Shaolin Kung Fu Games (Competition)
Letter from Venerable Abbot Shi Yongxin of the Shaolin Temple of China
To the abbots, masters, leaders, and coaches of Shaolin Cultural Centers around the world, heads and coaches of all academies, halls, and associations in the world that off Shaolin Kung Fu courses, Shaolin disciples, Shaolin Kung Fu practitioners, and enthusiasts from all ethnic groups worldwide, and the governments, associations, and enterprises from various countries who have supported and long cared for the inheritance of Shaolin: Good luck everyone!
The examination of practice is a tradition of Shaolin Temple. Once a year, the venerable Abbot assesses and confirms eight kinds of practice such as preaching, chanting, and etiquette of the disciples over the past year. The Shaolin Kung Fu Examination and Competition is part of these contents. Applicants use this to motivate each other and progress. The European Shaolin Cultural Festival and the North American Shaolin Cultural Festival, which began in 2011, both regard the Shaolin Kung Fu Examination and Competition as core content, and Shaolin disciples have participated enthusiastically from all over the world; it has also been warmly welcomed by the public. The 2022 World Shaolin Kung Fu Online Contest continued this tradition by using the internet to break through the isolation of the epidemic, bringing together 5,320 players from 92 countries on six continents to participate in the competition, demonstrating the strong cohesion of Shaolin culture.
致 辞 - 中国嵩山少林寺方丈释永信大和尚
- Now has a unified name “Shaolin Kung Fu Games”
The 2023-2024 Shaolin Kung Fu Examination and Competition across the six continents of the world now has a unified name “Shaolin Kung Fu Games” along with a standard logo and fonts. Starting on June 17, 2023, the intercontinental competition was launched in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa. Following this, the Asian Shaolin Kung Fu Games, the North American Shaolin Kung Fu Games, the South American Shaolin Kung Fu Games, the European Shaolin Kung Fu Games, and the Oceania Shaolin Kung Fu Games will appear one after another.
- authorize countries to organize Shaolin Kung Fu auditions
The first stage of the Intercontinental Shaolin Kung Fu Games is to authorize countries to organize Shaolin Kung Fu auditions. Every Shaolin Kung Fu practitioner can participate in the competition, exchange ideas, and test their learning results locally; the winners will represent their countries to participate in the Intercontinental competition. The host city authorized by the organizing committee will decide this year’s “Intercontinental Shaolin Kung Fu Stars.” This finalizes will be invited to attend the all-around finals and award ceremonies, which will be broadcast live worldwide. The winners of the six continental competitions will participate in the World Shaolin Kung Fu Games finals in 2024, which will also be broadcast live worldwide.
Shaolin Temple and Six Continents Shaolin Federation jointly initiated the organization of the 2023-2024 World Six Continents Shaolin Kung Fu Games
Shaolin Kung Fu is a world-renowned Intangible Cultural Heritage. It has been passed down for thousands of years and is shared by all mankind. As the ancestral home of Zen Buddhism and the holy land of Shaolin Kung Fu inheritance, China’s Songshan Shaolin Temple and Six Continents Shaolin Federation jointly initiated the organization of the 2023-2024 World Six Continents Shaolin Kung Fu Games, hoping to promote the organization of the competition, increase the autonomy and enthusiasm of all continents and countries, facilitate multilevel participation and exchange, and realize the normalization and sustainability of Shaolin Kung Fu competitions, while enhancing standardization, internationalization, socialization, and Shaolin Kung Fu brand reputation. It aspires to attract governments, associations, schools and enterprises, and even the general public, to participate and support, as well as reflect the many intentions of the Shaolin Kung Fu Games: Exchange martial arts skills; learn from teaching experience; explore management models; build a shared ecology; and seek the future of Kung Fu together.
- Shaolin Kung Fu fitness, mindfulness and harmony will be embodied
It is hoped that through the Shaolin Kung Fu Games, the understanding, friendship and cooperation between China and the people of all other countries will be continuously enhanced, and the values of Shaolin Kung Fu fitness, mindfulness and harmony will be embodied, so that friends who practice and love Shaolin Kung Fu all over the world can inherit Shaolin Kung Fu and reap health, happiness, peace, and be full of positive energy!