The transcript below is from the video “Why No One Can Beat a Shaolin Master” by DAILY JOYTIME.


Throughout history, there have been many formidable and powerful groups of fighters that have been tasked with sieging or protecting lands. Well, one favourite amongst many is the army of Shaolin monks, led by their masters. In today’s video we’ll show you why it would be a huge mistake to take on one of these powerful and deeply spiritual Shaolin masters.

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This Shaolin monastery is a temple in China, famous for the monks trained in the art of kung fu. Here they are taught impressive flexibility, strength and endurance. The Shaolin monks trained by their masters have established a worldwide reputation for being the ultimate Buddhist warriors and a force to be reckoned with. The history of Shaolin started 1500 years ago, when a stranger arrived in China from a land in the West. He brought with him a new interpretation of a religion, that is still extremely popular in China to this day. Buddhism is generally considered a peaceful religion that values principles of non-violence and self-sacrifice to avoid harming others. That being said, there was a special group that were trained to be fighters, when peace wasn’t an option. These Shaolin monks were loyal soldiers who were trained by those who had already mastered the art of kung fu. Together they stood up to tyrants and raiders, who wanted to violate their sacred temples and steal its riches. Shaolin monks are still in existence today, only they do not train for combat. Instead they seek for inner enlightenment and perform impressive feats of physical strength and acrobatics



So, could a Shaolin master who’s taken an oath of peace, kill and still be in good standing with their God? Well, most of these monks would show compassion and avoid killing, obeying their own teachings and the oaths they took, when they achieved the highest rank of Shaolin. With that being said, Shaolin masters have had to break these rules in the past to defend themselves in the temple. For example, when the Shaolin monks were confronted by the Ming Cult, they were commanded to send the demon cult members to heaven by the masters of the temple.



Buddhist monks would train at the Shaolin Temple, following a form of the religion known as ‘Chan Buddhism’. The core philosophy of this religion, was to perform hard labour to achieve enlightenment, working their bodies to exhaustion, which would unlock the mind’s full capability. Hui Neng, a legendary figure in the early history of Chan Buddhism, wrote that he would pound wheat into grain over the course of weeks, allowing him to reach a superior level of knowingness. With this philosophy and the need to protect the temple and its treasures, their strength evolved in such a way that built an efficient defense. They didn’t need to attack others or siege lands. As it was not what they’re seeking to achieve in life. Before obtaining the rank of Master, Shaolin monks would train seven days a week from half past nine in the morning to six in the afternoon. Only stopping to eat. This means that they were far better disciplined and more universally trained than most armies in the entire world. Shaolin monks would eat a plain vegetarian diet, which would reduce protein that made them leaner and quicker. Usually they would feed upon fruit, vegetables, white rice, noodles and steamed buns. Though the attributes of speed and endurance were enhanced in the monks, they would not necessarily focus on brute strength to win their battles.



If the Shaolin monks were challenged at their temple, the masters would not hesitate to stick to their oath of protection and fight with everything they had to protect their students, the sacred land and the artifacts they possessed. This means they would never retreat, no matter the level of danger they faced. Though Shaolin masters trained their students with steel weapons, the majority of them concentrated on unarmed combat and staff fighting. That being said, most monks would often train amongst themselves with sharp weapons, so that they had other options if they had no choice. Shaolin masters may not use blades to do their fighting, but there are plenty of warriors who have excelled with them. Whether it be the Vikings or the Romans, who do you think were the best at weapon combat? We’d love to know your opinion in the comment section below.



Shaolin Masters and their students would never meet on a battlefield to engage in combat, only choosing to accept the challenge on the steps of the temple they were protecting. This would often mean that they were backed into a fight they couldn’t afford to lose. This is where the ancient teachings passed down from master to monk would come into play, forcing them into a battle of survival, honour and the preservation of their rich culture. So, what exactly would the Shaolin masters have in terms of defence? Well, all Buddhist monks train their minds to ignore the pain inflicted upon them, even those suffering grave and life-threatening injuries. This would mean that if an attacker gravely injured a monk, they would not allow the pain to incapacitate them. Although this would not necessarily save their life, it could keep them fighting long enough to pay the favour back. Training exercises like taking impacts on the throat, as well as lying down or doing the splits on spikes, is still practiced today and conditioned Shaolin monks to ignore pain. No matter how bad it may be.



So, we’ve taken a look at some of the reasons why a Shaolin master would be very difficult to defeat, but there are some more unusual skills that they develop to help condition their body and mind in the eventuality of a fight.

Water Walking
One master known as Shi Liliang, managed to walk on water by using two very thick plywood paddles to glide across its surface.

Maintaining Body Temperature
Some masters have learned how to control and maintain their body temperature, no matter how cold their environment is. In 1980, a group of researchers studied a group of Tibetan monks and learned that they have the unusual gift of being able to raise their body temperature by up to 17 degrees.

Throwing a Needle Through Glass
By focusing their chi and using swift hand movements, Shaolin monks can throw a needle through a pane of glass without it bouncing off or shattering.

A Crotch of Steel
Everyone knows that a strike to the crotch hurts, a lot. Because of this, Shaolin monks set out to eliminate this weakness by desensitizing the area by inciting pain on each other. It’s said that after they learn to cope with strikes and kicks, they move on to more painful methods, such as needles and rolling pins.

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