shaolin monks

Discussion in 'Other Styles' started by MMAWARRIOR20, Oct 27, 2006.


    MMAWARRIOR20 Valued Member

    [ame=""]Shaolin Monks Kung Fu Masters - YouTube[/ame]
    [ame=""]Shaolin metal - YouTube[/ame]
    [ame=""]Shaolin Monk Demonstration - YouTube[/ame]

    Are shaolin monks so good that they put other martial artist to shame? I know they have to be celibate and they can do amazing things. It seems they have done every physical skill known to humans. I like to know more about them. Or are they just over rated?
  2. Mei Hua

    Mei Hua Banned Banned

    Those are monks, but they are Wushu (modern) not real monks, hired actors is essentially what they are.
  3. TheDarkJester

    TheDarkJester 90% Sarcasm, 10% Mostly Good Advice.

    Well that last video cannot be modern wushu.. He's too damn old... I don't know many modern wushu performers demostrating that skill.

    But everything else.. yeah thats modern wushu.. Yay for gymnastics with weapons! ;)
  4. Ridge

    Ridge Now With Added Sarcasm

    They are mainly for show nowadays, still very entertaining to watch though.

    MMAWARRIOR20 Valued Member

    I heard there's not a lot of shaolin monks anymore because of Mao Ze Dong or something. How do you identify actors from real monks then?
  6. Mei Hua

    Mei Hua Banned Banned

    98% of the current monks are not traditional monks, the traditional monks do not reside much at Shaolin as during the cultural revolution and before they were ostrocized and hunted, many went into hiding and continued teaching to layman, thus the skills and arts survived, after Jet Li's Shaolin Temple made Shaolin famous world wide, the PRC hired actors to take their place for money making, so many of today's monks while skilled and athletic are modern wushu monks, not traditional. Though there are a small few of those left at the temple, they do not show themselves much to outsiders...

    MMAWARRIOR20 Valued Member

    So you're saying that the small percentage of true monks wouldn't bother to show off their skills.
  8. Mei Hua

    Mei Hua Banned Banned

    Unless invited into their midst, pretty much yea.

    There are those who are layman who have not taken the official vows as such, are still considered traditonal who show things, but there is a fine line as such things go.
  9. wudangfajing

    wudangfajing Banned Banned

    No mainly only kicks the crap out of ninjutsu!
  10. Dillon

    Dillon Valued Member

    The authentic wu seng tradition at Shaolin is gone.
  11. TheMightyMcClaw

    TheMightyMcClaw Dashing Space Pirate

    Even as a performance wushu guy, I find Shaolin pretty sad. Lots of tricking and flashy breaks. You can find all that in XMA, and at least they have point fighting.

    However, we do know of at least two people at Shaolin with some kind of fighting ability. Not nescessarily a whole lot, but some. Unless both these clips are of the same person, in which case there's only one :p.

    This guy:

    And this guy:
    [ame=""]SHAOLIN VS taekwondo - YouTube[/ame]

    Now, neither of those are really terribly impressive - I'm sure you could find dozens of videos of karateka, or hapkido people, or any other martial artists fighting in competitions or demonstrating combat applications. The fact that we only have two for Shaolin 'monks' shows what kind of issues the Shaolin temple has.

    IMHO, if you want to see the best martial artists in China, look at their national San Shou team.
    They like to rumble with Thai boxers, which I find pretty impressive.
  12. Wuming

    Wuming Bored

    That San Shou vs Muay Thai is clip is great stuff. I know that at the Shaolin Temple in London (which I assume is affiliated to the one in China), they teach San Shou alongside the acrobatics. They also do full contact sparring (with gloves); they have got there own boxuing ring and take the San Shou very seriously.
  13. wudangfajing

    wudangfajing Banned Banned

    Which one was the Shaolin guy the one getting the crap beat out of him?

    Oh , could not make it out the first time thru sorry about that. That is how it should be applied if the ppl you fight take weight of front leg shoot grab throw even in real fight. It has to be instantly though for real fight you have to be more sensitive to the move off opponent.

    P.S. I was just messing when i wrote earlier but most shaolin does not fight any more. And the Ninjutsu is actually a very effective fighting method againts large number of ppl that is really how Japan looks at figthing a large number of ppl cause there real enemy is China. Most Jujutsu based system are first for that.
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2006
  14. TheMightyMcClaw

    TheMightyMcClaw Dashing Space Pirate

    Ummm... right?

    MMAWARRIOR20 Valued Member

    actually i was thinking about authentic shaolin monks not a school with the name shaolin in it. A temple in the mountains,shaved heads, celibacy the whole 9 yards.
  16. Guizzy

    Guizzy with Arnaud and Eustache

    And that's what we're talking about as well. The actual temple is mostly flash and little combat.

    MMAWARRIOR20 Valued Member

    so i'm going to assume a straight forward martial artist can easily beat them.
  18. Sandy

    Sandy Valued Member

    What do you think of this guy:

    Is he the whole 9 yards?
  19. Su lin

    Su lin Gone away

    Dunno but £8 per lesson is pretty steep? You can't tell from a website though,best to go try it out

    MMAWARRIOR20 Valued Member

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