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Buddha Kung Fu eNEWS Newsletter


January 2010

New Press Page for Buddha Kung Fu

Buddha Kung Fu, "The school for making Buddhas™,"
was founded in 2008 by Buddha Zhen, using the Northern Shaoiin and Yang Tai Chi curriculums of
his Shaolin Chi Mantis traditional Buddhist Gongfu school.

BKF_eNEWS January 2010
Official newsletter of Buddha Kung Fu

New Press Page at

At the bottom of each webpage is a link titled, "Press."

Use that link to see our newest flyers and tear sheets for newspapers, magazines, and journalists.

The first tear sheet I'm posting on this webpage is from 2005. This was when I created the Shaolin Kids and Tai Chi programs. (Again).

I first created this programs in 1994 after teaching a year at the Decker Lake Maximum Security Youth Prison. Although that prison was the testing ground for all the Shaolin Chi Mantis programs, I wanted to create something for kids also. My daughter, Zhen Ming-Mou (Caitlin O'Connor), was only a couple years old, but being a Mr. Mom, I dragged her to all my classes anyway. There are some pictures of her climbing on me and riding me like a horse while I led "pushups" and other exercises at the YWCA in the BUDDHA KUNG FU STUDENT MANUAL.

I created the first "Shaolin Kids / Kung Fu Kids" classes at that YWCA in 1994 and filled the auditorium by offering a semester (4-months) of free classes to the Big Brother / Big Sister organization of Salt Lake City, Utah. Several of those students were still attending my Tai Chi Youth classes when I left Utah in 1999.

With the experience of those years teaching children in Utah, I created some Shaolin Kids classes and offered them at a dance studio I rented on Commerce Blvd., in Tujunga, California. The Tujunga YMCA liked what I was doing and offered me a job teaching these classes at their facility. I had been teaching at the YMCA in LaCrescenta already, and now began teaching at two YMCAs for the next few years.

The LaCrescenta YMCA Wednesday night Shaolin Kung Fu classes ended in 2008 when I was hired by the Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation to teach a Wednesday night Shaolin Kung Fu class at the Crescenta Valley Park "CV Park" in La Crescenta. That class became the 12 Step 12 Week Kung Fu Bootamp later that year when I was also teaching Saturday classes from 10am to noon, and Sunday classes from 12:30 to 3pm at CV Park.

So check out the tear sheet: "New Workout For The Kids."


1. -- Buddha Kung Fu EVENTS --

First Month of 4 Month Semester

Buddha Kung Fu classes are on the same 4-month semester system as Shaolin Chi Mantis and Tai Chi Youth. This system has been proven to be the best and fastest way to teach Kung Fu and Tai Chi.

We tried teaching the 12 Step 12 Week Kung Fu Bootcamp in 12 week semesters, but that was too fast and didn't leave any time for testing and polishing and reviewing. Now, even the 12 Week Kung Fu Bootcamps are taught in 16 week semesters. The last month has proven to be the most fun of all when students have time to Belt Test, review and sometimes focus on Tantuis they missed due to absence or illness...

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2. -- HOMEPAGE of Buddha Kung Fu --

Submit Your Photos to be on BKF Homepage

I know, we've got some from last year I haven't posted yet... but the sooner you get them to our webmaster, the sooner you may be looking at yourself--online.

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3. -- Online Kung Fu and Tai Chi --

Let's Start Testing These Internet Classes

This should make it more convenient to schedule a private lesson.

No driving...


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4. -- Buddha Kung Fu DEMO TEAM --

Sign Up for This Year's BKF Demo Team

There's a sign-up sheet for you to...


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5. -- BOOKS of Buddha Kung Fu --

Two Books is Better Than One -- But...

Now that Buddha Kung Fu has two books for students to read in their first semester, it's becoming hard to find class time for the reading.

The TAI CHI BEGINNER book by Buddha Zhen has been a required reading manual since Shaolin Chi Mantis was formally created in 1992.

The BUDDHA KUNG FU STUDENT MANUAL was introduced in 2008 with the launch of our Buddha Kung Fu school with a lot of help from Disciples Barry, Erin, and Paul. We would meet on Mondays and Thursdays just to formulate, proof read, and coordinate the book with the already existing lessons.

But, mostly we just edited and proofed the book. The last two years have shown we need to figure out how to ge more reading time in. It was already difficult to squeeze the 16 sections of the TAI CHI BEGINNER BOOK into the weekly lessons when there was only one Tai Chi class per week.

Buddha Kung Fu BOOKS:

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6. -- MUSIC of Buddha Kung Fu --

Practice Tai Chi Form to "Tai Chi Magic" Song

Hopefully, all students have this album already.

Even if you aren't joining the Demo Team, it is worthwhile for several reasons to practice your Tai Chi Form to this song.

  1. It will provide a steady speed for you.
  2. It will give you a new mood to practice to.
  3. It will prepare you for when we do it in class...

Tai Chi Magic ALBUM at

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7. -- STUFF of Buddha Kung Fu --

CafePress Will Have Buddha Kung Fu Shirts SOON

Any of the Kung Fu and Tai Chi clothes of our CafePress stores are acceptible class workout clothing.

Check out our stuff:

Buddha Kung Fu at

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8. -- Buddhism NEWS --

Zen Buddhist Podcast is Most Popular of Podcasts

Wow. This is our most popular of the four different podcast productions of Shaolin Records.

Although you are not required to download these--well maybe you should be.


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9. -- KUNG FU News --

Buddha Zhen's Weapon for 2010 is Double Sabers

For the past two years, Buddha Zhen, also known as THE HIPPY COYOTE of American Zen, has made his Kung Fu weapon of the year, THE DRUMS.

In 2007, Buddha Zhen (aka The Hippy Coyote) purchased a burgandy red drum set from China. You can read more about the story on the American Zen website,

Since Coyote and Buddha Z are only one person, and Buddha Z has been focusing on just one weapon per year since 1996, after creating Tai Chi Youth nonprofit charity organization, he decided in 2007 to make his annual weapon, "The Drums."

It took an entire year of daily practice before Buddha Z "Coyote" was confident enough to record his first album as a drummer, LEVEL 3 = I Want You To Love Me.

Unfortunately, at the end of 2008, Buddha Zhen and his family moved from their home in Tujunga to an apartment in Montrose, California. Although this was a nicer neighborhood... it was an apartment and Coyote's drumset remained stacked up in his bedroom that next year, unable to play them in an apartment.

Larry Muepo, Park Superintendant of Crescenta Valley Park, offered Buddha Z the park gymnasium on any of the weekends that it wasn't being booked for other events. So, that summer of 2009 was spent recording the drums to 36 songs of the first two albums of American Zen's Kung Fu Cowboy album series.

In order to stay in practice and play his drums, Coyote took his drumsticks everywhere he went including the bus to classes at the YMCA and... even playing them while he walked on his invisible "air drums." This amused many motorists who often cheered and honked as Coyote walked down the street in his Kung Fu uniform, wearing his cowboy hat, playing drums and singing his songs to be recorded at the CV Park gymnasium.

So, 2009 was also a year of drums for Buddha Z.

American Zen's 3rd album:

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10. -- TAI CHI News --

Improve Your Tai Chi

Every semester is a new opportunity to improve what you "think" you know.

Improve your breathing. Improve your stances. Improve you versatility in speeds. Improve you self-defense applications...

LECTURES and WORKSHOPS with Buddha Zhen:

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11. -- Podcasts, Radio Shows, and Television Interviews of BUDDHA ZHEN --

Zen Buddhist Podcast of Shaolin Zen

Each new podcast of the ZEN BUDDHIST PODCAST OF SHAOLIN ZEN is a new page of the Buddhism Basics of Shaolin Zen.

Bring your questions to class. Take notes...

WEB BLOG of the Zen Buddhist Podcast of Shaolin Zen:

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