Key Features

  • Shaolin Rou Quan is a traditional and dynamic Form. Some knowledge and experience with Qi Gong (or other martial arts) is beneficial but not essential to learn this form.

  • The distinct feature of Rou Quan is its combination of soft and flowing movements with elements of strength and explosiveness. This combination of internal and external techniques gives the form its dynamic character. Learning and practicing Rou Quan will support and help improve your Qi Gong as well as your Kung Fu practice, due to the way it compliments internal and external training and can help to balance the Yin and Yang energies in our body and mind.

  • The continuous practice of this form will allow you to enter into a state of flow, free from constrains of mind and constrains of body, becoming one with yourself, your breath and your movement. Hence you can benefit from the practice of this form throughout a lifetime.

少林 柔拳

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Rou Quan | Soft Fist - Qi Gong

少林 柔拳

Shaolin Rou Quan


Shaolin Rou Quan is a traditional form. 

Rou Quan originates in the teachings of Tai Chi Quan and many similarities can be seen between Rou Quan and Tai Chi Quan, but they are still considered individual systems and both have characteristic that can’t be found in the other.

The Rou Quan style and teachings are closely related to the principles of Qi Gong and are known for their fluid, powerful and beautiful movements.

Rou Quan uses traditional techniques, combining the soft and flowing movements with elements of strength and explosiveness. This combination of internal and external techniques gives the form its dynamic character. The contrast of movements can help to balance the Yin and Yang energies in our body and mind.


Water & Fire

The dynamic movements of this form are used to impact and increase the internal Qi in our body.

The soft and fluid movements represent the Water Element (Yin), whilst the explosive aspects in the form represent the Fire Element (Yang). The water element is the dominating element in this form, training our body and mind to connect with the flowing qualities of water, through its soft movements.

It is only possible to train our softness when there is some kind of structure providing a frame. The fire element relates to the strength aspect, when training this form, providing the frame in which the water element can be practiced.

So, when there is a dominating force, there always has to be some level of the opposing force present, to keep the balance. Here the fire element in its explosive power provides the opposing force to balance the softness. The way the two forces, of internal and external techniques, are interlinked in this form gives Rou Quan its unique character.


External & Internal

Whilst the External Training aspect, is required and provides a frame – the main focus in this form is directed towards the Internal Processes and the flow of energy through-out the body during the practice of Rou Quan. Finding a sense of calmness, focus and presence. Letting the thinking mind relax, letting yourself flow with the movements and allowing yourself to arrive in the moment.


On Your Learning Journey

Putting this form into the context of your own learning journey:

Other Qi Gong forms such as Ba Duan Jin, Yi Jin Jing  or Wu Qin Xi are fairly static, whilst this form is more dynamic and follows on from Louhan Shi Ba Shou (18 Hands). 

  • Ba Duan Jin (8 Brocades)
  • Yi Jin Jing (Muscle Tendon Change)
  • Wu Qin Xi (Five Animal Qi Gong)
  • Louhan Shi Ba Shou (Louhan 18 Hands)
  • Rou Quan (Soft Fist)

 


Louhan Shi Ba Shou vs Rou Quan:

Whilst Louhan Shi Ba Shou uses a smaller range of motion and focuses to continuously move the internal Qi through the form – Rou Quan requires a bigger range of movements and is more dynamic in nature, making this an Advanced Form. So, some knowledge and experience with Qi Gong (or other martial arts) is beneficial to learn this form.


Learning and practicing Rou Quan will support and help improve your Qi Gong as well as your Kung Fu practice, due to the way it compliments internal and external training. The continuous practice of this form will allow you to enter into a state of flow, free from constrains of mind and constrains of body, becoming one with yourself, your breath and your movement. Hence you can benefit from the practice of this form throughout a lifetime.

How to Participate in this Course

To enable you to learn this beautiful, yet intricate Shaolin Qi Gong form as easy as possible, we have broken down the whole form into bite sized sections, shown as Parts, which we will work through one by one. 

To get the most out of the training and to learn the form correctly please take the sessions in the order they are presented in.

Within each Part you will find 5-6 sessions:  

Demonstration | Follow Me | Learning | Training | Common Mistakes | Let's go through it all

You can learn the form in your own pace but we recommend that you learn no more than 3 parts a week so that there is time for you to take in the details of each section and practice them before moving on to the next. This way you get the most benefit out of the learning experience. 

All the learning sessions are streamed online (not downloadable).

Shaolin Qi Gong Practice is life long journey, you will find different treasures along different stage of practice. 

We hope you enjoy learning and practicing this beautiful Shaolin Qi Gong Treasure, Rou Quan (Soft Fist).

Course Curriculum

  • 01
    Welcome
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    • Rou Quan - Video Demo
    • About Rou Quan | 柔拳 | Soft Fist
    • How to Participate in this Course
  • 02
    Preparation Training
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    • Warm Up
  • 03
    Shaolin Rou Quan - Part 1
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    • Part 1 - Demonstration
    • Part 1 - Follow Me
    • Part 1 - Learning
    • Part 1 - Training
    • Part 1 - Common Mistakes, Questions & Tips
    • Part 1 - Let's go through it all
  • 04
    Shaolin Rou Quan - Part 2
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    • Part 2 - Demonstration
    • Part 2 - Follow Me
    • Part 2 - Learning
    • Part 2 - Training
    • Part 2 - Common Mistakes, Questions & Tips
    • Part 2 - Let's go through it all
  • 05
    Shaolin Rou Quan - Part 3
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    • Part 3 -Demonstration
    • Part 3 - Follow Me
    • Part 3 - Learning
    • Part 3 - Training
    • Part 3 - Common Mistakes, Questions & Tips
    • Part 3 - Let's go through it all
  • 06
    Shaolin Rou Quan - Part 4
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    • Part 4 - Demonstration
    • Part 4 - Follow Me
    • Part 4 - Learning
    • Part 4 - Training
    • Part 4 - Let's go through it all
  • 07
    Shaolin Rou Quan - Part 5
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    • Part 5 - Demonstration
    • Part 5 - Follow Me
    • Part 5 - Learning
    • Part 5 - Training
    • Part 5 - Common Mistakes, Questions & Tips
    • Part 5 - Let's go through it all
  • 08
    Shaolin Rou Quan - Part 6
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    • Part 6 - Demonstration
    • Part 6 - Follow Me
    • Part 6 - Learning
    • Part 6 - Training
    • Part 6 - Common Mistakes, Questions & Tips
    • Part 6 - Let's go through it all
  • 09
    Shaolin Rou Quan - Part 7
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    • Part 7- Demonstration
    • Part 7 - Follow Me
    • Part 7 - Learning
    • Part 7 - Training
    • Part 7 - Common Mistakes, Questions & Tips
    • Part 7 - Let's go through it all
  • 10
    Shaolin Rou Quan - Part 8
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    • Part 8 - Consolidation Training
  • 11
    Shaolin Rou Quan - Part 9
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    • Part 9 - Demonstration
    • Part 9 - Follow Me
    • Part 9 - Learning
    • Part 9 - Training
    • Part 9 - Common Mistakes, Questions & Tips
    • Part 9 - Let's go through it all
  • 12
    Shaolin Rou Quan - Part 10
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    • Part 10 - Demonstration
    • Part 10 - Follow Me
    • Part 10 - Learning
    • Part 10 - Training
    • Part 10 - Common Mistakes, Questions & Tips
    • Part 10 - Let's go through it all
  • 13
    Shaolin Rou Quan - Part 11
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    • Part 11 - Demonstration
    • Part 11 - Follow Me
    • Part 11 - Learning
    • Part 11 -Training
    • Part 11 - Common Mistakes, Questions & Tips
    • Part 11 - Let's go through it all
  • 14
    Shaolin Rou Quan - Part 12
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    • Part 12 - Demonstration
    • Part 12 - Follow Me
    • Part 12 - Learning
    • Part 12 - Training
    • Part 12 - Let's go through it all
  • 15
    Shaolin Rou Quan - Part 13
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    • Part 13 - Demonstration
    • Part 13 - Follow Me
    • Part 13 - Learning
    • Part 13 - Training
    • Part 13 - Common Mistakes, Questions & Tips
    • Part 13 - Let's go through it all

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