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Shi Dechan

According to a history of Shi Dechan at, "The official reopening of the Shaolin Temple was in 1979. In April of that year, visited the Japanese Zong Daochen (宗,道臣Japanese: Doshin Sun) Shi Dechan in the 30's had the know, with a 300-strong delegation from the Shaolin Temple. This was a sensational time for that event, as a result of the traumatic experiences of the previous war and the various "political camp" friendly visits between Chinese and Japanese - potential - very rarely were economic with such special. Zhong Daochen (1911-1980) was the mid-30's from a Shaolin Temple to learn martial arts masters of this and Shi Dechan befriended, who is also health problems could help to him. After returning to Japan in 1947, he founded his own organization through which he, the Shaolin martial arts, but also the appropriate ethical values in Japan just did not spread. The Japanese Union for the boxing of the Shaolin Temple (日本少林寺拳法Riben联盟shaolinsi quan fa lianmeng / Shorinji Kempo) performed very well and grew a large and influential organization up to be." [click here for direct link to article] and [click here for google translated version]

Wang Xiangzhaiai

Wang Xiangzhai (1886-1963), also known as Nibao, Zhenghe or Yuseng, the founder of YiQuan or I-Chuan, has said that he and Doshin So learned learned xinyiba (a system related to XingYiQuan) from the monk Henglin (also known as Changlin or Xianglin) at Shaolin Temple. For a history of YiQuan, please click here. The relevant excerpt "In 1918, because of political changes, Department of Unarmed Combat of Land Army suspended working. Wang went to the South to search after greatest masters of martial arts. First he went to Shaolin Temple, where he learned xinyiba (a system related to xingyiquan) from monk Henglin (also known as Changlin or Xianglin - later Doshin So, founder of Shorinji Kempo, learned from the same monk)."

Wong Kiew Kit

Wong Kiew Kit (1944- present), the author of "The Art of Chi Kung", "Chi Kung for Health and Vitality", "The Art of Shaolin Kung Fu", "The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan", "The Complete Book of Zen", "Introduction to Shaolin Kungfu", "Master Answers Series- The Shaolin Arts", "Sukhavati- Going to Heaven as Taught by the Buddha", "The Complete Book of Chinese Medicine", and "The Complete Book of Shaolin", confirmed that Shorinji Kempo is an authentic Shaolin. He said "Shaolin Kempo, or usually called Shorinji Kempo, is the modern Japanese version of Shaolin Kungfu" and ""Shorinji Kempo" is the Japanese pronunciation for the Chinese "Shaolinsi Quanfa". The words, in Japanese and Chinese, are exactly the same but the pronunciation is different. In English it means "Shaolin Temple Kungfu". Shorinji Kempo was developed by the great Japanese master Shin Nakamichi who learned Shaolin Kungfu in China from a Shaolin monk called Wen Tai in the 1930s. On his return to Japan in 1946, Master Shin Nakamichi established Shorinji Kempo which eventually became the most popular style of martial art in Japan with about 3000 branches and a million followers. Master Shin Nakamichi returned to the Shaolin Monastery numerous times to pay respect. In 1980 he erected a stone tablet in the Forest of Stone Tablets in the Shaolin Monastery to commemorate his "honourable return to the source". Shorinji Kempo is the authentic Japanese version of Shaolin Kungfu. As in the original Shaolin Kungfu, Zen plays an integral part in Shorinji Kempo training. Also as in Shaolin Kungfu, all the four categories of attack - striking, kicking, felling and gripping - are used in combat. Shorinji Kempo is excellent for combat as well as for spiritual cultivation. Nevertheless, one could observe some characteristic differences between Shorinji Kempo and traditional Shaolin Kungfu. The fist is more often used in Shorinji Kempo, and the application is comparatively "hard"". For references, please click here and please click here.


According to Shaolin fully ordained monk Shi Dejian, "Grandmaster Wu was talented at both acupuncture and qigong. He transmitted the traditional Shaolin art of Xinyiba (heart mind) to me. Xinyiba has been popularized by Shi Degen, another disciple of Wu Sanlin. But we keep the true teaching secret. We keep it mysterious. We do not demonstrate it out of respect for our master. Grandmaster Zhang never showed it to the public. Xingyiba cannot be described in words. It is the supreme cream of Shaolin." For reference, please click here

Wang Xiangzhai (1886-1963), also known as Nibao, Zhenghe or Yuseng, the founder of YiQuan or I-Chuan,described XinYiBa as follows "The original ‘Xingyi’, and the ‘Xinyiba’ and ‘Liuhebu’ of Henan province, are of the same school. ....... It did not have the theory of the mutual promotion and restraint of the five elements, there were just the five elements representing five kinds of forces. It did not have any fixed techniques, boxing routines or forms of movements either. I remember well the words of my late teacher about the five elements: Metal means the strength contained in the bones and the muscles, the mind being firm like iron or stone, being able to cut gold and steel. Wood has the meaning of the bending but rooted posture of a tree. Water means force like the waves of the vast sea, lively like a dragon or a snake, when used, it is able to pervade everything. Fire means strength being like gunpowder, fists being like bullets shot out, having the strength to burn the opponent’s body by the first touch. Earth means exerting strength heavy, deep, solid, and perfectly round, the qi being strong, having the force of oneness with heaven and earth. This is the syncretism of the five elements. ......"