To millions in the West, Shaolin is a synonym for Kung Fu or martial arts. No doubt that 2013 Shaolin Temple Cultural Festival, which will be held on Oct 11 – 15, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA, will have great martial art programs of Kung Fu Competition, Shaolin Warrior Certification Exam, Shaolin Kung Fu Evening Gala, Master Classes, and Warrior Coach Camp. But it will also include Shaolin Culture Exhibition, Shaolin Temple Cultural Center Opening Puja and Taking Refugee Ceremony, and Open Discussion Forum on Zen and Modern Life.
Shaolin Temple was first established in China by Indian dhyana master Buddhabhadra about 1500 years ago. Buddhabhadra’s contribution to mankind not limited to bringing Buddhism there. He combined Chinese medicine, martial arts and Indian healing arts, and built a foundation for Shaolin Kung Fu. Throughout its long history, Shaolin temple was destroyed several times by bandits, warlords, and even military forces, but it survived and reconstructed itself again and again. To protect itself against the aggressors and sometimes to defend the emperors, Shaolin temple has always maintained a martial art troupe. Shaolin martial monks have developed a system with the most extensive martial arts regimens for bare hands, kicking, short weapons, long weapons, and sparring. Many martial arts have since derived from Shaolin Kung Fu.
Shaolin Kung Fu Master Classes will be taught by Shaolin Temple coaches on Fri Oct. 11 at Shaolin Temple Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
On Friday Oct 11, Abbot Shi Yongxin, an accomplished Zen scholar and the head of Shaolin Temple in China, will host Puja ceremony at Shaolin Temple Cultural Center. You can watch a video Abbot Shi Yongxin via a link here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16UkOyDSgSY.
The Kung Fu Competition will include 200 divisions in Shaolin Kung, other Traditional Chinese Martial Arts, Tai Chi (Taiji), Kenpo, Karate, and Group Performance. The grand champion will be awarded with a free 2-week Kung Fu training camp in Shaolin Temple in China. The Competition will be held on Saturday Oct 12 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Shaolin Warrior Certificate Exam will take place during the same time at the same location as the Competition. Students, who complete the Shaolin Temple Warrior Camp, are eligible for examination.
In the evening of Oct 12, there will be Shaolin Gala at the LA Convention Center. Shaolin Kung Fu masters will exhibit their astonishing arts as anticipated.
A three-day official Shaolin Warrior Coach Camp will be held on Oct 13-15 at Shaolin Temple Cultural Center.
On Sunday Oct. 13, a forum on Zen and Modern Life will explore the evolution of science, technology, and medicine from past tradition to modern life.
This event is organized by North America Shaolin Federation and Shaolin Temple Cultural Center USA, and supported by Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine along with 24 Shaolin academies and martial art schools. For more information, you can click the link here http://www.shaolintempleculturalfestival.com/index.html or watch video clips on YouTube presented by Shaolin Temple Cultural Festival http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd3lDrI5UhB54imGFju5e3g?feature=watch.
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