The Warrior's Path to Personal, Global and Universal Harmonization

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Monastic Stages

Life's toughest battles usually occur between our own two ears and the true goal of a martial artist is to transcend all conflict; within and without. Enrich your life experience and enhance your ability to live a fulfilled and wholesome life. Break free of your mental conditioning and domestication by traveling the restored Martial Way, in the form of Matrix Martial Arts, to new dimensions.


Newly Received Monastic Members

Theme - Personal Harmonization

Associate of Divinity in Daoism


First Monastic Profession

Theme - Global Harmonization

Master of Divinity in Daoism
Bachelor of Divinity in Daoism


Perpetual Monastic Profession

Theme - Universal Harmonization

Doctorate of Divinity in Daoism


Below is an outline of the Stages of Monastic Formation at Temple of the Empty Fist. 

Skills beyond Perpetual Monastic Profession (Monastery) are taught at the abbatial hierarchy ranks

  • Abbot / Abbess Primate Belt

    The Abbatial Hierarchy ←

    Theme - A Management System Based on Non-Aggression

    Founding Abbot
    Research & Discovery (Puts the organization there; has no executive power over it)

    Abbot & Abbess Primate International
    (rank belt shown at right)

    Manages Temple of the Empty Fist Worldwide

    Abbot & Abbess President International
    Managers of Empty Fist Federation

    Chief Abbot & Abbess International
    Managers to all Chief Abbots & Abbesses Worldwide

    Abbot & Abbess International
    Managers to all Abbots & Abbesses Worldwide

    Prior & Prioress International
    Managers to all Priors & Prioresses Worldwide


    Note: Temple of the Empty Fist is not a patriarchy. Each abbatial rank has a male and female office holder in order to represent both male & female monastics (monks & nuns).

  • Monastery Belt


    Perpetual Monastic Profession
    Duration - Remainder of Lifetime


  • Abbey Belt

    ABBEY ←

    First Monastic Profession
    Duration: An Additional Four-to-Six Consecutive Years

    Four Dragons of Dao-in

  • Novice Belt

    → PRIORY

    Duration - Two Consecutive Years

    Zhan Zhuang
    The Eighteen Lohan Skills

    * Requires successful completion of the Discernment stages.

  • Householder Black Belt

    LAITY ←

    "Householder" Members
    (Theme - Martial Arts Enlightenment)

    1. The Tiger & Butterfly and Black Belt Yoga
    2. Master Instructor Course
    3. Class of Nonviolence (Priory candidates only)


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