Frequently Asked

What is the difference between Kung Fu and other martial arts (Karate, Tae Kwon Do, etc)?
While all martial arts systems share the same goal through practice, i.e. self defense, physical health and mental well being, there are apparent differences between them. First and foremost, the roots of Karate and Jujitsu come from Japan. Tae Kwon Do was developed in Korea. While Shaolin Kung Fu as well as all other forms of Kung Fu were founded in China. In addition, Kung Fu is a martial arts system that employs circular motion for evasion and offense (to accept power), as apposed to Karate, Tae Kwon Do and other martial arts which utilize linear or straight patterns for defensive and attacking postures. This is the reason why Karate and Tae Kwon Do are referred to as "hard" styles and Kung Fu and other chinese martial arts are regarded as "soft" styles.
What is a good age to start my children in martial arts?
Children who show a particular interest and drive for training martial have been known to begin as early as 3 or 4 years old. The majority of children are comfortable at about 5 years old to begin training Shaolin Kung Fu. At this age, the mind and body are able to maintain focus allowing for a worthwhile and engaging experience.
Do I need to be in good athletic shape in order to start training martial arts?
No, Shaolin Kung Fu is designed to allow individuals who are either beginners or feel that they are "out of shape" to integrate themselves into the curriculum at there own pace. This allows our students to learn Shaolin Kung Fu techniques while progressing to reach the level of physical fitness that they desire.
Am I "too old" to start training martial arts?
Shaolin Kung Fu has something to offer to individuals of all ages. For students who might feel that traditional Shaolin Kung Fu might be a bit fast paced for their liking, we offer Tai Chi and meditative training to fit the need to train the mind and body for health and longevity.
Do I have to sign a contract in order to train at the Cleveland Shaolin Kung Fu Academy?
There is not a requirement to sign a contract to train at the Cleveland Shaolin Kung Fu Academy. Tuition is paid on a month to month basis. However, discounted rates are available for students who prefer to pay for long term attendance.
What type of payments do you accept?
We accept cash, check, credit card and PayPal. To pay via PayPal please use the convenient link at the bottom of this page which will directly link you to the PayPal website and link your payment to our Academy. Credit card payments will only be accepted in person and the name on the card must match your ID.