Expectations

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO LEARN AND ACHIEVE BY ATTENDING RDS

  

SHORT TERM STAY, 1 – 3 MONTHS 

  • Increased health & fitness

  • Basics in which ever style you choose

  • At least 2 fist forms

  • Basic hard Qigong (optional)

  • Basic Mandarin (optional)

Although you can learn a lot in 1 or 2 months you are barely touching the surface of the basics in whichever style you choose to learn. Sometimes it can take weeks just to learn the stances and be able to do them correctly. You may be able to pick the movements up but your real aim should be to perform the movements correctly especially in styles like XingYi & Taiji Quan where it is vital to have the correct body alignment in order to benefit from it. If you would like to perform hard Qi gong in 1 – 3 months it is possible to do some of the basic ones in that time but you will still have to train very hard to get your body ready. After a few months training you will know if Chinese martial arts is for you or not and decide whether you would like to continue your training or come back in the future to improve yourself.
(One of the very first students here practiced Shaolin & hard qigong for just over 1 month; John King had little martial arts background and broke an iron bar over his head on his last day of training).

MEDIUM TERM STAY, 4 – 8 MONTHS

  • Good level of Fitness

  • Good level of basics

  • 4 – 9 forms (some of them being weapons)

  • Medium hard qigong (optional)

  • Basic Mandarin

  • Decent knowledge of the style you have studied

  • Increased power and speed

Without a doubt your fitness will increase by coming here but if you already have a good level of fitness before you arrive then you can expect to improve & learn a lot quicker than if you were un-fit starting your training. By now your basics should be pretty sharp and a good example to others and new students arriving. The forms you are now learning will get more difficult and your Master will expect more from you.

MEDIUM TO LONG TERM STAY, 9 – 12 MONTHS

  • 100% Fitness

  • Very healthy

  • Good basics

  • Good sharp forms

  • Good speed and power

  • Basic Mandarin

  • Good knowledge & understanding of what you have learned

  • Self confidence

By this time you have learnt a decent amount of forms but it is not about how many forms you learn, it is about how well you can perform them and understand them. It is a waste of time knowing a form if you can't break it down and use it for actual combat so unless you understand and perform the Taolu correct your master will not advance you. Because you have been training for quite some time now so there should not be any mistakes from you and you should be shining amongst other students around you. At this stage if you have been studying Sanda you will be at a good level with good kicking and punching skills.

LONG TERM STAY, OVER 1 YEAR

As long as you have always put 100% effort into your training after this length of time you can represent RDS & your country and enter some competitions around China/ Asia, which will give you good experience and test your skills. You will be at an all round good level and someone to look up to. If you have practiced qigong for this length of time every day and also done body conditioning you will be able to perform most of the hard qigong.


All of the above is a rough guide. Because everyone learns at their own pace and some people attend with previous martial arts training it is impossible to tell you exactly what you can and can't learn during your stay. If you are coming here to further your training then you won't start from the beginning but your master will assess what you know and correct you if need be.


Everybody learns at different paces and is at different fitness levels. If someone has trained already for several years and you are just starting then you can't expect to learn and perform the same as him/her. Some students will find the training more difficult than others but all we ask from you is to always put 100% effort in and give it your best.