Is Shaolin Kung Fu good for kids and adults?
Children who practice Shaolin Kungfu are able to develop the habit of self-reliance early in life. Starting at a young age, they can thrive with a strong, healthy body and cultivate hardworking spirit. Practicing Kungfu long term can further help timid children overcome their timidity. All these are advantages that will be invaluable later in their lives.
Long-term Shaolin Kungfu practice can develop a person’s overall physical fitness. It can effectively train the strength, endurance and flexibility of people, bringing full development of the entire body. Shaolin Kungfu can stimulate children’s brain development as well as physical development.
The Characteristics of Shaolin Kungfu
The characteristics of Shaolin Kungfu are its emphasis on skillful fighting techniques and its solid base in actual combat. Therefore, Shaolin Kungfu form routines are compact and strong in structure and rapid and tight in sequence. The moves are forceful and quick; attack and defense are agile and effective; and the practitioner’s mental intentions and physical movements are in unison. One advances with proper directions and retreats with efficient means; all moves are connected seamlessly like a breath. Therefore, the Principle of Fist Forms states, “The body drawing in and leaping forcefully, the feet keeping stances and moving forth, the hands striking outward and withdrawing inward, one advances or retreats, rises up or drops low—the form in its entirety should be seamlessly practiced in one breath.”