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Frequently Asked Questions

Teacher, I am a religious person and my faith forbids me from becoming involved with other religious beliefs. Isn't Shao-lin based on the teachings of Buddhism and Taoism?

Shao-lin is based on many Chinese concepts. But Shao-lin Ch'uan is not a religion, it is a martial art.

Martial artist teachers come from various religious backgrounds. Some are Christian, some are Jewish, some are Buddhist, some are Baptist and some profess no religion at all. A person's personal religious beliefs have no bearing on the study of Shao-lin as a martial art.

In studying martial arts, you will be challenged to learn methods to enhance your self-cultivation, self-discipline, and self-confidence. Religion is a personal matter and in Shao-lin we say whatever faith you follow, follow it wholeheartedly.

Shao-lin is not a competition with God, it is a competition with yourself.

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