Introduction The Shaolin Temple’s 72 Consummate and Secret Arts fall into two classes: Yin/Rou Smooth Inside Power Coaching and Yang/Gang Onerous Exterior Energy Coaching, respectively (1). Iron Head Train (Tie Tou Gong) though formally positioned within the second (Onerous) class, is one among a choose group embodying options of each Onerous and Smooth Shaolin Coaching.
The repetitive, progressive nature of the head- hanging towards a wall encourages systematic adaptation to more and more demanding extremes of Onerous Exterior Coaching. The necessity to management respiration, tense and align varied body-parts to assist this reveals how Smooth Inside Power Coaching contributes to profitable acquisition of this Secret Combating Train or ‘Kung’.
Shaolin College students first swathe their heads by wrapping them in 10 layers of protecting silk. On prime of that is positioned a sheet of steel contoured to suit the highest of the head-two last wrap-rounds with silk (some authorities advocate towelling) secures this steel ‘cap’ in place.
The entrance of the pinnacle is struck repeatedly towards any handy brick or stone wall. The top and neck are held in alignment, the neck muscle groups bunched and the breath held in the intervening time of affect.
Subsequent, with again, neck and head in alignment, the rear of the scholar’s head is repeatedly struck towards the wall equally. The Scholar then bends double and expenses forwards on the wall, hanging it with the highest of his head. Lastly, standing near the wall the scholar strikes it repeatedly with the left and proper sides of his head respectively.
Throughout this stage of coaching comparatively little power is used when hanging the pinnacle towards the wall at first. This depth is elevated step by step because the weeks cross and the variety of strikes is step by step elevated at observe classes.
After quite a lot of months coaching two of the protecting layers of silk are eliminated (not these holding the steel in place) and college students repeat their earlier endeavours. Each 2-3 months an additional two layers of protecting wrapping is eliminated till all of them have been eliminated and the scholar’s head is naked.
Now the scholar’s head is unprotected when it strikes the wall. At first this will trigger some ache and discomfort. College students, nevertheless, ought to persevere as it will ultimately disappear and the ‘Kung’ will then have lastly been mastered.
By now the scholar’s head is as sturdy as or stronger than the wall itself and Iron Head Train (Tie Tou Gong) could even be used to interrupt down or destroy this–Kung Fu Historical past acknowledges quite a lot of Masters utilizing the Kung for this objective. Many (together with myself) have watched Shaolin Monks head-butting via massive stone tablets utilizing this method.