A sample of the Lohan forms passed down by the late Ven. Sek.

Always an enigma, Ven. Sek was said to have taught a wide range of skill sets. One account has it that, according to old ways, he only accepted 18 disciples in his lifetime.

More at http://myma.16.forumer.com – discussion forum.

Come this 3rd & 4th November, a first-of-its-kind TMA gathering will be taking place in Penang Malaysia.

 

Special because, for the first time teachers and practitioners from a whole spectrum of TCMA, will be performing and sharing their distinctive style; many of which infrequently seen before this.

 

You can read more about this at www.martialartsgathering.com

 

A picture show of Sarawak’s Chinese Martial Art Association athletics participating in this event….

Shaolin Lohan Quan.

The origin of Shaolin

Established more than 1500 years ago, during the reign of Emperor XioWen in the Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 495), the temple was constructed to host a distinguished Indian monk named Buddhabhadra or Butuo.

Butuo started studying Buddhism as a young boy. After a long period, he traveled to China, where he was well-received by the Emperor and eventually went on to become the head of the Buddhist community. At the time that Shaolin was set up, he reportedly had more than 100 followers.

Shaolin Temple is located at Mount Song in Henan province, comprising of 2 mountains, Mt. Taishi and Mt. Shaoshi, each with 36 peaks.

Mt. Song is one of China’s eminent 5 peaks.

  1. Mt. Tai in the East.
  2. Mt. Hua in the West.
  3. Mt. Heng in the North.
  4. Mt. Heng (dissimilar Chinese character) in the South.
  5. Mt. Song in the centre.

Mt. Song region is among the cradles of Chinese civilization and they believed that Mt. Song was the centre of the world!

Mt. Taishi and Mt. Shaoshi are said to have been named by the legendary Emperor Yu. After he created his kingdom, he settled his wives, the Tu Shan sisters, on the 2 mountains. That’s why the eastern mountain is known as Taishi, which means first wife, while the western mountain is named Shaoshi or second wife.

Main characters associated with Shaolin Temple

Bodhidarma

Zen master from India who meditated in the caves outside Shaolin Temple for 9 years and became the first Zen patriarch of China.

Seng Chou

Northern Wei Dynasty warrior monk and disciple of Buddhabhadra. The first warrior monk.

Jue Yuan

Song Dynasty warrior monk, he developed the 18 Arhat Form and helped bring about a resurgence of Shaolin martial arts.

Tan Zong

One of the 13 warrior monks who lives between the Sui-Tang Dynasties and saved the Prince of Qin Li Shimin.

Yue Kong

Ming Dynasty warrior monk, celebrated for his efforts to stem piracy and protect his country.

Kimnara

Yuan Dynasty warrior monk, known as the founder of Shaolin Staff.

Ru Jing

Qing Dynasty nun. She studied at Shaolin Temple for 15 years and was skilled in many martial arts and weapons.