Contrary to popular belief regarding "Kung Fu," few of the many arts and training of Shaolin or other external styles concentrate solely on combat. In fact, many schools exist where emphasis is on forms study and no combat or sparring takes place.

A meditative, non-combative, non-competitive approach to Shaolin Ch'uan.

These are ritualized movement practices that contain principles of health preservation, weaponless self-defense, meditative insight. This work is heavily influenced by the Chinese Zen monastic tradition of martial arts, which in turn grew out of the Indian Buddhist vajramukti teachings which taught: aggression is illness arising from fear within; compassionate self-defense does not produce durable suffering; aspects of healing, health-nourishing, spiritual discipline, and raising consciousness are proper concerns of the student.

The vehicle for such a life-time study is the correct, controlled execution of technique embodied within the famous Northern Shaolin School Each meeting includes: stretching and strengthening, stance drills, arm and leg coordination exercises, work on the hsing of the moment, including: 1) Bare-handed forms; 2) Weapons forms; 3) Moving meditation; 4) Health forms. The non-combative, meditative health studies of N. Shaolin Ch’uan is a valid, respected, time-honored paths for martial artists. The N. Shaolin candidate will integrate forms studies with internal training from the Zen tradition.  



Northern Shaolin Chuan


Basic Training

Liu Lu Lohan Ch’uan/6 Methods of the Monk form


Iron Warrior 1

Begin Iron Warrior 3

Bei Shaolin Ch’uan/Northern Temple Arts Fist


1st GREEN:

Iron Warrior 2

Continue IW 3

Kung Li Ch’uan/Fist of Power

2nd GREEN:

Continue IW 3

Tao Lu Ch’uan/Five Attacks Fist

Dragon’s Head Staff #1 – drills and form

1st BROWN:

Continue IW 3

Tan Tui/Springy Legs form

Single Baton drills and form

2nd BROWN:

Continue IW 3.

Dwun Da Ch’uan/Short Strike Fist

Dragon’s Head Staff #2: Drills & form

3rd BROWN:

Finish IW 3

Kung Chien Pu Ch’uan/Bow&Arrow Stepping Fist

Dahn Dao/Basic Saber #1– drills and form.

1st BLACK:

Iron Warrior 4, Part 1

Bei Mei Hua Ch’uan/Northern Plum Blossom Fist

Dragon’s Head Staff #3 – drills and form

Single Dagger form

2nd BLACK:

Iron Warrior 4, Part 2

Da Hsin Ch’uan/Striking to the Heart

Dahn Dao/Intermediate Saber—drills and form

3rd BLACK:

Shaolin Yizhichan Chi Kung/Inner Breath Work of the One Finger Zen School

Wu Yi Ch’uan/Infinite Mind Fist

Double Baton – drills and form

4th BLACK:

Stone Warrior Body Hardening Set

Bei Chang Ch’uan/Northern Long Fist

Siu Cern Dao/Twin Sabers

5th BLACK:

Shi Pa Lo Han Shou/18 Movements of the Arhat

Tuozhe Bu Ch’uan/Shuffling Step Fist

Chien #1/Single rapier—drills and form

6th BLACK:

Publication of original manuscript

Tit Lo Han Chin Ch’uan/Iron Buddha set

Tuide Tuikai Men Ch’uan/Opening the Door fist

Double Daggers form

Hatha Yoga

7th BLACK:

Publish original manuscript

Yi Chin Ching/Muscle Change Classic

Ling Tao Ren Ch’uan/The People’s Leader Fist

Ping Kuen/Cannon Fist

Chien #2: drills and form

8th BLACK:

Publish original manuscript regarding history and

philosophy of martial arts

Zuo Ma Ch’uan/Sitting on the Horse Fist

Monk’s Broadsword form.


9th BLACK:

Publish original manuscript

Lien Huan Ch’uan/Continuation Fist

Chan Wu Ge Shou Ch’uan Fa/Shaolin 5 Animals Fist


10th BLACK:

Kum Nye

Shing-Yi Ch’uan

Pa-Kua Chang



email Dr. Edward Orem: