Our club, Northern Shaolin Traditional Martial Arts, meets three times a week
in Vancouver, B.C.

We train in traditional northern Shaolin martial arts (kung fu) and southern style lion dance.

Tuesdays & Thursdays
8:00 – 10:00 PM

 

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Our Style

Our school, Northern Shaolin Traditional Martial Arts (北少林傳統武術院), focuses on martial arts (or kung fu) training that originated from northern China. The core of our style centers around the martial arts skills that were passed down from Grandmaster Kin Fung Ma (馬劍風) to our Program Director and Chief Instructor, Master Jun Y. Ing (吳俊譽).


In pursuit of his aspiration to extend his martial arts knowledge and skills, Master Ing has sought and trained with masters of other martial arts styles. Therefore, in addition to the styles of Grandmaster Ma, our school is able to incorporate techniques and skills from other northern styles to broaden our training curriculum.

Training Curriculum

Our students are demographically diverse with ages ranging from under six (6) to over sixty (60) years of age. The interests of our students vary from a moderate commitment of maintaining a regular physical exercise regimen to a serious commitment of vigorous training for competitive events. We offer a flexible training program that will support our students in pursuing their individual interests within the Northern Shaolin Traditional Martial Arts style.

Basic Techniques

New students will be introduced to the basic techniques of our style. These include stretching exercises, stances, punches, kicks and jumping exercises. The basic techniques are an essential part of our training program at the beginning of each class.

Forms

Forms or sets are an integral part of our training. These forms are traditional routines that have been handed down from the masters of each style for generations. The movements in these routines are choreographed techniques simulating actual combat with one or more opponents. Our students begin their forms training with our basic empty-hand and fundamental weapon sets. As our students become more proficient with their martial arts skills, they will be introduced to our intermediate and advanced sets with increasing degrees of difficulty and complexity. In addition to the extensive number of empty-hand sets from the various styles, our training program places an emphasis on training with weapons. We train with many traditional weapons from northern China starting with the basic staff, broadsword, spear and straight-sword forms. For the intermediate and advanced levels, our students will be introduced to more complex and difficult techniques for the above four (4) weapons including the use of twin or double weapons, heavy weapons and flexible weapons. We also provide training on specialized weapons such as deer horn blades, the wolf-fang mace, various choppers and halberds.

Conditioning

Our style of self-defense focuses on speed, flexibility, coordination and stamina. These attributes can be achieved through repetitive training on our speed drills, static and dynamic stretching routines, forms and cardio-vascular exercises. For students who are passionate about self-defense applications, they can participate in our conditioning program. We condition the vulnerable parts of our body that would normally come into physical contact with an opponent. Our primary conditioning program includes exercises to strengthen and reduce the susceptibility of our forearms, shins and fists. Our advanced conditioning program includes iron palm and body armour training. These teachings were handed down from our Great Grandmaster Gu, who was reported to have killed a horse with a single palm strike and was able to endure having an automobile driven over his body.

Sparring

Sparring is a key element to self-defense applications. Sparring will provide our students with tangible fighting experience and refined judgment on timing and distance in the execution of self-defence techniques.

Our Style

The forms we practice distinguish our martial arts style and origin. The word ‘bei’ is mandarin phonetics for ‘northern’ and therefore the terms ‘Northern Shaolin’ and ‘Bei Shaolin’ used in our Web site are equivalent. Our training curriculum includes forms from the Jing Wu Athletic Association (精武體育會), Bei Shaolin Men (北少林門), Luohan Men (羅漢門) and other northern styles. These forms provide a complete and very comprehensive system for both empty-hand and weapons fighting. The ten (10) fundamental Jing Wu forms originated from the legendary Jing Wu Athletic Association established in Shanghai in 1909. There have been numerous martial arts movies made on the Jing Wu Athletic Association; some of the more popular films include ‘Fists of Fury’ by Bruce Lee in 1972 and ‘Fist of Legend’ by Jet Li in 1992. The Jing Wu forms are considered to be indispensable to building a foundation of both empty-hand and weapons techniques for novice students. Many different martial arts styles and schools have adopted the Jing Wu sets as part of their essential training program. The Bei Shaolin sets were handed down from Great Grandmaster Gu, who was renowned for his iron palm and spear skills. The ten (10) Shaolin empty-hand sets are the most well known of the Bei Shaolin forms. These empty-hand forms emphasize attacks using leg techniques. The Luohan forms came from Great Grandmaster Sun, a famed broadsword champion of five (5) provinces. The Luohan attacking techniques are known to be powerful, ferocious and relentless. Our other northern styles include Mizhong (迷踪), a style famous for its fast and elusive maneuverability, as well as Cha Quan (查拳) and Hua Quan (華拳), two (2) of the five (5) long-standing traditional long-fist (長拳) families noted for their flowing and elegant techniques.