When I was kid I used to watch the show Kung Fu on TV. Ever since, I’ve been fascinated by the idea of the Shaolin Monks. Just to think of a person that would dedicate their whole life to meditation and martial arts was just so foreign and magical to me.
Today’s Shaolin Monks have become a bit of a circus act. It’s kind of a shame. However they can still do some amazing things.
The internal arts that I’ve studied like Tai Chi and Ba Gua, ephasize the movement of chi by using the mind and relaxation. Shaolin Kung Fu uses a more forceful approach.
This can be controversial. Some martial arts consider this type of conditioning detrimental to your chi in the long run. The jury’s still out on that.
No matter what you think, it’s still incredible to watch.