Testimonials from Students
When I first met Kyoshi James, I had already been training in the martial arts for twelve years. I was struck by not only his humility but his depth of knowledge in the martial and healing arts: I would ask one question, and Kyoshi would offer a very clear answer, and sometimes, half a dozen options! Kyoshi has been my main instructor for many years now, and has been instrumental in the evolution of my martial journey. I am constantly humbled by his teachings and genuine care and support. Make no mistake about it: Kyoshi James is a true master of his generation, and Wu Lin is an authentic martial arts academy.
We started Jack in karate when he was six for all the obvious reasons – build strength and co-ordination, learn self-discipline and persistence, and because he loved Lego Ninjago a lot more than trying to catch a football early on a frosty Sunday morning!
Nearly 12 years on, he has gained so much more than that. Karate has taught Jack how to play the long game, to set personal goals, and to be patient. He has built so much self-esteem from achieving these goals, not through competition with others but by working on himself.
But most importantly he has come to know and respect a diverse group of people of all ages and backgrounds – a group who have become family and part of his heart. And that has added a depth and richness to his life that we never expected but are truly grateful for.
I believe we were very fortunate to have made a connection such as this with Jack, I see that karate and James’ values have factored heavily in Jack’s growth to adulthood. I also see this as a foundation for Jack, and has demonstrated to us as parents the commitment he has made to his schooling.
After ten years as a student at Wu Lin Retreat, I realise I have been studying at a martial arts university. Where else can one school offer expert instruction and guidance in the complete system of traditional Goju Ryu, three main internal systems of Chinese Boxing, myriad weaponry systems, and the other most important foundational art influencing Goju Ryu – White Crane?
This environment not only teaches students how to move according to their body type, but also how to “think” like a Martial Artist.
Healing martial arts injuries using Traditional Chinese Medicine are also part of the education available to senior students of James Sumarac.
This is why Wu Lin is the University equivalent in Martial Arts study and education.