What is Shaolin Monks?

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Shaolin monks of Shaolin Kung Fu practitioners,also regarded as the most loyal soldier.However, Shaolin Kung Fu is much more than just a martial art. It is part of a complete spirituality that is grounded in Buddhism. The path of a Shaolin Monk, if you choose to follow it, will require you to completely change your life. Shaolin Monks give up much, restrain themselves from typical pleasures that we take for granted, and have lives completely dedicated to their faith.shaolin Kung Fu is one of the most respected and revered martial arts traditions in the world.

Origin of the Shaolin

The origin of all martial arts leads back to the famous Shaolin Temple in Henan Province in China. 1500 years before the Indian monk Bodhidharma (also known as Ta Mo) came in the Shaolin temple and found the Shaolin monks in a catastrophic health condition. He taught Buddhism to an already existing group of monks, and also taught some form of martial arts based on Indian martial arts and/or dance. The reason he did this was variously given as the monks were out of shape, or needed to defend themselves, or China was too cold to sit in yoga meditation and so he invented a moving meditation. Bodhidharma developed the 18 boxing techniques of Shaolin and trained the monks to prepare their body condition willingly for the long meditations. The exercises should promote the health of the monks, the steely muscles and stimulate the internal organs, so they live longer.

  1. Beyond the mysticism Shaolin is a style of Chinese martial arts developed by the monks of the Shaolin Temple, a Buddhist monastery in China.
  2. You’ve probably seen the modern day Shaolin warrior perform awe-inspiring physical feats from acrobatics to being able to survive blows from hard objects to soft areas.
  3. The Shaolin possess a powerful balance of physical and mental attributes built around what I call the Five S’s to Re-Balance Your Body (and Mind), taught in the Movement Monk Mentorships, and also via this blog.
  4. Now let’s get to what I’ve learned about Shaolin Monks, and the lessons they’ve taught me about how to safely get flexible fast from a body and mind perspective.
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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.

Shaolin Kungfu practiced by monks from Shaolin Monastery takes martial arts to a brand new level. As Shaolin warrior believe the strength comes only from the mind, there are almost no limits to what can be done with their bodies during the trainings. They practice techniques centered around balance, strength, endurance, and self defense. They can endure incredible amounts of pain while barely flinching. The design and arrangements of their movements are based on the medical knowledge of ancient China and conforms to the rule of movement of the human body.

What is Shaolin mean?

The Shao in “Shaolin” refers to “Mount Shaoshi”, a mountain in the Songshan mountain range. The lin in “Shaolin” means “forest”. Literally, the name means “Monastery in the woods of Mount Shaoshi”. Chinese folklore related to this practice include “All martial arts under heaven originated from Shaolin” and “Shaolin kung fu is the best under heaven,” indicating the influence of Shaolin kung fu among martial arts.

What is the daily schedule for the shaolin warrior growing up at the temple?

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Since the ancient times to the date, daily life of the shaolin warrior monk at Shaolin temple have included to study and practice Chan Buddhism, to study and practice kung fu, and doing the temple affairs, like cleaning the temple, working at the farms, guarding the area, etc.

When a novice monk arrives at the temple, the first thing they have to attain is stamina. Think of stamina as energy for training. Without stamina, there’s no training. This is why, when students ask me what they need to prepare for the summer camp, I tell them, just run. I don’t mind if they’ve never done any martial arts before. All I ask is they have stamina.

How hard is Shaolin training ?

Shaolin monks can perform incredible feats of mental and physical prowess that appear impossible. They balance precariously for hours in a crouching position on wooden posts buried in the ground. They bang their heads against each other to harden their skulls and repeatedly strike vessels of water and other objects to develop palm strength. They run up and down stone stairways on all fours without getting tired. They hang upside down and do headstands for long periods of time.

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These monks carry out these exercises seemingly with ease. While many of their extraordinary acts seem like stunts, they’re not. These monks spend many hours a day honing their skills. It takes practice, training, and mental discipline to carry out these incredible feats of strength.

Stamina is key for a professional Shaolin Martial Artist. Our stamina training is similar to the stamina training of a boxer. A combination of explosive stamina and endurance. Don’t underestimate endurance stamina. It’s a way for the body to recover and it’s also a great way to boost stamina. You need to do both for exceptional stamina. I recommend varying your long distance runs. Build up during the week so it’s 5k, 6k, 8k, 10k. And each time you run, time yourself and give yourself a goal for each run so you’re always challenging yourself. Run your 5 and 6k runs as fast as you can. At the end of your run, do a series of sprints. Hill sprints are great if you have hills near you. If you’re not able to run you can skip. This is your warm up. You’re now ready to train.

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Now let’s see the shaolin monks fight daily routine to know more about their kung fu training.

How to shaolin monk training?

  • 5:20 am: rising from bed,
  • 5:35–6:30: morning kung fu practice: warm-up and basic skills.
  • 6:40–7:40: morning Buddhist lessons,
  • 7:45–8:30: morning meal,
  • 9:00–11:30: doing temple affairs, like working at farms, chopping wood, commercial affairs; elder and child monks attend Buddhist classes.
  • 11:30–12:30: lunch
  • 12:40–14:00: noon rest time,
  • 14:00–17:00: afternoon kung fu practice: martial exercises and combat skills.
  • 17:10–18:40: evening Buddhist lessons,
  • 18:50–19:30: dinner,
  • 21:00–23:00: 1 hour of night kung fu practice: reviewing and every kind of exercise.
  • 23:10: going to bed.

The first Shaolin exercise the novice monk learns is the Five Fundamental Stances. In the gym, students squat with weights in order to strengthen their legs and core. The Five Fundamental Stances are similar but the squats come from different angles. They open the hips, strengthen the core, help with balance, and increase static stamina.

At the training session, basic skills are practiced. Morning training begins with empty stomach, by warming up, which includes loosening up the body via rotating the joints and then by stamina training via endurance exercises such as various kinds of running, jumping, push-ups, etc . Then the “child skills” such as flexibility and balance are practiced for about a half hour. Flexibility training is done via stretching exercises, and balance training is done via keeping the body balanced in different childish skills postures for a while. Usually, morning training takes 1 hour, but warrior monks may train themselves by doing more basic exercises and other exercises such as practicing combat drills and routines, etc.

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Teachers said: “Shaolin exercises develop forces of the whole human organism, all joints and bones; you are capable of striking with all parts of your body.” There is one more saying: “The fist is the source of all arts and the leg is the base, the root of the fist.” Ordinary practice of pugilism consists of seventy percent of leg training and thirty percent of fist training.

The monks use Qi Gong and a special method of breathing with the lower abdomen to transform their bodies into armor. This allows them to withstand powerful blows, including those from dangerous—and sometimes sharp—objects. By cultivating their inner calmness, they are able to ward off mental, physical, and emotional stress. They also use Qi Gong to ward off injury.

Meditation helps with pain. Breathing and relaxation are known to combat discomfort. To take one’s mind away from the source of pain, an individual may focus his or her mind on other parts of the body.

While Shaolin monks seem to achieve the impossible, they have simply developed their minds and bodies in ways that allow them to perform extraordinary feats of mental and physical strength by tapping into their internal energy and through physical conditioning.

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Techniques To Train Like A Shaolin Monk fight

  • Vary Your Speed – Slow your movements down then pace them up. See how fast you can do them before you become sloppy. This will give you an insight into how well you know the movements.
  • Dig Deep – A person looking for water doesn’t run around everywhere but stays in one place and keeps digging. It’s the same with your practice. Stay with it. Shaolin Monks practice each Shaolin kick more than a hundred times a day.
  • Forget Instant – Yes, I’m guilty of this myself because I call my books Instant Fitness and Instant Health. In some ways, it is instant because we’re one breath away from being calm. But for lasting health and fitness, this takes a change of lifestyle. The very meaning of Kung Fu is something which takes a lot of time to master.

What is the Shaolin monks diet?

Shaolin Monks consume a strictly vegetarian diet with some unique attributes. This diet is commonly referred to as “The Shaolin Temple Diet.” It is a science of good health, preventing a wide range of illnesses, including heart disease and cancer, but Shaolin Monks also adhere to it because of their Buddhist belief systems.

A Shaolin breakfast is usually something as simple as good old-fashioned beans. This is followed by vegetables for lunch, typically eaten raw. Spices are a no no for the Monks, because they believe any kind of flavor or spiciness incites emotion. Finally, at dinner, they mix things up with noodles and, wait for it… bread. Of course, both these exciting ingredients also have to be whole wheat and gluten free.

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Why do Shaolin monks learn kung fu?

Shaolin kung fu and martial arts 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.

If you are searching for a good place to learn shaolin kung fu in China, Taizu Shaolin Kung Fu Academy is the best choice. China is the most popular destination of martial arts enthusiasts.

The Masters of the school are Shaolin monks trained from an early age inside the original Shaolin Temple. They have rich experience teaching international students Kung Fu. providing a unique and amazing training experience. We have received so much positive feedback which inspires our kung fu master to further help students discover how much they are capable of. The masters also have won many Kung Fu competitions and have given a large number of demonstrations in China and abroad.

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! Inequable training methods and kung fu skills.

What You Get from Your Shaolin Training…

  • complete Shaolin Kung Fu training from authentic masters.
  • Personalized. one on one instruction directly your master.
  • shaolin core skills
  • Traditional shaolin kung fu forms.
  • learn to fight with traditional shaolin weapons.
  • shaolin health qigong.
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  • shaolin methods of fighting.
  • A fully equipped gym to build explosive strength. indoor and outdoor training facilities.
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