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Vỗ Tổ/Thần Quyền/ Thất Sơn Thần Quyền-Phật Quyền
Here is an introduction to the Mystic Kungfu system, and a brief background of where the system is from. It’s mixed between the Chinese and the Hindu culture, and merged in the Seven Mountains region of Southern Vietnam. The movement might be different than some other modern Chinese Kungfu movement, but you can still recognize the Southern hands and stances which are related to both Hindu and Chinese culture, and also the low stances like Shaolin. The reason I do not apply any kicks in the form is because we use Hard Internal to show the upper body movement and strong stances rather than showing kicks. Even in the art of fighting, kicks are important but unimportant as you may expose yourself to vulnerability or weak points that the kick exposes. The legs are for walking, like a foundation of the house, and lifting the legs up is like removing a support pillar from the foundation—if you need to use it, you can, but you have to apply the kick in the correct order. We kick when we need to, and like too much salt in the food it may ruin your taste, or too much sugar in the food may ruin the entire dish. So this mostly focuses on the upper body and the hard internal for physical fitness and self defense through the abstract movement like Chinese calligraphy before interpretation into the Western World.
You might see some Wu Dang posture or low Hindu-like postures (similar to Yoga postures, the Asana. For instance, the Kungfu Iron Head stand comes from Hindu Asana posture, perhaps brought to China by Bodhidharma. Another example is the Shiva posture, which is a cross legged Kungfu stance.) In order to share with friends about what can be called mystic, I show these stances and postures. You may have seen this stance in Shaolin or LoHan stance, and you should question where it is from. If Bodhidharma did not bring this to China, then we may not have forms that look like this today. But in the movement of spirit martial art, it is hidden with those mystic, rarely-taught moves. The sun and moon is always there, the books and the Bible may be lost or changed by later master, but the Spirit martial art still has its pure essence from the mantra, the sutra, and the energy of whoever receives it. If the Earth has martial art and has dances and poetry, then I believe that Heaven has those Heavenly arts also. On the Earth, we are just like a piece of sand in the Universe, I wonder how many spiritual universes of uncountable suns, stars, and moons are there?
The Shinto religion is the religion of the spirit and the martial art from the spirit religion we call Shen Dao, and in Vietnam we call it Than Vo Dao, and the briefness of the movement we call fist, or Quan, so we call it Shen Quan in short instead of the Way of Spiritual Martial Art.
Spirit martial art Thần Quyền/Than Vo Dao was the highest level of the ancient Kungfu in mystic system since it was chosen to be a selective study either belonging to Buddhism or Taoism and taught by those masters. Some of these masters might be described as supernatural beings who may or may not have been mentioned in Chinese history, or the art was chosen to be part of the regular Kungfu system but with an extra spiritual study that was traditionally handed down whether by texts or oral transmission. This art was spread all over China and to other Asian nations. All of the masters and students were mostly educated spiritual people. This type of martial art is treated with the highest respects, & may carry a lot of relation with the Taoist or Buddhist religious involvement. The Shen Chuen still has a lot of influence of relation with Buddhism in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, & Vietnam since taught by those masters. The art not only teaches people how to deal with life, but to be a martial artist spiritually with the belief in practicing virtuous deeds on a day-to-day which is what the art aims for. In my time of learning, this type of spiritual Kungfu with the practice of morality in being able from one’s own self to draw a parallel for the treatment of others: Desire to maintain oneself, one sustains others; desiring to develop oneself, one develops others consisted in Confucius philosophy beside the Taoist & Buddhist mystic teaching. So, Kungfu is to serve yourself & life in general.