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Shaolin Kung Fu

Shaolin Kung Fu is taught at the Shaolin Temple in Song Shan in Henan province. The temple was founded in the 5th century, and is a centre for Chan Buddhism. The temple also has a history of Kung Fu development and training stretching back thousands of years. Today the temple still trains many monks and disciples, as well as being a popular tourist spot. Shaolin monks have become famous the world over for their strength, martial skills and supreme physical abilities.

Shaolin Kung Fu comprises many styles, sets and exercises such as Tongbeiquan and Qixingquan ('Seven star fist'). Both external and internal training is included in the Temple's syllabus. The Shaolin system also includes many weapons such as swords, chains and ropes. Shaolin monks are traditionally associated with use of the staff.

Training today consists of a mixture of Kung Fu training, Buddhism study and an element of performance, as many monks tour and perform for tourists. There are different sections of monks in the temple, some of whom are involved with performances and tourist shows, and others who seek a more traditional way of life involving rigorous Kung Fu study and Buddhism.  

Shaolin Kung Fu is characterized by its pragmatic and straightforward nature. It is accurate and precise, with solid but flexible footwork, and all forms are practiced along a straight line. Internal training is as important as external training, although precedence is given to external training at early levels.

There are many different styles of Kung Fu taught at the Temple. Here are some brief examples.

Shaolin Zui Quan - Drunkard Boxing

A style where practitioners falter, waddle and sway like drunkards to distract opponents. Once an opponent is off-guard, a devastating attack is launched. A Zui Quan stylist will constantly shift his centre of gravity to evade and deflect hits, and use spiralling energy from constant movement in order to pierce through an opponent. 

Shaolin Da Hong Quan - Big Flood Fist

This is the first introductory form taught to students at the Temple. It is a foundation of Shaolin Kung Fu, performed along a straight line to develop basic hand and foot techniques. The form is done with a wide stance and the intention to defeat your opponent at long- to mid-range. It uses wide sweeping movements, in contrast to Xiao Hong Quan.

Shaolin Xiao Hong Quan - Little Red Fist

This is the second foundational form taught at the Temple. Xiao Hong Quan focuses on short-range techniques and quick successive movements, and a feeling of anticipating attacks from all directions. It is more intricate than the first foundational form Da Hong Quan.

Shaolin Luohan Quan - Arhat Boxing

Sometimes referred to as the 18-hand tricks of Arhat, this is a simple style that is nevertheless effective in combat. There was a famous practitioner of Arhat called Miao Xing, who took on many challengers at the Temple and never lost. He later became Abbot of the Temple and had many disciples.

Shaolin Animal styles - Eagle Claw, Crane, Snake, Tiger, Leopard, Monkey, Mantis

All these styles seek to imitate the movement and characteristics of an animal. Depending on the style, different offensive and defensive strategies will be employed; for example, Eagle Claw practitioners will clutch and squeeze an opponents pressure points; Snake stylists will have fluid and sinuous movements with whipping attacks; and Tiger stylists are strong and aggressive.

Yi Jin Jing

This is a system of Qigong and body strengthening known as the Yi Jin Jing, or 'Muscle/Tendon Change Classic'. Based on a historical manual supposedly written by Bodhidharma, the legendary founder of Kung Fu (although this is dubious), it comprises a series of movements and breathing exercises designed to enhance health, strengthen muscles, bones and tendons, and cultivate longevity. 

Shaolin 'Hard' Qigong

This is a system of movement and breathing exercises, and is practiced with technical conditioning and mental discipline. It focuses on hardening parts of the body such as the forearms, chest, head, throat and even groin, so that they can withstand massive blows and strikes. Shaolin monks are famous for the ability to break sticks over their arms and legs, break spears on their throats, and even smash iron bars over their heads.

Shaolin Tong Zi Gong - Shaolin Virgin Boy Exercise

This system includes external, internal and soft exercises, designed to prolong life, improve health, and promote longevity. It is taught from childhood at the Temple, and is said to keep a person young and healthy forever. It has some similarities with yoga, and may have originated in India. 

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