In all my time training in traditional Chinese martial arts, either in China or abroad, I have never encountered a gongfu style that uses the ‘ki-ai’ (気合),
An old Ch’an monk (believed to Venerable Shao Yun) remains seated and indifferent to the presence of an international guest. In fact President Putin specifically requested that this monk should remain seated due to his age and renowned spiritual attainment at the Shaolin Temple. Venerable Shao Yun was a disciple of Master Xu Yun (1840-1959).
‘The human body is subject to the unstoppable change of aging. This is a forgone conclusion that no known agency can prevent. As time goes by the body changes, this is an important and crucial point that must be acknowledged as martial arts mastery is based entirely upon the aging process.’