Eighteen Lohan Hands

The Eighteen Lohan Hands (Sifu Wong Kiew Kit and Sifu Anthony Korahais)

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Through the years, there have been different kinds of Eighteen Lohan Hands. Some may only use different terms while others may be really quite different on its own. This is because even though there have been one origin, the students who learned the style eventually had different interpretations of the forms. These forms, however, have similar cores and based on the same principles. Here is the set of Eighteen Lohan Hands from Sifu Wong Kiew Kit.

  1. Lifting the Sky
  2. Shooting Arrows
  3. Plucking Stars
  4. Turning Head
  5. Thrust Punch
  6. Merry-go-Round
  7. Carrying the Moon
  8. Nourishing Kidnesy
  9. Three Levels to Ground
  10. Dancing Crane
  11. Carrying Mountains
  12. Drawing Knife
  13. Presenting Claws
  14. Pushing Mountains
  15. Separating Water
  16. Big Windmill
  17. Deep Knee Bending
  18. Rotating Knees

In order to properly compare and stress the similarities and differences of various styles of the Eighteen Lohan Hands, here is another set from Sifu Anthoni Korahais. Notice the similarities and differences of the different sets.

  1. Lifting the Sky
  2. Shooting Arrows
  3. Plucking Stars
  4. Turning Head
  5. Merry-Go-Round
  6. Punching with Wide Eyes
  7. Carrying the Moon
  8. Nourishing Kidneys
  9. Three Levels to Ground
  10. Dancing Crane
  11. Carrying Mountains
  12. Drawing Sword
  13. Pushing Mountains
  14. Separating Water
  15. Presenting Claws
  16. Big Windmill
  17. Lifting Heels
  18. Rotating Knees

Overview and Development of the Eighteen Lohan Hands

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The famous Shaolin Eighteen Lohan Hands is a martial art or discipline taught to the monks of the Shaolin Monastery in China. It was taught by the great Bodidharma during the year 527 CE. He devised and taught the Eighteen Lohan Hands to the monks when he found out that they were often weak and sleepy during meditation. And because meditation was a very important factor towards enlightenment, the great Bodidharma taught the discipline to help the monks along this path. As time passed, the Eighteen Lohan Hands continued to be developed until it gave way to a kungfu set or style known as the "Eighteen Lohan Fist". It is said to be one of the core styles for the Shaolin Kungfu that we know today.

The Eighteen Lohan Hands is famous for its many benefits to the human body. Aside from being healthy and energized, it can also be used to heal certain ailments or illness. Its effects, however, vary depending on how it is practiced. The internal benefits of this discipline may be acquired if it is practiced as a method to cultivate Chi. This method is known as chi Kung/Qigong. Physical practice or exercise of Eighteen Lohan Hands, on the other hand, will reap the physical benefits. This is the usual case nowadays. There is little to no outwardly significant difference with regards to whether the Eighteen Lohan Hands are practiced physically or internally. The difference lies within the energy and mind of the person practicing.This is why at first glance, most people can't really tell if the practitioner is doing it as a physical or internal exercise.

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