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18 Movements of Shaolin

Origin of the 18 Movements

The Shaolin 18 Movements derive from Bodhidharma’s visit to China. He taught the Buddhist monks these martial exercises which later became known as the 18 Movements of Shaolin Kung Fu.

Basic Movements

  • Zhèng Tī Tuĭ - Front Kick
  • Wài​ Băi Tuĭ - Outside Kick
  • Lĭ Hé​ Tuĭ - Inside Kick
  • Cè​ Tī​ Tuĭ - Sideways Facing Kick
  • Gōng Bù Chōng​ Quán - Twist Punch

Official 18 Movements:

  1. Gōng Bù Xié Xín - Arrow Stance Punch
  2. Mă Bù Dān ​Biān​ - Horse Stance Punch
  3. Pū ​Bù​ Qié​ Zhāng​ - Low Stance Chop Down
  4. Xū Bù​ Liàng​ Zhāng - Cat Stance
  5. Xiē​ Bù Chōng​ Quán​ - Twisting Low Punch
  6. Dī​ Tán ​Tuĭ​ - Low Kick
  7. Dān​ Pāi​ Jiăo​ - High Kick
  8. Zhèng​ Pī​ Tuĭ - Block Punch Kick
  9. Wài​ Băi​ Jiăo​ - Hand Stab Outside Kick
  10. Cè​ Chuài​ Tuĭ - Side Kick
  11. Hòu​ Dēng​ Tuĭ - Hack Kick
  12. Jī​ Xíng​ Bù - Chicken Step
  13. Guà​ Miàn​ Jiăo​ - Inside Kick Block
  14. Xiē​zi​ Wěi - Scorpion Kick
  15. Qián​ Săo​ Tuĭ - Front Sweep
    • Hòu​ Săo​ Tuĭ - Back Sweep (variation)
  16. Èr​ Tī Jiăo​ - Squat Jump Kick
  17. Xuàn​fēng​ Jiăo - Tornado Kick
  18. Wài​ Băi Lián​ - Stab Circle Outside Kick