*ED IS TAKING SOME TIME OFF TO RECOVER FROM INJURY AND WILL RETURN AS SOON AS HE IS ABLE.
Ed Barrow began his studies of Chinese Shaolin in 1977 at an early age in San Francisco CA, a mecca for those looking for the best in Chinese teachers. Starting with Bing Gong, a senior student of the renowned Kuo Lien Yin, he studied many sets of Shaolin chuan; Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan, chi gung and weapons forms including broadsword, rattan staff and knives. Mr Barrow was introduced to the Grand Master Kuo Lien Ying and studied with him for a time as well.
Mr Barrow was introduced to Master George Xu in 1982 and began as an indoor student of the sifu. During his time with Master Xu he studied Wu Mei Lan Shou Shaolin chuan, Xin I chuan, Chen style Tai Chi and various weapons and chi gung sets. Sifu Xu is truly a Kung Fu scholar and constantly enriched the teaching environment by bringing well known masters from China to the US to share their unique points of view. Mr Barrow was the recipient of many secrets of Chinese Kung Fu by association with Sifu Xu's school.
Mr Barrow traveled to Shanghai China in 1985 and was introduced to Sifu Xu's Lan Shou teacher, Ching Shong Bao. Mr Barrow was then fortunate enough to spend three months training with Sifu Ching honing the skills learned from Sifu Xu.
Mr Barrow continued his studies with Sifu Xu until relocating to Portland Oregon in the middle 1990s. Mr Barrow has continued his relationships with many of the contacts made over the years in this rich environment.
Mr Barrow began studying Cheng Style Bagua Zhang with Joey Haber in 2009 and has enjoyed extending his knowledge into this additional art of the masters.
Shaolin Kung Fu: The translation of the Chinese character Kung Fu is “ Hard Work “. It is something accomplished through arduous study, dedication and the application of discipline. This character has been attached to Chinese martial arts and is a catch all phrase for many different Chinese systems. Perhaps the most well known is Shaolin Chuan.
Shaolin Kung Fu was originally developed as exercise to ward off the torpor and poor physical health of Buddhist monks at the Shaolin Temple in central China. During the Ching dynasty(1644-1911) the overthrown faithful of the Ming dynasty became rebels seeking to regain control of China. These rebels often sought refuge with the monks. The Shaolin exercises cross bred with the fighting skills of the disinherited elite fighters, eventually producing the well rounded art of physical prowess and self defense. Shaolin gained notoriety in this country when it was showcased in the popular TV series “Kung Fu” starring David Carradine.
Shaolin is characterized by long, stretched out postures. Punching and kicking are commonplace and the sets are performed with a lively tempo often encompassing leaps and low stances.
Chinese Society was certainly the most influential in Asia prior to modern times. The spread of martial arts throughout Asia can be traced to China and Shaolin.