Feb 4, 2010

Traditional Shaolin

Seen a “Shaolin Kung Fu by Monks" show lately? Chances are neither are the performers monks nor are they from Shaolin. Instead, according to kung fu insiders, these performers are modern wushu acrobats, with shaved heads, hired to to perform “Shaolin" shows.

Modern wushu tend to be more gymnastics-like with a surfeit of somersaults, flips, vaults, jumps and other acrobatic elements. On the other hand, traditional kung fu is more grounded and performed forcefully with combat intent, as shown in this video.

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