Dec 26, 2010

Monk Shi Dejian and Shaolin Xingyiba

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Towards the end of the twentieth century, knowledgeable observers expressed reservations whether traditional kung fu could still be found in the Northern Shaolin temple. What these observers saw when they visited the temple and its surroundings were modern acrobatic wushu, and they wondered if genuine Shaolin kung fu had survived the Cultural Revolution and other tumultuous events that befell China.

Perhaps in response, the temple showcased monk Shi Dejian, an adept in the rare art of Xinyiba. Xinyiba is said to be a distantly related to the more well known art of Xingyiquan (or Hsing-I Chuan). In this first of a three part series, Shi Dejian demonstrates breath taking balance while practicing on a temple rooftop perched on a steep cliff-face at the Songshan Mountains. Seen also in the video is Shi Yongxin, the current Abbot of the Northern Shaolin temple.

Related Post: The Avian Techniques of Xingyi

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Unknown said...

How fantastic!!!

Anonymous said...

Please be careful Master! If you fall this world and Shaolin will lose a great treasures.

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