What is called kickboxning today, was once invented in Shaolin temples many thousands years ago. One of the different varieties of Shaolin Kung Fu there was a discipline called “Akin”, which today is more known as kickboxning in the western world. Another dicipline called sanshou, or sanda which the discipline often is called in China, is often reffered to as “free fighting”, even tough it has a lot of rules and a big number of restrictions. Its common that these different discipline contains different specifik movements which is for repulse the opponents attack rather than just kick and punch. The choice of movement often depends on the attackers approach, and if done correctly you will get a good chance to overpower the attacker and create a good chance to attack by yourself. All the different disciplines has different moves to overpower the oppenent and thats one of the things which makes the different disciplines different form each other. This makes Kung Fu very interesting to train and to watch. The trained eye can determine which of all the different disciplines the fighters are using, but for the regular human its quite hard to tell the difference.
Some of the disciplines are practicing and studying series of movements which is based on the oppenents first approach. The response to the opponents first approach will be based on the series of movements the fighter learns. Its common that a series of movements, kicks and punches follows after an attack from one of the fighters. A skilled fighter can quickly adapt to these series of movements, but if one of the fighters are able to notice and take advantage of the oppenents first approach, he will get a nice advantage in the series of punches and kicks and have a good chance to get a hold of the figth.
Sometimes Kung h fighters try to learn movements and series of movements from different kind of Kung Fu disciplines.
I have trained a lot lately and I have some pain in my lower back. I have made an appointment whit an osteopat göteborg in an osteopatklinik in Sweden. I hope that i can get some help to crack my back and have a gentle massage. I will take one day of and than start to train Kung Fu again.
In Henan province, China, Shaolin Kung fu was first practiced and developed in the Buddhist Shaolin temple. During the years Shaolin martial arts has spread all over China and all over the world. It didn’t take very long until different styles of Shaolin Kung fu developed. Shaolin practitioners and enthusiast talk about the southern and northern styles but also the Changquan (long range) and Duanda (short range) styles of Shaolin Kung Fu. The northen and the southern styles are geographically based and is determined on specific mounting locations in China. Changquan (long range) and Duanda (short range) styles are two technically different styles.
Nowdays there are many institutes teaching Shaolin Kung Fu to whoever wants to participate, lika in any other martial art like mma, boxning och different kinds of wrestling. Back in the days there were only Shaolin munks who did practice Shaolin Kung fu. The Shaolin Munks lived by very strict rules and followed the Ten Shaolin Laws. The monks life is just all about mediation and the practise of Shaolin Kung Fu. These laws are non religious, which mean that anyone could join a shaloin monastery if he lived by these ten rules. They live their whole lifes in the monestry where they got everything they need. All from food, shelter, massage, and books. There is a special massage called the “shaolin monks massage” which is performed by shaolin monks. This kind of medical rhythmic massage is a very effective way to treat soreness from the hard shaolin training. The shaolin way is not just about the physical activity that comes whit Kung Fu, its also about achieving spiritual fulfilment, to silent the mind and joyful livning. The martial art is a way of meditation using the mind and bodys energi to perform movements whit precision. Its all about attaining the the best results possible in life in general. Unlike many other laws, The Ten Shaolin Laws has no legal binding. That means that no one can be prosecuted or arrested if one doesnt follow the Ten Laws. If you commit to the ten laws is more of a moral binding. No one is ever forced to follow, instead the follower accepts the master beacause he believe that the master can help him to achieve his goals when it comes to the spirutal, mental and emotional progress. If a Shaolin diciple break some of the ten Shaolin Laws he wont get punished but most likely be asked to leave the monestry and the shaolin training for life.
That was just a brief article about Shaolin Kung Fu, i will write in more detail soon! Im really sore after todays training so im going for a massage at massage göteborg. Today I will rest and let the benefits of the massage heal my sore body.
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