Ancient China: Myths And Logic Of Shaolin Kung Fu

From the Youtube description: National Geographic Documentary Myths Logic Of Shaolin Kung

Title: National Geographic Documentary Myths Logic Of Shaolin Kung (YT link) Uploaded by National Buddhist Authority Srilanka.

Myths And Logic Of Shaolin Kung Fu – (2012) 5 stars

Run time: 47 minutes. Before you start selling Shaolin Kung Fu short, here is a documentary that will make you rethink how tough this discipline really is. We have a myth about the origin of this type of Kung Fu, where villagers in isolated regions would defend themselves from wild animals by using brooms or whatever gardening tools they had on hand. We have numerous training techniques, with the most extreme being Iron Neck, where boys hang themselves from ropes, by the neck, while in meditation poses and later we see Two Finger Zen, with exercises including two-finger push-ups and standing on two fingers. Another amazing demonstration includes the harnessing of Chi energy to break hard objects with various parts of the human body, and even to throw needles through glass.

Brief samples of the following primary animal-inspired fighting styles are shown, which I will name here for future reference. They are: bear, white crane, ape, tiger and deer. Other animal fighting styles demonstrated include dragon, snake, dog, eagle, monkey and mantis.

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