The video below is a 90 minute documentary dedicated to Shaolin Kung Fu. Several training exercises and tremendous physical displays are captured throughout the film. Anyone with interest in physical training and the martial arts will be amazed at the abilities displayed throughout.
As you will see, there is no denying the remarkable skills that these martial artists possess. Their physical abilities are far beyond what most are accustomed to in today’s world. Even the children of Shaolin will often perform physical feats that most grown men could only dream of doing.
Unfortunately, despite the amazing talent and ability, Shaolin Kung Fu remains a topic that is rarely discussed. When discussing training strategies today, the conversation will often shift towards supplements, diet plans, equipment, recent studies, and new certification programs. Such discussions are often led by new school trainers who could not perform a fraction of what you’ll see demonstrated by the Shaolin warriors.
Ironically, many of today’s modern trainers are quick to diss and dismiss the training strategies that were developed by ancient martial artists. Modern trainers constantly seek to reinvent a wheel that they could never roll in the first place. I couldn’t tell you how many newsletters my email address has been added to by trainers who promise each week to deliver the latest and greatest exercise secrets. Whatever they claim is best today will be outdone by what is promised tomorrow. It is a never ending cycle of untested garbage that pollutes email addresses around the world.
Meanwhile, those at the Shaolin Monastery thrive with techniques that were developed centuries ago. They don’t waste time arguing online about optimal training strategies. They already know what works. They don’t need to make up exercises week after week in an attempt to attract more believers. Instead, they can validate their methods at any time with nothing more than a brief display.
Now as I state these words, please don’t confuse my message. I am not suggesting that we all take up residence at the Shaolin Monastery. Instead, I simply remind you that our generation is not the first to be educated and informed. There is plenty to learn from those who came before us. Rather than rushing to improve on the past, first take the time to learn it. Whether you have interest in Shaolin Kung Fu or not, there is plenty to learn by observing their practitioners in action. They do not train to sell you on their methodologies. They train to improve with techniques that have stood the test of time. Simple observation of such methods will offer ample knowledge in return.
Studying the film above and others like it will be time well invested.
“Wisdom comes by disillusionment.” – George Santayana