Shaolin Kung Fu Drills

Shaolin Kung Fu drills can help you quickly get better at various techniques through repetition. Learn about Shaolin Kung Fu drills with help from a Kung Fu instructor in this free video clip.

Part of the Video Series: Kung Fu Techniques

Video Transcript

Hello, my name is Master Steve, and thank you for joining us. In this video, we'll be showing you some classic Shaolin Kung Fu drills. The thing to keep in mind about the Shaolin Kung Fu drills is the relaxation perspective of it. If you're going to do Shaolin drills like the ones you're going to see, that come around and are relaxed, they're going to wrap. So you want to stay relaxed. You're going to be smacking your arms against people's bodies. The reason why is one, physical conditioning, that's really what you want. You want physical conditioning, but the second part is you don't want to ruin your body in the process. That's just counterproductive. The only thing in the world that can be constructive and destructive at the same time is the Universe. Us, we need to take care of our bodies. So, when you do these moves, when you do these moves remember to bend your elbow so you don't get tennis elbow. Remember to relax your muscles and remember to rotate your waist and remember to stay relaxed, stay relaxed. The more relaxed you are, the better the technique is going to be, the faster and stronger you are, the least techniques, the less techniques you're going to be able to do and the more harm you're going to do to your body which is counterproductive. So the first one we're going to do here is the wrap around the forearm and what you're doing is you're hitting the forearm and letting the wrist relax, coming across like so. So you're going to come across and hit and hit and hit, the second one from here is going to be like so. This is actually one of the oldest Shaolin strikes you'll see in Thai Chi Chuan, as well as if you train Thai Chi Chuan. You'll see that the arm comes around and stays relaxed hitting forearm to forearm keeping the elbow bent. Another one you might see here is lifting of the arms like so. We call that a Kung Fu umbrella. Why? It seems to cover everything if rain were to come down so it's called a Kung Fu umbrella and you're blocking with this part of your arm right here. Just remember to stay relaxed as you do these techniques. The stiffer you are, the more your secondary muscles or your secondary joints are really going to absorb the impact thus hurting you in the long run. Now, that's really not what you want right? You want a healthy body so you can control yourself so later on in your life like you're 90 years old you can walk straight instead of walking crooked because you just ruined your body for a ten year period. Thank you again for joining us. My name is Master Steve. So, that's how I want you to do your Kung Fu drills.

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