SHAOLIN Kung fu Training
Types of Shaolin Kung fu Training
) kung fu (
: gong fu, also called
: wu shu, or
: quan) basics (
: jiben gong) include
--which itself includes
exercises. Shaolin kung fu has a special set of 18 main stretching andbalance postures, called
: tong zi gong). Shaolin monks have publishedmany Basic Training tutorials.
Shaolin qigong (
) has 2 types: 1.
Qigong is based on deep-abdominal (
: dan tian) breathing and itself has 2 types:
: nei) and
: wai). Kung fu master Yang Jwing-Ming has published trueqigong training methods.
The 72 secret exercises, 36 external and 36 internal, of Shaolintemple have close relation with qigong and result in the legendary powers and skills of Shaolinmonks. Shaolin temple
precious manual of these 72 arts has been published.
In combat (
:san da) training, monks learn and practice various
: tao lu), their
. Shaolin kung fu forms and combat can be learned from a master (
: shifu) or from instructional tutorials.
The practitioner must continuously improve both the
: yin) and
: yang) aspects of his
: shen fa). All these exercisesare complementary to each other, because
o be as soft as cotton, you must be as hard
and vice versa.
Shaolin Kung fu Training Schedule
depends on what, how, and when the practitioner wants totrain. However, these characteristics are most typical in Shaolin temple: Basics are typicallypracticed in early mornings, before breakfast. Beginning with 15~30 minutes of warm-up, thenabout a half hour on Tong Zi Gong exercises; this way, basic training takes about 1 hour everyday. A high level in basic skills is achieved after about 3~5 years of hard training. Shaolin monksalso have one or a few sessions of qigong training every day; every session of qigong training,internal or external, takes about a half hour. They prefer to do it at sunrise or just before sleep,though doing it in afternoons is also usual. It takes about 3~5 years to achieve the basic powersof qigong. The 72 secret exercises are very hard to practice, so practitioners only choose a few of them to practice at the same time. Most these methods can be practiced at every time, whetherday or night; each of them takes from a few minutes up to a half hour or more every day.Mastering each of these arts takes about 3~5 years and some of them maybe up to decades.Forms, techniques, and combat can be trained at every time, mixed with other exercises or in aseparate session; it takes about 1 hour more or less every day. Most Shaolin monks eventuallymaster about 18 styles and their combat applications. This may take 10~15 years of learning.According to Shaolin teachings, monks should train hard in this manner every day, except oneor two days a week, to rest and do the works, anyway, no matter burning summers or freezingwinters, even if being sick, they must continue on training, day-by-day and year-by-year, tobecome the masters of Shaolin kung fu. At last, about the place of training, as the saying goes,Shaolin kung fu can be trained in
a room enough for an ox to lie down
which means that evena small personal room is enough for training.
Qigong for Health and Martial Arts,
Qigong Meditation: Embryonic Breathing,
Qigong Meditation:Small Circulation,
” and other qigong books by
Training Methods of 72 Arts of Shaolin
Jin Jing Zhong and
72 Consummate Arts Secrets of theShaolin Temple