The Shaolin Monastery was founded at the foot of Mount Song in Henan Province, China in 477 CE.
Although Buddhist tenets emphasize peace and non-harming, the monks of Shaolin found themselves called upon to defend themselves and their neighbors many times during China's tumultuous history. As a result, they developed a world-renowned form of martial arts technique, known as Shaolin kung fu.
|Shaolin Monk Demonstrates Kung Fu Kick||Tourists Visit the Shaolin Temple||A Meal at Shaolin||A Shaolin Monk Demonstrates Kung Fu Technique|
|Shaolin Monk Defies Gravity||Shaolin Monk Shows Off Flexibility||With Flair, Shaolin Monk Demonstrates Kung Fu Stance||Shaolin Monk with Twin Hook Sword or Shang Guo|
|Shaolin Monk Leaps with Sword||Two Shaolin Monks Sparring||Shaolin Monk with Polearm Weapon or Guan Dao||On the Watch | Shaolin Monk Balances on Staff|