Shaolin Kung Fu practitioner vs. MMA fighter – don’t blink
Shaolin Kung Fu is a traditional Chinese martial art with a lot of interesting history and mysticism behind it but you never really see it implemented in modern-day MMA.
In this video, however, we actually see a practitioner of Shaolin Kung Fu compete in MMA which is actually quite rare, especially in the modern era.
Part of the reason you don’t really see many practitioners of styles like this in MMA bouts is most likely because competing for sport is usually against many of their beliefs. Another reason may be that Kung Fu and other Chinese martial arts seem a little outdated and not the most effective styles, especially in modern mixed rules competition.
Nevertheless, in this video we see Chinese martial arts put to the test as a Shaolin Kung Fu practitioner named Olly Renon lays it on the line against MMA opponent, Neil Robbins, at event Total Combat 40 in Sunderland, England from 2011.
As soon as the fight begins, you can tell right away what’s going to happen as Renon, who trains out of Plymouth Shaolin School UK, turns his back on his opponent during a striking exchange which shows that he’s still very green.
You would think that striking would be where the Kung Fu guy had the best chance too. The fight doesn’t end there but it’s the beginning of the end for the Shaolin dude. Check out the video below to see the finish.
ABOUT SHAOLIN KUNG FU:
Shaolin Kung Fu, also called Shaolin Wushu or Shaolin Quan, is one of the oldest, largest, and most famous styles of wushu or kungfu. It combines Zen Buddhism and martial arts and originated and was developed in the Shaolin temple in Henan province, China during its 1500-year history. Popular sayings in Chinese folklore related to this practice include “All martial arts under heaven originated from Shaolin” and “Shaolin kung fu is the best under heaven,” indicating the influence of Shaolin kung fu among martial arts. The name Shaolin is also used as a brand for the so-called external styles of kung fu. Many styles in southern and northern China use the name Shaolin. [Source: Wiki]