many people, Shaolin (Sil lum) quan has become synonymous with the Chinese
Martial Arts. However, in the martial art community it represents a
broad category of related styles having a connection to the Shaolin
Temple. Today, some people classify these styles by geographic region,
such as the "northern" (Pek) and "southern" (Nan) styles. Pek Sil Lum
emphasizes extension in striking, with deep stances, and dynamic kicking
methods. Nan Sil Lum is characterized by short, fast hand strikes and
low kicks. However, such attempts at classifications are mere generalizations.
The common thread is that this martial art style must in some way reflect
the history and philosophy of the Shaolin temple.