What is Shaolin kung fu?


shaolin kung fu

Shaolin kung fu is a symbol of Chinese martial arts. Shaolin Kung Fu (Chinese: 少林功夫 ), also called Shaolin Wushu (少林武術 ), is among the oldest institutionalized styles of Chinese martial arts. Known in Chinese as Shaolinquan (Chinese: 少林拳) , it originated and was developed in the Buddhist Shaolin temple in Henan province, China. , also known as Shaolin martial arts, is one of the famous martial arts . It has a long history and profound influence, is an important part of the traditional martial arts China. Began about Northern Wei. Chronicles continue some development, spur widespread throughout the country, modern and gradually spread overseas .The most prominent feature of Shaolin Kungfu is "chan wu he yi", namely the chan wu he yi, practicing meditation, so there are "Zen martial arts".


Zen Shaolin boxing alike due to the known world. "Fist to temple name, temple to boxing display." After generation of monks long practical experience and historical evolution of the formation of the unique martial arts system, which in plain hardness and softness, moves varied combat style spread so far.

The origin of Shaolin Kung Fu

In 495 AD, Shaolin temple was built in the Song mountain, Henan province. The first monk who preached Buddhism there was the Indian monk named Buddhabhadra (佛陀跋陀罗; Fótuóbátuóluó), simply called Batuo (跋陀) by the Chinese. There are historical records that Batuo's first Chinese disciples, Huiguang (慧光) and Sengchou (僧稠), both had exceptional martial skills. For example, Sengchou's skill with the tin staff is even documented in the Chinese Buddhist canon. After Buddhabadra, another Indian or Persian Central Asian monk, Bodhidarma (菩提达摩; Pútídámó), simply called Damo (达摩) by the Chinese, came to Shaolin in 527 AD. His Chinese disciple, Huike (慧可), was also a highly trained martial arts expert. There are implications that these first three Chinese Shaolin monks, Huiguang, Sengchou, and Huike, may have been military men before entering the monastic life.

Kung Fu consists of a long history and includes many different disciplines and styles; all of which include a detailed structure of their own. Each variant of Kung Fu includes unique and multiple techniques for attack and defense applications.


The System of Shaolin Kung Fu


Shaolin Kung Fu is a huge technological system rather than a general sense of sectsor boxing. According to the handed down Shaolin boxing record, there is a total of 708 sets of Shaolin kung fu, including 552 sets of boxing and equipments, and 156 sets of other types, including grappling, fighting, unloading bone, acupuncture, qigong etc. Now more than 200 units of Shaolin Kung Fu routines is handed down, of which more than 100 sets of boxing, more than 80 sets of equipment, training and other routines. These are, according to different categories and degrees of difficulty, organically combined into a huge and technological kung fu system.

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About shaolin quan

Shaolin quan developed into modern times, and it is a boxing art formed by absorbing the strengths of various martial arts. As one of the most influential genres, the sport is characterized by the integration of Zen and boxing, the unity of spirit and form, hard attack and fast attack, and simultaneous advance and retreat. The overall movement of Shaolin boxing shows the whole body up and down, and the inside and outside are coordinated. Shaolin boxing is vigorous and powerful, firm yet gentle, unpretentious and conducive to actual combat, and its moves are either fighting or defending, without any pretensions.

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When practicing Shaolin quan, it is not restricted by the venue. There is a saying that "the place where the bull lies down". Boxing does not emphasize the beauty of appearance, but only seeks the practicality of fighting. The footwork is required to be firm and flexible, the eyework is to focus on seeing the eyes, and the luck is to sink the dantian. Its movements are as fast as lightning, turning like a wheel, standing like a nail, and jumping like flying lightly. The movements and routines pay attention to the combination of movement and stillness, the balance of yin and yang, the succession of hardness and softness, and both spirit and form. The most famous one is the "Liuhe" principle: hand Together with feet, elbows and knees, shoulders and hips, heart and mind, mind and qi, qi and strength, Shaolin Kungfu fully integrates ancient Chinese philosophy (yin and yang balance, succession of hardness and softness, harmony between man and nature) etc. The ancient Chinese thought of "harmony between man and nature" believes that the most reasonable action is the one that is most in line with the natural structure of the human body. Shaolin Kungfu has fully integrated into ancient Chinese philosophy, and routines do not exist in isolation, but rather It is to take care of each other.

Shaolin boxing is to highlight the characteristics of a 'hit' word, the body of the retractable step of advance and retreat, and out of the hand of the ups and downs, stretch synthesis technique is simple and clear.

Routine completely from the actual combat, punch line, punch wau, a song without music, straight and not straight, get out roll. Offensive and echoed throughput consistency. Boxing as a meteor eyes like electricity, waist, such as race walking stick hunting.
Realms of practice



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Shaolin Kungfu 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. Buddhist practice is started in the mindful training of Kung Fu. It cultivates and entails the highest integrated wisdom of Buddhism and martial arts.


Shaolin Temple is a Zen and the martial world, Shaolin monks martial arts is a practice, known as "Zen Wu", "Zen Wu unity." In the Shaolin Temple, the "Zen martial homologous, zen boxing normalized," said. Zen is the Lord of Wu, Wu is Zen purposes. Wu is the performance that Zen is Zen life tangible; Zen martial spirit is the essence of Zen into the military, you can achieve the highest level of martial arts; martial Avenue that is Zen.

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Shaolin Kung Fu is the essence of Zen martial art one. Shaolin Temple is the birthplace of Zen Buddhism, Zen to clear your heart, for the essence of Buddha enlightenment. In Buddhism the eyes, Zen is the right way, but Moji boxing Yong A, but by monks practicing martial arts to achieve win their hearts and convergence, screen consider meditation purposes.


Shaolin martial arts and kungfu in the most representative, the most cultural connotation, the religious culture, the most complete system, the most authoritative, and the most mysterious Chinese martial arts genre, it has undoubtedly become the mainstream Han Chinese martial arts.


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Northern Shaolin Kung fu

The Northern Shaolin kung fu style is one of the most prominent traditional northern styles of Chinese martial arts. The northern styles of kung-fu generally emphasize long range techniques, quick advances and retreats, wide stances, kicking and leaping techniques, whirling circular blocks, quickness, agility, and aggressive attacks. The practice sets/routines are not only practical in applications but are also graceful and artistic in nature. The fluidness of the movements combined with acrobatic techniques are trademarks of the Northern Shaolin Kung-Fu sets.

"Northern Kick- Southern Fist" is the age old saying...

The North was more wide open less crowded, so long sweeping gestures with both hands and feet was more common, and YES the people are BIGGER in the North. In addition as one here noted, many of the Southern styles were taught on Junks/boats and a strong Mabu was necessary as a result for balance on these boats and fancy high and/or spinning kicks often deemed impractical

Shaolin Kung Fu Techniques

What sets Chinese Kung Fu apart from other systems of fighting and what makes the shaolin styles unique? Well we must remember that there are many different shaolin styles and each style might have a different emphasis in regards to fighting strategy, technique, and body method. That being said, there are soem common characteristics that set the Chinese systems apart from other styles.

Chinese kung fu favors circular movement for the most part. Even movements that appear straight are actually circles. The circle is used to absorb, redirect, and block incoming force. The circles continues without stopping to return force or strike the opponent.

There is no 1 and 2 count, or block then strike. Chinese styles like to block and counter in the same movement. In addition Chinese styles tend to favour continuous movement, links attacks and defence in continuous chains to overcome the opponent.

Chinese styles contain all ranges of combat: kicking, striking, locking (controlling the joints), and throwing. Individual styles may emphasize one over the others but usually each one is present to some degree in a traditional system.

Chinese styles donot like to fight straight on to the opponent. They prefer angles and body positions. Even when it looks like the person might be straight on with the opponent, good kung fu uses subtle angles and body position to gain the advantage. This makes it hard3er for the opponent to strike us while giving us the advantage in attacking the opponent.


Shaolin Kung Fu Stance

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horse stance

The horse stance (sometimes called horse riding stance) is a common posture in Asian martial arts and takes its name from the position assumed when riding a horse. It is called mǎbù (馬步) in Chinese, This stance can not only be integrated into fighting but also during exercises and forms. It is most commonly used for practicing punches or to strengthen the legs and back. Horse stance is used for endurance training as well as strengthening the back and leg muscles, tendon strength, and overall feeling and understanding of "feeling grounded". It is a wide, stable stance with a low center of gravity.

Step your left leg out to the side so your feet are wider than your shoulders and slowly squat into Ma Bu.

Bow stance

Bow stance

Translated as "bow stance", Gong Bu is also known as "Deng Shan Bu" (mountain-climbing stance) or "Gong Jian Bu" (bow and arrow stance). The lead foot is pointed straight ahead, with the lead leg bent slightly. The trailing foot is angled outward at a 45 degree angle, with the heel lined up with the heel of the leading foot. The trailing leg can be held straight or slightly bent. The result is a "lunging" pose. In southern styles, the toe is if it had stayed in Ma Bu; starting in Ma Bu, the hind leg steps forward and turns while the front leg stays in the same position. In northern styles, the toe points forward. The given weighting is 70% on the front foot and 30% on the rear. In application, it is popularly used for attacking. The structure of the stance partially protects the groin and allows the martial artist to punch with greater power by driving the rear leg into the ground. Additionally, the rear leg can be quickly drawn forward for kicking attacks.

Cat stance

cat stance

This stance is used for transitional movements and mobility. All the weight is on the back leg. The front leg rests on the toe or the ball of the foot. The front foot resembles the way a cat will put its paw out to take a step, with no weight on it, and this is how we get the name. The front leg can be used to step into another stance or it can be used to kick the opponent. It is great for kicking attacks. In the end one puts all the weight onto the back leg, the front leg just slightly touching the ground, like a cat paw. Ultimately the stance should be so low that there is a 90 degree angle. To reach that one has to do many, many pistol squats. But don’t worry usually it is fine if you start up higher and then slowly with training and strength make your way down.

Rest step Stance

rest step stance

Start of in Mabu and put one leg behind and twist down until you are kind of sitting on your back leg. Just watch the picture, so much easier to explain. This stance is also called resting stance. It protects the groin and gives you either the possibility for a low attack or a defense.This stance is used to advance or retreat, to change the position of the body, or you can untwist to change directions. This stance also contains a hidden kick and chin-na (joint locking) application.

Lower stance

This one, the “Pu Bu” is the enemy of most Kung Fu students.

Go into a very wide Horsestance and slowly but all your weight onto one leg. Now squat down as low as possible. Feet keep on pointing forward, heels stay on the ground. Don’t make my mistake, you are not supposed to actually sit on your leg.

This stance is primarily used to evade high attacks, pick up something from the ground, sweeps and knee, groin and ankle attacks. Plus it does look damn cool if you can do it properly. Also a great strength training, because standing up fast from this position ain’t that easy

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 1.complete Shaolin Kung Fu training from authentic masters.

 2.Personalized. one on one instruction directly your master.

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 4.Traditional shaolin kung fu forms.

 5.learn to fight with traditional shaolin weapons.

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 8.gladefend speas to the neck and more

 9.shaolin methods of fighting.

10.A fully equipped gym to build explosive strength.

11.indoor and outdoor training facilities. organic food.

 12.ab incredible environment perfectly suited to shaolin kung fu.

One of the best things the masters of our school do is to make sure our students can learn traditional shaolin martial arts with their masters.

Your Shaolin kung fu training will be full time and of a high quality. The full time nature of the course means that you will be learning all day. Compared to taking the odd class once or twice a week at home you will develop your skills at a completely different level!


Our teachers are former Shaolin Kungfu monks who have trained their entire lives at the Shaolin Temple to perfect their art. Master Xu especially was a very gifted and talented student.In addition to several styles of Tai Chi, he learned traditional Shaolin kungfu, Qi Gong and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Masters Xu (Shi Yanhao)also came from a strong background in martial arts, started his training from a very young age. By age twelve he was studying Shaolin kung fu full time in the Shaolin temple. 34th Generation Shaolin Warrior Monk and 6th generation of inheritors Yangshi Tai Chi Quan.

In addition to being a very talented martial artist and Tai Chi Master, Master Xu is an especially skilled teacher. He is a perfectionist pur sang, but has seemingly endless patience. He teaches every student as fast or slow as they need, and as a result, everyone that spends time training with him will improve tremendously. As well as being a highly skilled martial artist his teaching is effective and highly enjoyable for students of all levels.

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