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Famous wushu master Kung Fu Wushu on kung fu clothing base of huaquan (blossomed fist), zhaquan (fist of Zha), paoquan (cannon fist) hongquan (fist of stream), piguaquan (fist of chopping and hanging), shaolinquan (fist of Shaolin temple) and some others created a new sport competitional style changquan (long fist). On kung fu clothing base of five style of Guangdong province (styles of Hong, Cai, Li, Liu and Mo families) it was created new sport computational style nanquan (southern fist). Names of movements were changed, as a result movements lost mental contents: realy, "crushing mountain strike" is different from "fist bang on a palm". During "Great Cultural Revolution" (1966-1976) wushu lovers were repressed for "indulging of feudal survivals". But in this time popularity of wushu un foreign countries began increase due to kung fu movies. For in admission of decreasing of international prestige wushu was let alone.
Why study Shaolin Kung-Fu?
Although the three most popular reasons for new students to study Shaolin Kung- Fu are: self-defense, fitness and self-confidence, the mental and physical discipline used in Kung-Fu has benefits for everyone. Self-confindence grows with time in the class as well as a calm and more peaceful persona typically develops. Kung- Fu removes a lot of insecurity and doubt from an individual and therefore removes a lot of internal emotional conflict from someone, leading to a more harmonious and balanced life style.
Kung means 'discipline' and Fu means 'person', hence, 'Kung Fu' refers to a disciplined person. Kungfu is often mistaken by the uninitiated as simply as a physical activity. However, it is far from the truth, especially for Shaolin Kungfu.
There are many styles or schools of kungfu. Traditionally, these numerous styles are divided into two major groups, namely internal kungfu and external kungfu. The three well known internal kungfu styles are Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan), Baguazhang (Pakua Palm), and Xingyiquan (Hsing Yi Kungfu). External kungfu includes Shaolin Kungfu and all its derived styles. Today, the two most well known branches of Shaolin Kungfu are Northern Shaolin which emphasizes on kicking, long range, acrobatic and ground-fighting techniques, and the Southern Shaolin which emphasize on higher stances and hand techniques.
Shaolin Kungfu can be divided into four dimensions: 1)Form, 2)Force, 3)Application, 4)Philosophy. Shaolin Kungfu epitomizes the meditation principles of Ch'an Buddhism that the mind, the spirit and the body become one. Based on Shaolin's special philosophy of the Unity of Taiji Uniform and martial Arts (the latter also known as Kungfu), students' livelihood will be enlightened, their wisdom will be expanded and their ethical standard will be elevated, resulting in a peaceful society.
Now, we shall introduce the history of Shaolin and some strategies of Shaolin Kungfu. Further, we shall talk about its relationship between "Zen' and 'Chi Kung'.
What is the Duteau Shaolin Kung-Fu Academy?
The Shaolin Kung-Fu Academy is located at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY and was established in 1976 by Sifu Jean Duteau. It is very traditional, non commercial school where we are dedicated to teaching the American Public the true art and meaning of the Shaolin Kung-Fu. Classes are primarily offered to the students of RIT but everyone is welcome. All you have to do is register through the physical education department at RIT.
The only verifiable history of Tai Chi Chuan stretches back just a few hundred years to the Chen family village of Shaolin Kung Fu. The most popular style of the Yang family is radically different from that developed by the Chen family.
According to the history of the art espoused by the Chen family, it dates back to Chen Wang Ting during the seventeenth century.
In the nineteenth century, a young man named Yang Lu Chan was employed as a bonded servant in the Chen family village, where he learnt the Chen's martial art from Chen Chang Xing. This was the art that he took to Beijing and which later, after modification, became known as Yang style Tai Chi Chuan.
Tai Chi Chuan has a connection with spirituality in the form of its legendary origination from the Daoist mystic Zhang San Feng. Daoism plays in supplying the philosophical principles. It is not a religion, but a Chinese spiritual system.
Qi is a Chinese cultural concept that represents the total synthesis of mind, body and spirit. According to the classics, 'where the intent goes, the Qi follows'.
Yi, or intent, is also of great importance to the effective usage of Tai Chi Chuan as a martial art. The mind must be trained to develop a state of 'non-attachment' whereby it is possible to allow the body to work naturally and in a relaxed manner, despite being placed in an extremely stressful situation. The practitioner must also not allow his mind to dwell on hitting or being hit, as either response will impede his body's ability to react naturally to the situation.
Tai Chi Chuan is to be considered a method of programming the subconscious, it is vitally important that the practitioner ensures he is in the requisite state before he begins. For this reason, a short meditation period before a student commences the form will facilitate his ability to relax and to make progress in his body.
Stance training is perhaps the most fundamental type of training for almost all forms of martial arts. Our training also places a great deal of emphasis on acquiring the appropriate feeling of balance and stability.
The stances are
Bow and arrow
Stepping trains movement. There are set series of moving exercises that develop body coordination, leg strength and reaction. Some examples of the basic training positions include:
Horse stance to Horse Stance
Swinging horse (pivot on ball and swing into opposite facing horse stance)
Swinging horse variation (shovel step then pivot)
Advancing horse (kick up with heel, spring off back leg and kick down to horse)
do NOT raise in height as you kick up and as you move
do NOT move your body to your support leg as you kick up with heel
advance forward with each horse
Horse stance to Bow and Arrow Stance
Side to side
Sink, pivot on ball of right foot (or left)
Drive off ball, do not raise heel, turning to left (or right)
Front foot does NOT move
Rear foot points 45 degrees to front and back leg is straight
Start in horse, turn to bow
Step up Shaolin Kung Fu with rear leg, then out 45 degrees to horse
Stay low as you move
Turn to bow stance (front leg is leg you just moved)
Four corner Stepping
One leg remains planted (some pivoting on ball of foot of course)
Start in horse
Side to side (facing one corner of the "Square")
Step up rear leg and step out to next corner in horse stance
Side to side
Step up rear leg