Kung Fu movies are my favorite indulgence, so a title like Five Incredibly Deadly Kung Fu Styles is most excellent. When you consider these arts, however, you aren’t just discussing the silver screen. You are jumping into incredibly potent practices that are the most dangerous martial arts on the planet.
These are specific body disciplines which perfect the body and sharpen the intellect. People who train in these disciplines have gone beyond the flesh, and are describing a world towards which mankind hurries with eagerness. Let’s go over the five deadly Kung Fu styles.
No particular order, let’s start off with Shaolin Gung Fu. Inspired by Bodhidharma, it has become the single, most powerful influence in all the martial arts world. Talk Shaolin and you are talking about the absolute protection of the iron body through Golden Bell Training, and the steel fingers that eventually result in Dim Mak (death touch).
Many styles claim ancestry in the Shaolin Temple, and Wing Chun Gung Fu has a definite right to the claim. Sometimes called a ‘girly art’ because it was founded by a ‘Lady Monk,’ this art shows that being sensitive to an attack allows one to lay waste to an opponent. Learn the Sticky Hands (Chi Sau) drill and you can see what is coming long before an opponent offers the attack.
Another sensitive art is the Praying Mantis (Tang Lang Ch’uan). Again, the arms intertwine in a training drill, but the attack and defense is delivered from a stronger Shaolin type of stance. Shaolin Powerful with Wing Chun sensitivity, that is what is in the Praying Mantis Style.
Stepping outside the world of Shaolin, one comes to Tai Chi Chuan (Taiji Quan), which is an art from Wudan Mountain. This art teaches whole body sensitivity, and is considered by many to be the peak of martial arts in the world. By ’emptying’ the body one can generate massive amounts of ‘Chi Energy,’ and this energy is far beyond simple muscle.
A more rare form of Wudan Mountain Art is the style known as Pa Kua Chang (Baguazhang). This is a circular art designed to undulate and slither, and leave an attacker in a state of confusion. As in Tai Chi, Chi Energy are generated, but by the unique training method called ‘Walking the Circle.’
Five arts, each of which is totally deadly, has its lineage, and has been proven over the millennium. And, there are deviations and variations which are subtle and powerful in their own right. Indeed, to know even one of the Five Incredibly Deadly Kung Fu Styles is to change the way you think, and many people specialize in more than one, putting the arts together in a form of self expression far beyond the mere mortal.