At Shaolin Kempo Academy we offer a variety of martial arts and fitness classes for you to choose from. You can pick and choose from them to create your own custom fitness and martial arts training program.
What is Shaolin Kempo?
It is an effective form of close quarter self defense. It does not rely on strength but rather on applied physics to make your movements effective against opponents of much greater size and strength. Students will learn a variety of techniques which can be used both defensively and offensively to incapacitate/restrain the attacker. As students increase their knowledge and understanding of their Shaolin Kempo their techniques will evolve. All the material taught and practiced will stay practical and fresh as one progresses through their understanding and ability of the art. Along with the basics and fundamental movements students learn from the following 5 categories:
- Combinations – which are a series of moves to stop and subdue and attacker.
- Kempos – are similar to combinations except each student develops their own set of techniques.
- Jiu Jit Su’s – these are your release and counters from holds such as a bear hug or front choke.
- Forms – are a prearranged set of movements that allow a person to practice their basics.
- Weapons – students learn both offensive and defensive movements and forms.
The largest emphasis is placed on the development of your own personalized Kempo techniques. Kempos are taught in 2 phases first being the core concept or principle of the technique. This is the same for all students but then you adjust and modify it to be truly yours. The first Kempo technique taught is called dropping hammer. The core technique is to block the opponents punch then step inside their guard while checking the attacking arm. The defender then squares off and drops their weight as they execute a reverse hammer strike to the groin. This is the core technique.
The student is responsible for creating and maintaining the complete technique, this will change as the student progresses through the ranks. A newer students technique would looks something like this:
While a more experienced practitioner would look more like this:
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Kempo techniques are just part of what students learn at SKA however. They also learn a variety of defenses versus grabs known as Jiu Jit Su’s. Defenses versus weapons such as clubs and knives. Combos to be used against punch and kick attacks. On top of all the self defense students also practice in the traditional manner with forms or katas. The under Black belt Shaolin Kempo forms are 1-5 Pinan, 1-5 Kata, and Stature of the Crane. Students also learn the following Kung Fu forms: 16 Hands, Continuous fist, 8 kicks, Small Flood fist and White Ape fist. Students also must learn the use of traditional Kung Fu and Karate weapons as part of their martial education. The under black belt requirements are, Matching steps staff, Shaolin Fan, Nunchucks, Kanegawa no nicho gama, Straight Stick and Tornado Staff. Complete list of required Under belt material
Tumbling and Tricking is where we combine gymnastics with aerial kicks and other martial arts moves to create what is known as extreme martial arts. This is very popular on the tournament circuit along with performance based martial arts. It is further broken down into Hand and Weapons forms. The main weapons that are used for extreme martial arts are Bo, Kama and Nunchucks those who can do more advanced gymnastic movements such as flips and multiple spins would be more likely to use the Kama’s, the bo requires a lot of hand eye coordination and timing, the chucks tend to go with faster paced forms. At SKA we have a 15′ long air tumble track to help students learn in a safe and fun way how to incorporate these types of moves.
Chanbara is a modern way to practice swordsmanship without the risk of injury. 40 years ago Japanese martial arts masters came together to
create a new style, The founder Tanabe Tetsundo called this new way of training Goshindo, it is comprised of 3 main parts:
- Iaido – The art of drawing the sword.
- Tamashigiri – The art of cutting.
- Kendo/Kenjutsu – The art of fighting.
During the Chanbara class participants take part in mock battles using a choken which is a foam and plastic katana. A participant can hit without worrying about hurting their opponent, this allows full speed and power techniques to be practiced.
Kick Boxing – is a fusion of Boxing, MMA, Kung Fu, Kempo, Suspension Training, and hard work. This supercharged combination of movement will keep you from feeling like the proverbial hamster on treadmill. Another benefit of the constant variety of the class is it keeps your muscles working in different ways to keep them from getting used to training and losing its effectiveness. Don’t worry though the class is completely customizable to your fitness level be it just off the couch or training to be the next olympian because the class gets harder as you get in better shape. Some of the key elements that make Kick Boxing so effective.
- As your endurnace increases you will punch and kick harder and faster burning more caloriesc and working the muscles harder.
- Striking a heavy bag causes micro trauma to your skeletal system, your body compensates for this by increasing your bone desnity.
- The suspension rig is infintely adjustable to your strength to weight ratio so you can always get the perfect work load.
- Its fun and great stress relief.
- Combining cardiovascular conditioning with strength training will give you the quickest body change. As you build and tone muscle mass your resting metabolic rate increase which means you burn more calories everyday.
- You don’t have to spend hours to get a good workout.
Yoga Class Offerings
Gentle Vinyasa Yoga (Saturday mornings)
A slow, deep practice that awakens and nourishes the Mind, Body, and Spirit. In this class you will be guided through postures in the Vinyasa and Yin styles of yoga, beginning with the basic poses, but allowing for more challenging poses based on your practice level. Props are encouraged to allow the body to fully achieve each pose comfortably. This is a great class for students looking for a more gentle experience, those who are new to yoga or those who need a change of pace, yet still have the option to take it to the next level. Also the perfect class for students with injuries or limitations.
Vinyasa Yoga (Monday Evenings)
Vinyasa Yoga is a flowing, dynamic sequence of poses that is one of the most popular styles of yoga in the United States. Also sometimes called “Vinyasa Flow Yoga,” this type of practice involves synchronizing the breath with a continuous flow of postures. The fluid, almost dance-like movements increase flexibility, strength, and stamina, as it calms the mind and improves overall health.
The practice can be easily modified for beginners or more experienced Yogis.
Yin Yoga/Guided Relaxation (By Appointment)
Tune out the daily grind and focus on slowing down and listening to your body with Yin Yoga, the art of letting go. Tap into your parasympathetic nervous system to access the more tranquil functions of the body; those that help maintain a healthy, long-term balance of mind, body, and spirit.
Be guided through slow, deep Yin style yoga practice that will take you through variations of seated and supine poses, held for 3-5 minutes, promoting hydration to the deeper layers of connective tissue.
Each session begins with a Mudra (hand gestures) meditation and ends with a relaxing, guided meditationYin is as luscious, deep practice in its own right– or the perfect compliment to your Yang style practice.
Yin classes are available as an individual session or can be scheduled for groups at our studio or your location
Divine Yoga Nidra (By Appointment)
Divine Yoga Nidra is a meditation practice that guides you through stages of physical, emotional, and mental well-being using breath, body awareness, sense perception, and visualization techniques. This practice allows you to go down deep through each of the five Koshas, or energy layers, to find your true self to release the root causes of dis-ease. Relaxing and rejuvenating, there is nothing required of you other than to lie comfortably and allow yourself to be guided into a state of deep relaxation and rejuvenation.
Divine Yoga Nidra is available as an individual session or can be scheduled for groups at our studio or your location (home visits available).
Reiki & Guided Meditation (By Appointment)
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Home visits available.
As part of your Reiki session, you will also be lead in a relaxing guided meditation based on what your individual needs are. Please allow 1 ½ hours for your session.
At Shaolin Kempo Academy, we respect the individuality of each Yogi while honoring the connection we all have to each other, the Earth, the Universe. Come join us for a practice where you can be yourself, without judgment, in the company of Friends. Give yourself the gift of yoga and meditation to help you come back home to your True Nature. Clear Light Yoga–Sharing the Love, One Asana at a Time.
The Tiny Tigers program is a great way to introduce younger children to the martial arts class. Normally children under the age of 6 do not have the social skills or attention span to attend a traditional martial arts class. This is not the case with the Tiny Tigers; it is geared especially for children 3-5 years of age. Upon graduation from this program the young martial artist will be ready to move into a traditional martial arts class armed with all the basics and knowledge of what it takes to succeed in the martial arts.