I can imagine how hard it can be to find a school to study kung fu, especially when you make this decision for the first time. Whoever says anything, the most important part in choosing a school of Kung Fu is not the school itself, but you.
I have been living in Dengfeng since my childhood, so I know a lot about schools and masters around, and my advice for you is choosing the school in which you can find the right master and understand his the words clearly. After all, no matter how qualified your Master is, you should feel him.
At first sight, you will hear very simple things, but you shouldn’t forget about them: do not expect that any school will open it’s secrets on a web page. It can open them, but step it should not occupy your mind in the begining of your path. Be patient, calmly study the materials, talk with mentors and try to find out what do you like and what don’t. The biggest secret that we can share: stay calm in choosing and try to feel.
Choosing a school as well as choosing a master is your own way, so you need to listen to yourself and take it easy. We will try to provide a comprehensive picture and hope that this will help Shaolin kung fu in Dengfeng.
My history of kung fu has started from the early childhood. Despite the fact that we had a difficult situation in the country – there was a poverty and I did not have much of a choice what to do – I always wanted to study kung fu, and I found myself in it. I feel comfortable with kung fu, I feel that I am in the right place.
Before I have visited my first country abroad with demonstrative performances, I have been training for almost 15 years. And I’m still doing it.
Since 2002, by invitation from different countries, I have traveled with a group performing shows of the Shaolin kung fu. That time I’ve met my first foreign students and had some pracrice in such foreign languages like English, German, French. I have happened to teach international students in these countries: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Holland, Denmark, Turkey, the United States etc.
Brothers, everyone has his own way. We all have found our destiny and use the acquired skills. Every city, every country has a Master. We all spread the culture of Shaolin, as a martial art and as Chan Buddhism, all over the world.
I feel my calling to be at home, in China, be surrounded by the native mountains of Songshan. This is why my school was founded here, near the Shaolin Temple. Most of my students are children from my native village, where I was born.
I’ve never invited foreign students, all of you came only because of my travels and personal acquaintances. They are still coming.
We used to see each other when my students wanted to improve their skills, and now they come to improve skills of their own students. Of course, I remember everything, and I feel happy about it. Students don’t know me personally yet, so I decided to open my web page for you. I decided that this is a good start: getting to know me this way.
Now the mail works well, if you don’t understand something, you can write to me personally through the feedback form.
shifu Shi Yanchen