Shaolin Training includes fundamental practice, partner drills, and body conditioning.

Shaolin Training

少林訓練 | Shào Lín Xùn Liàn

Building a Base

Every style is built upon fundamentals. A proficiency in basic stances, kicks, and hand forms is a must before continuing practice.

Fundamental Practice

  • Fundamental Stances, 基本步法 (Jī Běn Bù Fǎ)

  • Fundamental Hand Forms, 基本手法 (Jī Běn Shǒu Fǎ)

  • Fundamental Kicks, 基本腿法 (Jī Běn Tuǐ Fǎ)

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Partner Drills

Partner training an integral part of martial arts practice. Exploring various ways of training with a partner helps to deepen levels of understanding in techniques found in sequences.


The YMAA Shaolin curriculum includes these topics:

  • Fighting Forms

    • Bare Hand: Connecting Hands, 盤手 (Pán Shǒu) or Bridge Hands, 橋手 (Qiáo Shǒu)

    • Kicking Matching Practice, 踢腿防法 (Tī Tuǐ Fáng Fǎ)

    • Weapons Matching Practice, 兵器對練 (Bīng Qì Duì Liàn)

  • Qin Na (or Chin Na), 擒拿 (Qín Ná)

  • Short Defense, 簡易防身法 (Jiǎn Yì Fáng Shēn Fǎ)

    • Wrestling/Takedowns, 摔跤 (Shuāi Jiāo)

  • Dagger Defense, 匕首防身法 (Bǐ Shǒu Fáng Shēn Fǎ)


The topics are further divided into:

  • Fighting Forms: 2-person bare hand or weapon exercises designed for both sides to train the same few techniques

  • Set Techniques: Specific techniques one student executes on the other

  • Reaction Training: Both partners engage in “free” reaction training rather than patterns

  • Student Constructed Sequences & Fighting Forms

Bare Hand Fighting Forms, 盤手 (Pán Shǒu)

Sequence Creation, 創拳練習 (Chuàng Quán Liàn Xí)

Body Conditioning

A base level of conditioning is required for any student to practice martial arts. Students practicing for health may choose to focus on drills to improve balance, flexibility, relaxation, and Qi circulation. Martial practitioners train endurance, muscular strength, joint strength, flexibility, speed, reaction, precision, and more.