The transcript below is from the video “Surviving 24 Hours With A Shaolin Kung Fu Master” by Hafu Go.

Hafu Go:

This is a world class Shaolin Kung Fu master. Master Yandi has literally trained Kung Fu for 20 years. If in the next 24 hours I survive his extreme trainings and pass the final test at the end of the video, he will accept me as a student.

24 Hours Begins

Master Yandi (Abbot and Headmaster at Shaolin Temple & Cultural Centre of Canada):

We’re going to use these wooden stakes.

Training 1: Do Basic Kung Fu on Blossom Stakes

Master Yandi (Abbot and Headmaster at Shaolin Temple & Cultural Centre of Canada):

They’re called Blossom Stakes. Come on, let’s go up and try!

Hafu Go:

For this first training, we are learning the 4 basic moves of Kung Fu; stances, balance, kick, punch.

Master Yandi (Abbot and Headmaster at Shaolin Temple & Cultural Centre of Canada):

Now we’re going to put it all together into a Kung Fu form (routine)

Final Test

Hafu Go:

Now he is showing me the final form I’ll be tested on at the end of this video. Somehow, he is making this look easy.

Master Yandi (Abbot and Headmaster at Shaolin Temple & Cultural Centre of Canada):

You have to do the form I taught you on the stakes without falling. You Fall = You Fail.

24 Hours in Training

Hafu Go:

I’m not stable on this so I keep falling.

Master Yandi (Abbot and Headmaster at Shaolin Temple & Cultural Centre of Canada):

You have 20 hours!

Training 2 : Carry Water Up and Down

Hafu Go:

Not this!

114L of Water

Master Yandi (Abbot and Headmaster at Shaolin Temple & Cultural Centre of Canada):

Pick up the bucket! Carry the water up.

Hafu Go:

For those of you who don’t know, Shaolin monks have crazy abilities. They can break stones with their fists, bend like a snake, do a handstand with 1 finger and some can even run on water. After I’ve learned Shaolin Kung Fu from master Yandi, I can finally protect myself and my subscribers of Go Gang from bullies.

I barely made any progress, not even a tenth of the way there.

Master Yandi (Abbot and Headmaster at Shaolin Temple & Cultural Centre of Canada):

Fast!

There are no shortcuts in Kung Fu.

Hafu Go:

My shoulders are burnt.

Master Yandi (Abbot and Headmaster at Shaolin Temple & Cultural Centre of Canada):

After this trip, bring the water back here. Last one, last one.

Hafu Go:

And now, I have to take it back out.

Master Yandi (Abbot and Headmaster at Shaolin Temple & Cultural Centre of Canada):

How do you feel?

Hafu Go:

Very exhausted!

Master Yandi (Abbot and Headmaster at Shaolin Temple & Cultural Centre of Canada):

Okay! What we are practicing now is a spear hand. Spear hand means our hand is like a spear. Punch me. Just like this. This can do massive damage.

Training 3: Punch Sand Until You Bleed

Master Yandi (Abbot and Headmaster at Shaolin Temple & Cultural Centre of Canada):

Take a breath! Go, one! Stop.

Shaolin Kung Fu emphasizes both rigidity and softness. After this burst, our body has to relax.

Hafu Go:

Now hard and soft at the same time.

Master Yandi (Abbot and Headmaster at Shaolin Temple & Cultural Centre of Canada):

Listen to me, one!
Here, relax!
Relax!
Okay, double.

When our fingers are tight, they can break bones!

Get up!

6 Hours in Training

Hafu Go:

At the end, my hands become so sore, but I still can’t believe we got him to train with us.

Cameraman:

Why?

Hafu Go:

Dude, cause he’s been on national TV in multiple documentaries and he’s been training Kung Fu for 20 years. It’s insane!

Cameraman:

Hope he doesn’t kick your ass.

Training 4: Reverse Plank

Master Yandi (Abbot and Headmaster at Shaolin Temple & Cultural Centre of Canada):

This next exercise is training your body’s balance and strength. Let’s see how long you can hold without falling.

Hafu Go:

How long?

Master Yandi (Abbot and Headmaster at Shaolin Temple & Cultural Centre of Canada):

Survice 20 seconds.

Hafu Go:

I can go higher!

Increased difficulty

Master Yandi (Abbot and Headmaster at Shaolin Temple & Cultural Centre of Canada):

Can’t use your shoulders.

Hafu Go:

I shouldn’t have said that.

My whole body is so sore. This exercise is painful in the back of your head and your neck. Every second felt like an hour. Feels like someone just, like, ripped out my whole entire backside right now. I really wanted to pass this challenge. I don’t wanna train Kung Fu, man.




Training 5: Balance Bowls

Master Yandi (Abbot and Headmaster at Shaolin Temple & Cultural Centre of Canada):

Do you see that?

Hafu Go:

I see bowls and a kettle.

Master Yandi (Abbot and Headmaster at Shaolin Temple & Cultural Centre of Canada):

We use it to make you reach the standard of four flat horse stance. Our head is flat, our legs are flat and our heart is flat (at peace).

Down! Number 1, number 2, number 3, 4, 5. Don’t move!
Number 1. You’re shaking. Don’t move, don’t move. Open your eyes! Yeah!

This is called Kung Fu. Real Kung Fu is practiced this way. We have to fight through each difficult moment.

Hafu Go:

One of the reasons why I wanted to do this training today, it’s because when I was a kid, around like 6, I wanted to Kung Fu practice. And when my teacher made me do the splits, it was so hard and they hurt so much and he hit me with a stick. And after that I was like, this is too hard. So I gave up but I don’t want to be a quitter. So that’s why I wanted to ask you to train me today so that I can overcome that mental barrier and go beyond my limits.

12 Hours in Training

Master Yandi (Abbot and Headmaster at Shaolin Temple & Cultural Centre of Canada):

Every time we go beyond difficulties, our hearts will become strong. Eventually, we will reach the realm we want to pursue.

Hafu Go:

After practicing 2 more hours by myself, I memorized most of the moves for tomorrow’s test but there was one thing getting in my way. I give myself like, 35. I need 60 to pass.

Cameraman:

You know what, man? I’ve got an idea. Here you do, dude. (Rice Porridge)

Hafu Go:

And what do you want me to do with this?

Training 6: Eat while doing High Knee

Cameraman:

High knee! (cabbage in bowl)
Do a high knee!

Hafu Go:

Okay!

Cameraman:

You drop it, you don’t get to eat dinner!

Hafu Go:

How do I eat?

Cameraman:

Eat!

*Dropped*

Cameraman:

Keep going!

Hafu Go:

Are you crazy?

Cameraman:

Get back on there, dude!
Dinner’s done!

18 Hours in Training

Training 7: Run A Mile Carrying A Log

Master Yandi (Abbot and Headmaster at Shaolin Temple & Cultural Centre of Canada):

Okay, here! Morning practice is very important because the morning is the moment when our yang energy develops. We’re using this rugged forest trail to practice running.

Hafu Go:

I’m ready! Let’s go!

This run is really testing me. Everything hurts! My wrists, my shoulders, my arms. I had every reason to give up but I didn’t because I remember he told me “You become stronger only when you go beyond the pain!”.

Training 8: Do 50 Log Twists

Master Yandi (Abbot and Headmaster at Shaolin Temple & Cultural Centre of Canada):

We just finished running. We’re now going to do some strength training.
Okay, horse stance!
Turn and go!
Yeah. Rotate over here. Yes, go back here.
Feel good?

Hafu Go:

It’s tough! This one is definitely tough.

Master Yandi (Abbot and Headmaster at Shaolin Temple & Cultural Centre of Canada):

Kung Fu is not practiced in one or two days, we have to practice it over a long period of time. Kung Fu means time.

23 Hours in Training

Hafu Go:

My whole body is sore, dude! I feel like every single muscle is giving up on me right now. I just hope my body listens to me when I do the test.

Final Test

Master Yandi (Abbot and Headmaster at Shaolin Temple & Cultural Centre of Canada):

Today, we have your last assessment. It all depends on your next performance.

Hafu Go:

I won’t disappoint you.

I have trained so hard for the last 24 hours, so sore. I’ve come this far, I don’t want to be like my 6-year-old self again. I don’t want to give up. I want to go beyond.

Master Yandi (Abbot and Headmaster at Shaolin Temple & Cultural Centre of Canada):

Action!

The fact that you were able to complete this routine is already pretty impressive. Hope that in the future we can challenge the more difficult Shaolin Kung Fu, practice more martial arts, even weapons.

Hafu Go:

Did I pass?

Master Yandi (Abbot and Headmaster at Shaolin Temple & Cultural Centre of Canada):

You passed.

Next week, we will start our new training.

Hafu Go:

Thank you Master!

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