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What Is Northern & Southern Shaolin Kung Fu?

Learn the difference between northern and southern Shaolin kung fu from Sifu Karl Romain in this Shaolin kung fu Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Sifu Romain, here to teach you, what is Northern and Southern Shaolin?

Shaolin is divided into two main schools. Basically, everything above the Yangtze River and everything below the Yangtze River. Anything above the Yangtze River is considered Northern styles. Anything below is considered Southern style.

These two schools of Kung Fu actually move slightly different and have a variety of techniques. It is said, "southern hands, northern legs."

In the Southern techniques in the southern schools you want to be more stable to the ground and they want to deliver more powerful strikes. If I wanted to demonstrate what a Southern form would look like, it would look something like this.

Sze! Wa! Sze! Ah! Ha! Wa! Ha! Sze!

Notice the low stances. Notice that the foot moves first, the hand moves second.

Now I'll demonstrate a Northern Shaolin form for you. You'll notice the longer movements and no animal sounds.

You can notice the difference in the movement. One has jumps and falls, a little bit more kicks. The other one is much more lower to ground and much more stable.

I'm Sifu Romain, and this is Northern and Southern Shaolin.

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