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Published on Feb 20, 2008
Sam Byford Winter, instructor at Nam Yang Pugilistic Association UK's Epsom branch, demonstrates his achievement in Shaolin Iron Shirt (aka Iron Body, Iron Vest) Chi Kung by performing the Sum Chien (three wars, three battles, Sam Chien, San Chin) routine whilst being kicked in body and groin and struck with roof tiles, wood, building blocks and a very large axe!
Iron Shirt Chi Kung is the discipline of training one's chi (internal energy) to an extremely high level whereby it can be used to 'reinforce' the body and protect it from harm. Beating, stabbing, cutting and burning can all be withstood. This is a difficult and dangerous practise which should only ever be performed under the supervision of a very experienced master!
Sum Chien is the internal strength building routine (exercise) of the Hokkien Shaolin Tiger-Crane Combination (Eng Chun White Crane) style. It is practised by almost all of the Hokkien styles, including Tai Chor (tiger), Ngo Chor (5 ancestors), Lohon and White Crane as well as many karate systems who trace their roots back to the Hokkien White Crane style. It is a difficult and advanced form of training but if performed correctly can yield incredible results, as this video shows.