Master the ancient Chinese martial art of Shaolin Kung Fu with this illustrated martial arts guide.
The style of martial arts described on this book is believed to have developed from a form devised on the Shaolin Temple by the Indian monk Bodhidharma. Referred to as Shih-pa lohan shou (Eighteen Arhat Hands), it was once the original Lohan form. Its purpose was once to offer monks with exercises that would not only toughen their bodies and minds but in addition arm them with a formidable system of self-defense. The authors present the Lohan techniques of south China (as taught by the Hood Khar Pai) in both solo—and partner— practice forms.
Intended as a supplement to actual training, Shaolin Lohan Kung-Fu gives the history of the Shaolin arts after which continues with a detailed explanation of the Lohan form. Accompanied by almost 30 sketches and over 400 black-and-white photographs, this easy introduction to the Lohan system is a should for any serious student of Shaolin techniques. Chapters include: Background of Shaolin Kung Fu; Fundamentals of Shaolin; The Lohan Pattern; Shaolin Training Methods; and more!