Shaolin Monastery or Shaolin Temple is a Buddhist temple on Mount Song, near Zhengzhou, Henan province. Founded in the fifth century, the monastery is long famous for its association with Chinese martial arts and particularly with Shaolin Kung Fu and, to the Western world, it is the best known Mahayana Buddhist monastery.
In the past, many have tried to capitalise on Shaolin Monastery fame by building their own Kung Fu schools on Mount Song. However, the Chinese government eventually outlawed this; the schools were moved to the nearby towns. However, as of 2010, the Tagou Kung Fu school, one of the largest martial arts schools in China, owns and practises on land below Shaolin Temple. This is a boarding school and includes thousands of students.
Our tour included a demonstration of about half an hour by boys (I’m guessing they were between 10 and 16) of various skills and practices. The picture quality is bad because the light level was very low and I was not sitting in the front row.
After the show, we walked around the school where the students were out for a break.
For a really big show by Shaolin Kung Fu practioners, click on the link to some photos by the British Daily Mail Online.
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