We hear it all the time… “Can I learn Kung Fu without a training partner?” or “You can’t learn Martial Arts without a training partner.”, etc.
Since we have opened the doors to Enter Shaolin this question and statement keeps coming up. I think we could make tons of videos and blog posts on this and it would still arise as if we never addressed it. LOL
I like to say that there are 3 pillars to a person learning and becoming proficient in Kung Fu and you might just be surprised at how much you can learn solo and how much of how good you are depending on the training you do when no one is looking…
Here are the 3 Pillars of Training:
The First Pillar: You have to train your body. This includes things like push-ups, sit-ups, cardio work, bag work, conditioning the body, etc… This type of training can be done alone. (You will find most of this type of training in our C.O.R.E. training category here.)
The Second Pillar: This includes things like learning forms and solo training drills. For example: Learning the Sil Lum Tao, Chum Kiu, Bil Gee, Jong, Tai Chi, Qigong, etc… This part also can be trained alone. We have a growing section on solo drills that can be done, obviously without a partner. 😉
The Third Pillar: This is the pillar everyone gets caught up on and often stops them from starting their training. This is the sensitivity training, sparring, and practicing partner drills. All of these require a training partner obviously.
But notice how that is only one-third of your training and there is a lot more training to do before you are even needed or are ready for a partner.
Obviously, at some point in your Kung Fu journey, you are going to need to seek out training partners. However, as the saying goes:
“If you build it, they will come”.
When you start being consistent in all the other training you are doing, people are going to start asking questions. Maybe because you are starting to look more toned and in shape, maybe because your demeanor and attitude have changed for the better, maybe because you were got doing some Qigong or Tai Chi in the park, or maybe you were out in your favorite Enter Shaolin gear and someone asks you if you train in martial arts… As you evolve, people will ask questions, as you make this a lifestyle change vs. a hobby like-minded people are just going to gravitate to you.
Not to mention there are ways you can actively look for training partners or ask a loved one or friend to work with you, bonus they will also reap the same benefits as you!
When your out and about and you see someone checking out your Tai Chi form or see someone wearing martial arts clothing or a shirt, don’t be afraid to start up the conversation. This is a perfect time to introduce yourself, let them know what you do, ask about their martial arts background, etc. If you feel like they might be a good fit to train with, tell them that you are looking for a training partner to train and learn with. The worst that will happen is they say no.
But if you do your part, you are going to eventually find a good training partner or two! You will be amazed at how well the laws of attraction work when you are consistent and take action.
Maybe you are not a kung fu expert and you are just getting started that’s okay. You can certainly teach someone the knowledge you yourself have acquired and you could pick one or two lessons from Enter Shaolin to work on together and even outsource the teaching. It really doesn’t have to be complicated.
Do you think you can learn Kung Fu from a video like this?
Here is a little taste of the types of solo training drills we teach you. Sifu Phu is creative and has many ways for you to train solo with and without equipment!
This video is from our member’s area in the C.O.R.E. Training section C.O.R.E. stands for (Combat, Offense, Reflex, and Energy) Training.
But the real point of this post is, if you don’t have a training partner right now, that’s okay because learning these simple training drills will start giving you the tools you need to apply the techniques you learn. Not to mention you have 2/3 of your training to do solo and that’s not some small feat to get over. It’s sort of like layering.. Each layer and part of your training will bring you closer to being able to perform a technique in a real situation.
The training drill you just learned is to help you develop better wrist control. Go ahead and grab a towel and give the training a try. Let us know if you liked it in the comments section below.
Sifu Larry Rivera
& The Enter Shaolin Family
si fo cecil says
run form and know application and practice with partner when you can.
Jamie Pelaez says
thank you sifu you all ways thinking in hel ping every body and every situation in life thnk you for taking the time to help every body
Larry Rivera says
You’re welcome and we are glad you enjoy the training.
Sifu moss says
That’s cool i sow my friend robert a wing chun sifu In burbank cali with that, but still from you sifu phu off the hook.im going out to pick up tows for the class sat.good info.
Larry Rivera says
Good stuff! Let us know how it works out for you in class.
Thank you for sharing, I will definitely be trying this out.
Larry Rivera says
Awesome let me know how it works out for you…
Amazing! It’s like combining what we need with what amuses us.
I think that the best way to learn and teach is linking the concept of the lesson with something funny, so that can remain impressed better into our mind!
Thank you all guys!
Larry Rivera says
Thanks for the comment Donato. We are glad we can serve you…
Andrew Lawrence-King says
Great! A simple exercise that you can do solo, with equipment you’ll find at home (or for me, when I’m travelling, in any hotel room), that teaches fundamental movements, and even provides feedback (if the towel doesn’t wrap, you aren’t doing it right).
Thank you very much for posting this!
And yes, the question I keep asking myself is “Can I really study, without a regular training partner?” This video and the Three Pillars intro make a good argument for answering “yes”.
Jamie Pelaez says
Hey Andrew, so glad you liked this and our other training video. We have many more solo drills waiting for you and yes many you can do on the road. Sifu Phu and Sifu Larry are really great at letting you know how to know if you are doing something right or wrong. We do our best to leave no stone unturned. 🙂
Tom R says
This is great! Exactly the article I needed at this time.
I’m in the right place! :))
Sifu Larry Rivera & Jamie Pelaez says
We are happy this article came to you at the right time brother Tom! 🙂
Steven R says
Great drill…thank you
Alain G says
Very cool! Love it, Love it, Love it
Thank you Team
Ed D says
This is a great article!! Everything you write Sifu Larry is very inspiring and motivating. Thank you.
Sifu Larry Rivera says
Thank you so much. All of you inspire me to do my best 🙂