Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Lamka Shaolin Disciple's Union FAQ's

Lamka Shaolin Disciples' Union (LSDU) is a non-profit organization, established to provide a forum to learn and practice authentic Martial Arts. Instruction focuses on the importance of generosity, brotherhood and self-discipline in learning physical techniques and movement. The goal is to produce a true, balanced Martial Artist in the traditional sense who makes a positive contribution to society. And also, for healing arts like Tai Chi and Qi Gong, where students or learners can benefit the Qi [energy] flow inside his/her body and benefit from problems like osteoporosis, arthritis, back pain, cervical, migraine, high blood pressure, sugar program, relief from stress and tension, obesity, diabetics, hypertension, free from sickness and rejuvenate to look and stay more healthy.

Is LSDU Program Legit?
Shifu Zhao Hui takes his training courses seriously. This is no "Black Belt Factory" clubs. My aim is to promote serious training methods and recognition to Martial Artists all over the world while taking advantage of the enhanced deliverability afforded by modern technology if no choices left for distance students. But I personally don't believe in this distance learning system because you always need a proper and experience trainer physically who can take care and assist in correcting your forms, movements, techniques, balance and advice related to the training course opted by students.

Is Kung Fu a violent art?

"No, it is physical, spiritual conditioning and mental training. It is a beautiful art! To kick with power, precision and control is an art!"

How many trainers are there at Lamka Shaolin Disciple's Union?

The one and only Shifu Zhao Hui. Shifu Zhao Hui will personally take your training rather than senior students where other training centers usually assinged their senior students or members to take care of new studdent. Here it's the opposite.

Do I have to be in shape to start?

No, my beginner program takes this into consideration. My training program gradually gets you back into shape and improves your flexibility as you learn self defense, improve your concentration, coordination and discipline. As your strength and flexibility improve, the more advanced training levels challenge you to improve yourself even more.

How long does it take to be a Black Belt?

It takes on average about 4 Years + 6 months. This is just an approximate durations. It will depends on which course you are enrolling for. Some other courses like Kick Boxing, Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do, Krav Maga and other can be completed the course within a period of 2 Year + 6 Months. It depends on how regular you are in your training class and how fast you catch you and how much devoted and skillful you are, judging by your trainer, Shifu Zhao Hui. But remember here I focus on Qualities rather than Quantities.

Does your system use grading or ranking examinations?

Yes. You are given a course exam every three months. You also take a comprehensive final exam each time you complete a major Training Level/Grade (about 2/3 every year or can be even just once, depends).

Is there an examination fee?
No, but if you want to take certificates and belts you will be charge as under:-

1. Level 1 - [Yellow] - Rs.1000 for both certificate and belt
2. Level 1 - [Orange] - Rs.1000 for both certificate and belt
3. Level 1 - [Green] - Rs.2000 for both certificate and belt
4. Level 1 - [Red] - Rs.2000 for both certificate and belt
5. Level 1 - [Blue] - Rs.3000 for both certificate and belt
6. Level 1 - [Purple] - Rs.4000 for both certificate and belt
7. Level 1 - [Brown] - Rs.5000 for both certificate and belt
8. Level 1 - [Black] - Rs.10000 for both certificate and belt

If I fail an exam, can I try again?
Yes. A repeat/make-up exam schedule will be posted approximately two weeks after the initial exam date. There is no academic penalty for repeated exams.

Will I receive any feedback on my progress?
Aside from daily training, you will receive a valuable feedback on your skills from your trainer, Shifu Zhao Hui. A report results is issued at the end of every grading exams and gives even more details on your physical and social progress via categories covering Physical and Technical Development, Physical Endurance, and Personal and Social Development.

Is there any Training Fees Discounts?

As there are no free rides in this world, there are no discounts for training or any free supplementary provided, regardless of the students country of origin, creed or financial condition.

Any "Special" abilities to learn Shaolin Kung Fu?
New joiners need not worry about their previous skill level before coming to train with me, I accept any skill level of Martial Artist to train here, from beginners all the way to seasoned Martial Artists, all are welcome to come and train. If you have previous experience in any other Martial Arts, it could help you to catch on quicker and learn more advanced techniques at a quicker rate.

What does "Wushu" and "Kung Fu" mean?
The term "Wushu" directly translated, means "Martial Arts". What started originally as a method of self defense has now blossomed into a form of physical culture. The term "Kung Fu" refers to the work, effort, and time spent in Martial Arts training. The Chinese train Kung Fu in Wushu schools and do not call the art itself Kung Fu. While Kung Fu is the skill that one attains from long, difficult practice.

So, while Wushu is the Martial Art itself, one must practice their Kung Fu in order to develop good Kung Fu. My training focuses on traditional and modern aspects of the practice of Wushu. I take pride in teaching my students the best aspects of real traditional Shaolin Kung Fu as well as other tried and tested Martial Arts and Qi Gong.

Internal and External styles. Which is better for me?

These terms are commonly used, however they are misconceived and inaccurate notions. In reality, any good style of Martial Art should have a balance of both internal and external principles. These two principles are combined and manifest in the training theories and methods, techniques, and philosophy of a given style of Martial Art.

Is the word for Qi the same as the ‘Chi’ in ‘Tai Chi’? No. For energy, Qi (‘chee’)is the Mandarin pronunciation. Hei (‘hey’) is Cantonese. For the moving exercise that you probably have seen, it is known as Tai Chi in Mandarin and Taai Gik in Cantonese. These spellings follow official language systems however, an older system of Romanization which uses the spellings ‘Chi’ ‘Tai Chi ‘is also still seen but can sometimes be confusing to beginner readers.

What types of philosophy do we focus on in the system?
Major focus of philosophical study includes theories from Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, Chinese Martial Arts History and Philosophy and Classical Chinese Military Strategy.

If fighting is bad, then why do we learn to fight?
In learning about conflict, we learn how to avoid it. Skills are one thing, but a great warrior has the wisdom to prevent conflict, and the confidence not to fight in the face of adversity.

Why Learn Weapons Training?

Weapons training is a traditional and integral part of Chinese Martial Arts. In ancient times, weapons served a practical purpose in Chinese warfare and self-defense. The use of weapons training persists not only to uphold tradition, but also to provide an essential medium through which the student may enhance power and coordination.

How many weapons can I learn?
There are over fifty different types of weapons and over 250 weapons forms in the system in all five categories (long, medium, short, flexible and special), as well special training methods to help unlock the secrets of the weapons.

What are foundation weapons?
There are four: staff, spear, broadsword, and straight sword. These four weapons are said to give birth to all other weapons in Martial Arts. In learning them, you will develop a diverse foundation of skills and become capable of moving freely towards the study and mastery of other weapons.

How long until I can learn a weapon?
First, everyone learns the basics, Flexibility, balance, how to move. You will start with the staff, the foundation of all weapons, after 6 to 12 months.

How is philosophy related to Kung Fu?
Kung Fu itself is a type of philosophy which one applies to their martial learning as well as their daily living. Furthermore, Chinese Martial Arts have been strongly influenced by historical, astrological, medical, philosophical and religious teachings, serving as the ethical guidelines for martial techniques, mental training and principles of living and conduct for the Kung Fu practitioner.

By studying these precepts, insight may be gained on the Chinese culture and its Martial Arts. When these teachings are fully understood by the Kung Fu student, correct moral conduct and proper etiquette will naturally develop. Furthermore, he or she will gain a positive outlook on martial training as well as his or her daily encounters in life.

What types of philosophy do we focus on in the system?
Major focus of philosophical study includes theories from Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, Chinese Martial Arts History and Philosophy and Classical Chinese Military Strategy.

What is Women's Self Defense?

Self Defense is a set of awareness, assertiveness, verbal confrontation skills, safety strategies, and physical techniques that enable someone to successfully escape, resist, and survive violent attacks. A good self defense course provides psychological awareness and verbal skills, not just physical training.

Does Self Defense Work?
Yes. Self defense training can increase your options and help you prepare responses to slow down, de-escalate, or interrupt an attack. Like any tool, the more you know about it, the more informed you are to make a decision and to use it.

Is Self-Defense a Guarantee?
No. There are no guarantees when it comes to protecting yourself. But self defense training can increase your choices and your preparedness.

Should I Train for Years to Learn to Defend Myself?
No. A basic course can offer enough concepts and skills to help you develop self-protection strategies that you can continue to build upon. Self defense is not only Martial Arts training. It does not require years of study to perfect. There are women who have successfully improvised and prevented an assault and never have taken a class. Women often practice successful self defense strategies without knowing it!

Am I Too Old? Out Of Shape? What if I Have Some Disabilities?
You don't have to be an athlete to learn how to defend yourself. A good program is designed to adapt to every age and ability and provides each student with the opportunity to learn. Each individual is unique and students should be able to discuss their own needs. Some programs have specialized classes for specific groups.

What do I learn in the Introductory Martial Arts Training

The Introductory Martial Training Level (Entry Level) prepares you for study in classical Chinese Martial Arts by introducing rudimentary concepts and techniques inherent to all styles of Chinese Martial Arts, such as kicking, punching, stances, footwork, and forms training. Emphasis is placed on flexibility and proper body mechanics development, for it is these essential skills which will not only begin to form the foundation for the individual’s martial training but are key to over one’s health. Learn this material well and your Kung Fu will be good. Serious Martial Artists always go back to their basics, continually refining and perfecting.

As a house relies on a strong foundation, this is one of the most important steps you will go through in all of your Martial Arts training. Regardless of your long-term Martial Arts goals, this step will help to ensure you reach them. After 6 months you go on to Grade 1. Looking back 6 months, you may notice that you’ve really has come a long way!

What do I learn in Foundation Martial Training Level
Based on both Northern and Southern styles, these next two levels train you in depth on all aspects of the principle skills and concepts in Kung Fu. An impressive repertoire of hand forms and weapons may be acquired. As flexibility and fluidity of motion are consolidated, you then focus on a systematic strengthening program to develop power, speed and timing. With these invaluable skills, essential to all Martial Arts, you are able to gain experience in practical application and sparring, joint locking, and weaponry. You may also gain experience in various other important traditional aspects of Chinese martial training, including special equipment and apparatus training, lion dancing training, as well as the rudimentary principles of martial philosophy and internal training (Qi Gong).

What do I learn in Intermediate Martial Training Level
The Intermediate Martial Training Level focuses on combat application. This level trains you in a step by step manner to develop the theory and skills which pertain to both technique and practical application of authentic classical combat techniques. This includes street defense and environmental awareness methods, grappling, throwing, sweeping and locking skills, as well as sport-oriented and competitive aspects which range from non-touch point sparring to continuous full-contact in empty hand, multiple attacker, and weapons formats.

What do I learn in Advanced Martial Training Levels
Here, one pursues an in-depth study of numerous empty hand and weapon sets, all from the rich and diverse lineage of classical Kung Fu styles. It is here that the individual may pursue a particular branch of the Martial Arts which best suits his or her interests and abilities. Learning the very best of beginner through advanced level forms, study is specialized according to the Eight Primary Divisions of empty hand forms.

Where Are Classes Held?

Classes are held at: District Park, Near RK Khanna Tennis Stadium, Entry from Gate No.8, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi-110028, India. Nearest Metro Station is RK Puram Sector-2 Station.

Do You Offer Private training?
Yes, private trainin are available by paying Rs.1500 ($ 21) / hour at students home or at the park where classes are held regularly. Or you can take private training monthly wise and for this per month it will cost you Rs.17000 ($ 238) /month. However, there's no harm in attending group classes, buy you will miss out Shifu's One to One Training Sessions to progress faster. Contact Shifu Zhao Hui if you're interested in a private lesson.

What Is The Refund Policy?
Sorry, no refund policy. Once fees are paid, no refund system at LSDU.

Do I require advance payment for tuition fees? And Mode of Payment?
Yes, you are expected to pay training fees in advance from the very first day of your training itself without fail. Mode of payment can be in Cash, Credit Card, Debit Card, Online/internet Banking. All card accepted.

How much will I get out of training with you?

The answer:- You get out of it what you put into it. Improving your physical abilities such as agility, speed, balance, coordination, fluidity, stability, and mobility takes work. Improving your mental abilities such as concentration, harmony, patience, self-control, and self-discipline takes work. We welcome you to come in and experience it for yourself.

Is there a uniform?
Yes, uniform is introduced, but not enforce to students to wear everyday. Everything gis flexible.

Can I have Trial or Demo Class Before Joining?
No, there's no free trial or demo class, but if you insist you have to pay Rs.1000 per hour for demo class. You trust my teaching methods and effecctiveness, join me, or you have doubts, you can walk away immediately.

What can I expect from a typical class?
A typical class will have 30-40 minutes of exercise. The exact format of the warm-up will vary from day to day, emphasizing such factors as strength, endurance, internal development or flexibility. After the warm up we will work on a variety of topics such as technique drills, forms, weapons or body conditioning depending on the level of the class.

Where does the term Shaolin come from?

Shaolin is the name given to the temple from its mountain name "Shao Shi Sheng". Shaolin itself means "Young Forest". The local people living under the temple gave the Shaolin Temple its name. In China there are many temples famous for their Martial Arts, such as Wu Dang and EMei, amongst others.

Why do we bow before class?

We always bow when entering and leaving the Kwoon / Guan (Training Hall). This is not just a ritual. Each and every time we bow before class, we are acknowledging that we are going to learn and listen to the best of our ability and, upon leaving, that we are going to respect what we have been taught and never use it in a harmful way. Bowing at the threshold of the Kwoon also shows the student's appreciation of traditional Shaolin Wushu and acknowledges the boundary that separates the routine of our everyday life from the training atmosphere of the Kwoon.

Why do Martial Artists use mediation?

Meditation is part of the Martial Arts because the arts are mental as well as physical disciplines. One must learn to calm his mind. A person relaxed and calm will be a more capable fighter. It’s a common fact that tenseness hinders speed. In the Kwoon/Guan/Dojo, meditation is usually practiced both before and after class, first to calm the mind for the approaching training session and to dispel irrelevant thoughts, and then after the session to relax the body.

Why the Horse Stance?

The horse stance, in which a practitioner extends his legs laterally with the knees bent as if straddling a horse, is considered the most important part of Kung Fu training. It is believed that one must first learn how to stand before learning to walk, then run, then jump. Before any Kung Fu technique can be executed properly, one must be able to use the horse stance in union with the hands, for without leg action, the upper part of the body has no power, Kung Fu instructors contend. Some stricter traditional Kung Fu styles are only taught after the student practices the painful horse stance for a period of as much as one year.

How is physical fitness related to the Martial Arts?

Martial Arts training promote isometric and isotonic exercises. All training, however, in Martial Arts as well as in other physical activities is based on the development of the cardiovascular system for endurance. To achieve long range endurance one must perform strenuous exercises repetitiously. The unique point about martial-arts training is that one not only achieves self-defense skills, but simultaneously, one achieves varying states of physical fitness depending on the degree of exercises. This dual benefit has attracted thousands of practitioners to the arts, and continues to attract new students who do not want to exercise just for the sake of exercising.

Are Callisthenic Exercises And Flexibility Training?

Callisthenic Exercises cover a wide range and include exercises and training drills geared toward general body development. These exercises are invaluable in developing coordination and control as well as preventing injury through systematic strengthening and nourishing of various body tissues and organs.

Flexibility Training is designed to gently and progressively increase the functional range of motion in the joints and tissues. Flexibility exercises tend to focus on specific areas of the body. In Martial Arts, we learn to understand and improve the function of every part of the body. By developing and maintaining good flexibility, one is able to maximize control and precision in movement and potential for power, increase the aesthetic level of movement, and improve one’s health.

Will I learn to become more aware and observant?
Great emphasis is placed upon becoming more aware of one’s environment. Avoidance is the first and most important goal. Second, how to avoid trouble once it’s spotted and Return to Safety, and third, how to use a Situation-Appropriate Response in the event of an assault or attack.

I am small and not that strong. How do I know the techniques will work for me?
The self-defense techniques are simple but highly effective, taking advantage of the natural vulnerable and weak points found in all humans. These techniques are easy to learn and remember which also helps in their effectiveness in a real situation. Practice allows the individual to respond automatically to any threat and deal with it accordingly. Emphasis is placed upon defense and utilizing the attacker’s strength to one’s own advantage. As strength is not a deciding factor, these same techniques are easily adaptable for almost anyone.

What is Qi Gong and how is it different from Tai Chi?

At Lamka Shaolin Disciple’s Union, Qi Gong is incorporated into the regular curriculum as it has been an integral part of martial arts training for centuries. Qi Gong dates back to ancient China and was the precursor to martial arts. The practice of Qi Gong and Tai Chi both work to improve the circulation of Qi through breathing techniques and ultimately to improve well-being through self-cultivation.

The attention on Qi Gong is due to health benefits gained by many practitioners. It is a form of managed health care to the millions in China. While the same health benefits can be gained from Tai Chi, this discipline requires more effort to learn.
Qi Gong is usually done in stationary postures with little or no movement using controlled combinations of breathing techniques.

Tai Chi requires learning a sequence of slow and continuous movements which naturally promotes deep breathing. While Qi Gong is inherent in all traditional Tai Chi (as well as other internal martial arts), Qi Gong is not Tai Chi.

Tai Chi, however is dynamic Qi Gong, which initiates all movement with intention. The practice of traditional Tai Chi is guided by martial art theories, therefore it can be taught as a martial art, while Qi Gong is only one element of the art. Qi Gong is a modern term and what primarily exists today are practices created after the Cultural Revolution.

Qi Gong on the surface, appears to be simple breathing exercises, which can lend itself to deceptive or even harmful practices. Some in search for a Qi Gong program are seriously ailing and in search for alternative therapies. It is even more critical that guidelines are followed in finding the right program to avoid being taken advantage of.

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