The life of a Shaolin Kung Fu Kid

In China, some parents will send their kids away to train in kung fu as early as three years old! These kids work really hard, starting training at 5:30 in the morning and ending around 8 o’clock at night. These kids eat a vegetarian diet and also participate in Buddhist religious training, meditation, and chanting throughout the day. They keep their hair shaved and have to wear special kung fu training robes during their classes. They may only get to see their parents for one month a year during important holidays, and their kung fu masters take the place of their moms and dads while they’re away learning and training.

The kids train in kung fu while improving their physical and mental stamina. It’s tough work, but by the time they are 18 they are highly skilled warrior monks and have a strong knowledge of kung fu practice and philosophy. This is a prestigious education in China, and graduates can go on to become performers, members of the police or military, or could go on to teach kung fu themselves, either in China or around the world.

What do you think of the Shaolin Kung Fu Kids? Would you like to grow up in a Shaolin training school?

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Benefits of Kids Learning Kung Fu

When you practice Kung Fu, you make your mind and body stronger. The moves you learn might be fun, but Kung Fu can teach you a whole lot more than that! Here are some of the good things that happen when kids learn Kung Fu: 

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1. Improved Focus – The original meaning of ‘kung fu’ is ‘any skill that takes hard work and dedication to obtain.’ It takes a lot of concentration and practice to become really good at Kung Fu, especially today, when it is so easy to be distracted by TV and the internet. Kids who learn Kung Fu know how to put aside those distractions so that they can become the best they can be!

2. Improved Fitness – Kung Fu lessons can be a holistic exercise for the mind and body, and kung fu can build core strength, cardiovascular health, and flexibility. Attending the fitness benefits are self-defense skills that could be helpful if your child should ever have to defend him or herself.

3. Friends- Although Kung Fu isn’t necessarily a team sport, you can still make a lot of new friends in your classes. When you spar with a partner you both can share your love of Kung Fu!

4. Improved Self confidence – Self esteem is important for mental well being. The strength, coordination, skills, and friendship kids can build while practicing kung fu will translate to greater confidence in other areas in their lives as well, such as at school.

5. Improved Conflict Resolution – Kung Fu helps you gain self-discipline and self-respect, so you know you don’t actually have to fight in order to solve a problem. Kung Fu teaches that if someone says mean things to you, you can ignore them or use conversation to talk about why those words are mean and how you don’t like being talked to that way.

 

Overall, Kung Fu has a lot to teach kids- and adults!- about improving mental and physical health and social skills. How have your Kung Fu lessons helped you in your daily life?

 

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Dimensions of Kung Fu Culture

Highlight: The martial arts of China originated for survival and warfare reasons, but in modern times, Kung Fu has spinoffs in a variety of fields, sometimes retaining the authenticity of the practice, and other times, breaking off into artistic and combined adaptations.

 

Kung Fu is a Chinese term referring to any study or practice that requires patience, focus, and time. Though it can refer to any general skill or discipline, it is also heavily linked to the martial arts world, especially by the Western media. The pin yin word, gōngfu (功夫), means “work” and “achievement”, often referencing more the process of achieving something rather than solely performing martial arts; this is why we are pleased to introduce the section where we delve into both the cultural and lifestyle affinities linked to Kung Fu.

 

Kung Fu as a Skill in Various Fields

Saying that a person has “Kung Fu” in an area implies that this person has a skill that is difficult to develop in that particular field. For example, someone can have Kung Fu in painting, or Kung Fu in cooking, or even have Kung Fu in a different sport unrelated to martial arts. The excellence reached in that field is what exemplifies Kung Fu, and this is why the term is an interestingly diverse application from Chinese culture to all other cultures.

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Kung Fu in Dance, Cinematography and Cuisine

The martial arts of China originated for survival and warfare reasons rather than as an art, but in modern times, Kung Fu has spinoffs in a variety of fields, sometimes retaining the authenticity of the practice, and other times, breaking off into artistic and combined adaptations. Martial arts schools teach certain routines and practices, such as the art of lion dance, and this dance has grown from a display of Kung Fu to a full and colourful dance performance. Kung Fu has also reached cinematography and has its own film genre, Kung Fu film. Kung Fu cooking and Kung Fu chefs are presented in a recent documentary that explores the life of competitive Oriental cooks who must attain Kung Fu with their impressive dishes.

Finally, celebrities’ endorsements of different Kung Fu dress and adaptation of Kung Fu in Western movies has spread around the globe, most notably, in the works of Jackie Chan or the beloved children’s animated movie, Kung Fu Panda. It is therefore safe to say that even though Kung Fu can refer to martial arts, it is also a term often used within modern culture and lifestyle, given its adaptability as an ideal and as a practice known for its standard of human excellence. It may have originated in military circles of China, but it now exists in many dimensions and categories all over the world.

 

 

 

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Chinese Diaspora Helps Bring Chinese Culture to the World

Highlight: Chinese culture has been exported worldwide, mostly due to extensive immigration from China, creating large expatriate communities that are keen to practice traditional values while embracing the lifestyle and cultures of their adopted homelands.

 

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Chinese culture and lifestyle is promoted throughout the world thanks to the rich and vibrant Chinese immigrant communities located in nearly every country. The Mandarin word for people of Chinese heritage living abroad is 海外华人 (pinyin:Hǎiwài Huárén).  Indonesia, the United States, Malaysia, and Thailand have the highest number of overseas Chinese, each with over 3 million citizens of Chinese heritage. Throughout generations of immigration, these communities have assimilated well into their host countries, but some of the larger overseas Chinese communities still practice traditions and celebrate festivals and holidays from China.

 

New York City  Has Largest Chinese Population Outside Asia

This is particularly true in New York City, which has a Chinatown in Manhattan that boasts the largest ethnic Chinese population outside of Asia, and a large and growing Chinese community in Queens. Chinese people have been immigrating to America, and New York City in particular, since the mid-1800s, and today Chinese people make up the third highest percentage of annual immigrants to America, after Mexico and India. In 2013, nearly 20,000 immigrants from mainland China moved to New York City, more than the next two major American Chinese immigrant destinations, Los Angeles and San Francisco, combined.

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Dissemination of Chinese culture in New York

Chinese culture is kept alive in New York City through institutions such as the New York Chinese Cultural Center, which offers classes in Chinese martial arts, visual arts, language, acrobatics, and dance. The Cultural Center also partners with more conventional American New York City establishments, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, and Queens Botanical Garden, to promote Chinese culture throughout all five of New York City’s boroughs. Similarly, the Museum of Chinese in the United States, in Manhattan, curates a variety of interesting exhibitions on the long history of Chinese immigration to America and New York City, along with the food, art, and festivals that Chinese immigrants have brought to America and that have disseminated into mainstream American culture.

The Chinese New Year Festival is a particularly enjoyable and well-attended event in New York City, bringing together hundreds of thousands of people representing the diverse conglomeration of the city’s population annually since 1999. Politicians, celebrities, and international tourists have been known to frequent this yearly celebration, and it has become a much-anticipated and beloved aspect of life in New York City.

Chinese culture has been exported worldwide, mostly due to extensive immigration from China, creating large expatriate communities that are keen to practice traditional values while embracing the lifestyle and cultures of their adopted homelands. Nowhere is this more true than in New York City, where the largest Chinese immigrant population in the Western hemisphere has helped introduce Americans to Chinese culture for over 150 years.

 

 

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What is Zen

Zen is becoming a hit nowadays as more and more people are paying attention to mental health and meditation. What is Zen? Zen is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese character “Chan (禅)“,which is interpreted in many different ways, such as living simply or habits. However, it is over-analyzed. Zen is a word that was originally translated from the Indian Sanskrit term “dhyana” and it means meditation.

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Zen as the Feeling of Being Home

There are different interpretations about Zen. It is a state, a method, and most importantly, it is a spiritual home. Some people believe that Zen is a state of awareness. From their point of view, despite the differences in appearances, everything is equal in the world. Some others see Zen as a method which helps to show the wisdom of every single creature. Finally, Zen is the spiritual home to some people. There is nothing as reliable as home. Zen can bring the feeling of being home to people and help them find their original selves.

A very famous monk called Huineng once said that Zen is when a person can remain in inner peace despite all the external temptations. One’s spirit is free when he orshe is not limited by the appearance of objects, which is called “Ding” (stable) in Chinese. The highest state of life, according to Huineng, is mastering both Zen and Ding.

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Zen is also a method for modern people who are very busy to relieve their stress.  Through meditation, you will awaken your true nature.

 

The Story of the Four Friends

Once upon a time, there was a businessman and he had four friends. He was very generous to his first friend and always offered him the best; the second friend was very sophisticated, so the businessman valued him a great deal and always tried to impress him so he could show him off to others; he didn’t give his third friend any special treatment because that friend is very ordinary, however, the businessman was still satisfied with this friend because he was very reliable; as for the fourth friend, the businessman barely noticed him.

One day, the businessman was going on a trip to a faraway place. At that time, traveling was a sweaty and dirty undertaking that nobody enjoyed. To make the journey more tolerable, he wanted to bring one of his friends with him. When he asked his friends, all of them rejected him with different excuses, except for his fourth friend. The first friend told the businessman that he is not obligated to go on this trip, which broke the businessman’s heart. The second friend told him:“I know that you are very nice to me, but that cannot be the reason for me to go with you, because there are so many other nice people in the world.” The third friend offered him company, but only for the beginning of his trip. Only the fourth friend followed him without saying a word.

 

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A lesson of what is the most important in life

In this story, the businessman is you and the place that he is traveling to is death and the story is trying to tell us what is important in life.

The first friend is our body, throughout our lives we are trying to satisfy our body’s desires, which we cannot take away with us when we are dying. The second friend symbolizes money and social status. Most people are fighting for these two things for their whole life, yet they can only be left behind once we die. Families and friends are the third friend in the story. They are very important and precious to us, but even they cannot stay with us until the end of our journey. The only friend that can stay with us forever is our mind/spirit, which are easily forgotten or neglected by us.

What this story really teaches us is that finding our true self and our spirit is a very important lesson in life.  Through Zen, through meditating, we can start paying attention to and listening to our heart and find our spiritual home.

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The Philosophical History of Kung Fu

The Birth of the Art

The most ancient of martial arts, Kung Fu can be traced back to more than 4,000 years ago when it originated in China as a form of battlefield combat. The Yellow Emperor, who rose to power in 2698 BC, was passionate about writing about several fields, in particular medicine, astrology, and martial arts. He propagated different forms of martial arts, and during the Zhou Dynasty, a philosophical element was given to martial arts that is present in modern-day Kung Fu. This philosophical take was based on ideals of Confucianism and Taoism, and in Taoism, the Ying and Yang (universal opposites) were spectrums for the hard and soft techniques in Kung Fu. The Taoist I-Ching system of divination gave mystical elements to Kung Fu philosophy, enforcing a sense of spirituality. For Confucians, martial arts is one of the “six arts” that should be practiced in life, alongside calligraphy and music, among others.

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Elite Warriors from the Shaolin Temple

A few hundred years after Buddhism had made its way to China, the arrival of an Indian Buddhist monk, Bodhidarma, brought his religious influence to the martial arts. He came to the newly established Shaolin Temple, and there is still much discussion amongst historians of whether he introduced the religious element to the Kung Fu practice or if this was already in development by the monks who lived at the temple. Regardless, since then, Shaolin monks have dedicated themselves to Kung Fu and have become elite warriors that have spread their influence and knowledge throughout China. Engaged in numerous military campaigns, they are known for bringing and keeping peace in their province. Experts have travelled to visit them and learn from their Kung Fu secrets, many of which include rigorous daily training hours that are highly demanding for the body and mind. Spin offs of the Kung Fu practice have propagated across China; for example, rival Taoist monasteries have trained different styles of Kung Fu that focus on heavily internal training. Popularity, intrigue and admiration for the practice grew.

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Kung Fu Today

In the early 20th century, Kung Fu became mainstream and ceased to be practiced solely by an elite group of expert warriors, adapting to the likes of ordinary people across China and the world. A Chinese cultural recovery was much needed to re-establish thousands of years of building Chin prestigious cultural reputation and pride after the European and the Opium Wars from 1860 to 1939. In an attempt to recapture the Chinese spirit, the government encouraged and made martial arts accessible to the public. This led to a spread of Kung Fu adaptation into literature, film, and several athletic associations devoted to the modernised practice of the art. The central governing body for Kung Fu was established in 1928, and Kung Fu competitions began taking place thereafter. In 1936, Kung Fu was in the global spotlight during its introduction to the Berlin Olympic Games.  In 1949, Kung Fu values and ideals were aligned with the Communist Party of China (CPC), and because the CPC did not recognize religious beliefs, Kung Fu was modernised as a sporting version called Wushu. Wushu was present in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and is currently now practiced by many universities and schools, as well as athletic centers in China and around the world. It is clear that what defines Kung Fu practice today is what has always shaped it in the past; its philosophical disposition to the people  who can practice and master it.

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Shaolin Kung Fu for Beginners

Here is a list of several standing exercises within Kung Fu that will help improve balance, fitness, and mental tranquility. These stances also form the basis of other Kung Fu exercises and forms. The presenter is Master Wu Nanfang, as a part of his Shaolin Wugulun Kung Fu Youtube series.

 

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1) Tranquil stance

Stand squarely on both feet to about shoulders’ width, relax your body and your mind. Raise your hands gently in front of you abdomen and meanwhile bend your knees slowly. Stand quietly for 5 minutes.

 

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2) Horse Stance

Plant your feet squarely apart and bend your knees, like you are riding a horse

 

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3) Nail Stance

Shift part of your weight to your left leg. Take back your right leg slowly and keep the sole of your right foot’s toes on the ground. Turn your hip gently. Stand quietly like this for a while and then change side.Put your right foot in front of your left foot and keep the sole of your right foot’s toes on the ground. Stand quietly for a while and then change side.

 

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4) One legged stance

Raise your right leg slowly and stand like this for a while and then change side.

 

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5) Drop stance 1

Move your hands upwards and to the side while leaning forward with most of your weight on one foot

 

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6) Drop stance 2

Move your hands downward and shift your weight to your other leg. Repeat for the other side.

 

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7) Ending Posture

Take your feet back and put your hands with fingers crossed in front of your chest. Relax your body.

Practice these moves in succession for up to an hour to help master the basics of some Kung Fu forms/taolu

 

 

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