I was browsing the internet on some information on Shaolin temples in China and came across this site and many other ones like it.
Is it really worth the time to go to these temples to further learn Kung Fu? I'm not interested in WuShu or any form of martial arts that is for show or display. I've read online as well from forums that people found these temples to be "fake". Some even stated that the master of the temple was just there for show and they only teach WuShu mixed with Kung Fu. For the amount of money required to go to these places and live their for five years or so, is it really the real deal and worth the years and money?
I've spent the last seven years training in combat alone through books, but not a specific art, such as Gung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, ect... I can always just forget about going to a temple and keep doing what I have been doing for the last seven years studying all types of martial arts, or go to a temple to train.
Shaolin Temple training in China?
Why go to China?
There are qualified Shaolin trained monks from China who have defected to the US and and opened their own Temples.
Sifu Shi Yan MING defected to the U.S. in 1992 and teaches authentic Shaolin Temple (Buddhist) kung fu and religion.
But don't forget the Taoists of Wudang Mountain:
The Taoist priests of Wudang Mountain also give instructions and it is reputed that Taoist kung fu is slightly better than Shaolin kung fu.
Reply:Like mac 1hull said why go to China. There is in fact a number of qualified true Shaolin instructors in the US at least 2 here in NYC. Now if your heart is set on going to China you really have to be care full and do real research besides there is only to my knowledge 1 real Shaolin temple in China. Now as far as books go they can only show you but so much and a lot of what you need to learn for Martial Arts can only be learned from a qualified instructor weather its TaeKwon-Do Karate or Kung Fu if you are just interested in learning Martial Arts in general find a qualified instructor in your area if you want to try to find a qualified Shaolin instructor in your area try to contact the National Assoc. of Professional Martial Artist at NAPMA.com to see if they can help you find what you want.
Reply:usashaolintemple.org Shi yan Ming runs this school and is building a temple where you can live and train at. If you go to china,its very hard to be accepted into the "true" shaolin temple. Most westerns get sent to the "wushu" school, and from what i see........thats not what your looking for. Iam a shaolin practicioner myself......and I agree with you....i would love to train with the true fighting monks.