Little Forrest Boxing
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
- It is always best to practice everyday, try your
best even if it is 5 minutes.
- 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,
- 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
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
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
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
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...
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.
Gain the self confidence to defend yourself,
your family, and your friends if necessary.
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.
When you practice you perform for yourself.
Performance is exercise for the Mind, Body, & Spirit.
North/South Division 16 Kingdoms period 316-589
|Original Temple built by the Emperor
Hsiao-Wen-Ti of the Northern Wei Dynasty.
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
|13 Shao Lin monks aid T'ang Emperor
T'ai-Tsung in suppressing a rebellion led by Wang
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.
|During Ming Dynasty Shao Lin monks
aid in suppressing raids by Japanese pirates.
|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
Peoples Republic of China 1949 to Present
|"Cultural" revolutionaries, the Red
Guard desecrate Shao Shih and harass the few
|Restoration of Temple by Government,
only 7 monks, 11 disciples in Shaolin.