Luohan style is the oldest and most representative style of Shaolin Kung Fu. The word Luo Han means Buddha / Arhat and refers to those who have achieved enlightenment. Therefore the ultimate goal of the monks of the Shaolin Temple has always been to reach the level of becoming a Luohan. It is the most famous, and one of the most important styles of Shaolin Kung Fu. It is believed that monks in the Shaolin Temple created Luohan Quan by copying the facial expressions of the statues of “Arhats” (saints or sages) and developed 18 movements based on those expressions.
Luohan Quan was created in the early ages of the Shaolin Temple, but it was first officially documented by Shaolin monks in the “Shaolin Kung Fu Manual” in the early years of the Song dynasty in 960s AD. This style has two forms called small (xiao) and big (da) Luohan Quan, which are considered the oldest excellent styles of the Shaolin Temple. Small Luohan Quan, which is what you will be studying, has 27 postures & 36 movements.
Shaolin Luohan Quan movements, though simple, are highly advanced and deceptive. Attack and defense are masked by Luohan Buddhist postures and come out from unlikely angles. This is a beautiful and classic form to learn.
What you’ll learn / study
- Fundamentals and Basics for this style
- Stances, Hand positioning, flowing body movement, accuracy, Speed and power.
- Applications of the form’s movements
- Traditional Training exercises