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Explore 1,500-year-old techniques from the Shaolin chuan fa system as 10th-degree kempo black belt Steve DeMasco shows you lethal moves practiced by monks at the fabled Shaolin Temple in China!

Steve DeMasco — author of the book An American's Journey to the Shaolin Temple — has been studying martial arts for more than three decades. During that time, he's ascended to the rank of 10th-degree black belt in Shaolin kempo and has become an honorary ambassador to the Shaolin Temple in China. The self-defense moves expert is also the recipient of the the John Stanford Education Heroes Award from President Bill Clinton and the former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley, as well as the Director’s Award from former U.S. FBI Director Louis Freeh. In this exclusive excerpt from the Shaolin training DVD series titled Shaolin Chuan Fa, Steve DeMasco demonstrates a set of self-defense moves to take down an opponent who's attempting a strike.

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Shaolin kung fu master Steve DeMasco brings you self-defense secrets straight from Shaolin Temple in this exclusive article. Learn how to take down an opponent, execute a neck break, counter a full-nelson attack and how to escape a mount!

When Western martial artists think of Shaolin Temple, the image they conjure up usually involves a bunch of bald Chinese monks bowing to a bronze statue of the Buddha and sweeping stone floors in the halls of their famous monastery. In their off hours, we imagine, they perform rigorous routines, play with exotic weapons and imitate animal movements as a way of practicing the ancient art of kung fu. And that’s fine. There is, however, another side to Shaolin training, one that the public seldom sees. It's been concealed for centuries — from tourists, from visiting Chinese martial artists and even from the run-of-the-mill monk. I came into contact with this other aspect of Shaolin training because of my connections with the abbot of the temple, who made me its cultural ambassador to America in 1999. What is this other side to Shaolin training? It doesn’t have a proper name, but I refer to it as “lethal Shaolin.” It’s the subset of kung fu techniques that can be categorized as pure self-defense moves. It’s always been my contention that if more people had access to these self-defense moves, Shaolin training would be huge because it’s one of the most effective self-defense subsystems on the planet. Currently, this aspect of Shaolin training is taught in depth only to high-level monks — men who can be trusted not to misuse the knowledge.

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Learn the authentic art of shaolin chuan fa from Black Belt Hall of Fame member Steve DeMasco in this exciting three-part DVD series! DeMasco has been a student of the martial arts since 1971 and has trained with some of the most famous Chinese grandmasters in the world, studying Shaolin arts such as the northern mantis and black tiger systems. Since 1997, he has journeyed to China each year to train with the senior monks of the famous Shaolin Temple. This 10th-degree black belt in Shaolin kempo also serves as the United States' cultural ambassador for Shaolin martial arts in China, an honor bestowed on him by Shi Young-xin, abbot of the Shaolin Temple.Shaolin Chuan Fa Part 1 DVD topics include: Shaolin animal techniques with full explanation! Exercises practiced by the original Shaolin monks as described in 1,500-year-old manuscripts! Interviews with DeMasco recounting his life, training and experiences!

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Black Belt Hall of Fame member Steve DeMasco demonstrates empty-hand ground-defense techniques for situations such as attacks from the rear and escaping a full-nelson hold. DeMasco is the author of An American's Journey to the Shaolin Temple and has released two DVD sets through Black Belt. For more information on DeMasco and his many avenues of work in the martial arts, law-enforcement training and with children.

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