brief history of the Shaolin Temple
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The shaolin masters of kunyu mountain shaolin kung fu school are authentic shaolin monks from China shaolin temple.The students can learn tradtional shaolin kung fu here.The Shaolin Temple was founded in year 495AD.
The temple was built in the Nothern Wei Dynasty by the Emperor
in order to encourage the teachings of Buddhism.
Over time the prosperity and fame of the
temple grew and spread throughout China and the rest of
the world. It became most famous during the Tang Dynasty
when 13 monks saved the Emperor from assasination. At
this time the Temple owned thousands of miles of land
was made up of over five thousand buildings and was home
to thousands of monks.
Shaolin kung fu(shaolin martial arts) is a part of Chinese kung
fu. Shaolin kung fu from shaolin temple was not the first type of kung fu, in
ancient times people had to fight everyday for survival
as well as use tools to work the land and make produce.
So kung fu came into being by long term practising and developing
of this daily struggle. During the stone age (roughly 600000
years ago) our ancestors had begun to hunt with flint, axe,
stone sword, stone hammer, stone sickle etc. People got
the notion of chopping, spliting and smashing and they used
these weapons and techniques when in combat with animals
and each other.
With the development of social interteraction
clans where formed and fighting techniques evolved into
a military style as opposing factions fought for control
over land. People looked for ways to improve there bodies
and the effectiveness of there weapons. This laid the
foundation for the development of kung fu forms and weapon
After the Han dynasty kung fu was very popular and competitions
where held to find the best fighter, this helped kung
fu develop as people strived to imrpove constantly. Often
the reward for the winner would be a place in the military
as a high rank. Thus it can be seen that productive struggle
and military war were the main factors in the develompment
of chinese kung fu. Shaolin kung fu was formed and developed
on these same basics.
Tower Forest (TaLin in Chinese) is located
300 meters to the west of Shaolin Temple. Ta in TaLin is
short from an old Indian word TaPo, which means
tomb. Usually there are bones and mantles of monks buried
in the tower. Tower Forest is a grave yard for the abbots
of past ages or monks who have made significant contributions
to the temple. According to the rule of Buddhism, only the
greatest monks can be buried inside the towers after they
die. It is a reward for their merits, virtues and encouragement
for later generations. The shape and size of the towers
are not only affected by the style of different dynasties,
but they also reflect the position, achievement and prestige
of the monks.
A total of 232 towers remain. Among them
there is 1 tower built in Sui Dynasty, 1 in Tong Dynasty,
2 in Song, 7 in Jin, 43 in Yuan, 139 in Ming, 10 in Qing
and 2 in modern times. There are 27 towers which have
no records about their age and 35 towers are incomplete.
The Tower Forest area is 14 sq. km. It is the biggest
tower forest in China.
essense of Shaolin Gong Fu (kung fu)
Temple in one of the earliest Chinese kung fu schools. It
has a very long history with a vast content and a unique
style. In total there are 708 forms and techniques in Shaolin
All kung fu forms and weapons created
by monks or lay-man monks within the temple and all kung
fu that came to the temple from outside is refered to
as Shaolin kung fu.
Included in the Shaolin system are the
Fist forms: Luo Han 18 hands, soft fist,
Xin Yi fist, Five fist, Xin Yi Ba, Da Hong Quan, Xiao
Hong Quan, Tong Bi Quan, Luo Han Quan,Mei Hua Quan, Pao
Quan, Seven stars Quan,Chang Hu Xin Yi Men Quan, Chang
Quan,Black tiger form, monkey form, leopard form etc.
Weapon: Spear includes 13 famous spear,
27 famous spear, 33 famous spear, Liu He spear, Niu Zong
spear, San Kong Liu He spear, Mei Hua spear,Yang style
spear, Luo style spear, 24 spear etc.
includes Shaolin Dan Dao, Mei Hu Dao , Chan Tou Dao, Gun
Tang Dao,Xue Jian Dao,Chun Qiu Dao, Qian Kun Dao etc. Sword
includes Er Tang Jian, Da Mo Jian, Long Quan Jian,Qi Xing
Jian, Ba Xian Jian, Long Xing Jian etc.
Staff includes Shao Huo Gun, Qi Mei Gun,
Liu He Gun, Yun Yang Gun,Pai Gun, Da Ye Cha Gun, Monkey
staff, 5 tigers and goats staff, white snake staff, Da
Mo Gun, Yin Shou Gun, Qi Tian Da Sheng Gun, Zhen Shan
Rare weapons include tiger head hook,
Fang Bian shovel, nine-sections whip, Shao Zi staff, dagger,
dart,shoting star, iron fan,iron flute,Yuan Yang ring,Da
Mo cane, Niu Jiao cane.
Other kung fu: Skill of locking joints,
skill of pressing points, soft Qi Gong, Hard Qi Gong,
iron sand palm, Mei Hua stake and 72 techinques.
ways of caring for your health include Shaolin temple secret
prescriptions, Shaolin 18 acupunctures, Shaolin plasters.
Forms for building up bodies inclue
Shaolin Yi Jin Jing, Ba Duan Jin, Chang Shou Quan, Feng
Bai Liu etc.
South fist is the short name for fist
forms come from Shouthern Shaolin Temple.Now in Fu Jian
province, Guang Dong province, Guang Xi province, Hu Nan
province, Zhe Jiang province, Hong Kong, Maco etc, Wu
Zu Quan, Fo Zu Quan, An Hai Quan, monkey form, Luo Han
Quan, Gong Zi Fu Hu Quan, Er Lang Quan, White crane Quan,
Dai Suo Quan, One finger Zen, Quan Liao Quan, Tiger eagle
form, Fire Dragon form, Zun Long Quan, Hu Zhua Zhang,
One finger palm, Yi Zhi Mei etc are very popular.The weapons
include southern sword, south staff, south broadsword,
southern spear and rare weapons.
The forms of southern Shaolin kung fu are
also very rich. They have punching , combat, paired practise,
soft and hard Qi Gong etc.