Shaolin Luohan Temple, established by Master Shi Guo Song (the 34th generation of Shaolin Disciples of Shaolin Temple, Songshan Mountain, Henan Province, China) since 2007, is an non-profit charity organization in Toronto, Canada.
It commits to helping the poor, the weak, and the sick, and cultivating martial arts talents.
It promotes the culture of Shaolin martial arts. With the spirit of Shaolin “Chan” and martial arts, and the method of combining movement and static, it cultivates the healthy growth of youth, morality, intelligence, and mindfulness, and promotes the "Child Meditation" to help children inspire wisdom.
One of the 10 Famous Arhats (Top Temple Guards) of the Shaolin Temple in Songshan Mountain of Dengfeng in the Henan Province of China; held the post of Chief Coach of the Shaolin martial arts monk group.
Shifu Shi Guo Song began learning martial arts at the age of six and was accepted into the Shaolin Temple, Songshan Mountain of Dengfeng in the Henan Province of China at the age of thirteen. Under Master Shi Yong Ding, he practiced Shaolin Kung Fu, while also studying Buddhism under Master Shi Sheng Ci.
For more than 30 years, Master Shi Guo Song has devoted himself to practising martial arts and “Chan” meditation. His achievement has been recognized and valued by many famous masters in Shaolin Temple. He acquired the essence of Shaolin Kungfu and has mastered many different martial arts styles, including Shaolin boxing and weaponry, such as Shaolin Di Tang Mei Hua Quan(少林地躺梅花拳), Luo Han Quan (羅漢拳), Xin Yi Quan (心意拳), Qimei Gun (齊眉棍), Mantis (螳螂拳), Eagle (鷹爪拳), Long Quan Jian (龍泉劍), Yi Jin Jing (易筋經).
He has been invited to visit over twenty foreign countries for cultural and training exchange.
In 2007, Master Shi Guo Song came to Canada to establish the first Shaolin Temple Quanfa Institute in Toronto, Canada. He has then been teaching Shaolin Kung Fu, Qi Gong and Meditation to strengthen and revitalize ones’ body, as well as promoting the thousand-year culture of Shaolin.
There is a popular saying among Chinese folks that "the world of martial arts comes from Shaolin".
Shaolin monks practice martial arts only to strengthen the body and for self-defense, and cultivate the mind and morality.
Shaolin Kungfu movements and routines (Taolu) emphasizes specifically on the combination of movements and static, the balance between Yin and Yang, the complement of strength and softness, and combination of spirit and form.
This is also the essence of the “Chan” Buddhism and is the uniqueness of Shaolin Kungfu.
Practicing Shaolin Kungfu could help children enhance body flexibility, coordination, balance, strength, and speed.
Because it is the movement and exercise of the limbs, it can promote bone development, help blood circulation and increase metabolism and immunity, and help develop children's self-confidence, patience, concentration, strong will, and quick response.
Qi : A natural energy or force that fills the universe.
The key to “Qi Gong State” is to practice through special repetitive movements, paired with intentional abdominal breathing to achieve the goal of “inner body ordering and meditative state”.
Qi Gong, could drive the inner body energy “Qi” through the body to enhance blood circulation, which could enable cells to be naturally repaired and increase metabolism.
“Qi Gong Ba Duan Jin” is part of the famous Shaolin’s “Yi Jin Jing”.
It is a system of coordination between movement and breathing.
Although Ba Duan Jin compose of only eight movements, it uses movement to enter stillness, stillness to drive movement, regulates breath and nourishes Qi.
It helps to improve the habitual bad posture of urbanites resulting from stress, relax the nerves system, stretch the limbs, exercise the internal organs, and enhance blood circulation.
It is a kind of kinetic work for meditation.