Shaolin Kung fu

Shaolin Animal Style Play

It is somewhat rare to observe animal styles in action.  It is difficult to use in competition because the rules prohibit many of the maneuvers as they are conceived and applied in real-time.  It is even difficult to demonstrate in sparring as the moves are really quite devastating if used with power and contact.  Thus the need for strict regulation and so that injury does not result.  the power and effectiveness is difficult to comprehend to the uninitiated as they […]

The Shaolin Tree

The Shaolin Tree

The article The Shaolin Tree is here reprinted and revised by popular demand; updated and revised. The Shaolin Tree was originally published in 2003 and enjoyed a wide acceptance from many dedicated martial arts enthusiasts world-wide; from Europe, to Lebanon, Libya to South Africa, from Canada to South America, from California to Maine.  Reprinted here for your enjoyment.

Once upon a time in the distant past there was a young student. 

He asked his teacher, “Master, […]