Shaolin Kung FU

The roots of Kung Fu

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History of the Shaolin Monks

As the acknowledged founders of Kung Fu, the Shaolin Monks have experienced a turbulent history. Over the past fifteen hundred years they have engaged in battles to protect the Chinese Emperors against warlords and foreign invaders and to defend their Temple against attack.

The monks developed their Kung Fu to help them defend themselves, but more than that to enable them to carry out their spiritual development. They understand the connection of the body and the mind (now proved by the west through NLP).

:: Soldier Monks ::
The monks became soldiers to protect their Temple from bandits. In 495 AD the Temple grew considerably in size and importance when Emperor Wen Di of the Sui dynasty donated 1,648 acres of land on which it built exquisite halls and pavilions. This obvious wealth made it a target for marauding bandits and thus the Monk-Soldier was born.

In the early years immediately following the founding of the Shaolin Temple, the first Soldier Monks created a set of eighteen different fighting actions - the original Kung Fu - which utilised all parts of their bodies. These were combined with the use of various weapons made from simple farming tools and were initially a means of providing daily exercise and as a form of meditation. Later they were used as a means of self defence.

:: Defenders :: 
Nowadays the Monks are renowned as much for their peaceful existence as for their elite fighting skills but, as in centuries past, they continue to practice their Kung Fu disciplines and remain steady to defend their Temple.

Shaolin Kung Fu

Make the body strong, so the mind can soar.

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