Shaolin Kungfu

Shaolin Kungfu

Question 1

I am currently reading "The Art of Shaolin Kung Fu". Is it possibly to learn Kung Fu from the book or do I need a teacher?

— Brandon, USA


The onus of Shaolin Kungfu is skills and not techniques. Unless you have much experience you will not be able to learn kungfu form from books or videos. You may perform kungfu form, even beautifully, but you will not have any internal force and not be able to use kungfu for combat.

I suggest you learn an Intensive Chi Kung Course from me first. You need not have any chi kung experience, but you must be abide by the Ten Shaolin Laws. Later, if you find the Intensive Chi Kung Course worthwhile, you can enrol for the Intensive Shaolin Kungfu Course.

It is understandable to wonder what can be learned in a few days of an Intensive Chi Kung Course. You can learn a lot, especially what you will not be able to learn elsewhere.

You will learn within the few days of the Intensive Chi Kung Course how to enter into a chi kung state of mind, generate an energy flow, overcome illness if you have any, have good health, vitality, longevity, peak performance and spiritual joys irrespective of religion or the lack of one. If you do not have these results, you can have your money back.

Question 2

How do I know when I am ready for stance training in kung fu practice? Is serious or proper horse stance viable until my skeleton has been restored to health?

— Artem, USA


One is ready for stance training in kungfu practice when stance training can develop internal force and mental clarity.

Not many people know this fact, although many people, including those who do not practice kungfu, say that stance training develops foundation as all kungfu practitioners perform their kungfu in their stances.

In stance training, focusing the mind on the "dan tian" (or abdominal energy field) leads to mental clarity.

I learned that stance training develops internal force and mental clarity not in my students' days but in my teaching which is about 40 years ago.

You should overcome your spine first. Stance training can come later.

Horse-Riding Stance

"Horse-Riding" Stance

Question 3

Is taijiquan stance training acceptable with a solid chi (qi) and spiritual foundation but deformed bones?


Taijiquan, not Taiji dance, focuses on the Three-Circle Stance, whereas Shaolin Kungfu, but not Shaolin gymnastics, focuses on the Horse-Riding Stance.

There is a joke in our school that Taijiquan is for children and women to play, but Shaolin Kungfu is for those who want the best and are ready to work for it. Taijiquan practitioners retaliate by saying that those who know train Taijiquan.

Taijiquan starts when Shaolin Kungfu has reached triple-cultivation. During my student's days I practiced kungfu, chi cultivation, and spiritual cultivation separately. But in Shaolin Wahnam, we practice triple-cultivation, i.e. the cultivation of the body, energy and mind.

In the Intensive Chi Kung Course, you will also develop internal force which will contribute to your daily life. We do not perform stance training in the course but we practice triple-cultivation, which will contribute to your good health, vitality, longevity, peak performance and spiritual joys.

"Chi" in normal English is spelt "qi" in Romanized Chinese, but the pronunciation is /ch'i/, and not /ki/. In Romanized Chinese "qigong" is pronounced like /c'hi kung/ and not as /ki gong/ as it is often mispronounced. Taijiquan stance training is acceptable with a solid chi but not acceptable with deformed bones.

Question 4

I feel that my internal force and my daily life lacks my ability to sit on air and lower my weight as developed in tai chi stance and horse riding stance, but am afraid that the seriousness of my blockages will make such stance training still possibly unhealthy.


You should overcome your spine problem first, and leave stance training later. If you perform stance training now, you are likely to perform it wrongly.

Most other people endure their stances, treating it as an endurance exercise. Students in Shaolin Wahnam enjoy their stances, treating it as a relaxation exercise whereby they build internal force and mental clarity.

Your first objective is to attend my Intensive Chi Kung Course. You may have the theoretical principles and the techniques, but you lack the skills which you have to acquire from a master willing to teach you.

Skills are more important than principles and techniques in chi kung -- a fact that most people do not understand. They think wrongly that if they know the principles and techniques, they can achieve the effects of chi kung. I also did not know about this in my student's days.

I also thought that if a practitioner knew the principles and techniques, he would derive the results if he practiced long enough. But this is glaringly not the case in Shaolin Wahnam. I learned it when teaching.

Internal Force

Internal force during chi kung training

Question 5

I am a fan of your writing and am excited to report I have finally purchased your autobiography. I am very excited to read it.


My autobiography, "The Way of the Master", is a masterpiece. There are many stories and many secrets.

The stories are real. The names and addresses are real names and real addresses.

Indeed, two persons, the editor and the proof-reader, asked me whether I would release those secrets. I told them that almost all who have bought the book are from Shaolin Wahnam, and I wanted to share the secrets with my students and instructors.

Question 6

I have almost finished an ebook for marketing purposes to encourage students to join a class. The ebook is focussed on Qigong and the 18 Lohan hands, the Chapters are listed below.

  1. What is Shaolin Cosmos Qigong (Chi Kung)
  2. The Essence of Qigong
  3. Ancient Art Modern Times

— James, England


Shaolin Cosmos Qiqong (spelt as "Chi Kung" in English, but the pronunciation is /ch'i kung/) is the name of the qigong (or chi kung as we use English) in our school. It has a very extensive range, and is the form of qigong I learned from my third sifu, Sifu Ho Fatt Nam.

It is the style of qigong I use to teach entering into a qigong state of mind, enjoying energy flow, directing qi to wherever we want in our body, overcoming illness for those have any so-called incurable diseases, attaining good health, vitality, longevity, peak performance and spiritual joys irrespective of religion, and building internal force.

"The Essence of Qigong" is what we teach, and can be found at the Unbelivable Intensive Chi Kung Course. It is not what most "qigong" practitioners practice, which is gentle physical exercise, although they call it "qigong".

Genuine qigong is an ancient art of modern times, but most "qigong" practiced today is gentle physical exercise. Gentle physcial exercise does not give good health and vitality. Genuine qigong is very rare, and high-level qigong is rarer still.

Lifting the Sky

"Lifting the Sky"

Question 7

  1. Why Practise Qigong.
  2. Qigong of the 18 Lohan Hands
  3. Benefits and Results


We practice qigong for good health, vitality, longevity, peak performance and spiritual joys irrespective of religion. Low level qigong takes a long time and the benefits are little. High level qigong takes a short time and the benefits are much.

The Qigong of the 18 Lohan Hands are used as the means to teach qigong. The 18 Lohan Hands were taught by the great Bodhidharma, and they form the base of Shaolin Qigong.

I learned only some of the 18 Lohan Hands from my sifu, Sifu Ho Fatt Nam, the third generation successor from the southern Shaolin Monastery at Quanzhou. I did some research on the Shaolin Eighteen Lohan Hands.

The first 8 exercises of the 18 Lohan Hands are the same as the Eight Pieces of Brocade. Later I was much surprised that the list of the 18 Lohan Hands was the same as the list in a classic.

It is indeed strange that most people do not compare the effects of their practice with the arts as stated. If an art gives ABC, then a practitioner should get ABC. If he gets XYZ, then what he practices is not genuine, or he has practiced incorrectly.

Qigong overcomes illness and gives good health. High level qigong gives vitality, longevity, peak performance and spiritual joys irrespective of religion.

But most "qigong" practitioners do not overcome illness nor get good health. It shows that what they practice is not genuine, or they have practiced incorrectly. Worse, they may have practiced wrongly, i.e. they have undesirable effects due to their wrong practice. Some instructors do not believe in "qi", though they call it "qigong" or energy exercise.

Qigong overcomes two urgent problems which are so-called incurable diseases, and interpersonal loneliness. I was awarded Qigong Master of the Year more than 20 years ago for my work in overcoming so-called incurable diseases like cancer and heart problems. There are many so-called incurable diseases in Western medicine. But pharmaceutical companies and Western trained doctors need not forsake Western medicine.

Pharmaceutical companies can have sugar-coated pills instead of practicing qigong and Western trained doctors who have great respect from their patients can promote them. They can become financially and spiritally rich.

There is much empirical knowledge in traditional Chinese medicine that can be very useful. In traditional Chinese medicine if all the organs and systems of a person are working naturally, the person will be healthy. Western medicine is reductionist, and seperates the the body from the mind.

Question 8

  1. Why is Qigong so Significant Today
  2. The School Principal -- Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit
  3. About the Shaolin Wahnam International School


I started with what I believed to be qigong when I learned from my third sifu, Sifu Ho Fatt Nam, though I learned stance training from my first and second sifu, Uncle Righteousness and Sifu Chee Kim Thong.

When I learned stance training from my first sifu, Uncle Righteousness, I knew it as the foundation of kungfu, as all kungfu practitioners perform their kungfu in stances. My second sifu, Sifu Chee Kim Thong, was famous for internal force. He was known as the living treasure of the People's Republic of China. Later I learned from my fourth sifu, Sifu Choe Hoong Choy, the patriarch of Wing Choon Kungfu.

The benefits a Shaolin Wahnam student obtains in one month is what I obtained in one year during my student's days. For example, it was more than 20 years before I had a qi flow, and also it was more than 20 years before I had internal force. But students in my intensive and regional courses can have a qi flow and experience internal force on the first day.

This will give a comparison of the difference between my student's days and of a Shaolin Wahnam student. One important reason is that I have more than 100 classes in my intensive and regional courses, whereas students usually follow their teachers in their regular classes.

When my sifu, Sifu Ho Fatt Nam, asked me to spread the Shaolin arts irrespective of race, culture and religion, I started my world travels. I was also concerned that the wonderful benefits of our Shaolin arts might be lost within two generations at a time when "qigong" practitioners performed gentle physical exercise and "kungfu" practitioners could not use their kungfu for combat.

We in Shaolin Wahnam practice high-level qigong and kungfu. With our capable instructors in Shaolin Wahnam, I can now retire, and the wonderful benefits of our Shaolin arts, including Taijiquan, Xingyiquan and Baguazhang, can now pass to posterity. Indeed, being accomplished in the Shaolin arts is better than changing stones to gold by touch.

If you have any questions, please e-mail them to Grandmaster Wong via his Secretary at stating your name, country and e-mail address.



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