Shaolin Kung Fu Grading, 23rd of December 2015, Athens, Greece. 

Shaolin Kung Fu grading for the students of Athletic Club Shaolin Wu-Gong. Shifu Shi Yan Jun travelled for the second year to Athens, Greece to grade the students. Apart of Shaolin Kung Fu grading were examinations for Sanda and Mei Hua Quan.

Shifu Kostas Mathiopoulos and the students worked very hard. The Club has new students. Everybody  took part in grading.

Shifu Shi Yan Jun was particularly impressed by the excellent improvement of Giorgos Stefas. He showed great improvement. His form Hu Quan was strong and dynamic.

Older students performed very well.  Despite the busy life, they still found time to attend the practice. Older students’ classes are focused more on health aspect of Martial Arts. They performed Wu Shi taolu. This form belong to Mei Hua Quan style. This style has a lot of medical benefits such as healthy body, joyful, ability to heal and increased immunity.

Young students which started this year performed Wu Bu Quan and Lian Huan Quan.  1st Duan Lian Taolu was performed by more experienced students. This particular form focuses on the applications of the Shaolin fighting system.

Sanda group impressed Shifu Shi Yan Jun. They are strong and fast. Their excellent skill was demonstrated during the year by participating in competitions.

Shifu Kostas Mathiopoulos is a great example of a Shifu which continuously improves himself. In summer he went to China to further his Shaolin Kung Fu education. He took part in Duanwei Grading at Dengfeng Shaolin Kung Fu Association being awarded Grade 7.

In the field of Mei Hua Quan, Shifu Mathiopoulos further his education too. Being diligent and hard working, he was accepted as direct disciple by Grand master Han Bai Guang. He became 17th Generation Disciple of Mei Hua Quan.

Shifu Shi Yan Jun wishes to express his gratitude towards Athletic Club Shaolin Wu-Gong and Shifu Kostas Mathiopoulos. This experience has been great. Shifu Yan Jun will follow their further development.

Grandmaster Han Bai Guang sends his best wishes for the development of Mei Hua Quan in Greece and Europe.

Dr. Rhea Du

Dr. Rhea Du

International Shaolin Cultural Exchange Ambassador of Shaolin Temple Yunnan