SHAOLIN KUNG FU PHILOSOPHY VIDEO
Shaolin Monk Wang Bo on the Spiritual Benefits of Shaolin Kung Fu Training and Philosophy
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Shaolin Kung Fu for the Body and for the Mind "[Physical] self-defense is action. Mental self-defense is Buddhism and meditation practice," says Shaolin monk Wang Bo. "As we all know, kung fu [was] created by masters — people who [were] enlightened, people who [had] very high [levels of consciousness]," Wang Bo continues. "So for today's society, we don't have enough patience and we don't have enough concentration. We're easy to get angry. ... So for today's society, ancient arts will help us because kung fu and spirituality [are] based on compassion." Slow-Motion Breathing: The Foundation of Better Health and Stronger Kung Fu Techniques With the concept of life improvement in mind, Shaolin monk Wang Bo recommends a series of “internal exercises” for development of people’s mind-body connection. Most of these internal exercises from Shaolin kung fu involve a foundation of slow-motion breathing.
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“As one of the internal practices, [slow-motion breathing] starts inside and moves outside," Wang Bo says. "When you punch [during kung fu techniques], it’s a physical movement from outside to inside which is the opposite. Slow-motion breathing will make your organs work better and make you healthier. It looks very small, but it does a lot of work inside your body.” Wang Bo's Goals for Shaolin Kung Fu in America "Our main goal is to build a real Shaolin Temple in [the] South Bay area," Wang Bo says. "My base is in Torrance. It's a kung fu school, it's a Zen Buddhism center, it's a yoga studio and also it's a place for kids to learn to be disciplined. ... [We want to] help as [many] people as we can and help as [many] people as we can learn how to defend themselves."
More About Shaolin Kung Fu Training and Shaolin Kung Fu Philosophy: Books, DVDs, e-books and video downloads regarding Shaolin kung fu are available at blackbeltmag.com/shaolin. For a broader view of the Chinese martial arts, visit our Chinese Martial Arts History section and our Chinese Martial Arts Philosophy section.
About Wang Bo's Shaolin Temple in Torrance: Visit shaolintemplekf.com for more information about Wang Bo's Shaolin Temple school in Torrance, California. The site includes information about instructors and curriculum for kung fu, tai chi chuan and yoga, as well as their children's program. You also can email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.