Shaolin Kung Fu is not a creation of one person, but an accumulation of works by millions of people. Shaolin Kung Fu is the pearl of Chinese wisdom, which was handed down by numerous generations of China’s top martial artists. Shaolin Kung Fu has a vast content and numerous forms.
Kung Fu training aspects:
Internal Kung Fu, external Kung Fu, hard Kung Fu, light Kung Fu and Qi Gong.
Internal kung fu mainly focuses on practicing the strength of one’s body; light kung fu focuses on agility; qi gong includes the practice and maintenance of qi. Shaolin Kung Fu includes hand-to-hand defense as well as the use of weapons. Various forms include staff, spear, broadsword, straight sword, many other weapons, combat, equipment, performance sparring, sparring with weapons, etc.
All Kung Fu and weapon forms created by monks or lay-man monks from the temple, as well as all kung fu that came to the Songshan temple from outside is referred to as Shaolin Kung Fu.
Realms of Practice
Shaolin Kung Fu practice can be talked about in terms of three realms:
- In the primary realm, the practitioner practices their form and appearance.
- In the intermediate realm, there is the integration of mind and fist, changing the tangible into the intangible, turning the law into the lawless; obeying no rules, having no movement to follow, controlling the enemy in the intangible. An ancient boxing manual reads, `defeat a person in the intangible or fail being seen`.
- Shaolin Kung Fu’s highest realm is for all to be guided by the heart and to fight not just from form but from the formless.
Shaolin boxing is hard, strong and fast; according to the Chinese, it is “filled with softness inside.” It is also plain and practical with every action, both attack and defense as well as in pose. As the old saying goes: practice in a place where only a cow can lie; such is shaolin boxing. You’re not limited by the place and its size. The shaolin style embodies a word — hard.
It is practiced with both attack and defense, but mostly attack. The form is not only beautiful, but also practical. The steps are flexible. Shaolin teaches you actions forward, actions of retreat, reaction and to punch directly in front of you. On body and fist, it is required that the arm is not too straight and to keep all the forward and backward motion natural.
The foot technique must be stable and flexible, the eye technique requires staring at the opponent’s eyes and for the breathing, the Qi should be “down to your dan tian’” before the Qi is released. Dan Tian means your energy center, for those who don’t know.
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