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Shen Lung Kung Fu


  • Shen Lung Kung Fu

    Shen Lung Kung Fu

    Created in the 1960’s by Grand Master Fu Xi Wen, this type of Kung fu was developed in the United States of America and is based on five different animals. It places equal emphasis on martial technique and character building of students.
    In alignment with the traditional Chinese virtuous characteristics the ultimate aim of Shen Lung practitioners is to encapsulate the spirit of a priest and the mind of a scholar in the body of a warrior. Unlike the traditional five animal system, Shen Lung draws on teaching from the snakes, the mantis, the tiger, the crane and the monkey.

    The elusive or invisible dragon, although not taught, is considered to be the ultimate achievement and a student can be considered to have understood the dragon when he embodies the powers, speed, movement, cunning and mechanics of the five animals taught within the system. A unique aspect to this martial art is the philosophical and intellectual teachings that are encouraged. Students, after a year, are expected to study the Tao Te Ching, the classical Daoist texts ‘The Art of War’ and The Analects of Confucius. These classics would have been considered an essential part of martial arts training in times gone by and particularly important in the training of Daoist-based martial arts. A strict moral code accompanies the training and underpins the art as a whole.

    Although students are not expected to convert to Daoism, they are expected to believe in something, in whatever form, that a greater power than oneself exists. They are expected to be tolerant of others and others’ beliefs and in line with Confucian tradition, to respect elders and seniors and all other forms of martial arts and martial artists.

    Progression and development is not strictly bound by martial techniques and advancement but, rather, the combination of training and commitment to the school and fellow pupils. There is an expectation that students will try hard, learn well and teach the art to others and finally, students are expected to make an oath whereby they swear not to cheat, steal or lie.

    A black belt denotes the level of instructor, in Chinese known as ‘sifu’ and interestingly, a silver sash is awarded to a Master of the mental aspects of the art and a gold sash to an instructor who has mastered the spiritual elements of the art.

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    Author of this article Chris Crudelli is a Graduate of London University’s SOAS & Beijing Shi Fan University. He is also a Kung Fu & Taiji Master, Author & TV Host best known for his self-penned BBC TV series 'Mind Body Kick Ass Moves' broadcast in over 180 countries worldwide.

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