Shaolin Chuan

Little Forrest Boxing


                                 Kung Fu Quotes...

You do 1,000 times!

A famous quote from Grandmaster Peter Kwok

Lift your head and drop your shoulders.

A famous quote from Shifu

I am not a meat hook so don't hang on me!!!

A famous quote from Yang Cheng Fu

You can do anything you long as you know how!!!

A famous quote from Grandmaster Mark Gates


From a favorite Hsing Yi Teacher of mine Grandmaster Yang Fukui

More HIT ~ Less SPIT!!!

From my Senior Student...Master Po!

NO Kung Fu faster than Speeding Bullet!!!

Kung Fu Grandmaster...Peter Kwok!

The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.

Some philosopher...Arnold H. Glasgow!


Shaolin ChuanShaolin Chuan

Little Forrest Boxing

Xiaolin Quan


In order to optimize your training, it is suggested you establish a training schedule.  Since not all students are sure what to do or how to do this, here are some suggestions. 

  1. It is always best to practice everyday, try your best even if it is 5 minutes. 
  2. It is better to practice more times per week than to practice less but for a longer duration.  Simply the repition daily, or regularyly, is needed to retain and progress.  Hence refer to rule number 1, practice daily.
  3. The more you practice, the better you will get. 

Recommended 30 - 45 Minute Training Regimen

  • Warm-up before you start to get deep into your workout, 5 - 10 minutes. 
  • Practice at least two of the eight "Basic Stances," 10 sets each stance, 5 minutes. 
  • Practice all of the newest material you are learning every workout, 10 minutes. 
  • Practice at least one of you basic forms three times, 5 minutes.
  • Practice at least one of your intermediate forms three times, 5 minutes. 
  • Pracitce at least one of your advanced forms at least three times, 10 minutes. 
  • Practice qigong, standing meditation for at least 5 minutes to cool down and center.
  • If at all possible, try to practice at least every other day. 

Shaolin Chuan literally translates to Little Forrest Boxing.  This term is used because the first Shaolin Temple was located in the "Little Forrest" on the side of the mountain.  The term Kung Fu literally translates to, "Great achievements made through time, effort, and patience," and is a generic term used to refer to ALL Chinese Martial Arts. 

Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, or Shaolin Chuan as it is properly called, is probably the best known Chinese Martial Art.   It was founded by Da Mo (Bodhidharma) 512 A.D.. There are over 400 hundred styles of Chinese Boxing, Shaolin Chuan being one of that four hundred.

Kung Fu is generally broken into two geographic regions, Northern and Southern.  Northern Shaolin is where Kung Fu originated which then it migrated to the south.  Northern Shaolin Chuan utilizes both hand and foot techniques through the use of balanced flowing movements to strengthen the body. 

Northern Shaolin Chuan is the foundational system used to develop martial arts skills which lead to more advanced internal styles and systems. 



The basic philosophy of Shaolin is Buddhist, tempered with Taoist and Confucian thought.  Long before Shaolin became known for its martial arts, it was known as a place of great learning.  It was renowned for its translations of Buddhist sutras from Sanskrit into Chinese.

Shaolin Masters were trained in such areas as:

  • Medicine & herbs
  • Meditation
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Self-discipline
  • Martial arts

They were often attributed with supernatural powers.  Mostly their accomplishments were brought about by superior training and intelligence.

Myths about those who were trained inside the monastery have never been proved or disproved.  Such feats as: flying, walking on water, vanishing, seeing through solid objects, etc., were among the attributes of the Shaolin Monks.

Monks of the Fukien Temple were reputed to have chopped wood for their stoves with their bare hands because bladed weapons were forbidden to the monks.

90% of the success or failure in Shaolin Chuan is literally in your hands (and feet).



Stress relief, increased muscle strength, improved coordination, improved flexibility, lowering of blood pressure, improve arthritis, increase bone density, Improve your cardio vascular system, etc...

As A Health Exercise

Shaolin Chuan introduces the concept of balanced flowing movements.  Much of the training is dedicated to strengthening muscles and tendons. This is accomplished by extreme movements and abrupt changes in directions (advancing/retreating, sinking/rising, etc.). This training brings about improved agility, balance, flexibility, and will benefit one's overall health.  When practiced Shaolin Chuan institutes a daily program of exercise which is cardiovascular in nature.


Self Defense

Gain the self confidence to defend yourself, your family, and your friends if necessary. 

As A Martial Art

You learn form which is a consecutive series of movements linked together to FORM a pattern designed to bring about some change within the practitioner. 

Shaolin Forms introduces basic martial techniques (strikes, blocks, kicks, etc.).

Shaolin Form bring coordination training.

Shaolin Forms utilizes the body's External Energy by using techniques rather than internal energy. This is the traditional teaching method prior to learning internal arts.

Shaolin Kung Fu instills an appreciation of martial arts as a life art rather than a destructive art, by causing an awareness of  body strengths, weaknesses and limitations.



Bring the Mind, Body, & Spirit together through the meditative or focus training.

As A Performance or Mind & Body Exercise

When you practice you perform for yourself.  Performance is exercise for the Mind, Body, &  Spirit.



495 A.D.
Era of North/South Division 16 Kingdoms period 316-589

Original Temple built by the Emperor Hsiao-Wen-Ti of the Northern Wei Dynasty.
Sui 581-618

Da Mo (Bodhidharma) visits Temple and eventually becomes the Temple Master. He develops a series of exercises designed to strengthen the bodies of the scholarly monks and calls it the "18 Lohan" (18 Budda      Disciples).

T'ang 618 - 907

13 Shao Lin monks aid T'ang Emperor T'ai-Tsung in suppressing a rebellion led by Wang Shih Ch'ung.

5 Dynasty Era 907-960
Sung 960-1127
Southern Sung 1127-1279
Yuan Mongol 1264-1368

Monks from Sung Shan (original Temple) establish five more Shao Lin Monasteries at; Wu Tang Shan, Chiu-Lien Shan, Hua Shan, Shantung, and Kwan Tung.

Ming 1368- 1644
During Ming Dynasty Shao Lin monks aid in suppressing raids by Japanese pirates.
Ching 1644-1911

Ching Dynasty Emperor Sheng Tau orders the destruction of Chiu-Lien Temple.


Ching Dynasty Emperor Shih Tsung orders the destruction of the Shao Shih or Sung Shan Temple. Only five monks escape

Republic of China 1911-1949


Shao Shih Temple catches fire and burns for forty days. Almost all of the Classical literature (the texts went back as far as 1,600 years) was destroyed.


Last Buddhist monk ordained at Shao Lin Temple.

Peoples Republic of China 1949 to Present

"Cultural" revolutionaries, the Red Guard desecrate Shao Shih and harass the few remaining monks.


Restoration of Temple by Government, only 7 monks, 11 disciples in Shaolin.