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Background Information

Employment History

Owner and Senior Instructor

Shaolin Kung Fu

Teacher

Shaolin Kung Fu

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

ARP Phoenix

Instructor

ShaoLin T’ao

Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

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PACT

www.ashevilleshaolin.com [cached]

ShaoLin T’ao Instructor Bob Cummings

Physical Assault Crisis Training
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With a combined total of over 30 years studying the martial arts and personal safety, the husband/wife team of Bob and Sue Cummings has developed a one day training seminar meant to take the average person all the way from personal awareness and safety to actual hands-on combat techniques.
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Bob Cummings is a Third Degree Black Sash instructor of ShaoLin Kung Fu certified to teach by Grandmaster Sin Kwang The'. He has studied the martial arts for over 18 years, specializes in Shan Tung Black Tiger Kung Fu, and is the owner and senior instructor of ShaoLin Kung Fu of Asheville. He continues to study ShaoLin Kung Fu under Elder ShaoLin Master Garry Mullins. Bob has worked in full-time Christian ministry in Knoxville, TN and in Asheville, has been a church youth leader, has worked with battered women and children, and is a Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist in addition to teaching ShaoLin.


P.A.C.T. | ShaoLin of Asheville

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ShaoLin T'ao Instructor Bob Cummings

Physical Assault Crisis Training
Nothing can guarantee that you or your loved ones never encounter a dangerous person, persons, or situations, but one of the best ways to ensure safety is by being prepared. Most people don't have the time or inclination to study a martial art, but almost anyone can familiarize themselves with basic self defense techniques meant to dispatch an aggressor, be it a mugger, rapist, intoxicated person, or mentally ill person on the street or in the home.
With a combined total of over 30 years studying the martial arts and personal safety, the husband/wife team of Bob and Sue Cummings has developed a one day training seminar meant to take the average person all the way from personal awareness and safety to actual hands-on combat techniques.
...
Bob Cummings is a Third Degree Black Sash instructor of ShaoLin Kung Fu certified to teach by Grandmaster Sin Kwang The'. He has studied the martial arts for over 18 years, specializes in Shan Tung Black Tiger Kung Fu, and is the owner and senior instructor of ShaoLin Kung Fu of Asheville. He continues to study ShaoLin Kung Fu under Elder ShaoLin Master Garry Mullins. Bob has worked in full-time Christian ministry in Knoxville, TN and in Asheville, has been a church youth leader, has worked with battered women and children, and is a Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist in addition to teaching ShaoLin.


Mountain Xpress A&E / The good fight

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"When he got there," explains teacher Bob Cummings of Shaolin Kung Fu of Asheville, "he found the monks to be in terrible physical shape because they spent all their time praying and meditating.

"They were fat, lazy and slovenly," Cummings declares."[Da Mo] went and meditated, supposedly, as history goes, for nine years, and developed the Ie Chin Ching, the Book of Changing Bone and Marrow.It was a set of exercises that he perfected that worked every muscle of the body, and got the monks healthy."
At the same time members of the religious brotherhood were shaping up, their monastery became extremely popular, bringing in both wealth and requests for them to travel and spread the teachings of Ch'an Buddhism.As a result, the monks became frequent targets of violence and robbery.
"As a way of staying alive, basically, they morphed the Ie Chin Ching into a fighting technique," Cummings explains.It was effective, he adds, because traditionally, "whenever [the Chinese] do something, they do it very, very well, to perfection and beauty.
"The majority of the material is based on animal techniques," Cummings reveals."The monks would go out in the woods and they'd watch animals either defending themselves, or trying to keep from getting eaten, or trying to catch food.The belief was that animals have natural fighting spirits [that] humans have let go to the wayside."
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Unlike Japanese karate or Korean tae kwon do, which tend to be linear, kung fu is characterized by circular motions that Cummings says are designed to redirect an attacker's power and turn it back on himself.
Kung fu also embodies the concept of yin and yang, opposites within a whole.
Those monks were fast as lightnin' ...
"True Shaolin is pretty," says Cummings."It's pretty to watch, but also, if you put somebody who's studied [it] ... on the street, they're going to take care of themselves really, really well."
But Maoist control of China means the monks' upcoming performance will – according to Cummings – lean heavily on the artsy side of martial arts.
"What comes out of China now is called 'Wushu,'" he explains."It's Mandarin for 'martial art.' It's the Chinese-government-sanctioned martial art."
Promotional materials provided by the monks echo Cummings assessment, noting that "in these more peaceful times" the monks restrict their use of kung fu to "a form of meditation and for mental development."Which isn't to suggest that Wheel of Life will be unimpressive (nor that I personally would care to find myself in a boxing ring with one of the Shaolin).
The show evolved out of a kung fu exhibition staged by the monks as a fund-raiser.A British rock-tour producer – along with a choreographer, a director and a composer – were later hired to organize a more elaborate presentation.But as anyone knows who's seen the monks (who range in age from preteen to octogenarian), their acrobatic prowess and sheer strength remain the central attraction.


Bob Cummings leads a kung fu ...

www.citizen-times.com [cached]

Bob Cummings leads a kung fu class Thursday afternoon at ShaoLin Kung Fu in West Asheville.

Bob Cummings leads a kung fu class Thursday afternoon at ShaoLin Kung Fu in West Asheville. / Erin Brethauer/ebrethau@citizen-times.com
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Bob Cummings has some news for the younger generation: the job market won't necessarily get any easier when you get older. Cummings works as a substance abuse prevention specialist for ARP Phoenix by day, runs his own kung fu school by night, ShaoLin Kung Fu, and occasionally conducts rape prevention seminars on the weekends.
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Each of those main jobs comprises about 30 hours a week, so he's no stranger to 60-hour work weeks, more than that if he's doing a weekend seminar.
"I would say (to younger people), you doggone better be willing to step outside of what you want to do," Cummings said.


The good fight / Mountain Xpress / Asheville, NC

www.mountainxpress.com [cached]

"When he got there," explains teacher Bob Cummings of Shaolin Kung Fu of Asheville, "he found the monks to be in terrible physical shape because they spent all their time praying and meditating.

"They were fat, lazy and slovenly," Cummings declares."[Da Mo] went and meditated, supposedly, as history goes, for nine years, and developed the Ie Chin Ching, the Book of Changing Bone and Marrow.It was a set of exercises that he perfected that worked every muscle of the body, and got the monks healthy."
At the same time members of the religious brotherhood were shaping up, their monastery became extremely popular, bringing in both wealth and requests for them to travel and spread the teachings of Ch'an Buddhism.As a result, the monks became frequent targets of violence and robbery.
"As a way of staying alive, basically, they morphed the Ie Chin Ching into a fighting technique," Cummings explains.It was effective, he adds, because traditionally, "whenever [the Chinese] do something, they do it very, very well, to perfection and beauty.
...
Unlike Japanese karate or Korean tae kwon do, which tend to be linear, kung fu is characterized by circular motions that Cummings says are designed to redirect an attacker's power and turn it back on himself.
Kung fu also embodies the concept of yin and yang, opposites within a whole.
Those monks were fast as lightnin' ...
"True Shaolin is pretty," says Cummings."It's pretty to watch, but also, if you put somebody who's studied [it] ... on the street, they're going to take care of themselves really, really well."
But Maoist control of China means the monks' upcoming performance will - according to Cummings - lean heavily on the artsy side of martial arts.
"What comes out of China now is called 'Wushu,'" he explains."It's Mandarin for 'martial art.' It's the Chinese-government-sanctioned martial art."

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