Martial Arts of the Shaolin Temple

Shi DeRu and Shi DeYang - Shaolin Kung Fu

Shaolin Kung Fu has a 1500-year history and is considered the birth place of Martial Arts. Developed in the Shaolin monastery by monastic monks for health purposes, Kung Fu developed into a way of self defense for personal protection and security of the Shaolin Temple.

This famous martial art was created around 1500 years ago from ancient Qigong exercise practices. A prince named Bodidharma (Da Mo), travelled from India to the Shaolin Temple. He was turned away by the Shaolin monks as he was not Chinese. He meditated in cave for 9 years before being welcomed into the Shaolin temple to share his Chan Buddhism practices included the exercises and Qigong which were later developed into Shaolin Kung Fu.

Shaolin Chan Wu Yi

Shaolin Kung Fu is divided into 3 main areas of practice known as the three pillars of Shaolin Kung Fu.

CHAN – The practice of Zen. Shaolin Kung Fu is not just a way of moving, it is also a way of thinking. Chan includes such things as Meditation, but also the spirit of the practitioner. One who practices Chan practices and represents compassion and life values from the heart.

WU – Wu is the practice of Martial Arts. The Martial Arts includes;

  • Ji Ben Gong (Foundation Training) – Stance work, basic form, technique, and conditioning.
  • 72 Arts of Shaolin – 72 special skills
  • Dien Shu – Pressure point arts
  • Taluo (Forms / Patterns / Kata) – Set arrangement of techniques.
  • Sanda (Sparring) – The application of techniques. Sparring, china (Joint locking), Toi Sao (pushing hands), Chi sao (sticking hands), grappling and wrestling.

YI – Healing arts. The healing arts of the Shaolin Temple are famous throughout the world. This consists of the practice of self-healing and healing others. Qigong (energy work), An-mo-tui-na (Acupressure), TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) herbal medicines.


First train the body,

Then train the techniques,

Then train the application,

Always train the mind.

Grandmaster Shi De Yang

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