- Our Kung Fu Online Courses Are Not McDojo Bull Crap
- Why You CAN Really Learn Kung Fu Online
- Adding Kung Fu Online Training Courses Will Help You Stay Emersed In Your Training
- The More You Practice Kung Fu Online The Better You Will Be
- Who Should Learn Kung Fu Online?
- One of the most frequent questions we get about kung fu online is
Many moons ago a fellow student left Sifu’s school because he felt he wasn’t learning quickly enough. He wasn’t able to learn kung fu online at the time.
It’s something we see a lot, people trying to rush through their perceived time limits and ideals of what mastering a technique really means.
This student thought maybe Sifu was holding out on the ‘real secrets of Kung fu’ and got frustrated with what he thought was a slow progression.
He found another local school that promised to teach him the techniques and forms faster. Some time went by and then one day I ran into him at a local deli. He asked how I was doing and what I had learned so far.
While I was still working on Sil Lum Tao, he had moved on to Chum Kiu and some Bil Gee. He asked if I would like to train with him, and not being the type to pass up an opportunity to train with another partner, I agreed.
When he came over to my house to train, I realized he had something else in mind.
At that time I didn’t really know how to do Chi Sao very well. I may have only begun actually training in Jip Sao Jao Sao, which is sensitivity training to prepare you for Chi Sao.
However, I did play a game called hands, which is sort of a basic version of Chi Sao.
The interesting thing here is that from a technical standpoint my friend did indeed know more than me and had way more techniques he could call on, which is why he thought when we met at the deli, he had me.
When you are ready to learn kung fu online with us, you will get instant access to our game of hands module as well as chi sao modules.
It wasn’t that he really wanted to train, he really wanted to prove he was learning more and to test his skill. His teacher was advancing him fast and he thought that meant he had the upper hand.
Sifu Phu only advanced me when he felt I understood the lesson. And some lessons last for years… And that’s what people do not get, you won’t get this stuff overnight and you will continually be perfecting what you learn if you train right.
Our Kung Fu Online Courses Are Not McDojo Bull Crap
This is Kung Fu (hard work) not some McDojo. In other words, I spent a lot of time cycle punching and doing pak drills to learn muscle memory, etc.
Meanwhile, the guy that left got what he thought he wanted… He learned more techniques and advanced much faster than me or so he thought.
What I came to realize is that learning faster isn’t always better. When he came over, it became clear he was there to test his new skills on me, not to actually train with me.
When we touched hands, instantly his new skills crumbled beneath mine and I overwhelmed him with cycle punches and basic combos from Sil Lum Tao. Needless to say, he was floored, and I was a bit too, to be honest.
At the time, I had wondered as many did, do I really need to do a Tan, Pak, etc. 10,000+ times to be good? And the answer is, yes!
This reminds me of the above quote by Bruce Lee, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
That day my friend realized he wasn’t as good as he thought he was and I realized I was better than I thought. Both of us learned a lot about ourselves that day.
Long story short, we became good friends and trained together for many years. And yes, he even came back to Sifu’s school! 🙂
The lesson here isn’t that you need to know a lot of forms or techniques to be good. The lesson is, that you need to focus on what you do know and practice, practice, practice.
Remember it is not the number of techniques, it’s the quality of techniques practiced over and over that create a skill, muscle memory, tendon snappiness, and much more.
Why You CAN Really Learn Kung Fu Online
The reason why I wanted to share that story with you was that it illustrates the point that you don’t have to know a lot to be a competent martial artist. Nor do you need to learn a whole lot of stuff.
You simply need to learn the basic fundamental principles, then practice them consistently and finally test it against a resisting opponent. Having the ability to learn kung fu online allows you to learn more at a faster pace.
(Note: This doesn’t mean practice it 5 times and then see if it works), this means once you have practiced under different conditions and when you feel competent ask your training partner to increase the speed or power depending on what you are working on at the time.
Psst… Your training partner can be literally anyone… A wife, husband, son, daughter, brother, sister, mother, father, uncle, aunt, next door neighbor, and even a pet can help you train in some scenarios! The point is, finding a training partner is only as hard as you make it. 😉
Not to mention so many of your techniques and forms can and should be practiced solo, even if you have a training partner.
I tell Jamie all the time, “It’s not what we do when we have a training partner here, it’s what we are willing to do solo when no one else is there… That’s what makes the difference.”
Adding Kung Fu Online Training Courses Will Help You Stay Emersed In Your Training
Consistency is king here. Whether you are training daily or 3 times a week. If you can train an hour at a time, then do so, 30 minutes 2x day, no problem… Can’t fit that in?
Then do short chunks of 10-15 minute training several times throughout the day. Whatever the schedule, create it and stick to it. As we like to say… If there is a will, there is a way, so make it happen!
You might have heard Sifu Phu say, “Techniques don’t fail, if it’s not working, it is you that failed the technique.” Some people might think he’s joking when he says that, however, I assure you he is serious and for real.
What we do here at Enter Shaolin is teach you bite-size lessons that you can practice at home many with or without a partner, as much as you need and as much as you should.
Every time you think you mastered a form or technique… Ask yourself if you have practiced it, 10,000 times yet or not?
If you haven’t, then you haven’t mastered it yet. Similarly, if you think the technique is failing you and you haven’t practiced it that many times… Well, who really failed who?
If you want to become good at Kung Fu Online, it requires you to make a commitment to training on a regular basis, find the time, to get over any excuses you may have, and realize to master a technique requires more time than most are willing to admit.
Now don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean you won’t have a technique work for you if you haven’t practiced it 10,000 times, because I know I hadn’t practiced Sil Lum Tao that many times when I was able to beat my friend at a friendly hand of games all those years ago.
The fact is if you train consistently, you are constantly improving and becoming better to handle the average Joe you might run into on the streets that has no martial arts skill at all or the poor people fed the McDojo lies.
You can often get techniques to work right away when you try them, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to practice that technique to make it second nature and build that muscle memory. 😉
The More You Practice Kung Fu Online The Better You Will Be
The simple truth is, that the more you practice the better you will become. Everyone knows that practice makes perfect (or as some say, practice makes practice) and that is exactly what we strive to achieve with our martial arts.
And the crazy thing is you will always be perfecting what you do, no matter how long you practice it, it never stops. The more you train, the more you practice a technique, and the more second nature it becomes.
If you have learned from our YouTube videos, then you will absolutely be able to learn from our Members only videos which are more extensive and even more detailed to help you in your Kung Fu journey.
The key to good martial arts development is learning the guiding principles behind the movements and techniques.
It’s one thing to memorize a technique, it’s another to know why it works and how it works. We teach you why what we do works and we show you how it works too.
Here is an example of what I am talking about:
Did you learn anything from the above video? It’s just a few minutes of a 2-day seminar we held in Pittsburgh, Pa this past year.
Our members actually have the entire seminar in the member’s area. We have over 400 plus videos of pure training and counting ready for you inside, when you join…
Each lesson can be practiced and should be practiced thousands of times.
Here’s another example:
What about this video, did you pick anything up here? Let me know in the comments below this post.
I’m sure by now that you can see just how simple it can be to learn kung fu online.
Who Should Learn Kung Fu Online?
Maybe you live in an area where there aren’t any local schools/clubs available for you to train at, or you can’t find what you are searching for locally like Jamie.
Or maybe you can’t afford to train locally… After all the average monthly cost is around $155 a month to just go to public classes.
In either case, you have found your solution. It’s less than $1.65 a day to get started training with us here at Enter Shaolin.
It could be that you are already training and you simply want to further your knowledge in martial arts and further enhance what you already do.
We have family members from practically every martial art style that is available and as many if not more areas of the world.
Because we teach you how energy works with your body, and energy + physics are universal regardless of style. We will teach you the proper body mechanics you need to learn in order to be effective whenever you are ready. 🙂
If you are already learning how energy works with your body, that is great! Congratulations, you are one of the fortunate ones.
Sadly, there are literally thousands of martial art schools around the world that for whatever reason don’t know how energy works.
They don’t know the how to’s or why’s. They simply teach what they were taught and rinse and repeat. Most are training in external martial arts, and think that internal martial arts are too mystical when in reality it is not.
I even traveled to the U.S. to find other schools, because while I love Sifu Phu, I am not in love with where I live. I thought maybe he was just talking smack, but after traveling the U.S.
I realized indeed this knowledge he shares cannot be found just anywhere.
Which is one of the reasons we created Enter Shaolin, so people around the world like yourself, could have an opportunity to learn from Sifu Phu Ngo too.
I know there are incredible teachers out there in the world. I also know that they are few and far between.
You deserve to know the truth about internal martial arts. Because of the internet you have the opportunity to learn real Kung Fu regardless of where in the world you are. Not the watered down stuff, not the mystical mumbo jumbo crap either.
The best way to learn of course is face to face more specifically through private lessons. I know because I was a private student and there is a drastic difference in training public vs. private as you are able to get much more one-on-one training.
I preferred learning that way, however it was very expensive and I had to make a lot of sacrifices along the way to be able to do it. However, I realized that was the only way at the time.
But now there is another way, Enter Shaolin, is like having a Sifu Phu Ngo in your back pocket, a proverbial encyclopedia of his knowledge on the go.
If I would have had this while training in person too, it would have been a game-changer, no longer forgetting what was covered in my private lesson, etc.
One of the most frequent questions we get about kung fu online is
I would love to train with you guys online but I don’t have anyone at home to practice with… Can I still learn?
Of course, you can learn kung fu online. We have a lot of solo training drills you can practice, and forms and eventually if you are sincere in your training you will attract like-minded people with you who you can train.
At some point in your training, you will need at the very least one training partner. However, you don’t need one right away. You can start training alone and immediately begin to develop your skill. The good news is you can do 2/3 of your training alone.
Another Question: Is it possible to learn without person-to-person teaching?
To answer that question just type the words “martial arts”, “kung fu” or “self-defense” into YouTube and see how many videos there are. See how many views those videos are getting, read the comments.
Feel free to check out both of our channels Enter Shaolin YouTube and Enter Tai Chi YouTube. If you couldn’t learn from online videos, there wouldn’t be so many of them, nor would there be as many people watching them as there are. Think about it.
See you on the inside,
Sifu Larry Rivera
& The Enter Shaolin Family
Nate Mangano says
Well said Sifu Larry! Just your emails alone contain some great positive truth and motivation! Most lulls in my training and progress are usually due to lack of inconsistency, so I’m learning that is extremely important. The guy in your story reminds me of what I see a lot of people doing in the gym: rushing their sets, struggling with too much weight, and completing only a partial rep, and overcompensating with other parts of the body never intended for that particular workout. Instead of taking their time with the right weight, getting the full range of motion and increase reps, weights and sets as they go.
Once I hear anything pertaining to martial arts, no matter where I am, it’s like an opportunity to share what I’ve learned and the endless potential of real Kung fu. They either love you or hate you for it, but like you said, once they get a taste of true internal martial arts and how energy works, it’s hard to go back to anything else!
Larry Rivera says
Hey Nate! How are you doing bro?
Awesome analogy you are so right. So many people want to get to the finish line so fast they forget to enjoy the journey.
I am interested in purchasing the Rice Bag trainer. Do you have any videos on utilizing this training tool.
Larry Rivera says
Yes sir we do 🙂
David Clark says
I am from the Reading, Pa. area and formerly attended a school that was a traditional Wing Chun school (Cheung style). That school has since taken up different internal arts with the Wing Chun, and the sifu Randy Kohler was excellent at controling the contact point, of which allowed his kung fu to be effortless. So, Sifu Phu is saying the right stuff. This is the best on-line Wing Chun I have seen yet, everything that is being taught makes sense and works, regardless of style preference. Hope to join soon when I get some of my finances together.
Larry Rivera says
Hi David thanks for commenting and thanks for the kind words. We do our very best to bring our members quality training.
Robert maurice says
Thanks guys i love your lessons
Jamie Pelaez says
Thank you! 🙂
Joy Healey says
Interesting story – and I can see some parallels with persisting in learning Internet Marketing actually.
Larry Rivera says
Hi Joy, you are absolutely correct! The word kung fu literally means “Hard Work.”
You bring up an excellent point here.
I’ve realized (through life) that in order to learn something effectively, we must actually become it. That’s impossible to do if we’re busy trying to do/learn too many things at once.
To truly understand anything, it takes focus, consistency, and repetition. The wisdom of that Bruce Lee quote says it all.
We live in a world where things are promised to us immediately, so it can be tough for a lot of us to allow time to be our friend when we want something.
The funny thing is though that time tends to stand still when we’re completely immersed in something. Before we know it, we have achieved an incredible amount of learning while the journey in and of itself was the true gift of it all.
Larry Rivera says
Hi Dana, it’s true that when you are immersed in something you love it seems like time stands still. I started training in martial arts decades ago and sometimes it feels like only yesterday that I started my journey. Also, people tend to be goal oriented and they forget to enjoy the journey itself.
Kennedy R says
John Maxwell once said, “Small disciplines repeated with consistency everyday, lead to great achievements gained slowly over time”. Sifu Larry, this article hits the training nail on the head. As a new member, I’m currently working through the Ngo Dac Na Beginners Course 101. Even though I’ve earned a black belt in Tang Soo Do, and I’m currently a student of Wing Chun, the lessons that I’ve found here are universally applicable and I’m very glad I’ve joined Enter Shaolin. The team teaches the way that I like to learn. Best to you all.
Larry Rivera says
Thanks Kennedy glad you enjoy it 🙂