The transcript below is from the video “This Why No One Can Beat Kung Fu Monk” by ND Trends.

Ty Smith / Voice Actor (ND Trends ~ Anything from Traditional Japanese Martial Arts to Boxing): 

Why are Shaolin monks so strong? And are they superhuman? Have you ever wondered why monks spend so much time training for months and years on end? Why they spend so much time in solitude, in temples and in the mountains and forests? Well, you’ve come to the right place to find out. Shaolin monks spend their entire lives training and improving to be able to hone in and master almost superhuman abilities. We are going to go through the brutal training they go through and what crazy abilities they gain along the way.

Ty Smith / Voice Actor (ND Trends ~ Anything from Traditional Japanese Martial Arts to Boxing):

Shaolin monks can perform incredible feats of mental and physical prowess that appear impossible. They bang their heads against each other to harden their skulls. And punch trees with their fingers to develop immense strength, which enables them to do a handstand on just two fingers. They run up and down stone stairways, on all fours, without getting tired and they seem to do this with absolute ease. So, how do they do it?

To be able to do a handstand on just two fingers, monks spend years practising and strengthening their fingers. 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. They start by finger punching bowls filled with dirt and gradually move on to the level where they punch thick trees and actually make holes in them that are as deep as five inches. Imagine being so strong that you can make holes and trees.

Ty Smith / Voice Actor (ND Trends ~ Anything from Traditional Japanese Martial Arts to Boxing):

Bo Ding Gong is another practice in which monks drive a nail into a tree or a piece of wood and attempt to pull it out using a thumb and two fingers. Over time this gives them immense strength in their fingers. If you thought strong fingers were cool just imagine being able to walk on water or being able to change your body temperature on command.

Some monks have been known to walk and run on water. They achieve this incredible feat by practicing the skill of light body. This intense training regime starts off by making young monks walk along the rim of a water filled bowl while wearing a backpack. As they progress, the water is removed, and more weight is added. This practice enables them to walk on water, hang from thin branches without breaking them or even walking on grass without crumbling it.

Ty Smith / Voice Actor (ND Trends ~ Anything from Traditional Japanese Martial Arts to Boxing):

Shaolin monks have also been known to maintain and control their body temperatures. A yoga technique known as Tum-mo allows them to do so by entering a state of deep meditation. Monks have been known to stay warm in chilling temperatures in the Himalayas. On the other hand, g Tum-mo meditators are monks who have been known to dry wet bed sheets by wrapping them around their bodies and increasing temperatures. Truly fascinating.

You must have seen the famous video of a monk bursting a balloon on the other side of a glass by throwing a needle through it. The key to this exercise is striking the glass directly with the needles point at a quick speed and as close to a 90-degree angle as possible. This is not easy and requires extreme concentration, as well as mind muscle coordination. Yet, the monks make it look so easy. They throw needles through glass so precisely that only a hole big enough for the needle to pass is created without shattering the glass.

Ty Smith / Voice Actor (ND Trends ~ Anything from Traditional Japanese Martial Arts to Boxing):

Along with all these crazy capabilities, Shaolin monks also have superhuman strength, amazing flexibility and an extremely high threshold for pain. Even at a young age students are seemed to wrap their entire bodies around tree trunks and stay that way for hours on end, which is extremely difficult and unusual. You would not be able to mentally conceive the notion that a human body can bend that way and yet they do it for hours at a stretch.

Monks spend their entire lives undergoing mental Chan and physical Quan training. They learn how to control an energy force known as Chi, through meditation. It takes discipline and awareness to embody this concept. Through this, they are able to phase out pain entirely. Monks are the Masters of meditation and they achieve such levels that they can even stop feeling pain. Monks have been seen walking on coal and fire, casually sitting in boiling water and spending weeks in extremely cold temperatures.

Ty Smith / Voice Actor (ND Trends ~ Anything from Traditional Japanese Martial Arts to Boxing):

They are not just strong from the inside. Monks also spend years hardening their exteriors. Some monks develop such strength that hard sharp objects like Spears cannot pass through their skin. A monk even had a drill machine used on his body and it did not cause any damage, much less, go through.

Shaolin monks trained to make their private parts resistant to impact from kicks or knee bots. For this they drag weights from their private parts and even go through punches and flicks to learn the skill of the golden cicada or the iron crotch. The purpose behind this is to strengthen all the weak points of the body. To give them the ability to resist all sorts of blows and strikes. Still not convinced that these Shaolin monks possess abilities that are beyond normal.

Ty Smith / Voice Actor (ND Trends ~ Anything from Traditional Japanese Martial Arts to Boxing):

Some very experienced monks have the ability to create suction in their abdomen areas. The suction is so intense that they attach a bowl or other items to their abdomens, through just suction. Yet nobody can pull it off from their abdomen. Sometimes even five or more monks try together and fail. To master this skill, they practice for years and develop themselves mentally to be able to withstand the extreme pressures required to master such skills. Some monks can lift pieces of furniture such as tables with just their teeth. Some have such amazing balance that they don’t even let items on top fall down. Other monks have been known to smash boulders stacked on top of each other by only giving a single blow to the one on top, with their palms alone.

What are your thoughts about the Shaolin monks being superhuman? Which of these skills blew you away the most?”

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