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40 Peaceful And Solid Shaolin Monk Martial Art Demonstrations

We are sure most of you have had a glimpse of the world of martial arts even if it is onscreen demonstrated by your favorite cinema star doing a series of stunts and movements that will leave you longing to learn more about it. But while movies and cartoons will show you one side of martial arts they are not the full depiction of the art. There is a lot more to a martial art than what you see onscreen. It is more than what little we can glean from amazing anime drawings and Manga faces. Martial arts should and do feature among the fun facts about China that kids would enjoy knowing.

Shaolin KungFu Monks Photographed at Lines Ballet Studio Photography by Marty Sohl 22 Nov 2006

Shaolin KungFu Monks


Photographed at Lines Ballet Studio
Photography by Marty Sohl
22 Nov 2006

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When you look closely at martial art demonstrations they can be as absorbing as opera the art of combining music, drama and dance. While we cannot claim to be complete experts on what martial arts are all about, we can give you some aspects and facts about them that will make you look at them with even more fascination.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: A Shaolin monk poses for a photograph in Chinatown on February 23, 2015 in London, England. The monks practice Shaolin Kung Fu which is believed to be the oldest institutionalised style of kung fu and are demonstrating their skills while in the UK. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 23: A Shaolin monk poses for a photograph in Chinatown on February 23, 2015 in London, England. The monks practice Shaolin Kung Fu which is believed to be the oldest institutionalised style of kung fu and are demonstrating their skills while in the UK. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

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First of all, the Shaolin monks who are into martial arts, are chosen keeping in mind some specific qualities. For most of them it is not just an art or a way to fight but a way of life pretty much like yoga can be to true practitioners. The gurus or masters of martial arts have specific tests and demonstrations that they make to the students so that they can learn from them. Nothing is handed explicitly to them and some of the exercises can be very rigorous and tough almost bordering on brutal.

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Hao Han (8) 郝永强 Shaolin kung fu student and child actor Shaolin Monastery, Henan

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郝永强
Shaolin kung fu student and child actor
Shaolin Monastery, Henan

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The shaolin monks who are making these peaceful and solid martial art demonstrations have been through the grind and have learned their lessons by many means. The fact is that in some instances, the monks learn more by their mistakes and failures than from the lessons they learnt the easy way. These demonstrations that these shaolin monks have made can show you that there is a whole lot more to martial art than mere exercise or fighting. If that was the case, anybody with brutal strength and agility would make things work.

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DENGFENG, CHINA - APRIL 12: A warrior monk of the Shaolin Temple displays his Kung Fu skills at the Songshan Mountain near the temple April 12, 2005 in Dengfeng, Henan Province, China. Shaolin Temple, built in AD 495 in the period of the Northern and Southern Dynasties (420-581) and located in the Songshan Mountain area, is the birthplace of Shaolin Kung Fu. Shaolin Kung Fu, with its incredible strength, vitality and flexibility, is expecting to be included in the UNESCO intangible heritage list. (Photo by Cancan Chu/Getty Images)

DENGFENG, CHINA – APRIL 12: A warrior monk of the Shaolin Temple displays his Kung Fu skills at the Songshan Mountain near the temple April 12, 2005 in Dengfeng, Henan Province, China. Shaolin Temple, built in AD 495 in the period of the Northern and Southern Dynasties (420-581) and located in the Songshan Mountain area, is the birthplace of Shaolin Kung Fu. Shaolin Kung Fu, with its incredible strength, vitality and flexibility, is expecting to be included in the UNESCO intangible heritage list. (Photo by Cancan Chu/Getty Images)

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They would not have a selection process in place to evaluate those who are qualified or fit to learn martial arts. When you look at these demonstrations with a deeper view and gaze into the eyes of the people doing the demonstrations, then you will see a glimmer that you would not be able to glean in the eyes of all.

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There is no doubt that the practice of martial arts also brings about amazing control on each sinew, muscle and limb of the body. This means a person learns to move faster without making noise or that much effort. At least it seems the way when you see the demonstration of these shaolin monks at the martial art they are adept in. But you would be probably reprimanded if you called them that; most of them believe that they are still learning. In fact, many of the best teachers will tell you that they learnt a lot more while imparting knowledge to others than when they were actually learning.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Shaolin monks pose for a photograph in Chinatown on February 23, 2015 in London, England. The monks practice Shaolin Kung Fu which is believed to be the oldest institutionalised style of kung fu and are demonstrating their skills while in the UK. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 23: Shaolin monks pose for a photograph in Chinatown on February 23, 2015 in London, England. The monks practice Shaolin Kung Fu which is believed to be the oldest institutionalised style of kung fu and are demonstrating their skills while in the UK. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

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The way martial arts when done by an expert does it is no less than art. But this art is live and moving as compared to most forms of still art that we are used to. But who says that art has to be static and a piece that can be sold or owned? It can be art that is performed to the delight of the senses of the onlookers.