Kung Fu is based on the philosophy of Taoism (pronounced as “Taoism”). Taoism, even prior to Buddhism, played an important role since kung fu was first practiced by Chinese monks, who later established the Shaolin Temple. The goals of life or the three jewels for a Taoist are compassion, humility and moderation. On my journey to become a Shaolin teacher, I spent nearly 30 years studying and practicing the interaction between mind and body.
This is an essential part of Shaolin martial arts culture and philosophy, dating back more than 1,500 years. Like the usual Chinese martial arts system, Shaolin methods of combat are taught through forms (; tàolù). Forms that are closely technically related are coupled to each other and are considered to be of the same substyle. They are usually called small and large forms, such as the small and large hong quan, which together form the Shaolin hong quan style, and the small and large pao quan, etc.
There are also some styles with a shape, such as taizu chang quan. In fact, these styles are not complete or independent, this is just a classification of the different forms of shaolin kung fu based on their technical content. The vast majority of Kung Fu styles are direct practical derivations of Taoism and Buddhism, China's two main religious and philosophical traditions. While each style exhibits a unique inclination towards the specific forms of knowledge they offer, the conceptual stance of Kung Fu is generally considered the fusion between the two philosophical movements.
The term Kung Fu not only means the effort and dedication that is invested in mastering a given skill, but it also refers to the personal endurance that is revealed in the search for truth and the experience of the non-self. Today, Dato Png Khim holds a position of Master Instructor in the Arts of Shaolin, is a Chinese doctor and acupuncturist in Penang State, Malaysia. The conditions of anarchy in Henan, where the Shaolin Monastery is located and the surrounding provinces at the end of the Ming Dynasty and the entire Qing dynasty, contributed to the development of martial arts. However, the five Shaolin animals differ slightly from the five animals that appear in qigong, since they consist instead of the Dragon, the Tiger, the Leopard, the Serpent and the Crane.
Around 1560, Yu Dàyou traveled to Shaolin Monastery to see for himself the fighting techniques of his monks, but he found them disappointing. Based on the traditional beliefs that we have just summarized, some exponents of Shaolin say that there are great differences between the North and the South Shaolin. The North Shaolin is believed to have originated from the Shaolin Temple in Henan, while the South Shaolin is believed to have originated from the Shaolin Temple of Fukien. Popular sayings in Chinese folklore related to this practice include: All martial arts under the sky originated in Shaolin and Shaolin kung fu is the best under the sky, indicating the influence of Shaolin kung fu among martial arts.
There is documentation recorded in more than a thousand existing forms, making Shaolin the largest school of martial arts in the world. Thus, the monks of this Shaolin monastery have relied on both culture (wen) and war (wu) to protect the state and strengthen their army. We know it today as the 18 hand movements of Lohan (Priest), the basis of boxing in the Chinese temple and the arts of Shaolin. Both Shaolin temples naturally became the center of secret societies during the time when the Sung dynasty (960-127) was invaded by barbarians from the north.
Around 220 d. C., T'o devised a series of exercises inspired by the deer, the bear, the bird, the tiger and the monkey long before the Shaolin temple began teaching in the arts. From the Yue branch of northern Shaolin, systems were developed that depend on the actions of other animals, and even those of humans and supernatural beings. In the process, he marked his forearms with the badges of master Shaolin, the Dragon and the Tiger.
shaolin arts has become a sanctuary for me: to get away from the madness of the daily life of this fast-paced world and work on myself. . .