What is Shou’ Shu’?
Shou’ Shu’ is a striking art passed and developed by Al Moore, Sr., designed to give any person an advantage to walk safely in the world. A foundational kung fu style, Shou’ Shu’ utilizes leverage and balance, as well as speed and power. Heavy emphasis on developing frame and awareness of distance gives the student/practitioner an edge in dealing with strikes and grappling alike.
What does Shou’ Shu’ mean?
Shou’ Shu’ translates to “Beast Knowledge” because it teaches different means of generating power and flow, based on the strengths and limitations of seven different animals.
What can Shou’ Shu’ and your school do for me?
Shou’ Shu’ is a highly effective self-defense system and will transform anyone into a confident, self-respecting high performer. At our Academy it is our primary objective to create a friendly, safe, family style atmosphere for learning to occur.
Do I need to be in shape to learn Shou’ Shu’?
People of all fitness levels enjoy the benefits of Shou’ Shu’. At Monterey Martial Arts we are careful to gradually and safely guide our students to developing resilience so as to enjoy practicing for a lifetime.
Am I too old to train?
We have students of all ages, who all have different goals in mind. Whether you are 4 or 84, our classes are designed to give you the results you want to walk confidently anywhere, anytime.
Do you offer classes for young people and what age do you start?
Yes. We offer classes for young people capable of following direction, starting at age 4.
Is Shou’ Shu’ beneficial for women?
Most definitely! Women who study and practice Shou’ Shu’ learn rape prevention skills, including situational awareness and how to set and maintain boundaries: mental, psychological, verbal and physical.
What are the belt rankings in Shou’ Shu’?
Belt ranks are indicators of student’s understanding of the foundations to quality martial arts. The foundations and corresponding belt colors are: Structure, Alignment and Posture (Orange); Power (Purple); Flow and Speed (Blue); Distance and Angles (Green); Fighting Qi (Brown); Healing Qi (2nd Brown); Combat Techniques (1st Brown); Soft-Style Movement (Black Prep).
How long does it take to earn a Black Belt?
Although it varies for each individual, earning a black belt can take 4-8 years, depending on experience level and maturity of the student.
What are the responsibilities of a Black Belt?
Black Belts in Moore’s Shou’ Shu’ are highly respected as practitioners AND teachers. Each student who shows promise to move beyond green belt is given the training and opportunity to teach others. When a student becomes a Black Belt, they are honored with all the rights, privileges and responsibilities of “Shifu” (teacher.) Each Shifu is expected to exemplify and embody the highest standards in Shou’ Shu’ in practice, character and spirit, with a ready heart to teach and serve those in the Moore’s Community.
What is the uniform standard?
The uniform required in all classes are heavy gi pants, to be worn with a Moore’s or Monterey Martial Arts t-shirt and/or heavy gi top. A plain colored, logo-free t-shirt is acceptable. Belts are to be worn at all times, so teachers and instructors can differentiate student skill levels.
Types of Gis are utilized for differing purposes. For developing power, a heavy gi is recommended. For developing flow, a light, smooth gi is recommended. For grappling, a lightweight grappling gi is recommended.
What is a typical class like?
We begin each class with light calisthenics and mobility drills. Following the warm-up, striking drills (including blocks) are incorporated. Core, principle-based movements are taught and applied with a build up to healthy competition. Finally, techniques specific to each rank are taught, honing in on the principle pertinent to each students advancement. The classes finish with a cool-down and stretching session.
What can I expect from my participation?
After each class you will be able to walk home with at least one new skill to use should you need to. Over time, your skills, awareness and abilities will refine and strengthen. Everything will become second-nature, whether on the street or in an arena.
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2 Weeks of Classes
⭐ Private Instruction Lesson
⭐ No Risk, No Commitment
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