Winter Intensive 2018 - Lohan 18 Hands Series - Part two

Join us for the Shaolin Kung Fu Training Center’s 2018 Winter Intensive Program. The SKFTC Winter Intensive Training Program starts on Saturday, January 6th and runs for 5 consecutive Saturdays.

This winter, at the Shaolin Kung Fu Training Center, 35th generation Shaolin disciple Shifu Hengxin will train you in the second series of Lohan’s 18 Hands, one of the most ancient and foundational forms of Shaolin Kung Fu.

This timeless training has been passed down through generations of Shaolin disciples. On Saturday, January 6th, it can be yours to experience, learn, and practice in your everyday life.

Learn the foundational form of Shaolin Kung Fu and sign up today!

Training Schedule and Pricing:

5 Saturdays, 2pm – 6pm: Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 & Feb 3

Tuition: $325.00 (SKFTC students) / $425 (Non – SKFTC students)

Open to all SKFTC Adult and Teen/Youth students. Non-students – open to adults only. REGISTER IN PERSON AT SHAOLIN KUNG FU TRAINING CENTER.

Lohan's 18 Hands - Historical Background:
Lohan’s 18 Hands can be traced back to the origins of Shaolin history and is one of the foundational styles of the Shaolin school of Kung Fu. It is believed that the concepts of the form are based on canonical texts from the Shaolin Temple’s monastic library. These texts led the early Shaolin monks to develop simple sets of movements and exercises, which were meant to prepare and care for their bodies as they spent long hours in daily meditation central to monastery life.

It is said that in ancient times, 18 stone statues stood the Shaolin Temple grounds, each depicting a different Lohan, each in different postures. Each statue served to inspire the character, movement, meaning, and personality of the different sections of movement that eventually developed into what we now know as Lohan’s 18 Hands.

By the end of the Tang dynasty, 36 movements of the form already existed. Between the song and Yuan dynasties, monks such as Jue-Yuan and Qui-Yue aided in adding an additional 173 movements. Finally, during the Ming dynasty, the form had developed and codified into a coherent structured set of 18 distinct passages, each with initiating and concluding sequences, thus making the complete form 324 movements in total.

Lohan’s 18 Hands exudes a sense of truthfulness and realism, creating an illusion of lifelike imagery through the rhythm and style of the Kung Fu form. Its movements provide internal clarity and external strength. Traditionally, the multipart Lohan’s 18 Hands is transmitted from the Shaolin Master only to his students in the monastery.

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