The film footage of Xu Xiaodong (against Master Lei Gong), shows a man with no real mixed martial arts skills – who could have been easily defeated with groin-kicking or throat-punching, etc, and whose mental state is often described as ‘mad’ even by himself!
Not only is a traditional ‘form’ or ‘kata’ a vehicle for martial excellence, but through the specific shapes (and psychological and physical conditioning required to perform these ‘forms’), longevity and health are a by-product of proper and correct martial practice.
Although this certificate was awarded to my eldest daughter in Sutton, London, it turned-up in a file of important documents in Torquay, Devon, at the
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).
All these monks pursue the Dao of the Divine-sky (hence the ability to walk through the sky) whilst devoutly upholding the Vinaya Discipline.
African students train in the famous Shaolin Temple in China.