Shifu Yan Jun was invited to teach a group of students. The students of Qilu Technology University study Meihua Quan. Together with Shifu Yan Jun traveled to the University his Master, Grand master Han Bai Guang.

Qilu Technology University is located in Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province. It is a historical and cultural city known as the City of Springs. The city of Jinan is located in the center of ancient Qi and Lu culture.

Many Universities in China offer as extra curricular activity Martial Arts. As part of Martial arts they teach Meihua Quan, the most traditional and cultural style of Chinese Kung Fu. In China Meihua Quan is the most taught style in Chinese schools and universities.

In western world this style is practically unknown. In the past this styles was kept as a secret weapon against foreign attacks. Only recently the Chinese Meihua Quan Association through Shifu Du Wei Jun (monastic name Shi Yan Jun) decided to spread it to the world.

This style is strongly based on internal Qi circulation and large external circular movements.” – The history of traditional Chinese martial arts: Southern Style During the Qing Dynasty

An example of foreign attach is the Boxer Rebellion who took place in 1900. This was a Chinese secret organization called the Society of the Righteous and Harmonious Fists. This moves arises in the Northern China. Westerners called the rebels Boxers because they did specific exercises and rituals they believed would make then be able to withstand bullets.

As the Western powers and Japan organized a multinational force to crush the rebellion, the siege stretched into weeks, and the diplomats, their families and guards suffered through hunger and degrading conditions as they fought to keep the Boxers at bay. Several hundred foreigners and several thousand Chinese Christians were killed during this time. On August 14, after fighting its way through Northern China, an international force of approximately 20,000 troops from eight nations (Austria-Hungary, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) arrived to take Beijing and rescue the foreigners and Chinese Christians.

The Boxer Rebellion ended with the signing of the Boxer Protocol on September 7, 1901. By terms of the agreement Boxer and Chinese government officials involved in the uprising were to be punished. Foreign legations were permitted to station troops in Beijing for their defense. China was prohibited from importing arms for two years and it agreed to pay more than $330 million in reparations to the foreign nations involved.

The Qing dynasty, established in 1644, was weakened by the Boxer Rebellion. Following an uprising in 1911, the dynasty came to an end and China became a republic in 1912.

Dr. Rhea Du

Dr. Rhea Du

International Shaolin Cultural Exchange Ambassador of Shaolin Temple Yunnan