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Ren Shi Gong Fu is a family Kung Fu school located in Shandong, China, emphasizing individiualized one on one training. We train students in Ren Fist (the family form), traditional Shaolin styles, Sanda (Sanshou), Taiji Meihua Praying Mantis, Chen Taiji, Yang Taiji, Southern Shaolin, and modern Wushu. The family has three masters, all knowledgeable in different forms and styles.
Accommodation is provided in the house of the master's sister, which is located in a rural Chinese neighborhood of terraced houses. It includes a living room with a TV and DVD player, a computer with broadband access, wireless internet, a simple bathroom with western style toilet and hot shower, and 3 bedrooms. Normally, each student has a private room, but there can be a maximum of 2 students sharing a room at busy times.
Training for beginner students provides the foundation for a strong body and mind. The aim of training is to create higher levels of strength, stamina, flexibility, co-ordination, and speed while toughening the striking weapons of the body and areas that are potential targets for your opponent.
Stretching and warm-up: helps you develop muscle flexibility and prepare the body for the actual Kung Fu training.
Cardio training: Sanda (kick boxing) and other cardio drills and exercises help to develop stamina and a strong, determined mind.
Gong-fu (basic Kung Fu technique) and Taijiquan forms: Learning these forms is a relaxing, therapeutic way to improve flexibility, strength, and stamina. These moving meditations can help to integrate the mind and the body through learning to coordinate the breath with mindful movements.
Forms: Learning Kung Fu forms listed in "Our Kung Fu" section. Kung Fu forms are series of predetermined combat movements combined in such a way that they can be practiced as an uninterrupted sequence. Today, many consider forms to be one of the most important practices in Chinese martial arts.
Weapons training: Practising the use of weapons through learning weapons forms increases both co-ordination and focus. The focus and co-ordination required for example in the use of the whip chain or three sectioned staff can teach a person to quiet his mind and focus almost instantly.
Body conditioning: Learning how to harden the body against the punches and weapons at the likely attack points.
Calisthenics: Calisthenics are body weight exercises (push-ups, sit-ups, squats, etc.) that increase muscle strength and endurance, and can increase speed and co-ordination by developing the core stabilizer muscles in your body that provide the precision the body needs to perform at its highest level.
Weight training: Weight training helps to develop the fast twitch muscles responsible for explosive strength. It can also help maintain and build lean mass given proper diet and rest patterns
There is no training during weekend, however students may join for a training sessions with a group of Chinese children on Saturday.
The Meihua Quan would have origin from an ancient founder lived in not specify age. It synthesizes the ancient military tactics of our country and it is the quintessence of both Shaolin and Taiji. Meihua Quan is the result of experiences during years and years of study, of transformations and successive experimentations, becoming typical Chinese martial arts.
Masters of Meihua Quan have a relaxed physical look and are free from rigidity in both thought and body postures. The practice of Meihua Quan can bring several benefits: good health, self-defense skills, enhanced prevention and recovery from illness, and improved mental ability.
Traditionally, the staff is made out of a material called wax wood, rather than bamboo as many people might think. Wax wood is strong, yet flexible, making it ideal as a material for the staff. The staff is fashioned with one thick end as the base and a thinner end near the tip, and is cut to be about the same height as the user.
People from China's Henan area believe that Taizu Chang Quan was developed in the early Song Dynasty era, under the sponsorship of first emperor Zhao Kuangyin. The Taizu Chang Quan style is characterized by powerful strikes and movements, body shaking, being structurally aligned, postures flowing with coordinated footwork, being very firm and stable both in standing and stepping, and is effective in evading, grappling, joint locking, and take-downs.
The Five Animal martial arts supposedly originated from the Henan Shaolin Temple. The five animals in the northern style of Chinese martial arts are the tiger, the crane, the leopard, the snake, and the dragon.
The traditional story of its creation states that it was created by monks in the Shaolin Temple, by observing and imitating the forms and expressions of each Arhat Statue in the temple. Each movement in the art of Arhat Boxing are simple and straight. Each movement represents the simplicity and beauty of the expressions of the Arhat Statues. Each powerful attack is hidden through the movements of Arhat forms.
Shaolin fighting In close quarters boxing
Shaolin Neigong emphasizes training the coordination of the individual's body with the breath, known as the harmonization of the inner and outer energy, creating a basis for a particular school's method of utilizing power and technique.
Neigong exercises that are part of the neijia tradition involve cultivating physical stillness and or conscious (deliberate) movement, designed to produce relaxation or releasing of muscular tension combined with special breathing techniques.
The fundamental purpose of this process is to develop a high level of coordination, concentration and technical skill that is known in the martial arts world as Neijin.
The mantis is a long and narrow predatory insect. While heavily armored, it is not built to withstand forces from perpendicular directions. Consequently, its fighting style involves the use of whip-like/circular motions to deflect direct attacks, which it follows up with precise attacks to the opponent's vital spots. These traits have been subsumed into the Northern Praying Mantis style, under the rubric of "removing something" (blocking to create a gap) and "adding something" (rapid attack).
Taiji Plum Blossom Praying Mantis Boxing is, historically, a combination of two different lineages of Northern Praying Mantis: Taiji Mantis and Plum Blossom Mantis. Northern Praying Mantis is especially known for its speed and continuous attacks. Wrist/arm techniques in particular are emphasized, as well as knee and elbow strikes.
Eight step Praying Mantis boxing
Believed to be extinct since the Tang Dynasty. Two-handed swords can be up to 1.6 meters in length and its handle could be used as a lever to lock the opponent's arm if necessary.
Sanda is most easily described in English as Chinese kickboxing. There are a few simple techniques of attack and defense that the practitioner develops over time. Sport Sanda competitions occur at the striking and clenching range. In competition, strikes are limited to punches, kicks, and takedowns. The action stops after a takedown occurs.
Sanda taught at the Ren school adds techniques that are excluded from the sport style of the art. These include elbow and knee strikes, advanced clenching techniques and more effective takedowns. Sanda has no rank or belts. The same techniques exist for beginners that do for experts. The only difference is the level of proficiency a student has achieved. Masters Ren Qiang and Ren He have trained provincial Sanshou champions in both Henan and Shandong.
Chen style Tai Chi old frame first form
Chen style Tai Chi old frame second form
Taiji boxing is the core of Chinese cultural heritage. It originates from Song Dynasty and has shaped its theory and fighting system through the continuous improvements by generations of masters, who based their modifications on combination of Qi Gong practice, breathing exercises and traditional Chinese medicine.
Taiji is characterized by the combination of firmness and flexibility, balancing of high and low speed, integration of movement and stillness, firmness and emptiness, flexible bending and stretching, performing movements without power but with full awareness. The fist movements in Taiji are continuous like spring silkworm spinning silk and like Chang Jiang River keeping a constant flow of water.
Those who do not understand Taiji often think that given Taiji's slow performance and soft movements it's an exercise for old people. But in reality, in Taiji just like in any sports activity, to perfectly execute each movement, before using strength you must first relax the body: if you relax, you can perform a fast and powerful movement (this is why according to Taiji the movements must originate from a still and balanced mind).
This relaxing system and exercising method which is meant for both body and mind has many benefits. Improving the nervous system which in its turn improves the function of all bodily organs and stimulates the brain. Taiji helps its practitioners to develop wisdom of the heart, coordination and reaction ability.Increased heart-lung functions and vitality, improvement of circulation system.
Different from other sports activities, Taiji movements start slowly, letting all body muscles to relax first in order to ensure that the heart gets sufficient blood supply without increasing the heart rate. Through slow, long and even breathing, the area around the lungs gets sufficient oxygen; intestines and stomach get exercise, thus improving the digestion and excretion function.
Increased balancing ability and strengthening the skeleton: in Taiji some movements are specifically designed to help practitioners practice their balancing ability. During Taiji exercise, people often use one leg to support the whole body weight, in such a way developing stronger legs. Since it increases the amount of calcium in the bones, the skeleton will also become stronger.
Artistic value and a great fitness exercise; Taiji requires its practitioners to perform all sorts of movements which makes practitioners practice all the muscles of the body and therefore stay in good shape. Apart from that, Taiji - especially performed in a traditional uniform - is a very beautiful and elegant performance.
However, health and strength are not the only Taiji benefits. Apart from being a great exercise, Taiji is also a set of very effective combat movements. Taiji attack and block movements combine both traditional and modern methods to provide the most optimized way to fight. Taiji uses quick kicking, striking, knocking, holding, pressing, stroking, squeezing, pushing, trampling, twisting, elbowing and leaning to defeat the opponent.
Taiji Jian is a straight two-edged sword used in the training of the Chinese martial art Taijiquan. Also commonly known as straight sword, the jian sometimes come with a tassel and sometimes not and it is used for upper body conditioning and martial training in traditional Taijiquan schools.
The Yang and Wu families were involved in Qing dynasty military officer training, and taught jian technique to their students. Traditional Taiji Jian forms are rooted in martial application, and are thus originally designed to make use of the weapons available at the time of their development. This sword was primarily created for close fighting in closed packed environments such as small towns and cities where spears and pole-arms might prove inconvenient.
Ren family's fist
Fanche Lulu Chui, of which the Ren Fist is a derivative, belongs to the Shaolin Tanglang (Praying mantis) system. Its forms are well-organized in structure for attack and defense with strikes and defense movements that are plain and practical. The forms are focused and built around the Lulu Fist and Mandarin Ducks Feet of the traditional styles of Northern Chinese Gongfu.
Fanche Lulu Chui is a highly sought after style by educated practitioners of the Chinese Martial Arts. Fanche was created by Master Xu Sheng Xiao, a famous Shaolin disciple during the early Qing Dynasty. After leaving Shaolin, Master Xu first traveled to Shandong province. Because Master Xu liked the local rural way of life, he stayed in Zhang Ge Zhuang Village of Laixi City and passed his Xiao fanche fist to Master Ren Zhao Hua, who then integrated the Shaolin style with his traditional Shandong Mantis training and formed RenShi Xiaofanche.
Over the last several hundred years, RenShi Xiaofanche Gong Fu continued to be passed down from generation to generation and gradually, as the arts always do, it has been adapted over time to reflect modern realities of unarmed combat and competition. Modern Ren Fist is a combat art, combining elements of Sanda, Xiaofanche, and traditional Shaolin styles.
Ren Shi Kung Fu is a combination of self-defense (fighting), getting in shape (health) and mind cultivation (philosophy). It was created by Ren Zhao-hua, the 13th generation, and has been passed on from generation to generation of Ren family masters. It's based on Shaolin boxing and Mantis boxing and embodies the characteristics of 'inside and outside into one' and 'having both shape and spirit'. The masters of the Ren Shi Gong Fu school train with the philosophy that martial arts are for the betterment of the whole individual through the performance of physical exercises.
In order to cultivate the mind through studying Kung Fu students must have an open heart, an optimistic mood, respect teachers, love their friends and all humanity. This is the basis of Kung Fu as well as of being an honorable person.
In order to keep in shape through practicing Kung Fu, students must study gradually and in line with natural principles: combine looseness and tightening, adopt rigidness and flexibility, and integrate consciousness, breathing and moving effectively to achieve discipline inside and out.
In order to master Kung Fu for self-defense, students must apply critical thinking, understand the principles of movements, and master the skills. Ren Shi Gong Fu advocates teaching and coaching based on each individual's health and situation to maximize its benefits. In a word, a fighter should know him or herself and the opponent, and be calm and stable. At the same time, Ren Family strongly believes that nonviolence should always be the first choice when attempting to resolve any conflict.
The Ren Shi Kung Fu is designed for combat. Through practicing the traditional Shaolin and Taijiquan forms students learn a set of optimized combat movements. Those who wish to develop an actual fighting ability can also learn full contact sparring.
By further training the simple, direct techniques and refining them against an actively resisting opponent, students are able develop practical martial abilities. Each student will be expected to be self-motivated and capable of pushing themselves to do their best in each and every class.
You determine your own level of involvement and rate of progress. People of all ages, races, colors and creeds are welcome to join our family. Total beginners and experts from other martial arts backgrounds alike are encouraged to visit us and see what we are about. Our strength is our diversity. All are welcome to apply.
Being passionate about teaching Kung Fu, Master Ren Qiang is eager to help people learn Kung Fu at their optimum speed. And since people are very different in how they learn and what they like, he tries to find the best teaching approach for every individual.
Ren Ri Qing
He has over 40 years of traditional Chinese Martial Arts experience and can be considered a virtual encyclopedia of traditional Chinese Gongfu. His specialty is the Ren family's long two-section staff.
Master Ren He is the 7th Generation Ren Shi Xiaofanche (Ren Fist) faction representative. He has appeared in several Chinese and foreign publications and is held in high esteem worldwide. He has also received public recognition from Jiang Zhi Cheng, chairman of the International Gongfu Union.
Located an hour north of the seaside city of Qingdao, Laixi lies nestled in the countryside of Shandong Province. Famous for its seafood, coastal beauty, and Martial Arts masters, Shandong Province lies along the northeastern Chinese coastline.
Laixis lakes and central park provide several scenic locations for students to train. Aside from training at the gym, in warm weather together with the teacher, you can take a day at the park or by the lake to do the training.
Laixi is a relatively small city by Chinese standards, but has a few big shopping malls, Chinese and Korean style restaurants, McDonalds, a KFC, a western restaurant, and a small theme park. The city is "off the beaten track", and therefore students get to experience a more rural China than most tourists would.
Home cook meals are provided 3 times daily and 7 days a week
On Saturdays and Sundays, you can catch a bus which cost around 5 USD to either Qingdao or beautiful Yantai for a day of shopping or relaxation at the beach. Qingdao was the host of the 2008 Olympic sailing games, and is a popular weekend destination for students.
"I first came here in 2009, staying for the whole summer. I thouroghly enjoyed my stay here. The training is very good and tailor made for each students particular goals and aspirations. I - by way of example - chose to focus wholly on Sanda, that is to say Chinese kickboxing. Other students who were here at the same time studied other forms of Kung Fu, and the masters trained them accordingly."
September 2013. Rengongfu website, edited
"I stayed in Laixi for 3 months and I can honestly say that this was one of the best experiences in my life. Apart from Chinese martial art I got to know a lot about Chinese culture and even learned the language a little bit. The best thing about Laixi and the school is Ren Qiang - not only a sophisticated master but moreover a very good and close friend!"
March 2013. Rengongfu website, edited
"I arrived at Renqiang's after staying in a larger martial arts school in a more populous place. The Ren Gong Fu school however is a smaller and quieter establishment, where only a maximum of four students train at a given time. The Ren family is warm and friendly, and works outside of the gym to help you with whatever you need for travel or general living."
November 2012. Rengongfu website, edited