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Confessions of a Crooked Tree

I have been working for a few years on the concept of a book of metaphors I use to teach martial arts. This is one that I haven't shared yet. It is powerful and I hope it inspires you to stay on the path. I was out jogging in my neighborhood with Master Sheryl one…
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Summer Camps and Extra FUN

In addition to some of the extracurricular fun posted in our Community section. The kids have the opportunity to take occasional extra seminars with Grandmaster Sin and Master Joseph. And every summer, we hold summer camps! Children must be enrolled as Shaolin students in order to be eligible for camp. Students took a black belt…
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Our Annual Shaolin-Do Tournament

We have one big tournament each year (usually the 3rd or 4th weekend in February) and it's surrounded by rank advancement testing with Grandmaster Sin, and special seminars that he teaches the day after the tournament! Plan to be a part of it all!! It's a day like no other! It's full of energy, fun…
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Austin Tai Chi and Health

Most people know about the meditation and relaxation that comes from practicing Tai Chi. And while this martial art does involve a lot of both, it also comes with many other benefits in the area of health. Tai Chi can help with countless injuries and health problems, and can completely change the lives of those…
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Shaolin Drive In Theater

FREE! For instance, here's a backyard drive-in we did for our daughter's birthday last year. Complete with great sound system, and great friends. Bring your bagchair, snacks and drinks (be responsible), bug spray and a jacket or blanket. Parents please google the movie "Kung Fu Hustle" to decide on age appropriateness. Saturday April 16th movie…
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Shaolin-Do Forever

Go 'Monk' on life (or should I say 'Nun') I fully expect to be learning new Shaolin-Do forms when I am 80 years old. In fact, it is my secret weapon of longevity. Grandmaster Sin has said this countless times. He told us that the real reason to study Shaolin was to increase the length…
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Don’t Turn into a Tree (The Hero’s Quest)

Whether you know it or not, you're on a classic Hero's Journey. If you ever get the chance to read Joseph Campbell's "The Thousand Faces of the Hero" you won't be disappointed. However, if you don't have time for that, then listen to it in your car on CD or watch "Joseph Versus The Volcano",…
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Boldness Has Magic

"Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now" I hope this essay provides you with a pleasant read and small amount of inspiration and motivation to accomplish whatever it is your heart desires. Motivation comes and goes. Our moods change and give us an endless string of really good excuses to loose…
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The Science of Shaolin-Do Forms Training

As many of you know, I received my Ph.D. in neurophysiology in 1997, at UT Austin. Since that time I have missed science somewhat, but have always looked at Shaolin-Do training with a scientific method. I have used this background to model our training and progressive approach, and as you'll see in the following article,…
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