Kung Fu Traditions

Kung Fu Tradition

Chinese Kung Fu is a complex discipline with a long history.  More than just a means of combat Kung Fu has history, traditions, philosophy, ethos and its own culture. It has roots that extend back into the distant past and connect us with a long lineage of dedicated masters. Hence it gives us an identityContinue reading “Kung Fu Traditions”>>

A Brief History of Shaolin

Chinese Kung Fu

Bodhidharma, called Tat Mo by the Chinese, is revered as the founder of Shaolin Kung Fu and Chan (Zen) Buddhism, the source of the tea plant and the first person to introduce shoes to China! Wu Zu a Shaolin History 少 林 詠 春 白 鹤 拳 SHAOLIN YONG CHUN WHITE CRANE TIGER – CRANEContinue reading “A Brief History of Shaolin”>>

Zen and the Art of Kung Fu

The art of kung fu

Tan Kew Leong, the author’s great grand master, demonstrates the power of real kung fu. Is Kung Fu really the ultimate path to enlightenment?  Many generations of warrior monks spread over a 1,500 year history have certainly believed it to be just that.  So what is the link between Kung Fu, Zen, and Buddhahood? ZenContinue reading “Zen and the Art of Kung Fu”>>

Kung Fu Training: Sum Chien – The Heart of Shaolin, Part 12: Breathing & Teaching

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Martial Arts Master Tan Soh Tin, Present Master of the Nam Yang Pugilistic Association, at Nam Yang Shaolin Training Camp, Thailand. Special Breathing Methods The special breathing which characterises Sum Chien training is certainly a very powerful form of Chi Kung and is the subject of much interest and discussion.  It is important to noteContinue reading “Kung Fu Training: Sum Chien – The Heart of Shaolin, Part 12: Breathing & Teaching”>>

Kung Fu Training: Sum Chien – The Heart of Shaolin, Part 11: Origins

Some Background Information To me, what is most important about Sum Chien training is its huge potential to change our lives for the best.  Hence discussing this first.  To benefit from it we do not need to know about its history but, as humans, a knowledge of our background and culture and just where weContinue reading “Kung Fu Training: Sum Chien – The Heart of Shaolin, Part 11: Origins”>>

Kung Fu Training: Sum Chien – The Heart of Shaolin, Part 10: Tapping into the Energy of the Universe

Chinese kung fu & the energy of the universe

As I mentioned earlier, when we adopt the straight Sum Chien posture we connect our crown point (Pei Hue) with the Yang Chi of the Heavens and our root point (Hue Yin) with the yin chi of the Earth.  Sum Chien training also typically begins with a sequence of movements which include one which thrustsContinue reading “Kung Fu Training: Sum Chien – The Heart of Shaolin, Part 10: Tapping into the Energy of the Universe”>>

Kung Fu Training: Sum Chien – The Heart of Shaolin, Part 9: Speaking with the Body

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A good example of how training our body posture and language, including the face affect us as a whole. Martial Arts Students demonstrating the Sum Chien at Nam Yang Thailand Training Camp. Life is largely about how we interact with others.  Psychologists tell us that only 7% of what we communicate is through our wordsContinue reading “Kung Fu Training: Sum Chien – The Heart of Shaolin, Part 9: Speaking with the Body”>>

Kung Fu Training: Sum Chien – The Heart of Shaolin, Part 8: Training the Emotions

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Martial Arts Master Iain Armstrong demonstrating the Sum Chien Face at Nam Yang’s Thailand Retreat. Training the face during Sum Chien practice seems to have gone out of fashion a little. It is widely known that the old masters used to contort their face into a strange grimace when they practised but most of theirContinue reading “Kung Fu Training: Sum Chien – The Heart of Shaolin, Part 8: Training the Emotions”>>

Kung Fu Training: Sum Chien – The Heart of Shaolin, Part 7: Training the Senses, Expanding Awareness

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Practising the Sum Chien face and body posture prepares us to switch into the right emotional state should we need to fight. Female Martial Arts Instructor Emily McCarten at Nam Yang Thai Retreat. This is one of the most powerful yet least understood aspects of Sum Chien training.  I was fortunate that it happened toContinue reading “Kung Fu Training: Sum Chien – The Heart of Shaolin, Part 7: Training the Senses, Expanding Awareness”>>

Kung Fu Training: Sum Chien – The Heart of Shaolin, Part 6: Strengthening Internal Organs

Sum Chien – strength is no barrier

If Sum Chien is performed with the right breathing methods the internal organs are greatly strengthened both in terms of their ability to perform their function and their ability to resist damage.  In this sense it may well be considered a form of iron shirt chi kung, although this name is more usually used toContinue reading “Kung Fu Training: Sum Chien – The Heart of Shaolin, Part 6: Strengthening Internal Organs”>>