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We are delighted to announce that we have made it through to the National Lottery Awards Finals. 1300 project were nominated so for us to get this far we are absolutely thrilled! We are listed in the sports category. Who would have thought that our lovely senior citizens would be in this section! It just goes to show that there is a sport for everyone regardless of age, fitness or whether they have every done sport before.

We’d love to win! But to do that you have to vote for us.It’s the project with the most votes that wins. It’s as simple as that. So if you love what we do and would like to see us carry on this great project please vote! You can also share the news on Facebook, mention us in twitter and on instagram with the #NLawards. Here is the direct link and all you have to do is push the button.

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shifu and arsenalWhen you need a bit of help who do you call on? Shifu Heng Wei of course!

Well that’s what the Arsenal football team did a few months ago when they were looking to film some promotional footage for their pre-China season. Shifu is not into football and had no idea who they were. And even when he was told that Ozil and Sanchez were two of the the top 10 players in Europe it still didn’t phase him. It’s just another day at the office so to speak. We had great fun and the players seemed to enjoy themselves too! Maybe that’s why they won the FA Cup? Check out the video!

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group shot 2017 team shaolinTang Long – The Home of Champions.

On Saturday 24th June we hosted the 8th Annual Team Shaolin Wushu Open Championships here at our centre. We were joined by 75 competitors who took part in a total of 150 individual routines. There to support them was over 130 people from the various schools througout the UK. It was a fantastic day. The standards as you would expect were incredibly high. Even so we came away with an impressive batch of 22 medals! All the hard work paid off and Shifu was incredibly proud of everyone who took part. Next year’s event will be in April and we have a Grandmaster coming from China to be one of the judges. So start you’re preparation now and we hope to see you there

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Saturday 20th May 2017

A Cultural visit from Shaolin Master Shi Yanxu

On Saturday 20th May we were delighted to host two amazing workshops with Shaolin Master Shi Yanxu. Shi Yanxu is the founder of the Shaolin Cultural Centre in the USA which was set up after the Abbot of the Shaolin Temple in China asked him to do so. So for us it was a great honour to have him visit us in London. The morning session was a talk on Shaolin Culture, Buddhism and Meditation. The afternoon session was a Shaolin Master Class where he taught Luo Han Quan, a strong, dynamic traditional form with lots of applications.  The students who attended the event had a great time and we hope he can come back again soon!

Team Shaolin Poster-Cropped8th Annual Team Shaolin Wushu Open –  International Chinese Martial Arts Competition

Saturday 24th June 2017 9am to 6pm

We are delighted to once again be hosting the 8th Annual Team Shaolin Wushu Open.

The event as always will be judged by the Shaolin Masters with a special judge being flown in from China. The Masters will also be showcasing their skills throughout the day. This competition is open to everyone and we’d love to see you, your friends and your family all there!

Wushu competitors must be there for registration at 9am for a 10am start. Those taking part in the Sanshou must register by 1pm.

Entry forms can be found online on this page https://www.tang-long.co.uk/home/8th-annual-team-shaolin-international-chinese-martial-arts-competition/ and all payments are made online too. Entries must be in by 1st June and no new entries will be accepted on the day.

Spectator prices: Adults £10, Children £8, Family ticket (two adults and two children) £30

 

 

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A very special workshop with Shaolin Monk Shi Yan Xu

Saturday 20th May 2017

“Typically we are in the midst of different emotions, between joy and anger, loss and gain.  When we focus inwardly and reflect calmly, we can let go of these emotions so that the body and mind can be at peace.  We can then return to our inherent nature which is bright and peaceful…….”   Master Yan Xu 34th Generation of Shaolin Temple, China

We are very pleased to announce that we will be hosting not one but two fabulous workshops on Saturday 20th May. These workshops will be with Shaolin Monk Shi Yan Xu who with the blessing of the Abbot founded the Shaolin Temple Cultural Centre USA in 2007.

The day will be in two parts and you can attend one or both sessions.

Morning Session. 10-12pm
This session will be an indepth discussion on Cha’an Buddhism plus Shaolin Culture and Philosophy.
This two hour session will cost £30.

Afternoon Session 1-4pm
Shi Yan Xu will be teaching a traditional Shaolin Form with applications.
This three hour workshop will cost £50

We hope as many of you as possible can make it as it’s a special honour to have Master Yan Xu visit us.
Places must be booked in advance.

Shaolin Challenge – Saturday 22nd April 10-12pm

As you know we are a charity and are always looking for fun ways to help us raise funds for our events and activities. So why not come and test yourself as you take part in the Shaolin Challenge! We have a variety of tasks set up for you to test both your physical and mental endurance. Get your friends and family to sponsor  you. Tell them to come and cheer you on during the event. The tasks might look easy but believe us, it’s tough!

All money raised on the day will go towards our Team Shaolin Championships in June 2017

Come and pick up an application form from reception. There will be a prize for the overall winner.

Ba Duan Jing Workshop with Professor Yang Li

Saturday 15th April 2017. Time 9-12am

We are delighted to offer you the opportunity to train with one of the top Professors at the Beijing Sports University – Yang Li.
In addition to teaching some of the best teachers and Champions in China (including Zhang Yi who did our last push hands work) Professor Yang Li is also a regular on Chinese CCTV demonstrating Tai Chi. This is her first visit to the UK so lets make it a special experience for her.
Check out her last appearence on CCTV demonstrating Tai Chi Fan on this link

The Ba duan jin qi gong(八段錦) is one of the most common forms of Chinese Qi Gong used as exercise. Baduanjin is primarily designated as a form of medical qigong, meant to improve health. Each movement within the form works on specific internal organs to increase the blood flow and move healing energy around the body.

Variously translated as Eight Pieces of BrocadeEight-Section BrocadeEight Silken Movements or Eight Silk Weaving, the name of the form generally refers to how the eight individual movements of the form characterize and impart a silken quality (like that of a piece of brocade) to the body and its energy.

Saturday 29th October 12-2pm

Meditation and Ba Duan Jin Qi Gong with Shifu Heng Wei and Dr. Li

Due to popluar demand we are running a 2 hour workshop this weekend.
Ba Duan Jin is one of the most famous Qi Gong forms from Shaolin that has numerous health benefits. Shifu Heng Wei will be teaching this gentle form and to explain even further how it is working with the body we have invited Dr. Li to come along and explain to you in Chinese medical terms just exactly what is going on inside the body. The workshop will start with a relaxing meditation.
Payment: £20 booked in advance. £30 if you pay on the day.

Saturday 19th November 10-1pm

Push hands masterclass with a Chinese National Champion!

Pushing hands is said to be the gateway for students to experientially understand the martial aspects of the internal martial arts, leverage, reflex, sensitivity, timing, coordination and positioning. Pushing hands works to undo a person’s natural instinct to resist force with force, teaching the body to yield to force and redirect it.   Push hands allows students to learn how to respond to external stimuli using techniques from their forms practice. Among other things, training with a partner allows a student to develop ting jing (listening power), the sensitivity to feel the direction and strength of a partner’s intention. In that sense pushing hands is a contract between students to train in the defensive and offensive movement principles of their martial art: learning to generate, coordinate and deliver power to another and also how to effectively neutralize incoming forces in a safe environment. Push hands allows students to learn how to respond to external stimuli using techniques from their forms practice. Among other things, training with a partner allows a student to develop ting jing(listening power), the sensitivity to feel the direction and strength of a partner’s intention. In that sense pushing hands is a contract between students to train in the defensive and offensive movement principles of their martial art: learning to generate, coordinate and deliver power to another and also how to effectively neutralize incoming forces in a safe environment.

Push hands allows students to learn how to respond to external stimuli using techniques from their forms practice. Among other things, training with a partner allows a student to develop ting jing(listening power), the sensitivity to feel the direction and strength of a partner’s intention. In that sense pushing hands is a contract between students to train in the defensive and offensive movement principles of their martial art: learning to generate, coordinate and deliver power to another and also how to effectively neutralize incoming forces in a safe environment.  Push hands allows students to learn how to respond to external stimuli using techniques from their forms practice.

Among other things, training with a partner allows a student to develop ting jing(listening power), the sensitivity to feel the direction and strength of a partner’s intention. In that sense pushing hands is a contract between students to train in the defensive and offensive movement principles of their martial art: learning to generate, coordinate and deliver power to another and also how to effectively neutralize incoming forces in a safe environment.

Push hands allows students to learn how to respond to external stimuli using techniques from their forms practice. Among other things, training with a partner allows a student to develop ting jing(listening power), the sensitivity to feel the direction and strength of a partner’s intention. In that sense pushing hands is a contract between students to train in the defensive and offensive movement principles of their martial art: learning to generate, coordinate and deliver power to another and also how to effectively neutralize incoming forces in a safe environment.

The three primary principles of movement cultivated by push hands practice are:[3]

  • Rooting – Stability of stance, a highly trained sense of balance in the face of force.
  • Yielding – The ability to flow with incoming force from any angle. The practitioner moves with the attacker’s force fluidly without compromising their own balance.
  • Release of Power (Fa Jing) – The application of power to an opponent. Even while applying force in push hands one maintains the principles of Yielding and Rooting at all times.

Cost £40 booked in advance, £50 if you pay on the day

Saturday 26th November 10-1pm

Wudang 36 Kick Masterclass with Master Rui Zi He

Kuang Changxiu, also known through China as “Flying Kicks Kuang”, is still widely revered for his unbelievable kicks – a tradition that has been passed on to this day through the Wudang San Feng Lineage. This Masterclass will focus on several different kicks as well as a variety of drills for coordination, flexibility, and conditioning to provide students with the means to improve range of motion in the hips and waist, greater body control, and more agile adaptability between different kicks. It will help provide students with the means to execute kicks with greater efficiency, speed, and control.

This Masterclass is accessible for students of all abilities. Great for beginners who wish to strengthen their foundation in kicks and flexibility and also for intermediate and advanced students of any discipline interested in enhancing their kicking technique and overall bodily coordination, adaptability, and agility to truly bring their practice to another level.

Payment £30 booked in advance, £40 if you pay on the day

Saturday 10th December 10-4pm

Wudang Six Harmonies and Five Elements with Master Rui Zi He

A Masterclass focusing on the Six Harmonies and Five Elements of Xingyiquan. The cost will be announced soon and the following is some information on what will be covered in training. It is sure to be informative and transformational for all attending.

This Six Harmonies and Five Elements Masterclass will focus on establishing and understanding the theory and coordination of the 3 External Harmonies and 3 Internal Harmonies and how to utilize them in posture and practice. Students will learn and practice the Five Fist sets of Xingyiquan – each brief set comprised of one or two major techniques.

Through the practice of the Six Harmonies and the individual Five Fist sets, students will explore zhenghe li, or Directed Focus Power. This will lay the groundwork for harnessing, unifying, and expressing the Six Harmonies within the practice. Students will then learn the Basic Five Fist Linking Short Form – an accessible but comprehensive short form that students can continue improving on.

A great practice for students of all ability levels. For beginners, this class will help to explore internal and external coordination, the establishment of a strong foundation, and correct posture. For intermediate and advanced students this class will improve the dynamic coordination of internal and external bodily awareness and establish and refine the external expression of internal power.

Cost £60 booked in advance, £70 if you pay on the day