Many have trained at Shaolin Tempel but only a few have trained with the warrior monks and even less participated and and went on tour with them. Shaolin Wuhun Helan’s Erwin Dörr is writing history for our little school and for the Netherlands for doing all of the above!
I still remember the first e_mail I received from him a few years ago, when he inquired about a trial class. Not long after he showed up, in shorts and visibly enjoyed class but doubting if this was what he was looking for. At that time he was busy finishing his study at Amsterdam’s Art school and it wasn’t unill six months later when he showed up again: “remember me?”
He hasn’t left since and is now one of our advanced students. His love for the ancient art of Shaolin led him to China two years ago, to Fawang Tempel but this year he chose to visit the birthplace Shaolin Kungfu: Shaolin Tempel!
Imagine my surpise when I learned of his recent accomplishment and I would be lying if said I wasn’t proud of him, super proud! Wishing Erwin all the best for the remainder of his stay and the rest of the performances. Everyone back home is looking forward to welcome him back and learning about all of his adventures.
With the slogan of master Shi Xing Mi we start the new year. Last year has been relatively quiet but has been a good year with guests and teachers from abroad.
We hope to continue this and tighten bonds formed. Classes start from January 9th and hoping to welcome all rested and ready to execute new years resolutions regarding training. There is work to be done, preparing for the third edition of the Shaolin Wuhun Invitational!
This time we expect even more participants so competition will be fierce.
Also hoping to welcome new members. Kungfu is not easy and training is hard. Telling you like it is but if that is what your looking for please come visit.
On the weekend of July 8, 9 and 10 none other than 32nd generation Shaolin Disciple Shi Xing Mi visited our little school in Amsterdam. This visit was special in more than one way. First of all, and rather surprisingly, this was his first visit to Amsterdam in the history of Shaolin Kungfu in the Netherlands simply because no one asked him before. Second, it was almost exactly 10 years since I met the master for the first time!
Ten years ago I read about him in Shaolin Kungfu Taichi Magazine and from that moment my interest was peaked. Shi Xing Mi is a disciple of master Shi De Yang and master Shi De Yang has been yours truly’s favorite since forever. So when master Shi De Yang visited Italy ten years ago it was the perfect occassion to meet both masters! Our school did not excist back then but that day was the beginning of a special Shaolin connection that resulted in him finally visiting Amsterdam. Words cannot begin to describe to significance of this exchange and honor we felt having him in Amsterdam.
With sumnmerbreak just a few days away this seminar weekend was the perfect closure of the season. For three days students would benefit from the masters wisdom. Not just forms practise but also his Chan talks were very very inspiring. The seminar was well attended and we had visitors from other schools; Haarlem, Brummen and as far as Eindhoven! Shifu Thomaz Malz from Shaolin Association Germany was also present. Shaolin connects, those who open their hearts and this seminar will most certainly be the beginning of a longlasting collaboration. Like master Shi Xing Mi would say: “Think, Train, Smile!”
On popular demand, 34th generation Shaolin disciple, Shi Xing Mi, has finally added the Netherlands to his itinerary. Shi Xing Mi is a welcome guest in many European countries and is performing seminars and lectures on a regular basis in countries such as Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. The seminars will take place on july 8, 9 and 10.
The friday session on july 8th is members only and thus open to students of Shaolin Wuhun Helan. On saturday and sunday all are welcome.
Friday july 8th : members only
Saturday july 9th : lecture/ qigong / jibengong (all levels)
Sunday july 10th : workshop Shaolin Luohan Quan*
Be there! For more info mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Top student Manuele Trovo came in 1st in China with this form!
Have you ever been to a Kungfu comptition where you had to sing? Well if you where at the II. Shaolin Wuhun Invitational on the 22nd of May 2016 you did. Yes things are always done slightly different in this part of the City. None other than miss Graziella Hunsel honored us with her presence at the opening of our tournament. Remco van Dijk, municipality of Amsterdam, Michel Zegwaard, headmaster of “het Klaverblad” elementary school and master Thomas Malz from Germany completed the VIP line up. Both Remco van Dijk and Michel Zegwaard talked about the importance of sports and welcomed the guests in the City of Amsterdam. Our Kungfuschool has a special bond with “het Klaverblad” and mr. Zegwaard was happy to see some of his pupils performing at this tournament. Master Malz gave it a more Zen approach, saying that with Shaolin Kungfu we not only train the body but also the mind. Last miss Graziella Hunsel talked about the power within and how we should rely on that aspect and to make sure we got the message, we had to sing along!
Whoever was not awake after that , sure was by the time Shaolin Zentrum Velbert Langenberg finished their Lion Dance.
And then it was time fort he competition. The first edition, in 2015, was held in our school and had only two schools in attendance since this first one was a trial. The trial went more than well and we decided to invite more schools to the second. Shaolin Zentrum Velbert, Shaolin Brummen, Shaolin Centrum Haarlem and miss Leila Dehghan representing Shaolin UK registered fort he event. The second edition was also a huge succes and we hope to welcome more schools in 2017!
As the number of participants increases, competition grows stronger as does the level of Kungfu displayed and that is what we aim for. A friendly sports atmosphere where participating is more important than winning. You are winning when able to see your own shortcomings and can be genuinly be happy for someone else. That is the power within and being strong!
So if you missed out this year, be there next year on may 14th 2017!
Finally we would like to thank all the schools that participated, the judges, the VIP’s and all the volunteers (drivers, florist, porters etc.) without whom none of this would have been possible. Also miss Patricia Vlasman for her input, thank you so much.
Wishing everyone all that is well!
Enter 2016, time to get back to work. And work there is!
This year we also hope to welcome new students. Want to lose some weight? Work on your stamina, flexibilty or overall fitness? Or simply always wanted to try this ancient Chinese martial arts tradition? Well, then you have come to the right place. We train 6 days a week so feel free to check our schedule.
We are starting off the year with an intense training/workshop by Shi Miao Hai, teacher at the Fawang Temple in China. More information soon on this website but some of it is already disclosed on our facebookpage.
Also this year, the second edition of our Shaolin Wuhun Invitational tournament. Mark the date in your calendar: May 22nd 2016.
Ofcourse there will be much more but you ill read about that in due time.
In the mean time keep an eye on this website, our facebookpage, youtube channel and blog (www.shaolinpowered.blogspot.com).
Wishing you all a healthy, succesfull, prosperous and sportive 2016!
The school is little over 5 years now and experiencing another milestone. During the last 5 years we have been to many competitions and now it is time to organise one of our own. This first one is meant to be a trial and to set a framework for future competitions. That is why we have not invited other schools, except one, for this event. Next year we hope to invite more Shaolin friends to our competition so please mark May 2016 in your calendar!
This setup of this competition is taolu only and no sanda, modern wushu or other kungfu styles, simply because we do not have to resources to accomodate that. So that is why we keep it a “small” Shaolin event, basically like the Shaolin Festivals but way smaller, where Shaolin Kungfu is the main event and not a side show. Small, because it is not sponsored. Our only sponsor is “het Klaverblad“, the elementary school where the gym is part of.
Everyone is invited to come visit and watch.
Entry tickets spectators
SWH members : €3,00
Non SWH members : €5,00
Children < 12 : free
There will be foods and drinks available. The food department in the capable and exquisite hands of Ararat Cuisinesoon to be part of Amsterdam’s World of Foodwhich opens end of May this year. Food has always been an important part of the happenings in our school and this time is no different. Kungfu and food, isn’t it perfect? So be there!
On friday March 27th a small delegation left for Budapest to participate in the 12th edition of the Chan Wu Wushu Open Championships. For a moment it seemed as if the power failure that hit Amsterdam that day would spoil everything. With no trains running we hopped on the bus to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport hoping power would be restored and we could leave for Budapest. Luckily electricity came back on and with only a 1.5 hour delay, we took off destination Budapest.
It would appear that we left just in time because upon arrival we learned that many flights were cancelled due to stormy weather in Amsterdam. What a day and our luck would continue through the weekend.
Not Budaörs this time but the little town of Törökbálint was the venue for the event this year. To our surprise we were welcomed in German at the hotel lobby and later on in the restaurant we visited after the competition. Even the menu card was in het German! The reason for this is that Törökbálint is “sister city” of Süssen, Germany, but we were better of with English.
Although the location was a different one, the organisation was still impecable! Hospitable as always and a competition that ran smoothly for the competitiors. With many different categories there was something for everyone and all ages even for our senior participant Nancy. None other than master Shi Xing Hong, head of the Chan Wu Federation did the opening speech and declared the 12th edition opened!
As mentioned before, our luck would continue through the weekend but the good results where also due to students working hard. The team that went to Törökbálint consisted of Dani, Faried, Nancy and Tyrone and each one earned a medal or two.
Dani came in 3rd , Faried 2nd, Nancy 2nd and 1st and Tyrone also 1st.
On monday March 30th back to Amsterdam where the weather was still stormy and because of that only two runways were open at the airport. Despite that we departed with only a 20 minute delay. Looking back at a wonderful weekend in Törökbálint, Hungary.
Saturday october 11th, tournament day! Dress up, line up and presentation of the teams to the Abbot Shi Yong Xin after which the tournament started. It was not so easy to know where one was supposed to be and when, but in the end it all worked out and we did a good job. Gentiana 1st in beginners category, Nancy, Tyrone en Samuel 3rd in theirs! Also those that did not get a medal performed well.
Sunday october 12th was workshop en show day with master Yan Lei as major attraction!
It was a long wait but so worth it: the show! Forms, Qigong and spectacular acrobatics, non stop, for almost 1 hour. At this time the location of the next festival is yet unknown but we hope to be part of it again. See you in 2016!