The Northern Shaolin style of kung fu is one of the most prominent traditional northern styles of Chinese martial arts. The practice sets/routines are not only practical in applications but are also graceful and artistic in nature. The fluidness of the movements combined with acrobatic techniques are trademarks of the Northern Shaolin sets.
Kung Fu, Shuai Chiao, San Shou, Tai Chi
|Shuai Chiao is often
called "the practical application of Tai Chi Chuan,"
with the same evasive techniques: blending with, then
overcoming, an attacker's force. While the emphasis for
beginning students is on the throwing methods, Shuai
Chiao students also practice punching and kicking. Most
of the classic throws are demonstrated from a punching,
kicking, or grabbing attack, and use "chin-na" joint
grasping or locking techniques instead of depending on a
grip on a jacket. These characteristics make this
ancient art a very effective form of self-defense in
San Shou is a complete self-defense that teaches punching,
kicking, leg kicks, knee, elbows, kick catches, sweeps, takedowns, and
throws. San Shou was created by the Chinese Military specifically for
Sun style t'ai chi ch'uan is well known for its smooth, flowing movements which omit the more physically vigorous crouching, leaping and fa jin of some other styles. The footwork of Sun style is unique, when one foot advances or retreats the other follows. It also uses an open palm throughout the entirety of its main form, and exhibits small circular movements with the hand. Its gentle postures and high stances make it very suitable for geriatric exercise and martial arts therapy.