CONGRATULATIONS TO SI-GUNG FRANK VERSAGI FOR BEING INDUCTED INTO THE
2013 USA MARTIAL ARTS HALL OF FAME !!!
Our current location has been sold. We had to move. Check "upcoming events" below for details.
The Shao-lin Center for Martial Arts was opened in March of 1996, after Si-Gung Frank Versagi returned from his first of three trips to the Shao-lin Temple in China. The School is located in North Olmsted, Ohio, a western suburb of Cleveland, Ohio.
The Shao-lin Center offers classes in meditation, Qi-Gong, Tai Chi Chuan, Shao-lin Kung-fu for children and adults, and women self- defense seminars.
The School focuses on the mental as well as the physical development of the students. The meditation and Tai Chi classes are geared toward allowing the students to relax, calm their busy minds down, and to slowly get into mind/body shape.
Our adult kung-fu classes teach a practical, realistic approach to the martial arts, techniques that will help should they find themselves involved in a fight; not techniques that would require gymnastic skills. We emphasize to our students that fighting is the last option of any situation; however, if you find yourself in some type of battle, you may as well be an extremely competent fighter so you come out ahead.
Kids kung-fu classes: Your child should look someone in the eyes when they shake their hand, and not look away sheepishly. Children should answer questions verbally, and not with some grunt or nod of the head. They should feel comfortable and confident about themselves because of the skills they learn through the martial arts. The world has changed since I was born in 1955. Children now need to know how to do "real" martial arts techniques to help them escape the grasp of a stranger, not point sparring, trophy winning techniques. Your child will learn and develop all of the above-listed techniques at our school, and learn to become a well disciplined, polite, physically fit, and capable child.
We make the distinction at our school between the Traditional Northern Style Shao-lin kung-fu, which is what I learned living at the Shao-lin Temple in China on three different training tours, and which is what the student will learn at our school; and the wu-shu style of kung-fu that is out there nowadays. We believe the mind and the body should be together at the same moment during training to help the students achieve a "complete" training regime.
Thank you for your consideration of training at our school. Come up anytime and try a free class and see for yourself.
Yours in the Martial Way,
Si-Gung Frank Versagi, 6th Degree Black Sash
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