What is Shou' Shu?
Shou' Shu, meaning “fighting way of the beasts”, was brought to us by Da' Shifu Al Moore Sr. It is anancient form of Kung Fu whose motions are basedupon the fighting ways of seven different animals.These are the bear, siberian tiger, mongoose, whitecrane, praying mantis, cobra, and the imperialdragon. Each of these animals represents a distinctfighting system in itself and when they are combinedit is called Shou’ Shu'.In the world of martial arts there are very few truefighting arts left. Fighting arts are defined as arts that,at their core, still retain the pure intent of self protection. While it may not be obvious to thelayman, most so called martial arts are not trulymartial at their core. They are certainly founded uponmartial principle but have deviated for some other purpose.These purposes can be but are not limited to:
Conversion to a sport
CommercialismThese three influences have changed the martial arts world to something completelydifferent than what it was. Because of this change the publics perception of what martialarts are and how their training methods operate has also been greatly altered.Shou' Shu' is one of the rare fighting arts that has been preserved. It has not deviated fromit's original intent. Some things may change as modern influences change. But as long asthe intent and the principle remains true, then the art is considered to be pure. There arestill a few schools and individuals teaching the art in this pure form.One of my favorite quotes from Da' Shifu Al Moore Sr. was"There is no your way. There is no my way. There is only the Shou' Shu' way"What this meant was that to be true it had to follow principle. Personal opinion cannot beinvolved. There are three tests which can be applied. If all three are true it is Shou' Shu'.If not, it is not. these are:1) Constant flowing focused chi2) Immediate control of opponents centerline3) Block possibilities rather than weapons