Volunteers of all ages have entered the gates - whether it is help with painting or to print t-shirts, at the end of the day, everyone feels a sense of accomplishment, a sense of community. With smiles on their faces, the volunteers know they have contributed to something worthwhile and a place that gives those who visit, a great deal of pleasure.
Monday, 6 July 2015
Volunteers are often misunderstood and labelled as "do gooders", yet nothing could be further than the truth. Volunteering is about giving up time with the understanding that the only things one receives in return is a huge amount of self-worth and respect. The Shaolin Temple Cheshunt has seen many people volunteer their support. You may have walked past the Temple, you may have even popped in, but if you took the time to find out, you will discover that over the last six years the Temple has changed beyond believe. The Temple was the vision and dream of a young child which has become a reality. That child is now the Senior Coach at the Temple, Matthew Ahmet. He describes the Temple as the equivalent to a box of Lego, of course, much bigger! He has worked tirelessly to make sure that the Shaolin Temple Cheshunt resembles the outline of a Temple you would find in China. The gates are positioned so that when they are opened or stay closed, there is symmetry. The court yard is enveloped by three buildings one to the left, one to the right and the main training hall ahead.
How often have you heard someone say "I'm having a mid-life crisis!" or "I'm lost" or "I have no direction". That's how a person may feel, and to that person it feels real.
I started training at the Shaolin Temple Cheshunt 2 years ago. I'm not going to go into detail because my story is not ready to be told, but my health and well-being were not great, I was struggling with my businesses and had lost focus. I had just turned 50. Sounds familiar?
I made the bold decision to attend Qi Gong classes and the sensible decision to take one to one classes with senior coach Matthew Ahmet once a week.
Matthew helped to meditate, focus my mind, find my energy and most importantly of all, realise that changing my life was possible and the tools I needed were all within my reach.
The phrase "right place, right time" springs to mind. The Shaolin Temple was the right place for me and with Matthew's help I began to change my life - improve my well-being, improve my health, transform my body, improve my businesses. I call it the Matthew Ahmet effect. Sounds to good to be true? One day you will meet me in person, hear the full extent of my story and understand that with focus and determination you can achieve anything.
My name is SuXi and I am a student of the Shaolin Temple Cheshunt.
Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Everyone has their viewpoint on what we should and shouldn't eat. Whilst not everyone at the Shaolin Temple Cheshunt is vegan, we promote health and well-being as part of our day-to-day practice. All the treats and snacks we eat during the breaks on Fridays and Saturdays are vegan - no dairy, no meat, no animal products. The snacks are made with alternatives which provide us with the nutrients we require to maintain our energy levels during very intensive training. Even the smoothies we drink are vegan.
Quite recently it's become a "trend" to be a vegan and it's linked to weight loss. Our reason is based on ethics and the Buddhist way of thinking that every living thing is precious.
The cow in the photo lives on a local farm. She has been bred to end up on the kitchen table - would you eat that cow?
Monday, 22 June 2015
Jonathan (Jiang Ge) is the senior kick boxing coach at the Shaolin Temple in Cheshunt and if you use the phrase "practice what you preach", you will see that Jonathan does exactly that. Like Matthew Ahmet, Jonathan spent his teenage years studying martial arts in China. He then went from China to Thailand where he trained extremely hard and has never looked back.
Over the last few years he decided that coupling a degree in Sports Science with his chosen discipline, was an excellent fit.
Jonathan trains hard - and it shows. His classes are attended by different age groups but he provides something more than just kick boxing drills. He has excellent understanding of the way in the human body works and also has a very good knowledge of nutrition. All this combined means training with Jonathan is an excellent investment for your fitness and well-being. It isn't often that you can say that about a martial artist.
If you want to be inspired and motivated, call for further details. Classes are already getting booked for September.
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
"He said , "Above all , watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places." Roald Dahl
The benefits of discipline are under estimated. As children grow up, they think that structure and boundaries are a waste of time or imposed to punish them, yet discipline, structure, boundaries, time-management are all there to make us more effective and efficient, in place to keep us focused, even keep us safe.
Training with Shaolin disciples is not for the faint hearted, and whilst at times it may be challenging, it doesn't just boil down to physical training. The physical element is generally easier for a younger age group, the other elements may be more suited to adults with an open-mind and a willingness to grow.
We understand there is a focus on developing physical well-being through the ancient art of Kung Fu, however, there are opportunities to focus on elements we use in our day to day lives.
- Respect for the people around you, encouraging your team members when they require support, lifting them if they struggle.
- Patience - Rome was not built in one day, and whilst sometimes we want to achieve the same goals as others around us, we may not be ready.
- Punctuality and time-management is key because delays have a knock on effect.
- Attendance - if you don't turn up, you let yourself down and your team.
- Compassion- understanding that not everyone is skilled to the same level.
- Work ethic - by working hard and being dedicated, there will always be a reward.
- Setting a good example to those around you regardless of age, background and so, is always a positive.
As students at the Shaolin Temple Cheshunt, we are taught more than just Kung Fu. The learning is endless and available to all.
Monday, 15 June 2015
Five weeks on and our Little Dragons are making good progress. Based on the Chinese novel which inspired a Japanese TV cartoon series, our Little Dragons are challenged with collecting 7 small dragon balls. They can achieve this through their participation in class and attendance.
Each lesson lasts half an hour and whilst their parents relax in the Tea Room or Courtyard, the Little Dragons train. Their Coach takes them through various activities- stretching, jumps, flexibility training and an introduction to acrobatics.
If the Little Dragons collect the initial 7 small dragon balls, they will then exchange them for one large dragon ball. Over a period of two years they will not add to their collection, but they will have a strong foundation to progress to the next stage of Shaolin Kung Fu.
Our senior Coach, Matthew Ahmet says "it is a joy to watch them learn and progress. Their performance at the Open Day last Saturday left the audience astonished by how far they had come in such a short space of time."
For further information contact - Shaolin Temple Cheshunt - tel:- 01992 677122
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
What consumes your mind, controls your life.
In the 21st Century where day to day life is fast-paced, where our senses are constantly exposed to different kinds of distraction, where the "norm" is becoming to live through our smart phones and digital media, the need to escape is becoming more and more important.
The kind of escapism we are talking about does not involve two week holidays or an expensive visit to the cinema, our escapism dates back centuries - Meditation.
At the Shaolin Temple Cheshunt when the large red gates are shut you have the feeling that you could be anywhere. Day or night, look up and all you see is the tree tops and the sky.
Every Monday evening for the next four weeks, the Student Room to the right of the Main Hall is transformed into a space of solitude and tranquility .
As dusk falls, the candle light creates an atmosphere of peace and calm. The numbers are limited to ten and for those wishing to take part there is an opportunity to practise Meditation. Whether or not you have practised meditation before, the group will centre their collective energy on focusing the mind, being aware of the Chi and visualising images that instill inner peace.
For further details contact the Shaolin Temple.
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Saturday 6th June saw the 3rd open evening event to take place at the Shaolin Temple in Cheshunt. It is difficult to know what (or who) to expect when organising such an event, but as the red gates opened our expectations were surpassed. Members of the public stood in the early evening sunshine eagerly waiting to get a glimpse of what had taken a great deal of planning to organise.
As our visitors made their way on to the red carpet, they stood under the courtyard canopies in silence, and as music began to play the Shaolin Warriors lead by 13 year old disciple and senior student, LiGe, made their way into the courtyard.
And from that moment the audience watched a performance which at every turn consisted of power, agility, strength and beauty. If you took your eye of the Warriors you were bound to miss something spectacular. From the ancient form of Ba Duan Jing to the technical sword forms, there was something for everyone.
The performance was followed by "taster" sessions in Kung Fu lead by Senior students, Muay Thai kickboxing, Wing Chun and the most adorable performance from the Dragonball class.
Two hours flew by and as the sun began to set we were rewarded with gratitude and thanks from all those who attended.
Our thanks go to everyone who supported us and travelled to the event from across the UK.