Shaolin Kungfu (Shaolin Martial Art) is one of the most influential genres of Chinese martial arts, and it"s named after where it originated -- the Shaolin Temple, founded in 495 AD on Henan Province in Central China. The monks in the Shaolin Temple began to study martial arts during the Northern and Southern Dynasties (420-581) and this tradition prevailed during the Sui and Tang dynasties (581-907).
The original purpose of Shaolin shadowboxing is health keeping, treating illness, protecting famous mountains, safeguarding ancient temples, self-defense, and repulsing enemies. It boasts of diversified patterns, plain forms, and rich internal and external work. The general style of Shaolin shadowboxing can be summarized as high value for actual combat with exquisite techniques. It emphasizes both quiet course and feat of strength. It can conserve strength instantly and let it out several times stronger than the original conservation. Shaolin Kung Fu comprise of shadowboxing, armed combat, free combat, hitting vital point, and grappling.
Shaolin Kungfu became well known during the Tang Dynasty (618-907), when Shaolin Temple monks rescued an emperor"s life. Shaolin Kungfu is famous for its vigorous, powerful, simple, unadorned, and unpredictable style. Nowadays, there are 130 series of Shaolin Kungfu skills and tricks, including Taiji (shadow boxing), Shaolin Boxing, and Southern Boxing. It combines Buddhism and the Chan sect to form a unique Shaolin Culture.
Shaolin Kungfu is famous both at home and abroad as a highly-effective method of self-defense and building health. It has quiet internal side and a mighty external side. Combining external and internal, "hard" and "soft" exercises, Shaolin Kungfu involves various methods of fighting techniques, consisting of barehanded boxing and weaponry combat. The Shaolin Kungfu is an outstanding representative of the Chinese Kungfu culture.