Shaolin big Buddha kung fu (luohan quan), simplified, combat methods

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instructor: Zhang Shijie

Shaolin Buddhahood style (罗汉拳: luohan quan):

– ‘combat strategy’: this style teaches tactics of avoidance and camouflage. Shaolin monks are Buddhists. in Shaolin kung fu, “Zen Buddhism and martial art unite (禅拳合一)”. in the Buddhahood style, moves are hidden behind the Buddhists’ Amituofo! (阿弥陀佛) salute and other holy images of the enlightened Buddhists (the luohans in Chinese, the Arhats in Sanskrit). Amituofo is the prayer for infinite life, infinite light, and infinite wisdom, to credit respect and prohibit violence. in a confrontation, ‘peace is better than victory, retreat rather than engage, avoid rather than oppose, deflect rather than block, block rather than hurt, hurt rather than wound, wound rather than kill, because life is precious, and a life lost is lost forever.’ this is both a virtue and a defensive/offensive camouflage. the “beauty tactic (美人计)” is about camouflaging with inoffensive, friendly means in order to avoid direct confrontation. for defense, “golden cicada sheds its shell (金蝉脱壳),” change the appearance of your moves so that they do not attract opponent’s attention, and for offense, “hide the knife behind a smile (笑里藏刀),” hide your offensive moves behind inoffensive masks. these involve low stances, turns, twists, and cover-ups to keep the offensive and defensive moves hidden to the last moment, and also fully controlled moves to avoid, stop, or control the opponent rather than hurting him directly. these are the main tactics of Shaolin Buddhahood style.

– ‘history’: Shaolin monks developed luohan quan as the earliest style based on the luohan 18 hands in the earlier eras of Shaolin temple. at the beginning of the Song dynasty in the 960s AD, this style was first officially recorded into the ‘Shaolin kung fu manual’ by chief monk Fuju (福居). ever since, it has been considered as the purest and most representative style of Shaolin kung fu.
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Shaolin 7-star kung fu (qi xing quan)

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instructor: monk Deqi, from Shaolin temple

Shaolin kung fu 7-star and big defensive-intent style (七星拳&长护心意门: qi xing quan & chang hu xinyi men):

– ‘combat strategy’: this style teaches tactics of defending. the saying is “change from guest to host (反客为主).” the normal logic is that the attacker actively advances and attacks and the defender passively retreats and defends. reverse these, i.e., actively advance while in defensive guard and seize opportunities to make defense act as offense. in close range, defense acts as offense by intercepting the opponent’s move. “steal beams and replace pillars (偷梁换柱),” i.e., intercept the logistics on which the opponent’s move is based. for example, when opponent is going to attack with his arm or the leg, suppress his move by hitting a supporting part of his arm or leg, like his biceps or his shin, or, as another example, instead of just blocking or avoiding his kicking leg, intercept his move by targeting his other, supporting leg. in such attacks, “befriend distant enemies, attack the neighbor (远交近攻),” target closer points, because short-range attacks are both quicker and much safer while in defensive guard. these are the main tactics of Shaolin defensive style.

– ‘history’: ‘chang hu xinyi men’ was first created by the Song dynasty monk Huiwei (惠威) in the early 1100s. it first had about 36 postures. his disciple, monk Haizhou (海舟), increased it to about 66 postures. in the late Yuan dynasty (1279-1368), monk Jinnaluo (紧那罗) increased it to 72 and monk Zian (子安) to 82. monk Juexun (觉训) and, in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), monk Tongxiang (通祥) improved the form. in the Qing dynasty (1644-1912), in the mid 1700s, monk Jiran (寂然) removed 28 repetitive postures and added 30 new postures and it became about 84 postures in total.
meanwhile, after the Yuan dynasty, some Daoist concepts, like astrological notions, were introduced into Shaolin temple via outsider visitors. one of these was the astrological notion of the 7 stars, that is, another name for the big dipper constellation, which, in Chinese martial arts, refers to any formation that resembles the shape of the big dipper, like the closed-guard formation of the arms in ‘qi xing quan’ (7-star form). Shaolin monks developed qi xing quan sometime before the early 1600s by combining Shaolin xinyi ba style, which imitates daily and farming activities by using harmonious arm movements in small-frame stances, with rooster-imitating gestures, postures, and moves, and this 7-star concept. these small-frame 7-star and rooster notions were also combined into the chang hu xinyi men form in the latter edittings mentioned above. in this way, qi xing quan and chang hu xinyi men were formed and perfected.
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Shaolin big defensive-intent kung fu (chang hu xinyi men)

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instructor: monk Deqi, from Shaolin temple

Shaolin kung fu 7-star and big defensive-intent style (七星拳&长护心意门: qi xing quan & chang hu xinyi men):

– ‘combat strategy’: this style teaches tactics of defending. the saying is “change from guest to host (反客为主).” the normal logic is that the attacker actively advances and attacks and the defender passively retreats and defends. reverse these, i.e., actively advance while in defensive guard and seize opportunities to make defense act as offense. in close range, defense acts as offense by intercepting the opponent’s move. “steal beams and replace pillars (偷梁换柱),” i.e., intercept the logistics on which the opponent’s move is based. for example, when opponent is going to attack with his arm or the leg, suppress his move by hitting a supporting part of his arm or leg, like his biceps or his shin, or, as another example, instead of just blocking or avoiding his kicking leg, intercept his move by targeting his other, supporting leg. in such attacks, “befriend distant enemies, attack the neighbor (远交近攻),” target closer points, because short-range attacks are both quicker and much safer while in defensive guard. these are the main tactics of Shaolin defensive style.

– ‘history’: ‘chang hu xinyi men’ was first created by the Song dynasty monk Huiwei (惠威) in the early 1100s. it first had about 36 postures. his disciple, monk Haizhou (海舟), increased it to about 66 postures. in the late Yuan dynasty (1279-1368), monk Jinnaluo (紧那罗) increased it to 72 and monk Zian (子安) to 82. monk Juexun (觉训) and, in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), monk Tongxiang (通祥) improved the form. in the Qing dynasty (1644-1912), in the mid 1700s, monk Jiran (寂然) removed 28 repetitive postures and added 30 new postures and it became about 84 postures in total.
meanwhile, after the Yuan dynasty, some Daoist concepts, like astrological notions, were introduced into Shaolin temple via outsider visitors. one of these was the astrological notion of the 7 stars, that is, another name for the big dipper constellation, which, in Chinese martial arts, refers to any formation that resembles the shape of the big dipper, like the closed-guard formation of the arms in ‘qi xing quan’ (7-star form). Shaolin monks developed qi xing quan sometime before the early 1600s by combining Shaolin xinyi ba style, which imitates daily and farming activities by using harmonious arm movements in small-frame stances, with rooster-imitating gestures, postures, and moves, and this 7-star concept. these small-frame 7-star and rooster notions were also combined into the chang hu xinyi men form in the latter edittings mentioned above. in this way, qi xing quan and chang hu xinyi men were formed and perfected.
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Shaolin small sun kung fu (yang quan), some combat methods

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instructor: monk Xingsen, from Shaolin temple

Shaolin kung fu sunny style (阳拳: yang quan):

– ‘combat strategy’: this style teaches tactics of combining multiple actions. the “chain tactic (连环计)” is having multiple operations in action. to get a higher chance of success in any operation, the saying is “mud water to catch fish (混水摸鱼),” that is, lower opponent’s situational awareness. multiple operations from different angles lower opponent’s situational awareness, like the sun rays momentarily blinding anyone facing the sun. you use this momentary blindness as a cover for your actions. for offense, the saying is “take one path in the open, sneak into the city in the dark (明修栈道, 暗渡陈仓),” and for defense, it is “besiege enemy city to rescue friendly city (围魏救赵).” both these tactics imply having multiple attack/defense actions of different parts of your body at once, the obvious one distracts the opponent’s attention, while your secret attack or defense is simultaneously or consequently in action somewhere else. this is opening or weakening opponent’s defensive/offensive guard at one position by making him shift his guard and attention away to a more obvious direction. for example, your arms attack opponent’s upper body while your target is to kick his lower body, or likewise, while defending your upper/lower body, attack opponent’s lower/upper body, etc. these involve simultaneous or consequent offensive/defensive moves of multiple upper and lower limbs. these are the main tactics of Shaolin sunny style.

– ‘history’: in the mid Qing dynasty, early 1800s, monk Zhanju (湛举) created the ‘small sun form’ (朝阳拳: chao yang quan, which means sunward or facing the sun, and sometimes the morning sun) based on a combination of various other styles. he later improved the overall strategical level of the form and named it the ‘big sun form’ (昭阳拳: zhao yang quan, which means bright sun, like the noon sun, which is brighter than the morning sun).
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Shaolin kung fu big luohan 18 hands

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instructor: monk Yanlu, from Shaolin temple

until the Tang dynasty (618-907), the 18 or so moves of the luohan hands style of Shaolin were increased into 36 moves. in the Jin and Yuan dynasties (1115-1368), monk Jueyuan invited Li Sou, from Gansu, and Bai Yugeng, from Luoyang city, to Shaolin temple. by help of these folk masters, Jueyuan developed the 36 moves of luohan into about 72, and Bai Yugfeng, after becoming a monk with the Buddhist name Qiuyue, became the librarian of Shaolin temple and later increased these into 173 moves and used it to create his 5 styles (wu quan), which is the base for the famous 5 animal style and other animal styles attributed to him; in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), in the Chinese culture of Buddhism, the number of the luohans, the holy Buddhist icons who reach nirvana (enlightenment), which originally were only 4 and had increased into 16 over time, was increased into 18, and this motivated people to from the style of the luohan’s 18 hands as 18 forms, each form with 18 postures with the beginning and ending postures. however, none of these later developments could find their way into the core curriculum of Shaolin temple and none of Qiuyue’s and these later developed luohan 18 hands were preserved by the lineages of Shaolin monks and most of them are considered as lost. however, 8 forms of luohan 18 hands are recorded in the “Encyclopedia of Shaolin martial arts” (www.scribd.com/collections/4133108). this is the 8th form, which is actually a bigger frame of but not as simple as the 1st luohan 18 hands.
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The BEST QIGONG for the Office or Small Space – QIGONG at Work!

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