At Shaolin Kungfu Chan of Las Vegas you will find authentic, traditional Shaolin kung fu from the Songshan Shaolin Temple of Henan Province, China. It is an ancient art which dates back about 1500 years and focuses on cultivation of the self.
Shaolin kung fu is one of the most comprehensive of all martial arts. Its myriad techniques include punching, kicking, leg sweeps, tripping, elbow and knee strikes, gripping and joint locks (Chin Na), acrobatic jump kicks, and head butts among others. It is an art which focuses on the external exercises making the body stronger and faster for attack and defense as well as internal aspects which focuses on flow of qi (chee).
Kung fu also involves philosophy which goes beyond just the physical. Kung fu is described as "time and effort". It is not just about learning, but practicing. It can become a "way of life." It takes perseverance, dedication, and focus to push the body and mind through the rigorous exercises. To prepare and condition your body for kung fu activity in class you will be encouraged to exercise drills and basic movements. This type of training will enhance your flexibility, strength, endurance, and speed. All newcomers will start with the basic forms to develop familiarity and coordination while becoming familiar with the techniques and applications.
Shaolin warrior masters also have extensive weapons training focusing on the 18 classic weapons of Shaolin. Generally students start with staff training after the basic forms have been learned. Techniques for the other weapons are taught later in training.
Animal forms are also an important and well known aspect of Shaolin. Masters in the past patiently watched other living creatures as they attacked for food or defended against predators. Their movements were adapted into human form and hence came Tang Lang Quan (Praying Mantis Fist), Wu Xing Quan (Five Animals Fist using Dragon, Tiger, Crane, Leopard and Snake), Hou Quan (Monkey Fist), and so on.
“The martial arts are ultimately self-knowledge. A punch or a kick is not to knock the hell out of the guy in front, but to knock the hell out of your ego, your fear, or your hang-ups.”
- Bruce Lee