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Shaolin Kung Fu

Written by Sierra Rein
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In the year 495, the Shaolin Monastery was built, heralding the invention of a new martial art, Shaolin kung fu, into the culture of China. Within the walls of this monastery, the practice of spiritual and physical forms of self-defense were began, kept for years secreted and passed on only between teacher and student. The Shaolin monks became known for their strength, will, and grace, and became a monk army during war times to fight on behalf of their Emperor.

Shaolin kung fu mainly consists of 36 external exercises and 36 internal exercises. All in all, they are called the 72 hand-combat arts of Shaolin, and include boxing modes, breathing techniques, and moving between techniques of hardness and flexibility. Modern methods have compacted the techniques to create quick jabs and short movements, making the art applicable in any space with versatility.

The Name of Shaolin Kung Fu Inspires History And Confidence

Whether you are a beginning student of kung fu, or an aged and well-trained master, it is an honor to know that you are studying amidst the history and heritage that is Shaolin kung fu. Because the martial art was based in a monastery, religious and philosophical guidelines of flexibility, harmony, and the search for peace became essential for any student to learn. Indeed, one of the tenets of wushu, another name for kung fu, is to "Seek not to harm others, but only to protect self from violation by others."

Thus, if you are interested in kung fu, the knowledge of it's origins is a must. The student who wears the kung fu uniform is joining a long history, with a lot of responsibility to uphold these rules and spiritual guidelines as they learn how to control their body and mind together to master kung fu styles. This martial art is meant for people who look for a spiritual enlightenment about harmony and the inner strength within all of us to use restraint, but always know when to use force.

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