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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2001 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kung fu was founded by bodhidaram or in chinese da-mo. travled to the shaolin tempol in songshan mountain in the henan province. he stayed in the mountain to meditate for 9 years, at 76 he began teaching health arts like maditatinf to the monks. durring his time living in the monistary he realised that monks who meditated for many hours a day were in poor physcal condition. they couldn't preform the physcal tasks to maintain the monistary. and when attacked by bandits they couldnt defend them selves. so bodhidarma taught the monks 3 exercises to keep them strong and healthy. he showed them:
Lohan Shi ba shou (18 hands of arhats)
yi jin jing (book of changing tendons)
xi shui jing (book of washing bone marrow)

over time there were 3 martial artist that changed the course of kung fu. but i cant find them in my book right now so. they eventually created the 5 animal system. kung fu went from 18 movments to 128 for each of the 5 animals, hu xing(tiger), she xing(snake), he xing(crane), bao xing(panther), long xing(dragon). and that dosnt include monked kung fu, praying mantis, drunken kung fu. or long fist or half a dozen others


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2001 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's definitely Kung Fu

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2001 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought they studied their own style called Shaolin Kung Fu.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2001 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monks practice Shaolin Wushu...there are many "styles" for lack of a better word within.

We were fortunate to have two monks stay at our school and train us back in 1996 for three months.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2001 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What an excellant training oppurtunity you had.

Wish that we could all have the same. Or would that take away from the wonder?

Would the arts have the same allure and mystery to us if someone with a word processor and video cam had been following around the originators centuries ago. The search for the history is kind of fun though.
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