Shaolin Zen Buddhism includes Shaolin Kung Fu. This is a lifestyle of health and happiness. Shaolin Kung Fu includes Zen Buddhism or it’s just a hollow shell of gymnastic exercises.
The Shaolin Buddhist Temple on Mt. Songshan is where Bodhidharma retired to create the original Zen Buddhism (“Chan” Buddhism in Chinese) and the original Shaolin Kung Fu based on his Indian martial arts training (Kalaripayattu).
The Shaolin Temple was burned down a couple times and the original books by Bodhidharma were destroyed. For better and worse this led to Shaolin Kung Fu evolving over the past 1,000 years. This Shaolin Zen Temple founded by me, Buddha Zhen Shen-Lang “Spirit Wolf of Truth,” is based upon the Shaolin Kung Fu of 1,000 years ago after a couple major evolutions of style and influences. The weapons I teach are the weapons of 1,000 years ago in China. These Kung Fu “dances” that I call “forms” require great effort and a lot of time to master. Hence my translation of “Kung Fu” to mean “Time & Energy.” This dedication of the student to learn these complicated and difficult routines result in the mastery of the body and control of the mind.
In order to create more than an athlete, all my schools and programs also include the Zen Buddhism of the Shaolin Temple and other philosophies of ancient China including Taoism, Confucianism and Strategy based upon the book Art Of War by Sun Tzu.
This combination of Shaolin Buddhism and Shaolin Kung Fu has produced more famous and incredible heroes than any other martial arts system. Without the Zen Buddhism an athlete is a superior thug. Without the Taoism the athlete will not harmonize with reality in health and contentment. Without the Confucianism the athlete will be a security guard or leg-breaker. Without Strategy the athlete will not achieve noble goals or be selective in his ambitions. By combining all these abilities and awareness I have proven that these ancient wisdoms make life better for the student and all the persons in that student’s environment.
Shaolin Chi Mantis SLOGAN: “The ultimate self-defense is self-awareness.”
Most importantly, there is NO SPARRING in any of my schools. My students have proven that these Shaolin Kung Fu moves work in real life self-defense situations. One of my students called to tell me he was attacked in a parking garage by three criminals. The first one attacked him with a knife. The other two had to carry him out of the parking garage with a broken leg. A couple of female students have also contacted me to tell me they had defended themselves against rape attacks. In fact, my highest ranking students are women because of our NO SPARRING rule. There has also never been a broken bone or even a dislocation in any of my classes since 1984 when I began teaching.
Want to be a hero? Learn my traditional Shaolin Kung Fu, Taoist Tai Chi Chuan and Confucian Strategy. I have taught in prisons and drug rehabilitation centers with better results than any other program I know of. After teaching at the maximum security prison I checked back several years later and the prison informed me that instead of 80% of the inmates returning as normal, the recidivism rate was only 20% and one student had become a fugitive only because he would not inform on someone. Several of those prison graduates visited me over the years to give me, “Thank you’s.”
Let’s make the world a better place by making you a better person.
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