Levels and Requirements

This syllabus has been created so that students can have an idea of what to prepare for, and the possible depth of the system of study. It is a projected base of study, subject to change by the instructor. Laoshi carefully assesses each student’s mental, emotion, spiritual, physical potential and capabilities, at the onset of their training. After about 3 months of continuous training, Laoshi will devise a specialized training plan relevant to each student’s progress according to their individual characteristics. Students rarely have the exact same training curriculum, because of varying emotional, mental, cultural, social and physical body types. Therefore their personal path towards self discovery through wushu needs to be varied also.

The curriculum is composed of 5 sashes, 8 possible levels, and 4 classifications of martial attainment. Our curriculum has been influenced, and will be comparable to the authentic People’s Republic of China classification, Shaolin Temple Ranking system, and the Zhao Chang Jun Wushu Institute’s grading system. The levels have been plotted from humble beginnings as a novice, to black belt, and on to master level.

Personification beginner Tiger Mantis Eagle Snake Crane Dragon Yin/Yang Master
Sash Color sashless white white white brown brown black black/red gold/sashless
Class Rank none 3rd class
“Chu Ji”
3rd class 3rd class 2nd class
“Zhong Ji”
2nd class 1st class
“Gao Ji”
Professional class
“Wu Ying”
Professional class

Tiger (, Hu)

  1. Basic stances of wushu
  2. Basic fundamental movements (Ji Ben Gong)
  3. 5 stances boxing (Wu Bu Quan)
  4. Shaolin 13 movements 1st and 2nd form (Shaolin shisan shi diyilu he dierlu)

Praying Mantis (螳螂, Tang Lang)

  1. 3 intermediate forms (forms other wushu systems may be accepted by Laoshi)
  2. Full standardized fundamental exercises

Eagle (, Ying)

  1. Basic Sanda (Sanshou) techniques
  2. Animal hands, applied and high proficiency
  3. Basic self defense concepts
  4. 1st weapon – A. Ji Ben Gong, B. Elementary form, C. Standard form

Snake (, She)

  1. Advanced hand form
  2. 2nd weapon
  3. Internal art (Qigong, Xing Yi, Tai Chi, meditation, etc.), or must be already competent in at least one internal martial form

Crane (, He)

  1. 2nd advanced hand form
  2. Must be competent in the aforementioned curriculum, and able to display it
  3. 5 animal system must be complete

Dragon (, Long)

  1. Internal art form, or ability to sit in quiet meditation for 15 minutes or more
  2. A style specialty, to be determined by Laoshi, after watching your complete progression through the system. This will also applies to weaponry. The addition of a specialized technique.
    OR
    Laoshi will teach you another hand form or weapons form. Laoshi (Shifu) has been preparing you for this time, since the beginning of your training.
  3. Compose a research report on your specialized style, technique, or internal art, and express how this art form will assist in your livelihood, mental, physical, and spiritual well being.
  4. Officially can be called “Laoshi” (Shifu)
  5. Chinese martial art exam must be completed and passed

Yin and Yang (陰陽) – taiji, bagua

Certified Northern Wushu Kung Fu Institute system Instructor, now considered a professional martial artist. Can only be granted by the organizer of the system, or if the organizer is not available, in lineage or thereafter, or highest ranked individual.

  1. 3 month intensive training alongside Laoshi, or have studied under Master Zhao Changjun or another instructor from his lineage
  2. Begin to master yourself first, and then show beginnings of mastery over the elements of wushu.
  3. Must have read 3 books, from Laoshi’s reading list, or present some acceptable books for substitution. (Not likely to be accepted.) Present at least 2 page reflection on the reading material.

Master (陽師, Wu Shi)

Appointed only by the organizer of the system, Master Zhao Changjun, or Master Liang Hua Hai. This level is realized upon understanding the profound philosophy, theory, application, and practice of this martial art form in its entirety. Must demonstrate to the head teachers your commitment to fusing the fine elements of wushu into your daily practice. The elements of Yin and Yang must be harmonious in your attitude and ethical morality. Your service to the betterment of humanity must also be evident through your everyday actions. Usually attained after many years of arduous practice. The practitioner embodies “gong fu” (skill attained through hard work).