OVERVIEW OF QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS SERIES
January to June 2007

January February March April May June

January

January 2007 (Part 1)

Shaolin Kungfu Sparring

There are three main categories of Chinese martial art practitioners. One, there are those who practice modernized wushu, a demonstrative art invented by the present Chinese government in the 1970s. Two, those who practice traditional kungfu forms but have no sparring experience at all. Three, those who use Karate, Taekwondo or Kick-Boxing for sparring. Together they make up more than 95% of kungfu (including wushu) practitioners.

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January 2007 (Part 2)

One-Finger Shooting Zen

Most kungfu students, for example, spend most of their time practicing only form, with little or no force training and combat application, and know little or no kungfu philosophy. From our perspective in Shaolin Wahnam, we do not call that kungfu, we call that kungfu forms. In the past this was referred to as "flowery fists embroidery kicks".

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January 2007 (Part 3)

Henan Shaolin Kungfu

There were five versions of Shaolin Kungfu, namely Henan Shaolin Kungfu from the northern Shaolin Monastery in Henan, Fujian Shaolin Kungfu from the southern Shaolin Monastery at Quanzhou in Fujian, Guangdong Shaolin Kungfu from disciples of the Venerable Chee Seen (who taught at the southern Shaolin Monastery at Nine-Lotus Mountain also in Fujian) who spread the art to Guangdong, Ermei Shaolin Kungfu from Pak Mei who taught on Ermei Mountain in Szechuan, and Wudang Shaolin Kungfu from Foong Tou Tak who taught on Wudang Mountain in Hubei.

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February

February 2007(Part 1)

Grandmaster Ho Fatt Nam

Like my sifu, I thought beliefs in spirits were superstitious, though somehow inside me I had great respect for higher gods. When I first went to my sifu's house, which also acted as a temple, for Shaolin training, I was concerned to see statues of gods and Buddhas on the altar. I clearly remember I said to myself that I went there to practice kungfu, not learn religion.

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February 2007 (Part 2)

International Shaolin Wahnam Family

Your expansion beyond your physical body was a satori, a spiritual awakening. You directly experienced what great masters in the past had said, that we are spirit and our physical body is actually an illusion.

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February 2007 (Part 3)

Joko Riyanto

In our school "Lifting the Sky" is known as a wondrous exercise. It has a whole range of benefits from beginners to masters. It is easy to practice, and the benefits are quickly realized.

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March

March 2007 (Part 1)

Uncle Righteousness

Both Sigung Ho and Sigung Lai taught Southern Shaolin Kungfu, but that of Sigung Ho came from the southern Shaolin Temple at Quanzhou, a city in the southern province of Fujian, whereas that of Sigung Lai came from the southern Shaolin Temple at Jiulianshan, or Nine-Lotus Mountain, which is also located in Fujian but near the boarder with Guangdong.

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March 2007(Part 2)

The Most Beautiful People

When we were upstairs I would demand going downstairs, and as soon as my mother carried me in her arms downstairs, I would demand to go up again. This would go on for hours. But a mother is never tired of caring for her child. My mother would caress me, sing to me and hold me close to her heart. I was too small then to remember much, but I can clearly remember this was, is and will be the most beautiful thing in my life.

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March 2007(Part 3)

Grandmaster Wong with Grandmaster Ho

We would not have any Shaolin Wahnam today if not for an incidental remark which actually proved to be of paramount significance. Yong told my friend that he was planning to leave Taekwondo for Shaolin Kungfu. Everybody was surprised. Why did Yong want to leave Taekwondo and miss a rare opportunity of heading Taekwondo in Malaysia, and choose Shaolin Kungfu which many people thought could not be effective in sparring?

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April

April 2007 (Part 1)

Butterfly Knives

Training the Butterfly Knives gives me agility and flexibility as well as calmness and confidence, which certainly will enrich our life and the lives of other people.

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April 2007 (Part 2)

Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit

Soon there was much adverse criticism accusing us of not having a proper Taijiquan lineage. Sifu Javier suggested that we used the term “Wahnam Taijiquan”, and Sifu Jeffrey of Australia formally proposed it. Zhang Wuji rightly said that by adopting this term “Wahnam Taijiquan”, we took responsibility for our own development.

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April 2007(Part 3)

Zhang San Feng

Attaining a one-pointed mind is one of the first skills students learn and acquire in my Intensive Chi Kung Course. It then enables them to tap energy from the Cosmos, generate an internal chi flow, and direct chi to wherever they wish inside their body.

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May

May 2007 (Part 1)

Grandmaster Lam Sai Weng

Some diseases, like diabetes and allergies, are regarded as "incurable" because Western doctors do not know their causes. So they resort to relieving their symptoms. Chi kung masters also do not know the causes, but so long as they can help their students generate a sufficiently powerful chi flow regularly, the chi flow will clear the energy blockage where it is, and restore the natural functioning of the student's body systems, which will result in him regaining good health.

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May 2007 (Part 2)

Iron Wire Set

"Thit Seen Khuen" is an advanced kungfu set to train internal force, not just for combat efficiency but also for health, vitality and longevity. It also makes the body tough (but not massive or muscular), and the mind sharp and clear.

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May 2007 (Part 3)

Sifu Andrew and Family

If you analyze your feelings more deeply, you would find that actually you were not in love with any of the girls; you were in love with love itself. In love with love is not a bad thing, but you need to find the right girl to place your love in.

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June

June 2007 (Part 1)

Grandmaster Wong and Sifu Riccardo

First of all, it will be very helpful to realize that yin and yang do not refer to absolute objects, processes or concepts. There are symbols referring to the two opposing yet complementary aspects of reality. Once you have understood this point, you can avoid many mis-understands many people have about yin and yang.

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June 2007 (Part 2)

Dragon Form

Why are most kungfu practitioners today unable to use their kungfu for combat? It is because they have not been taught to do so. Why haven't their schools or systems taught them kungfu combat? It is because somewhere in their generation line they have lost their sparring methodology?

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June 2007 (Part 3)

UK Summer Camp 2006

In Shaolin Wahnam we do not merely learn chi kung or kungfu. We relate what we have learn in our chi kung and kungfu to our daily life, making it more rewarding for ourselves and for other people.

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