HISTORY

Northern Shaolin Kung Fu

Shaolin Kung Fu is one of the oldest, largest, and most famous styles. It combines Zen Buddhism and martial arts.

It was developed in the Shaolin temple in Henan province, China during its 1500-year history.

In Kung Fu the terms ‘northern’ and ‘southern’ are used to classify a style by its geographical location. However, Northern Shaolin Kung Fu is not to be mistaken as an umbrella term for its origins but a style in its own right amongst the other ‘northern’ styles of kung fu.

The Style rose in popularity thanks to Master Ku Yu Cheung (1894-1962) who’s famous Iron Palm killed a wild horse in its tracks.
This true event happened during dark times for China (1931) when Kung Fu was deemed impractical and even ridiculous after the introduction of Western guns and drugs. It was believed that self-defence could only be obtained from a pistol and inner peace through smoking opium.
It was during this same year that a glimmer of faith was restored when a Russian strongman with a travelling circus challenged the Chinese public with a generous reward to any man that could subdue an ‘untameable horse’.

Several men were brutally trampled. Then unable to watch any further, an unassuming wiry martial artist from the North stepped up to the challenge. Ku Yu Cheung.

With one Iron Palm Slap, it was killed on the spot.

A post-mortem revealed that although there was no outer physical damage, the spine of the horse was bruised and internal organs had been damaged. This was the result of the intensity of Ku Yu Cheung’s most renowned skill, The Iron Palm.

At the Liverpool Northern Shaolin Kung Fu Association, we teach the traditional Northern Shaolin Kung Fu curriculum in its entirety. Northern Shaolin (Bak Si lum in Cantonese) consists of ten core hand forms, a large number of weapons forms and sparring forms.