Shaolin Kung Fu: Introduction Into the True Methods of the Fisticuff Art of Shaolin Monastery
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Lam Sai Wing

Short Historical Essay on Master Lam Sai Wing Written by his Disciple Zhu Yuzhai

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"Since my young years till now I have been learning from Masters during fifty years. Fortunately, I earned the love of my tutors who passed me the Shaolin Mastery..."

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Lam Sai Wing (1860 - 1943)

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"The Tiger and the Crane Double Form"

An excerpt from the book of Lam Sai Wing "The TIGER and the CRANE".

Author's Preface. Lam Sai Wing.

They say that if you wield a skilful pen, you must wield arms as well, because arms are a support for a pen. Since my young years till now I have been learning from Masters during fifty years. Fortunately, I earned the love of my tutors who passed me the Shaolin Mastery. I think that I have acquired that Mastery far from perfection. As a token of my thankfulness to my tutors, I also passed the Technique and the Mastery to my disciples during a few decades. I do not think that I am a patient and skilful tutor, because we suffered a lot of changes in our lives.

The Pugilistic Art is easy to learn, but it is difficult to gain perfection in it. First of all, it is necessary to know rules and laws, as well as norms and criteria and then add Force to them. In that case you improve your innate nature and can freely and easily move in all directions, attack and avoid enemy's attacks. One must perceive the secrets of "The Four Essences-Dao", methods of "Five Gates-Men", images of "Eight Directions-Mian" and ways of Life and Death.

What are "Four Dao"? Those are heart, eyes, arms, and legs. Dao of a heart is a realized behavior, Dao of eyes is light and order, Dao of arms is easiness in attack and clutch, Dao of legs is quickness in a fight. "Five Men" is top, middle, bottom, left and right side. The top has "Seven Openings-Qiao: eyes, ears, nostrils and mouth, the middle has a heart and a breast, the bottom has groin, the left side has the left arm and the left leg, the right side has the right arm and the right leg. If a man deeply perceived and understood it, he is a master of the situation.

Furthermore, you must see the situation on four sides - east, west, south, and north. It is necessary to take a commanding position, to find out strong and weak points in your enemy, to direct your attacks towards his weak points, to strive for life and to avoid death. You should "look into the distance", but you should not lose sight of the situation around you.

If the enemy makes a false lunge (feint), it is necessary to react seriously; if the enemy attacks in all seriousness, you should dodge. If the enemy is far from you, you should not swing your fists, if he is close to you, you should forestall him. If he attacks at the top (at the upper level), you should react at the top, and if he attacks from below (at the lower level), you should to block up the ways of an attack from below. It is necessary to observe attentively enemy's movements, foresee the direction of his attack. You should perfectly comprehend the essence of an attack and a retreat, methods of "rise" and "sink".

Train persistently and tirelessly every day; there is a saying "Mastery is born in hard training". Thousand of types of Fighting Arts come to one criterion, ten thousand methods come to the same essence.

In the great antiquity Hua Tuo* told Wu Pu** that if the body often moves, food is digested more easily; movement also promote the circulation of blood and energy Chi. "Lu Lan"*** says the same: "The running water is fresh, a worm can not live in a door hinge". Those words express the essence of movement as a base to preserve health. The same is with the Pugilistic Art: it is not only a means of self-defense, but also a means to improve in health. Therefore, as a rule, those who practise Fighting Arts are men of strong constitution and good cheer. Undoubtedly, Fighting Arts cure diseases and prolong one's life, it is of great benefit! I frankly and openly tell scholars of the future about it. As far as we are concerned, we must preserve the Fighting Arts as an integral element of the national Cultural Heritage.

       (Lam Sai Wing)


*Hua Tuo (141? - 208) is a famous physician and a follower of Taoism. He created a complex of "Plays of Five Animals" (WUQINXI) owing which through the imitation of movements of different animals - bear, tiger, deer, monkey, and crane the energy Chi correctly circulates in a human organism and that cause effects of rejuvenation and invigoration.

**Wu Pu is a disciple and a successor to Hua Tuo. He widely used WUQINXI in his medical practice. 

***"Lu Lan" is the title of collected works on natural science and philosophy compiled in III century B.C., also known under the title "Lu Shi Chun Qu" ("Springs and Autumns of Lu

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