Shaolin Kung Fu is not only about inflicting harm or defending you against the attackers. It also stresses discipline, patience, respect for yourself and others, most of all being humble even in victory. Mental training in shaolin is very important in this way you are prepared for every moves and action you may inflect upon others. This training is as tedious as the physical training. Though physical training requires the body to work, mental training requires the mind and soul. While martial arts training helps you in using you physical tools. Mental training is needed for you to use them. Shaolin meditation is also called the mental training.
Shaolin Meditation is needed when training shaolin kung Fu. On form of Shaolin Meditation is called the “Chan” or “Zen’ mode. They received this concept of Zen meditation from an Indian priest name Bodhidharma. Bodhidharma did a unique thing by including the breathing pattern in meditation. What happened was he finds the Shaolin monks falling asleep during their meditation, so he added the breathing exercise for them to focus as well as increase their mental development. And today Shaolin Kung Fu practitioners still uses Chan meditation where it forms the basis of Shaolin mental development and preparation.
Shaolin monks benefits from this meditation simply because the can prepare their minds in dealing with the most terrible conditions to equipped with necessary things rather than being shocked by it. Meditation helps them focus ones inner energy into ones actions. Japanese actually called it “Chi” which is so commonly known by people. The Chinese on other hand calls this “Kiai’. Kiai helps Shaolin Kung Fu students to do things what the physical body cant. Shaolin meditation develops to control you Kiai for mental strength and conditioning. That’s why others believe that it’s always mind over matter.