The 21 Chambers of New Life Kung Fu

Formal Shaolin Kung Fu has no official sash ranking system. There are officially 3 stages of traditional Shaolin.

A Secular Disciple, Martial Monk and Master. A Secular Disciple is the beginning phase and a great number of students remain at this level until their master elevates them to the level of Martial Monk. One remains a Martial Monk until they become a Master.

Most Kung Fu schools have a ranking system and while there is no formal ranking system each school’s is different. Some have many level’s while others have none. The reason for a ranking system is to show ones achievements and to have something for the students to strive for. Another reason is for the instructor to know what level each student is at.

At New Life Kung Fu we keep as close to tradition as possible. We only have 2 Sash ranks: Yellow and Black.  However these 2 Sash ranks are broken down into The 21 Chambers Of New Life Kung Fu. The 21 Chambers Of New Life Kung Fu gives our students something to strive for and to display their achievements on their Sash.

Chamber 1

Stances 1-8

  1. Horse Stance
  2. Bow And Arrow Stance
  3. Rooster Stance
  4. Tiger Stance
  5. Unicorn Stance
  6. Empty Stance
  7. High Lotus Stance
  8. Low Lotus / Rest Stance

Strikes 1-3

  1. Flat Punch
  2. Vertical Punch
  3. Back Fist & Low Back Fist

Kicks 1-3

  1. Toe Kick
  2. Heel Kick
  3. Internal and External Sweep Kick

Shaolin 8 Stance Form

Chamber 2

Tan Tui Roads 1-3 As a form, routine or set, Tan Tui can be found in many Northern styles of Chinese martial arts. Its prevalence being so widespread, a common saying among Chinese martial artists has evolved: If your Tán Tuǐ is good, your kung fu will be good.

 

Chamber 3

Fisted Blocking Drill

3 Star Blocking Drills (1 and 2 person)

8 Way Blocking Drill (1 and 2 person)

Strikes 4-6

4. Reverse Hand Sideways Punch
5. Palm Strike
6. Double Hand Punch

Kicks 4-7

4. Sideways Toe Kick
5. Ramble Kick
6. Slap Kick
7. Side Heel Kick

Chamber 4

Shaolin Staff

  1. 13 Shaolin Staff Drills
  2. Qi Mei Gun Sequence (Eye Brow Staff Sequence)
Chamber 5

Forearm Strike
Palm Slap
Snake Walking

Lien Bu Chuan (Linking Step Sequence) Lien Bu Chuan literally translates to Consecutive or Continuous Linking Step Form.  Lien Bu Chuan originates from its’ own system of Kung Fu.  But, over time it has been generically just accepted as a Shaolin Form.  This form is still taught today in the Chinese Army and as part of the physical education program in school.

Chamber 6

Tan Tui Roads 4-6 As a form, routine or set, Tan Tui can be found in many Northern styles of Chinese martial arts. Its prevalence being so widespread, a common saying among Chinese martial artists has evolved: If your Tán Tuǐ is good, your kung fu will be good.
Hopping

  1. Forward Hopping
  2. Backward Hopping
  3. Sideways Hopping
  4. Occupying The Empty Door Hopping
Chamber 7

Gung Li Chuan (Power Fist Sequence)  Gung Li Chuan was founded by Chao Lian (1657 – 1748) who was from Shanxi Province in China. Gung Li is a form which is used by many styles as a basic training set.  This form uses dynamic tension as part of its training methods.  Gung Li makes use of deep stances in order to develop lower body strength and endurance.  Gung Li Chuan or Power Fist Form is one of the four basic Shaolin Chuan Sets.

Chamber 8

Tan Tui Roads 7-12 As a form, routine or set, Tan Tui can be found in many Northern styles of Chinese martial arts. Its prevalence being so widespread, a common saying among Chinese martial artists has evolved: If your Tán Tuǐ is good, your kung fu will be good.

Chamber 9

Shaolin Saber Training

  1. Shaolin Saber Drills
  2. Qi Xing Dao (7 Star Saber Sequence) Qi Xing Dao or 7 Star Saber, is a powerful traditional saber sequence originating from the Nanjing Central Guoshu Institute.
Chamber 10

Yi Lu Mai Fu The first Way of Ambush, it’s a powerful fundamental sequence that instructs clever and subtle methods of defense and attack. Contains practical and effective escape and withdrawal techniques.

Chamber 11

Shaolin Staff

  1. Yin Hand Staff Drills
  2. Yin Shou Gun (Yin Hand Staff Sequence) Zong Qing and Pu Cong returned to Shaolin, where they shared Yu’s staff method. Over the next four hundred years or so, it was practiced and refined in Shaolin, and evolved into what is now known as Yin Shou Gun.
Chamber 12

Er Lu Mai Fu, The Second Way of Ambush, is the next powerful fundamental sequences that instructs clever and subtle methods of defense and attack. Teaches more practical and effective escape and withdrawal techniques.

Chamber 13

Shi San Qiang (Shaolin 13 Spear Sequence) kung fu spear form as taught at tagou, kung fu school in the songshan mountains in the shadow of the shaolin temple. called shi san qiang or 13 spear in english, it is so named because it has 13 attacks.

Chamber 14

Shi Zi Tang (Cross Way Sequence) Shi Zi Tang builds on earlier sequences with the addition of several different kicks, side door attacks, and forceful techniques.

Chamber 15

Xiao Hu Yan (Roaring Tiger Swallow Sequence) Sounds like Sho Fu Yen, Xiao Hu Yan is a challenging and exciting sequence combining techniques from Long Fist and Northern Praying Mantis. Xiao Hu Yan emphasizes low stances, powerful kicks, leg sweeps, trapping, and striking.

Chamber 16

Wudang Tai Yi Daoist Sword sequence Since ancient times, Wudang martial artists have earned prestige for their mastery of the sword. Wudang sword uses flowing, circular movements to neutralize incoming attacks and redirect the opponent’s power.

Black Sash Advanced Kung Fu Chambers 17 - 21

Chamber 17

Shaolin 36 Form Cudgel: The cudgel is a popular weapon used by the warrior monks of the Shaolin Temple. The cudgel can be wielded steadily, using the arm’s force to attack with power and using only a little force to deflect with ease. Feinting in one direction and attacking in another, the cudgel covers a long range with its wide movements.

Chamber 18

San Lu Pao “Three Ways of Running.” It is the first advanced Long Fist sequence in the YMAA curriculum. San Lu Pao focuses on the fluid integration of speed and power through several hand and leg techniques, while also pushing the practitioner’s endurance and sense of enemy.

Chamber 19

Taizu Chuangquan was created by Emperor Taizu in the Song Dynasty (960-976 A.D.). It is an advanced sequence that enhances and develops a student’s knowledge in Long Fist fighting techniques while specifically training a combination of rooting, balance, and power.

Chamber 20

Si Lu Cha Quan (四路查拳) means “Fourth Way of Cha’s Fist.” It is one of the more well-known Chaquan sequences in Long Fist. When practiced with a proper sense of enemy, root, speed, and power, it is a very effective style for training higher level techniques in long range fighting.

Chamber 21

Si Lu Ben Za (四路奔砸 ) means “Four Way of Running and Smashing.” It is considered one of the most difficult and most advanced sequences created in Long Fist. Training this sequence patiently and diligently will lead a student to the highest level of Long Fist techniques.