Anyone here practice Shaolin Kung Fu?

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  1. SteveSmith

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    Anyone here practice Shaolin Kung Fu? One guy is teaching this in my area and I am going to try it. From what I know, it's the stuff that is featured in all those late 70s, early 80s Hong Kong movies. It looks fun.
     
  2. Jake Martin

    Jake Martin Amateur Fighter

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    I almost attended a school that taught it. Watched one of their "in house" sparring tournaments (pretty much pancrase rules with no groundfighting) and it was a slapfest. So I passed.

    Back when I did point sparring tournaments, I'd see their guys occasionally and they never won. Not that point sparring really tells you much except speed..

    But I have always wanted to study a form of Kung Fu, because it does look fun and the history behind it fascinates me. Keep us informed on how it works out for you!
     
  3. If you absolutely want to practice Kung-Fu, try San Soo.
     
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    Sinister Doctor of Doom Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    Ugh, another one of these. I'm going to leave this thread as an example to the kind of stuff that's NOT going to be tolerated in here. I'm closing this thread for a number of reasons:

    1) Everyone is going to post how much this Art sucks for MMA, and all of whom I am willing to bet my entire net worth have never taken a day of ACTUAL Shao Lin training.

    2) This is going to spark another TMA vs. MMA argument.

    3) Too many people mistake Wu Shu for Gung Fu, and thus talk smack about how in Gung Fu you never fight.

    4) Even in it's homeland it's difficult to find GENUINE teachers of the Art, because of the fallout from the Boxer Rebellion and the emergence of Wu Shu as a whole. Much of the actual practical fighting aspects of the Art are long-forgotten and dismissed by younger generations as irrelevant.

    5) As per the Shotokan thread, too many people in here think their own knowledge of Gung Fu when having never REALLY studied it's ancestry or notable practitioners is sufficient. If you look in the phone book, or see a flyer for a "Gung Fu" or "Kung Fu" school or Academy, you can pretty much bet that 8 times out of ten it's going to be some bastardized watered-down version of the Art, especially anywhere in the world that is not China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan.

    6) Threads like this will continue to be edited until we can learn to appreciate and discuss grand-father Arts such as Gung Fu without spouting nonsense.

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    Management.
     
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