To the uninitiated it’s a martial art. To Shaolin Warriors it’s the Ultimate Training Program
Shaolin Kung Fu History
The Shaolin Temple is the birthplace of Chinese martial arts. Emperors often enlisted Shaolin monks to help them defend their thrones against invaders. As there were no guns or bombs at that time the monks had to use their bodies as weapons. They did this with a combination of Qigong and Kung Fu.
Shaolin Kung Fu Today
These days, we don’t do battle with warlords but low fitness levels or weight gain. Recent research by the British Journal of Sport’s Science shows that people in their forties and fifties who regularly practice martial arts have greater aerobic ability, balance, flexibility, muscle endurance, strength and less body fat than the sedentary controls matched for age and sex. Shaolin Kung Fu is not just for martial artists but anyone who wants to maximize their fitness levels.
Rou Quan is a favourite form of mine because it mixes internal and external together. It may look gentle but that's because the strength is hidden inside the movement. It can make you quickly tired because you need to stay in the stances for a longer time. Sometimes the movement is soft and at other times you need to use power but this power is not the same as when you use power in a kung fu form, it is a special combination of mixing internal and external.
Rou Quan is a famous Shaolin form, which is independent from all the other forms. One of the reasons for this is because it has some famous traditional techniques hidden in the movement. If they are not pointed out then a person may practice the form and be totally unaware of this. At the Shaolin Temple, Qigong practioners practise it, as do kung fu practioners because it perfectly complements both internal training and external training. It needs more space than Qi Gong so try and go outside or to a park and run through it two …
Is it really possible to over-train? Yes indeed, over training can be just as negative to results as under training. It is a proven fact that too much can be just as detrimental to progress as too little.
You may immediately ask "well, how do giants such as Arnie get so big and train so hard? " This training business is not as simple as ABC, but famous athletes such as Arnie work under constant supervision, and most ( if not all ) take supplements, including hormone. We are not trying here to discourage good hard training, but rather just point out that there are limits and to be aware of them.
In the extreme, symptoms of OTS can include fatigue and lack of performance, abnormal hormone production and immune system depression. All this can be very detrimental to you health and well being.
So how do we avoid this? Firstly, always be aware to give your body sufficient time to recover. This time period will vary considerably depending on your condition, how hard you work out, and …