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Buddha Kung Fu eNEWS Newsletter


October 2011

Buddha Kung Fu Needs New Computer

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 October 2011
Official newsletter of Buddha Kung Fu.

Online Classes Not Available Until Computer Obtained

We've attempted a couple fund raisers, but we're barely paying our storage and expenses.

Sorry to sound so bleak, but our students are bringing in any new students the past year. The Buddha Kung Fu 12-Step 12-Week Kung Fu Bootcamp has a consistent turnout and a few new students each semester, but we need a few new students every week or our founder, Buddha Zhen will be in serious financial trouble.

Traditionally, students supported their Kung Fu or spiritual master. Your tuitions are very supportive, but add these tuitions and ask yourself if you could survive on this amount of income. Buddha Zhen has two children support. He has devoted much of his life to raising and caring for them. The rest of his time is spent teaching students, writing our manuals, and overseeing the curriculums.

Tai Chi Youth was supposed to fill in this financial gap with a salary and school location, but this has also been dependent on student support and promotion.

Your suggestions are are as important as your involvement and payments.


1. -- Buddha Kung Fu EVENTS --

Push Hands Championship Tournament was Fun Seminar

We weren't able to attract as many locals or other martial artists, so this was mainly an opportunity for students to obtain a Belt Test requirement or have fun with their classmates.

But it wasn't a tournament. It was a Push Hands seminar.

For me, the best part was competing with everyone. I challenged the entire school and enjoyed giving everyone a Push lesson.

I even got so cocky as to take on two at a time, one on each side with one arm each. I impressed myself.

We've got to figure out how to promote these tournaments to attract more martial artists.

I was disappointed we didn't get the photographs I was promised. The parents and students who said they would get some photos had technical problems. In the future, we need a "BKF Photographer" we can count on.

Buddha Kung Fu Tournaments:

Buddha Kung Fu Push Hands Tournaments:

Buddha Kung Fu Push Hands Seminars:

Shaolin Chi Mantis Push Hands Rules:

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2. -- HOMEPAGE of Buddha Kung Fu --

Buddha Zhen Submits Grants for Government Funding

Will the government supply Tai Chi Youth the grant funds to launch our online school?

Richard Del Connor has been working all this year on relaunching Tai Chi Youth by studying nonprofit manuals, taking courses, and attending chamber of commerce meetings.

Becoming a grantwriter has also required over 100 hours of study and work this year by RDC / BZ.

ONLINE CLASSES:      (Choose GONGFU or TAIJIQUAN classes.)

HOMEPAGE of Buddha Kung Fu:

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

Belt Testing Approvals

Several students could graduate if they book some private lessons.

The bookwork is the most difficult requirement of Buddha Kung Fu. Although we've been keeping up with the Tai Chi Beginner book requirements, the Buddha Kung Fu Student Manual reading requirments should involve traveling the links to the webpages in the book. Perhaps we can create online courses for this which are more convenient for students.

As mentioned in a previous newsletter, we can book several students into a private lesson to make them more affordable.

Online GONGFU PRIVATE Lessons:


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4. -- Buddha Kung Fu DEMO TEAM --

Shaolin #5 Completed for Buddha Kung Fu

This last semester was the first time that students rose to a level to learn this ancient Shaolin Kung Fu form.

Buddha Zhen really enjoyed teaching it to disciples Shawn and Jessica. They experimented and fooled around with it extensively.

Thanks to Shifu Rick Wing and his book, Shaolin 5, for additional information and variations to consider for our school version. We only have a few variations from the pictures in his book. All students will be required to purchase Shifu Wing's book in the future when taking this semester class.

YouTube Video of SCM Bagua Staff Drill:

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5. -- BOOKS of Buddha Kung Fu --


After retypsetting the Shaoin Kung Fu Beginner book, I was unable to find a copy of the Shaolin Gongfu Initiate book. The original version of the Shaolin Gongfu Initiate was created from excerpts of the Shaolin Kung Fu Beginner book, so I figured I'd do that again.

So what should I use from the Shaolin Kung Fu Beginner book to warn/advise/teach someone is expected of them from Buddha Kung Fu and Shaolin Chi Mantis. Well, everything in it!

Rather than making it easier on the initiate by giving them less to learn and less to expect, I decided to give them the entire Shaolin Kung Fu Beginner book. If they make it through the book and the SCM Initiate Program, they will be "real" members of the school. This means that our expectations of them are increased. This also means they should apply themselves more diligently to our expectations and requirements. So even answering the questions in the Shaolin Kung Fu Beginner book that are the same as in the Shaolin Gongfu Initiate... should be improved.

The book title has been changed from Shaolin Gongfu Initiate to Shaolin Kung Fu Initiate. Surprisingly, the world is less aware of the proper Mandarin Chinese spellings now than they were in the 1990s.

Buddha Kung Fu BOOKS:

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6. -- MUSIC of Buddha Kung Fu --

Tai Chi Magic 1 CDs are Sold Out

Get your album on the internet. Download it from several sources.

Our profit may be higher if you buy it directly from Shaolin Records.

Tai Chi Magic 1 is available from iTunes,

Tai Chi Magic at

Tai Chi Magic at


Videos of Buddha Zhen:

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7. -- STUFF of Buddha Kung Fu --

Shaolin Chi Mantis T-Shirts

Should we only allow students who are members of Shaolin Chi Mantis to wear SCM T-shirts in our classes?

Outside of class, we have no restrictions. Anyone can buy them, so anyone can wear them.

T-SHIRTS of Shaolin Chi Mantis:

T-SHIRTS of Buddha Kung Fu:

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8. -- Buddhism NEWS --

Is Buddha Zhen the Reincarnation of Bodhidharma?

We're being metaphorical rather than specific.

All our schools do offer the concept of reincarnation, and although Buddha Zhen is not claiming to be a reincarnation of Bodhidharma--he is as close to a reincarnation as you probably could be in the curriculums, lessons, and spiritual teachings he offers.

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9. -- KUNG FU News --

First Students to Learn Chinese Broad Sword

This semester is the first semester that students rose to the level requiring and offering the Chinese Broadsword Program. Disciples Shawn and Jessica have been learning this ancient sword form from Buddha Zhen.

This is the "Jade Ring Dao" sword form of the Tai Mantis lineage.

When they practice this Kung Fu dance they take up the entire courtyard with its running jumps and chasing the enemies...

GRADUATION CEREMONIES of Buddha Kung Fu, Shaolin Chi Mantis, and Tai Chi Youth:

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10. -- TAI CHI News --

Tiger Hook Swords of Tai Chi?

It's been 13 years since Buddha Zhen performed the Tai Chi Form with his Tiger Hook Swords.

Some students have also been inspired to learn the Tai Chi Form with their long staffs. These weapons add a new dimension to the slow moving form and make it more interesting to audiences.

Lately, students are distracted watching Buddha Zhen apply the Tai Chi movements to these spectacular weapons. In Utah, the Salt Lake City Mayor and Chief of Police complimented Buddha Z for his performances with them. Perhaps these made Tai Chi more interesting to the audiences and helped inspire people to join the school back then.

Should Buddha Z perform the Tai Chi Form with the Tiger Hook Swords again?


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

Zen Buddhist Podcast "BUDDHISM BASICS" of Shaolin Zen

We're still unable to post these podcasts due to expense limitations. If you have them, store them and share them with your fellow students.

These were our most popular podcasts. They also were the most controversial with feminists criticizing Buddha Zhen for his Confucianism.

WEB BLOG of the Zen Buddhist Podcast of Shaolin Zehn:

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