Shaolin Kungfu traces it's origins all the way back to the Southern Shaolin Monastery, and Bodhidharma, the first patriarch of Zen. Over time, it has evolved and branched out into the many styles well known today: Praying Mantis, Hung Gar, Choy Lee Fut, and Wing Chun Kungfu to name only a few.
Simple, elegant, yet highly effective as a fighting art, Shaolin Kungfu as it is taught within the Wahnam Institute boasts a treasure house of specialized kungfu sets, both empty-handed and weapon based, all that students begin to learn and specialize in as they hone their foundational skills and branch out into deeper study.
One of the hallmarks of the Shaolin Wahnam training program is it's combat effectiveness. Of course, for any good house to stand the test of time, it must be built on a solid foundation. Part of that foundation is learning to use Kungfu techniques as they are taught for sparring. In this way the beautiful techniques found in each set look just the same in a sparring situation. Students learn the fundamentals of moving in safely, using good spacing and timing, and good footwork to execute their techniques. As they progress, they learn to handle attacks with more force and threat, improving their own combat efficiency along the way.
'Safety First' is something you will hear a lot in Shaolin Wahnam Kungfu training. Students learn to spar taking care not to hurt their partners. This underscores the moral foundation of a genuine kungfu practitioner, and the compassionate nature of Shaolin Kungfu. While at it's more basic levels Shaolin Kungfu brings good health and vitality and trains combat efficiency, at it's more advanced levels, it trains clarity and spiritual expansion.