasingly difficult forms, including animal and specialty styles, as well as spear, straight sword, advanced and double weapons. Additional forms, applications and weapons will be introduced at higher levels of training.
Additional Classes in Wushu
In conjunction with the Shaolin Gongfu training, several additional classes can be arranged.
Known as contemporary Wushu or modern Wushu. This class teaches the most recent standardised modern competition routines from China and focuses on improving the student’s speed, flexibility, agility and power.
Known in the United States as Sanshou. This class teaches full contact sparring with emphasis on kicking, punching and takedown techniques.
Tong Zi Gong
This class is offered only to young students, ages 4 - 13, as an adjunct to the basic Shaolin training. It trains unbelievable flexibility, strength and physical control. Young students who master this ancient Shaolin training will easily progress to Di Tang Quan and other demanding high level forms as they grow older.
Qin Na controlling, takedown and pressure point techniques are taught in both the Shaolin classes and the San Da classes. However, more specialised training in these techniques is available to qualified students, subject to the master’s approval.
Taiji (Tai Chi) And Qi Gong Classes
Students who prefer Taiji training can take classes in Chen Style Taiji, which also includes training in soft Qi Gong. Beginning students learn 18 movements (Shi Ba Shi), Lao Jia Yi Lu (old style first routine) and Tui Shou (pushing hands) techniques. More advanced students may progress to Lao Jia Er Lu (old style Cannon Fist) and Taiji sword.
Individual training is available to students interested in basic soft Qi Gong techniques and sequences designed to improve the student’s health, both mental and physical. With prior approval from the master, a few qualified students are accepted to train in the more demanding techniques of hard qi gong and iron body training.
WenLin Education Ltd. 3 Hillier Road, London SW11 6AX, UK
School venue: Chestnut Grove Academy, 45 Chestnut Groveo, Balham , London
+ 44 (0) 7883 025706