What is Shaolin?
Thursday, 16 September 2010 09:54

Traditionally the word "Shaolin" refers to:

  1. The historical Shaolin-monasteries of Dynastic China and their Shaolin monks
  2. The traditional arts practiced in the Shaolin monasteries of the past

shaolin-temple-5Genuine Shaolin arts are often categorized as the "Three Shaolin Treasures", namely Chi Kung, Kungfu and Zen:

  • Chi Kung is an art of energy for radiant health, vitality and various other benefits
  • Shaolin Kungfu is a martial art and a comprehensive program for personal development
  • Zen is a complete method for cultivating the mind and the spirit

The Shaolin arts are crown jewels of the Chinese civilization, perfected throughout centuries of uninterrupted cultivation. Their great benefits are as useful and valuable today as over 1000 years ago.


Last Updated on Friday, 16 December 2011 15:42
Practicing the Shaolin arts
Thursday, 16 September 2010 09:58

chi-kung-practicing-1Practicing the Shaolin arts can offer a multitude of different benefits for different people, depending on the practice and its aims. However, a shared benefit for all Shaolin training is excellent health and vitality - this is largely due to the integral role of chi kung in all genuine Shaolin arts.

Genuine Shaolin arts can be readily recognized from their results: A Shaolin Chi Kung practitioner is healthy, energetic and happy. A Shaolin Kungfu exponent is characteristically efficent and practical in all areas of life, also exemplifying compassion and righteousness. A Zen practitioner demonstrates clarity of mind and inner peace in all situations.

All Shaolin training requires daily practice. Chi kung offers a lot through relatively small effort, whereas kungfu demands serious commitment, correspondingly offering even more. Zen practice can vary from light training to all-encompassing, depending on the practitioner. 

The sole reason for practicing is getting excellent practical benefits. In Shaolin Wahnam, our curriculum is created to help students get the best results. However, all our students are guided to compose their own training programs based on their needs, aims and objectives.


Last Updated on Friday, 16 December 2011 15:43
Shaolin today
Thursday, 16 September 2010 10:00

shaolin-kungfu-practicing-3In the past, the Shaolin arts were closely guarded treasures reserved only for a select few. Many were prepared to sacrifice all their time and their possessions to receive even low-level teaching in these arts. During the times of Dynastic China, Shaolin training was considered to be the apex of development in chi kung as well as in kungfu, and stories of famous Shaolin exponents remain as legends even today.

Nowadays genuine Shaolin arts are exceedingly rare. The tradition has been threatened to be lost completely due to China's turbulent recent history, and it is now extremely hard to find in Asia or anywhere else in the world. As genuine training has disappeared, western forms of exercise have been brought to replace traditional chi kung-, force-, and combat training, leading to widespread adulteration of the arts.

The main goal of Shaolin Wahnam institute is to preserve genuine, traditional Shaolin arts, and to pass them on to deserving students. We consider ourselves very fortunate to be able to carry on the original teaching of the past masters in an unbroken lineage, and to confirm the greatness of the Shaolin arts in the results of our own practice.


Last Updated on Friday, 16 December 2011 15:43