Poles of Plum Bloom
MEI HUA ZHUANG
from the book: Jin Jing Zhong. Authentic Shaolin
Heritage: Training Methods of 72 Arts of Shaolin. ISBN:
“Poles of Plum Bloom” is a “soft” and “internal” kind of
Shaolin GONG FU that develops the whole body.
Furthermore, it forms a base for acquirement of the
skill “Flinging on the Cornice and Climbing the Wall” (FEI
YAN ZOU BI). The exercise is done on poles and thanks to
that lightness of the body, mobility and dexterity of
movements are trained, the exactness of leaps and
skipping along (poles) are perfected. There are other
names for “Poles of Plum Bloom”, they are “Poles of
Seven Stars” (QI XING ZHUANG) and “Poles of Nine Stars”
(JIU XING ZHUANG). After successful acquirement of the
exercise you can use that skill in dangerous situations
and in a combat. Besides training leaps, the exercise is
very important for eyes...
... When you
achieve mastership, the body will become energetic,
movements will become easy and active. If you engage an
enemy, you will be able to find instability in the
enemy, find gaps in his defense and smash him.
As far as the Shaolin
exercises “Poles of Seven Stars”, “Poles of Nine Stars”,
“Three-Row Poles”, “Poles of Nine Temples”, and
exercises on bricks put on the butt-end (YI SHAN ZHUANG
FA) are concerned, all their patterns and methods as a
whole are similar to those of the above-mentioned. But
the best method of training is training on poles,
therefore it is no need to repeat it again. A trainee
himself has the right to choose a training method.