Sifu Wang Xing Long: spreading Shaolin Kungfu to the World
Blending martial skills with philosophy. The Shaolin Monastery is indeed the cradle of all Martial Arts, precisely because it was because of this temple and the blend of martial art with meditative practices if today we can discern “sport” from “art”. With more than 1500 years of martial heritage, Shaolin Kungfu can be considered the mother of all Martial Arts, as it generated hundreds of styles and sub-styles through the years and extensively influenced nearby countries, well known for their martial dedication such as Japan, Korea and Malaysia.
Shi Xing Long: Master Ambassador for Shaolin Kungfu. Master Wang Xing Long, Buddhist name Shi Xing Long, is a 32nd generation Shaolin Master. He started his training at age 12 in the world famous Shaolin Temple near Deng Feng, in Henan province, central China. He started by training traditional Shaolin techniques under Master Shi De Qian, who is a well known and highly respected Master of his generation. This training lasted for five years, during which time Master Wang became very interested in hand to hand combat and the idea of testing himself through full-contact competitive fighting.
After these five years, Master Wang Xing Long left the main temple and moved to the city of Deng Feng to train at the International Shaolin Sanda Academy, a school specialized in Shaolin sport fighting (Sanda). The school is known for producing high level Sanda competitors as well as being the Zhengzhou Army School for military combat training. It produced several professional fighters and still holds army competitions. Master Wang trained there for 4 years; he then turned pro after his second year of training and began to enter professional competitions all over the country. He won many competitions, including the famous “Kungfu King” tournament. He achieved the rank of 7th degree under the Chinese Wushu Association, as well as becoming a licensed Sanda coach.
Back Injury and retirment from fight scene. In the year 2000, in a full-contact sparring match, Master Wang Xing Long suffered a severe injury to his back. He cracked his forth vertebrae and was hospitalized for over half a year. Doctors were unsure if he would be able to walk properly after his injury. This injury, unfortunately, cut Master Wang’s career short. He had to retire from fighting at the age of only twenty.
Full healing and return to martial practice. Master Shi De Qian was a Chinese medical practitioner as well as a renowned martial artist. He also has a deep understanding of the principles of internal practices such as Taiji Quan and Qigong. He was able to guide Master Wang through his recovery in hospital and continued to train him in internal practice after his release from hospital. Master Wang Xing Long made a full recovery and was able to continue his martial arts practice from then on, but did not return to fighting because of the health risks.
Master Wang began teaching in 2001 and has been doing the same ever since. He was able to meet many foreign students and martial artists, which helped him to learn English and understand foreign and international cultures much better.
Shaolin Kungfu: where Martial Arts began
At the end of 500 AD the Chinese Emperor Xiaowen built a temple on the slopes of Mount Shaoshi in southern China as a home to Indian Buddhist monk Buddhabhadra: his task as a monk was limited to translating the Buddhist scriptures for the emperor and preaching Buddist teachings (the commonly-held belief that China is the birthplace of Buddhism is totally wrong, as it should be more appropriate to state India as the cradle of this cult, as China made it great in the centuries to come). At a later time another monk, Bodhidharma, went spontaneously to the temple with more than religious intentions: introducing and spreading his style of fighting, the famous Gongfu (kungfu/kʊŋˈfuː/; 功夫, Pinyin: gōngfu).
The deep meaning of a 1500 years old word. The Shaolin term was born in reference to a forest (lin) located at Mount Shaoshi, where this temple has been built (south of China, near the town of Dengfeng). The arrival of Bodhidharma enshrined the beginning of a true legend: from that moment on, duality became part of the role of both a Buddhist monk and warrior monk: following the principle of Yin and Yang (or Dao, if we consider the famous white and black icon), one influenced the other and viceversa; for warriors the intent was to achieve inner peace, harmony in movements and above all the ability to heal, whereas for monks the intent was to unite body with mind through a series of movements aimed at putting into effect the principle of “body and mind as a whole “. Source: The Shaolin Monastery: History, religion, and the Chinese Martial Arts – Meir Shahar ISBN 978-0-8248-3110-3
The Goal of Shaolin Kungfu according to Sifu Shi Xing Long. Master Wang’s goal is to spread classic Shaolin skills throughout the world: he deeply believes that Shaolin Lifestyle can help people to develop physical power and health, whilst also developing strong mental will and humble the spirit. This is for him the ultimate foundation of Shaolin Kungfu.