OVERVIEW OF QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS SERIES
July to December 2007

July August September October November December

July 2007 (Part 1)

Kai Uwe Jettkandt internal force

Yes, Chinese martial arts do have ground fighting. After 5000 years of civilization, the Chinese arts would cover every aspect of fighting. The style that is best known for ground fighting is “Ti-Dang-Men” (“Teai Thong Moon” in Cantonese)), which may be translated as “Ground Fighting School”. Many kungfu styles also have ground fighting techniques, though ground fighting may not be their specialty.

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July 2007 (Part 2)

Sifu Wong Chun Nga, Taming the Tiger

“Thit Seen Khuen” is an advanced chi kung set, but is often wrongly practiced as an isometric exercise. A tell-tale difference is that in chi kung you have to relax, but in an isometric exercise you tense your muscles. A tell-tale result of practicing “Thit Seen Khuen” correctly is to have tremendous internal force, yet peaceful and graceful. A tell-tale result of practicing isometric exercise correctly is to have big muscles. Both types of exercise will make a practitioner very stong, but the nature of his strength is vastly different.

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July 2007 (Part 3)

Shaolin Sparring

The most basic requirement of kungfu is that it is capable for combat. This means if you cannot apply your kungfu for combat, then it is not genuine or traditional. You may or may not win in the combat, and you may or may not like combat, but you can use it for combat.

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August 2007 (Part 1)

Lu Bu, an invincible warrior

Many masters from other countries came to China at this time to test her kungfu. Despite the start of kungfu degradation, the Chinese masters convincingly defeated all of them. Hoa Yun Jia, who lived in North China, was one of these ever victorious masters, and earned the nickname “Yellow-Face Tiger”. Another great warrior was Wong Fei Hoong who lived in the South. Although he was an invincible fighter, he was best known for his peace-loving. He would fight only when it was absolutely unavoidable. His key word was "tolerance", and any student found fighting unnecessarily would be expelled from his school.

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August 2007 (Part 2)

Sifu Kai Uwe Jettkandt

Both Shaolin Kungfu and Taijiquan started as training for spiritual fulfillment. The great Bodhidharma tuaght the monks at the Shaolin Monastery the Eighteen Lohan Hands to help them attainment Enlightenment. Later Eightenn Lohan Hands developed into Shaolin Kungfu. The great Zhang San Feng practiced Shaolin Kungfu on the Wudang Mountain to attain the Tao. His chi flow movements due to his Shaolin training were stylized into patterns which later developed into Taijiquan.

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August 2007 (Part 3)

Shaolin Cosmos Qigong

Some people think that there is only one type of chi kung. This is not true. They are many, many different types of chi kung. These different types of chi kung range from elementary to very advanced. Naturally, elementary chi kung gives elementary benefits like keeping you relaxed and giving you general well-being, whereas very advanced chi kung gives you advanced benefits like abundant energy to enjoy work and play, and glimpses into Cosmic Reality. Advanced chi kung should be learnt personally from a competent teacher.

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September 2007 (Part 1)

Hui Neng, the Six Patriarch

From Bodhidharma to Hui Neng, the master designated his successor. Hence, there were designated patriarchs. But Hui Neng did not designate a particular successor. He had thousands of students, 47 of whom were masters. Hui Neng asked them to spread Zen. Hence there were no designated patriarchs after him.

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September 2007 (Part 2)

Christianity and Reincarnation

And the disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, that Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.

Mathew 17:9:13.

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September 2007 (Part 3)

Shaolin Cosmos Qigong

If you ask me to recommend other chi kung sources for similar results, I have to honestly say I don't know. This does not mean that we are the only school that practices genuine chi kung, as some critics wrongly and unfairly accuse us of claiming, but the fact remains that while other schools may be better than us in other aspects, as far as we know we are the only school that enables our students to generate energy flow, direct energy to flow to wherever we want, develop internal force, use traditional kungfu forms for sparring, and expand our mind into the Cosmos within a few days.

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October 2007 (Part 1)

enjoying your practice

The best advice is to enjoy your practice and not to worry whether you are practicing correctly. This advice applies to all those who have attended my intensive courses as well as all those who train in regular classes with certified Shaolin Wahnam instructors. This advice does not apply to other people who have not trained with us. For them they have to ensure that they are practicing correctly.

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October 2007 (Part 2)

Shaolin Kungfu Kung Fu

Many people are fond of saying that all martial arts are the same, it is the practitioner that is different. This statement is not true. Martial arts are different, not only in terms of combat efficiency but also in many other aspects.

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October 2007 (Part 3)

Shaolin Kungfu Kung Fu

The smart approach we use in Shaolin Wahnam is different. We do not train to counter a random punch, or a chain of punches, or a surprised kick. We do not train just to meet countless individual attacks. We train to fight effectively as scholar-warriors. The most basic of this training is through the Sixteen Combat Sequences in Shaolin Kungfu, or the Twelve Combat Sequences in Wahnam Taijiquan.

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November 2007 (Part 1)

Sifu Anthony Korahais

Great masters do not really care whether you are national presidents or billionaires, and they do not want to be well-known. Transmitting qi to you is not “the true power of Qi”, and not the way to promote their beliefs as you arrogantly claimed. Actually most of them do not care whether you or other people believe in the power of qi; they know it is true from direct experience.

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November 2007 (Part 2)

Shaolin Kungfu Kung Fu

Seeing visions of the past and the future is one of the less common results of practicing high-level chi kung. It is regarded as “shen tong” or “miraculous ability”. Congratulations for this high-level achievement. Although I know you will not abuse this rare ability, it is my duty to remind you that not only you must always use it only for good, but also you must not reveal what is called “heaven's secrets” indiscriminatingly.

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November 2007 (Part 3)

Shaolin Kungfu Kung Fu

We in Shaolin Wahnam are dedicated to spread the wonderful Shaolin arts to deserving people and preserve them for posterity. I founded Shaolin Wahnam about twenty years ago because there was a real risk that the Shaolin arts could disappear from the world within two generations due to the rapid and ridiculous degeneration of kungfu at the time.

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December 2007 (Part 1)

Wudang Three-Harmony Set

First of all you need to have a sound understanding of what genuine, traditional Shaolin Kungfu is, and what it can do for you and humanity. My book, “The Art of Shaolin Kung Fu”, will give you a good answer.

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December 2007 (Part 2)

Shaolin Kungfu Kung Fu

If one can apply Shaolin kungfu patterns for combat, it is genuine, otherwise it isn't genuine or it has been debased. If one can apply Shaolin techniques to develop internal force, it is genuine, otherwise it isn't genuine or it has been debased. If the training can develop him spiritually, it is genuine, otherwise it isn't genuine or it has been debased.

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December 2007 (Part 3)

Shaolin Kung Fu

You should have a sound philosophy of why you spend time practicing kungfu. If it is just learning kungfu sets for demonstration to please spectators, it is not a wise use of your time. You training should enable you to live your life better. You should, for example, have better health (not sustaining injuries from your training) and be more relaxed (not more tensed).

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