Benefits of Learning Shaolin Kung Fu

Shaolin Kung Fu is one of the many traditions in the Chinese culture. It improves your physical strength and promotes and active lifestyle. Martial Arts is not just a physical sport; it improves your mental focus, cultivates noble qualities and increases your sense of nature.

Kung Fu enhances self-confidence and courage. Every movement has a purpose. Whether its learning perseverance through the "Horse Stance" or discipline through the repeated perfection of a form, practicing Kung Fu develops the endurance and determination you need in order to overcome adversity.

The warm-ups used before each class can be used for actual combat. We use them to help the individual improve their agility and vigilance no matter the age of the participant.

Chinese Kung Fu includes: Traditional Shaolin hand-forms, San Da (Chinese Boxing), Qi Na (self-defense), and the 18 Shaolin weapons, etc. By learning these basic techniques, you are able to stand against any opponent, no matter the circumstances.

Tenets of Shaolin Kung Fu

Motivation, Confidence, Discipline, Respect, Community, Righteousness, Tolerance

  • Motivation - something that causes a person to act
  • Confidence - faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper or effective way
  • Discipline - orderly conduct or pattern of behavior
  • Perseverance - continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition
  • Respect - high or special regard
  • Community - a unified body of individuals
  • Righteousness - acting in accord with moral law
  • Tolerance - sympathy for beliefs or practices differing from one's own

About Shaolin Kung Fu

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.

Here are some important aspects of Kung fu: internal kung fu, external kung fu, hard kung fu, light kung fu and qi gong. The internal kung fu mainly focuses on practicing the strength of one's body; the light kung fu focuses on agility; qi gong includes the practice and maintenance of qi. Shaolin Kung fu includes hand-to-hand defence as well as the use of weapons. There are forms: staff, spear, broadsword, straight sword, various other weapons, combat, equipments, performance sparring, sparring with weapons, etc.

All kung fu forms and weapons forms that have been created by monks or lay-man monks from the temple and all kung fu that came to the temple from outside is referred to as Shaolin kung fu.

Chinese martial arts are a number of fighting styles that have developed over the centuries in China. These fighting styles are often classified according to common traits, identified as "families", "sects" or "schools" of martial arts. Examples of such traits include physical exercises involving animal mimicry, or training methods inspired by Chinese philosophies, religions and legends. Styles which focus on qi manipulation are labeled as internal while others concentrate on improving muscle and cardiovascular fitness and are labeled external Geographical association, as in northern and southern, is another popular method of categorization.

Features of Shaolin Kung Fu

  • Short but precise.
  • Box in a line.
  • Casual footwork.
  • Roll in and out.
  • Integration of mind and behavior.
  • Bending but actually not and straight but actually not.
  • Rise high in a tight form and drop in a spreading way.
  • Rise to move with an intention of advance and drop to move with an intention of retreat.
  • Integration of Buddhism and boxing.
  • Focus on defense.
  • Combination of attacking and defending.
  • Numerous tricks.
  • Simple and practical.
  • Vigorous and strong.
  • Numerous acts shrinking back.
  • Numerous kicks.