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Shaolin Monks

Martial art enthusiasts are familiar with the extraordinary powers displayed by Shaolin monks. The monks are intensely trained in 72 skills. Moreover, they learn to use 36 different weapons and pick two stone boulders with their bare hands to doing a headstand on just one finger. We bring to you 10 such mind-blowing Shaolin monk skills.

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#1. Inverse Handstand with just One Index Finger

Performing an inversion stand on two index fingers have been common in the Shaolin Kung Fu world for some time now. But there’s another incredibly rare Shaolin skill that involves balancing oneself on just one single finger. The reason behind the Shaolin monks incredible finger strength is their intense training. They train for years to make their fingers as hard as iron. A known ritual that is being practiced in the Shaolin temple is finger punching on trees. The punching by the monks over the years has led to the creation of two-inch deep indents on trees around the Shaolin monastery.

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#2. Pulling Out Nails

To further strengthen their fingers and develop the locking force of their thumbs, index fingers and middle fingers, students start by driving 108 nails into a wood plank and practicing pulling them out with all three fingers. When this becomes easy, they practice removing the nails with their thumbs, ring fingers and pinky fingers. As the training progresses, the nails are driven deeper into the wood. After completing the first stage on the way to mastership, nails are sprinkled with water and left to rust. An advanced student may pull out 1,000 rusted nails in the last stage of the training. A master in this technique would be able to remove rusted nails with two fingers or perhaps even just one. In combat, this exercise allows Shaolin warriors to perform effective locks with three fingers on the opponent’s vulnerable spots.

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#3. Shattering Glass with just a Tiny Needle

Have you seen the video of a monk flinging a needle through a sheet of glass and popping a balloon on the other side? Most of the glass stays intact except for a tiny hole. It doesn’t seem possible, yet the balloon clearly bursts. The key to this exercise is striking the glass directly with the needle’s point at a quick speed and as close to a 90 degree angle as possible. While it’s not easy to accomplish, with a lot of practice it can be done. The type and thickness of the glass is also important. Some varieties of glass are created so they’re difficult to break. However, a 1/8 inch plate glass is not too difficult for the monks to force a hole into. The tiny needle’s momentum punctures just one section of the glass and not the whole piece.

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#4. Drill Cannot Penetrate in Monk’s Skull

Beginning at an early age, Shaolin monks trained to make their skulls hard. They bang their skull against various materials starting with maybe a bag of sand and advancing onto wooden logs or iron weights. After years of practice, their skulls basically turn into rocks. The hardness of the skull can be estimated from the fact that even an electric drill cannot penetrate it. The amusing part about this skill is that the monks are not injured even after holding the drill on their skull for almost 10 seconds. There is not a single streak of blood, only a bright red spot where the drill had been earlier.

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#5. Ringing Round a Tree or Maitreya

This exercise trains the arms, chest and stomach muscles and develops what Shaolins call “the flows of the inner force”. Shaolin students select a tree, wrap their arms around it, squeeze it tightly and try to pull it out. They repeat the exercise several times a day, every day. After the first year of training, the first results start to show. Once the arms, chest and stomach muscles strengthen, the force increases and the students are able to shake the trunk until some leaves begin to fall. Shaolin students must practice this daily exercise intensively throughout their lives and apply constant force to loosen the roots. Upon mastery, students have the force to uproot fully grown trees and lift their entire weight rounding it with both arms. In combat, Shaolin warriors clasping their opponents with both arms can inflict heavy and even fatal injuries.

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#6. Iron Shirt

Pack and massage the wrapped areas vigorously, they hang a horizontal bar outside, dig a shallow pit under it and fill it with fine sand. They train everyday for 3 years by hanging on their arms on the horizontal bar and falling down to the pit on all parts of their bodies. When they’re ready, they remove the soft fabric layers and start hitting the entire body with a wooden hammer at first, then with an iron one. They mobilize their qi inner energy to direct strength to the spot being hit. Iron shirt masters are able to defend themselves against heavy blows with solid and even sharp objects.

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#7. Ability to Create Extreme Suction in the Lower Abdomen Area

The monk creates immense suction on his lower abdomen and attaches a bowl completely to his stomach. known as the stable strength skill, only a few across the world are capable of creating such extreme suction that even 8 people cannot separate the bowl from the monk’s stomach. Mental strength is an important aspect when it comes to performing the stomach suction skill. Shaolin monks undergo years of mental training to become a true practitioner of this unique martial art. Moreover, mental training goes deeper than physical training.

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#8. Lifting an Entire Table with Just the Mouth and Teeth

Normal people, like us, find it difficult to lift an entire table by hand but the mouths and teeth of Shaolin monks are so strong, they can lift an entire table with just their mouth and teeth and even carry it around. This is another superhuman feat made possible by the Shaolin monks.

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#9. Training their Testicles by Dragging an Iron Weight

Shaolin Kung Fu involves numerous iron body training techniques. These techniques are basically used to train the vulnerable body parts into being as hard as iron. One such vulnerable body part in a man is their private parts. Shaolin monks trained to make their private parts resistant to impact from kicks or knee butts.

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#10. Striking with Foot

Yiking boulders and kicking large stones to a distance. In fights, this technique allows Shaolin warriors to tip and throw their opponent with a single hardened kick aimed at the lower part of the body.

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