Why practice Shaolin Gongfu (Kungfu) or Qigong?

Shaolin gungfu originated as exercises to complement the investigation of one's mind through C'han (Zen) meditation practice. It was originally taught to Buddhist monks at Shaolin Buddhist Monastery in Henan, China 1,500 years ago.

Our classes focus on Shaolin Gong fu fist (quan) forms and Baduanjin (8 section Brocade). Our classes lead the beginner students through warm-up exercises, stretches, and basic shaolin forms. Students learn a variety of fist boxing (quan) forms as well as weaponry such as the shaolin staff. Shaolin gongfu (kungfu) and qigong exercises are relatively simple to learn, and one begins to feel their subtle yet profound benefits after only a few weeks of practice. We offer the opportunity for you to tap into this ancient art. One should note, however, that the beaufy of these exercises is that it can take a lifetime of daily practice to perfect.

We should also note that although shaolin gongfu (kungfu) may appear like an external art devoid of internal or spiritual origins. However, at its essence, Shaolin qigong and gongfu (kungfu) are exercises that require movements with breath coordination, energy control and mental awareness. In addition to increasing strength, flexibility and improving posture, when performed daily, these exercises can provide benefits to one's respiratory, circulatory, nervous, digestive and lymphatic systems. It is said that our mind and original nature are pure and that we, if enabled and guided, can look deeper within to see the nature of how things are. Investigate on a moment-to-moment basis. This is the ultimate goal of a Shaolin life. Please come to our new school at 1244 23rd Avenue, Oakland, CA 94606


Kung Fu

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  • Kungfu

Students learn the elements of Shaolin quan or boxing forms that involve the hands, eyes, body and feet. Classes begin with stretches and warm up exercises and students learn to coordinate upper and lower body, and heart and mind. Students enjoy the discipline, and exercises that both strengthen and improve flexibility.

Qi Gong

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  • Qigong2

Our Qi Gong or Chi Gong class emphasises regulating internal qi (breath) control as a means to stay healthy and focus one's mind. Students learn various intergrated forms, movements and breathing techniques that improve flexibility, stamina and over all ell being. Health benefits includes regulating and improving the heart, lungs, stomach, spleen, and liver. Students find the class rejuvenating and relaxing

Location Info

Shaolin Luohan Institute

1244 23rd Avenue, Oakland CA 94606
Tel: (510) 992-3514
This is located in the San Antonio District. The closest BART station is Fruitvale BART.

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