Legend tells of a legendary warrior whose kung fu skills were the stuff of legend. (Quote: Po, Kung Fu Panda, 2008)
I often get questions about where is best to study Kung Fu. Many students perceived that voice to the Shaolin Temple, the cradle of traditional Chinese Kung Fu, it makes more sense. But after talking with some people who have studied in and outside China, going to master the art of Shaolin Kung Fu can not be the best value.
Like many who have studied outside of China know Kung Fu is usually taken very seriously by those teaching and studying. Physical training is rigorous and is often accompanied by severe mental exercises and philosophy.
In addition to Matthew Polly, who describes his immersion in the training Kung Fu at Shaolin Temple in 1992 in his fantastic book, American Shaolin, many Westerners who travel to the Shaolin Temple in these days leave disappointed.
A French student of Kung Fu went to Shaolin to learn from the masters left after three months. He said that teachers assigned to Western students are soft on the students and I do not think that these "tourists Kung Fu" are really interested in learning, no matter how dedicated and eager you are. Western students are isolated in dormitories of foreign students and can be difficult to mix with local students.
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Submited at Thursday, October 13th, 2011 at 8:00 pm on Asia by dave
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