"All kung fu originate from Shaolin"
Situated in Honan Province, the Shaolin Temple has the distinction of being the grandfather of modern kung fu. Founded in 495AD by Tianjin monks by imperial dictate to preach Buddhism, the monks' main martial arts concern had initially been only to fend off wild animals from the forests surrounding the Shaolin Temple.
In 527AD, legend has it that Damo, a high monk from India, arrived at the Shaolin Temple to teach Zen Buddhism. In addition, he taught the monks breathing exercises to keep fit. It is probable that this was some form of yoga. Around this time, the monks also began to practise martial arts in a systematic manner.
During the period of the Warring States in China, imperial authority receded, and there were much civil unrest. Due to its vast holdings of land and wealth from imperial grants throughout its history, the Shaolin Temple came under threat, and thus High Abbott organised the best warrior monks into a vigilante "Monk Army" to safeguard the Shaolin Temple's interests - The legend of the Shaolin warrior monk was born.
The Shaolin Temple then lend its weight to the First Emperor of the Tang Dynasty to quell peasant uprisings, enabling the Emperor to secure the throne. Of course, the Shaolin Temple was richly rewarded for this and its fame grew greater.
Since the Tang Dynasty, the ranks of the monks were organised into "martial monks" and "literary monks". Whereas the later focused on the study of Buddhism, the former devoted their time to improving the quality of Shaolin Kung Fu.
Following the Tang Dynasty, a High Abbott by the name of of Fu Jue invited eighteen skilled martial artists to the Shaolin Temple to exchange ideas as to how Shaolin Kung Fu could be improved. Over a three year period, they refined Shaolin Kung Fu into a distinctive style that formed the basis of modern Shaolin Kung Fu.
The Shaolin Temple's reputation grew further when the First Emperor of the Song Dynasty, a master of the Shaolin arts, ascended the throne. Shaolin Kung Fu remains in a state of continuous improvement to this day.
Shaolin Kung Fu is an honest, pragmatic style. You fight with no hollow techniques, and your practise all of the forms along a straight line. Your footwork is solid but flexible. Internal training is just as important as external training, although precedence is given to external training at early levels. As a Shaolin fighter, your attack is rock solid but is also alloyed with an element of reserve and flexibility as is characteristic of Buddhist martial arts.
If you're new to Shaolin Kung Fu, you should start here. The Greater Hung Form is a foundation form of Shaolin Kung Fu. You practise it along a straight line and develop the basics of Shaolin hand and foot techniques.
You perform the Greater Hung Form with a wide stance, and you focus on developing your ability to defeat your opponent at long to mid range.
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