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Why Your Workout Benefits Others

When I was a boy studying at the Shaolin Temple, my master told me that my Shaolin Practice was not just for myself but for the benefit of other people. I asked him, "How could my practice benefit other people ?" He replied, "Shaolin training strengthens the heart, mind and body so that a person has more command over the actions of their body, speech and mind, and therefore it helps that person live a good life. Shaolin Practice gives the inherent goodness which is inside all of us, some breathing space."

I was fourteen at the time and didn't fully understand what my master meant but I've thought about it a lot since then.

Our training is about finding the natural healthy state which lives inside all of us, and nurturing that state so it can grow into good health. We are taught that if we can just be, really be in our true natural state then all of our health and good qualities are naturally there. We don't need to force or make ourselves into something.

Through our Shaolin Qigong practice, our mind, which is usually in a whirlwind of agitation, glides naturally into the present moment, slowing down and coming to rest. This is our first taste of calm. As we become more familiar with it, we stay in this experience longer.  Research on meditation shows that this experience increases our feelings of happiness and decreases our feelings of anxiety. Yes, we still have plenty to worry about but the worries no longer get hold of us. Our peace then permeates into our work,family and friends and we function better in our life.

And what about Shaolin Kung Fu? How can our practice benefit others? Well, think for a moment about what happens to your body if you don't train:

  • Acceleration of ageing
  • Lack of stamina, strength and flexibility
  • Lack of connection between the body and the mind
  • Increase of potential illness such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Increase of falls in later life.
  • Less energy in day to day life

Of course, not all illnesses are preventable but for the ones that are, we need to do everything we can to be proactive. Our bodies are born to move. 

This is why Shaolin is a lifestyle choice. I know it's not easy. Some days we lack the motivation to train. I've been doing it now for over thirty years, and I still have days when I struggle. But this struggle is part of our path. Without struggle we can't become strong.

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  • Robert T Broneak

    From the U.S. I thank you with a full heart and mind for sharing your experiences with me!

  • James-Nicholas Lee-Angel

    Being fit & healthy is essential in life & this includes what you consume. You cannot eat foods especially processed foods that have added sugar & salt for taste & be fit & healthy. As my good friend on the internet Iron Wolf aka Gunnery Sergeant Art Schvierschberge “you would not put the cheapest dirtiest fuel in to a Ferrari so why do that to your body”. Sugar causes inflammation especially of the GUT as does: alcohol ; red meat, processed meat, illegal narcotics, stress. So being mindful of what you consume: of how you move; how you train, how you treat yourself & others affects your general health & fitness which includes mental & emotional stability & your resilience to environmental effectors & stress.

    Shaolin gong fu can keep you fit & healthy if you also incorporate healthy foods & drink plenty of water & most importantly of all: you must love yourself; you will notice that when you experience love you cannot experience pain nor hatred or any other negative stressor at the same time, love is the Master key, in everything you do, your job, your personal life, your meditation, your prayers, your exercise!

    Peace & Love!

  • David Lame

    Thanks for sharing your story from your teacher. It has given me motivation to keep training ,as sometimes I wonder why I should keep training .
    It has made me reflect on how it has made me a better person and why Intend to train until I die!

  • Frank Campione

    I’m a 70 year old man and I first bought Qi gong workout years ago, and just purchased Kung fu witch I enjoy the flow to your kicks and your right when I miss a few days I feel older. Lol ..thank you I enjoy your work outs and your experience in sharing your wisdom .🙏

  • Nicholas Kummer

    The Shaolin Training is magnificent I was Able years ago to train attend the Shaolin temple in London, I had to stop attending due to work commitements but the training and humbleness they taught mme has stayed with me and I was truelly blessed to be able to do the training at the "London temple and have Shifu Yan Lie there will I atteneded…I still try no attempt to practice the Quigong every few days I have been doing this for the last 3 months….and All I can say is THANK YOU Shifu

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