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Earning a Black Belt in Shaolin Kung Fu

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I often get people asking me about certification requirements for the Shaolin Butterfly. Since Monster Martial Arts is one of the few totally valid schools for promoting people in such arts as Karate and Kung Fu, and this through the internet, I thought I should take a moment and answer the question totally and utterly.

dan rankingFirst, as with any courses I offer certification in, and that is virtually all the courses offered at the monster website, one has to get the course they wish to test for, and the Master Instructor Course. They then have to do the material, including applications, and send in (upload to private channel on youtube) their test. I will grade the test, using the specific course they are testing and the master instructor course for all corrections.

Now, obviously, one needs the course they are going to test in, but the Master Instructor Course is necessary because it gives the exact data that one needs to know to have perfect form and technique. This is provable perfection, and once one has the data on this course, no matter which art they might study, they will be as perfect as they can apply the data on the Master instructor Course.

Now, that said, there are nine forms on the Shaolin Butterfly. The first five forms are shorter forms with two man applications. Thus, one can take a beginner and drill him mercilessly, and the beginner will be astounded at how fast he is picking up the material.

When I teach classes in Shaolin Butterfly I usually refer to these first five short forms as the prelude to Brown Belt. This means that once the student has finished these forms he is solid in basics, intuition is starting to rear his head, and he has built a solid base of technique.

And, I should say at this point that I know that a brown belt is a karate term, as is a black belt. The correct term would be brown sash, or black sash. I use these terms interchangeably, for they stand for about the same thing in the personal develop of a student when you compare the different arts, and especially when you compare the arts once they have been matrixed.

I use the remaining four forms, the longer ‘nine square’ forms, for the brown to black belt period. These are rich forms containing the wealth of kung fu. The difference is that the older, more traditional forms tend to be random collections of technique. They are wonderful, even phenomenal, but by categorizing techniques through use of matrixing, and by condensing them into more efficient patterns, one can learn much, much faster.

I should say that I don’t go into weapons. The reason for this is simple…once one has learned good kung fu, and I emphasize the word ‘good’ here, then one can simply pick up a weapon and plug it in. Thus, I give students weapons once they have completed the nine forms, and ask them to do their forms (including two man forms, with the weapons. this gives an amazing depth to the art, and the student begins an education beyond  education, for he must make many decisions as to what works and what doesn’t.

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I hope this article has helped the reader to understand more concerning the certification requirements for earning a black belt in Shaolin Butterfly.

Certification Requirements for the Shaolin Butterfly

Earning a Black Belt in Shaolin Kung Fu

I often get people asking me about certification requirements for the Shaolin Butterfly. Since Monster Martial Arts is one of the few totally valid schools for promoting people in such arts as Karate and Kung Fu, and this through the internet, I thought I should take a moment and answer the question totally and utterly.

First, as with any courses I offer certification in, and that is virtually all the courses offered at the monster website, one has to get the course they wish to test for, and the Master Instructor Course. They then have to do the material, including applications, and send in (upload to private channel on youtube) their test. I will grade the test, using the specific course they are testing and the master instructor course for all corrections.

Now, obviously, one needs the course they are going to test in, but the Master Instructor Course is necessary because it gives the exact data that one needs to know to have perfect form and technique. This is provable perfection, and once one has the data on this course, no matter which art they might study, they will be as perfect as they can apply the data on the Master instructor Course.

Now, that said, there are nine forms on the Shaolin Butterfly. The first five forms are shorter forms with two man applications. Thus, one can take a beginner and drill him mercilessly, and the beginner will be astounded at how fast he is picking up the material.

When I teach classes in Shaolin Butterfly I usually refer to these first five short forms as the prelude to Brown Belt. This means that once the student has finished these forms he is solid in basics, intuition is starting to rear his head, and he has built a solid base of technique.

And, I should say at this point that I know that a brown belt is a karate term, as is a black belt. The correct term would be brown sash, or black sash. I use these terms interchangeably, for they stand for about the same thing in the personal develop of a student when you compare the different arts, and especially when you compare the arts once they have been matrixed.

I use the remaining four forms, the longer ‘nine square’ forms, for the brown to black belt period. These are rich forms containing the wealth of kung fu. The difference is that the older, more traditional forms tend to be random collections of technique. They are wonderful, even phenomenal, but by categorizing techniques through use of matrixing, and by condensing them into more efficient patterns, one can learn much, much faster.

I should say that I don’t go into weapons. The reason for this is simple…once one has learned good kung fu, and I emphasize the word ‘good’ here, then one can siomply pick up a weapon and plug it in. Thus, I give students weapons once they have completed the nine forms, and ask them to do their forms (including two man forms, with the weapons. this gives an amazing depth to the art, and the student begins an education beyond  education, for he must make many decisions as to what works and what doesn’t.

I hope this article has helped the reader to understand more concerning the certification requirements of the Shaolin Butterfly.

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How Do You Judge Higher Black Belt Degrees?

Advanced Black Belt Degrees is an interesting thing. After all, how do you measure the depth of a man? He’s not a well, where you can drop a pebble in and wait the echo. It’s a problem in spiritual depth.

Now, most people think you can judge a  man by how much time he has been in a martial art. How long a fellow has spent in kenpo, or Judo, or Kung Fu, indicates how deep he is. And, there is a certain amount of truth to this, for the longer one studies in the arts, the better his technique gets. Just watch any advanced Tai Chi chuan-ist on youtube if you wish for proof.

However, this doesn’t always work. For there are some people in some arts that are, to be blunt, lousy. Their form is bad, they can’t make techniques work well, and they just don’t have the patience and compassion that an advanced degree in the martial arts brings.

There is a reason for this: the person doesn’t have enough experience in a large enough variety of martial arts.

A lot of people are quite curious and delve into arcane branches of varioust martial arts. But some people think there system is the only one, and they never really open up and travel down the martial path to the true martial art, and to the truth of themelves.

My solution for this problem was to award advanced ranking whenever one earned a black belt in a martial art.

Karate Shodan = 1st black belt, and a Kung Fu Black Sash is a 1st black belt…and a second black belt in the martial arts. Becoming expert in Pa Kua would be one black belt, but the student would be a 3rd black belt in the martial arts.

Do you see where I am coming from?

I am not locking myself into one method of martial arts; I believe that learning different arts gives an expanded viewpoint, which provides depth of soul. Now the person is actually progressing towards the true art, and to the true depth of spirit that aa advanced practice of martial arts imbues.

Tthis doesn’t negate the old one art method, it is just the method I have developed, and which seems to work better at creating MUCH deeper spiritual insight.

The truth of the matter is that where a person is in the martial arts depends on the amount and quality of his work, how true are his insights, and how kind he is to his mankind. This is my method, and in my opinion it is a much more certain and scientific method, for establishing the validity of Higher Black Belt Degrees.

If you want to learn about advanced martial arts, higher black belt degrees, and much more, go to monstermartialarts.com and pick up the free martial arts book on the front page.