Throughout Chinese history we see stories of the Snake. If we look, we find the Snake revered from many quarters. Sun Tzu, in his work Art of War, used a Snake that could attack with both head and tail as a simile for a skilled general who could do the same. Even before Buddha lived, Snakes were the subject of stories and fascination. In the Chinese Zodiac, started more than 5000 years ago, the Snake has a prominent role. Entwined through all of this is the Snake’s use as an icon for Qi development — a symbol of the cultivation of inner strength. [Read more…] about About Kempo: Shaolin SnakePlease follow us on. . . . . . thank you!
The Potomac Kempo mission statement, for those who don’t know, is this: “We improve lives by challenging men, women, and children to become healthier, happier, and better. We do this through personalized instruction in the versatile martial art of Shaolin Kempo.” To some of us, this statement is a personal crusade, something that occupies our thoughts every day. This mission stems from our own experiences — our own journey of becoming healthier, happier and better. Anyone who has studied the martial arts has experienced this, and anyone who continues to study continues to experience it.
It is different for everyone; to some it is physical, to some it is mental, to some it’s more. To some it is the high they get going home sweaty and exhausted, to some it is calm and patience that seems to pervade their lives. To some it is lower blood pressure, to some it is greater confidence. It is a very real feeling that millions of people have experienced over the years. Honestly, I don’t fully understand why doing a form a thousand times improves your life or why sparring and doing pushups can create euphoria. All I know is that it works, and continues to work. Once you acknowledge that the martial arts can improve lives —making people healthier, happier and better —wanting to share that is almost automatic.
Master Chris SantilloPlease follow us on. . . . . . thank you!