A Brief Visit to the Shaolin Wushu Guan

Shaolin Temple’s original founding is probably the most mythologized aspect of its history. One of its earliest written sources is a Tang-Period (618-907) short story on a historical Shaolin monk named Sengchou 480-560. Beyond that, we often say the temple was founded by Ba Tuo around 495 BCE, and has been home to such disciples as Hui Guang and Seng Chou, the earliest known martial arts monks. Imagine; kung fu training has been held in this hall for generations since.

Tiger Talk: Sifu Brian Kuttel


Sifu Brian Kuttel: A full-time instructor of Choy Li Fut. Based in Geneva Switzerland, he is a disciple under Tai Sifu Jason J. Wong son of Grandmaster Doc-Fai Wong, Brian has written several articles featured in Kung Fu Tai Chi and Inside Kung Fu Magazine and is author of the book “Monkey Movement.”

We discuss Tiger and the Monkey in Kung Fu, Choy Lay Fut and Tai Chi. We also discuss the nature of online learning and the secret to Taming the Tiger inside!
Sifu Brian can be found online at: https://www.sifukuttel.com

Check out his Choy Lay Fut or his Tai Chi YouTube channel.


Sifu Brian has made available some of his writings on Tiger Kung Fu and a selection of informative video to A TIGER’s TALE Sifu Kuttel’s Claws of the Tiger

Tonight! Empty Flute

An informal presentation by Cornelius Shinzen Boots Shihan (master) of the Shakuhachi Flute. The shakuhachi is an ancient bamboo flute originally used by both Buddhist monks and Samurai warriors.

Tiger Talk with Robin Leong

We continue to celebrate the Luna New Year of the Tiger with a very special guest, Robin Leong. The Master of (Hung Gar) Kung Fu, Actor and Author joined me to discuss the personal importance of the Year of the Tiger. His life long journey devoted to bringing his legendary father’s martial arts traditions to a new generation. We discuss the oral history of Kung Fu in Seattle, Bruce Lee, John Leong, his appearances on Singapore television, the founding of his own Ch’i Life Studio and his publishing ventures. His historic coffee table book LIVING KUNG FU as well as his two picture books: THE KUNG FU FORCE AND THE TOWER OF DOOM and THE KUNG FU FORCE AND THE PERILOUS BOBA WHIRLPOOL.

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Ch’i Life Studios

BOOK: LIVING KUNG FU

BOOK: THE KUNG FU FORCE v.1

BOOK: THE KUNG FU FORCE v.2

The Perils of Martial Poetry

Gene Ching returns to Tiger Talk to help examine Kung Fu Lyrics (Quan Pu 拳譜). Those iconic martial lyrics used in traditional martial arts as well as Wuxia (武俠). He elaborates on the challenges of his unique work for wuxia comics publisher Immortal Studios and his stance on Martial Poetry in the pages of KUNG FU TAI CHI.

Gene Ching is a 32nd generation layman disciple of the original Shaolin Temple of China and publisher of Kung Fu Tai Chi magazine. He has authored hundreds of martial arts articles and scripts for martial arts instructional videos. Author of the book SHAOLIN TRIPS Gene also write for Den of Geek, Kungfumagazine.com , YMAA and UNISCO. Gene ALSO served as a weapons expert on El Rey Network’s Man at Arms: Art of War with Danny Trejo in 2017-2018 and has been a long time friend and collaborator.

Follow Gene Ching on Twitter @geneching

Keep up to date on his frequent work via https://geneching.wordpress.com/

Next on Tiger Talk!

Tiger Talk: informal conversations with some of the great minds in Martial Arts!

We discuss the Lunar New Year of the Tiger, the Tiger’s place within Martial Arts and the kung fu community.

  • Future Guests include-
  • Anthony Kelly: Kung Fu instructor, coach and holder of over 50 Guiness Book of World Records, including Most arrows caught while Blindfolded and most punches thrown in one second (Spoiler more than Muhammad Ali and/or Bruce Lee).
  • Master Robin Leong: World renown kung fu master, actor and author of the children’s picture books The Kung Fu Force and the Tower of Doom (2020) and The Kung Fu Force and the Perilous Boba Whirlpool (2021).
  • Master David Wei: David Wei (魏 资 容, Wei Zi Rong, “Wayfarer of Vast Capacity”), is a 16th generation lineage holder of Wudang Zhang San Feng Pai and founder of the Wudang West Cultural Heritage Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit wellness ministry, based in Oakland, California, committed to the practice and preservation of classical Chinese healing arts.
  • Sifu Brian Kuttel: A full-time instructor of Choy Li Fut. Based in Geneva Switzerland, he is a disciple under Tai Sifu Jason J. Wong son of Grandmaster Doc-Fai Wong, Brian has written several articles featured in Kung Fu Tai Chi and Inside Kung Fu Magazine and is author of the book “Monkey Movement.”

Wulin: The Martial Forest

Wulin (武林) is a term used both in wuxia fantasies and within real world of Chinese martial arts. It refers to the counterculture community of martial arts masters. The literal translation of Wulin is ‘martial forest’ however like so many aspects of Chinese culture, that’s just the simple short answer. To get to the roots of its meaning, we must see the forest for the trees.