UK: SHAOLIN FIGHTING MONKS MAKE FIRST APPEARANCE OUTSIDE CHINA DEMONSTRATING SUPERIOR MARTIAL ARTS SKILLS.
- Title: UK: SHAOLIN FIGHTING MONKS MAKE FIRST APPEARANCE OUTSIDE CHINA DEMONSTRATING SUPERIOR MARTIAL ARTS SKILLS.
- Date: 1st May 1995
- Summary: LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM (MAY 1, 1995) 1. SV SHAOLIN MONK BREAKING WOODEN POLES ON LIMBS AND BODY OF FELLOW MONK/AUDIENCE APPLAUDS (4 SHOTS) 0.15 2. SLV/SV SHAOLIN MONK BREAKING METAL BAR USING HIS HEAD (2 SHOTS) 0.23 3. MCU/SV SMALLL BED OF NAILS/SHAOLIN MONK LYING ON SWORDS, HAVING BED OF NAILS PLACED ON HIS CHEST/ SECOND MONK LYING ON TOP OF HIM, AND IN TURN SUPPORTS CONCRETE SLAB ON CHEST/ CONCRETE SLAB IS THEN SMASHED BY THIRD SHAOLIN MONK (7 SHOTS) 1.09 4. SV/VARIOUS OF SHAOLIN MONK PUSHING SMALL SALOON CAR, USING A SPEAR WITH ITS TIP AT HIS NECK (4 SHOTS) 1.51 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
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- Story Text: The fighting monks of Shaolin made their first appearance outside China, in London on Monday (May 1) demonstrating their superior martial arts skills.
Standing on two fingers, destroying thick granite slabs by hand or breaking metal bars on the head are all part of a day's work if you happen to be a Shaolin monk.
Shaolin monks, from the temple of the same name in China, are the supreme exponents of Kungfu, the origin of all branches of martial arts. And for the first time in their 1500 year history, a troupe of the monks have left China's Henan province, for a tour of western Europe, starting in Britain.
Complete harmony, achieved through rigorous self-control and discipline of both mind and body, allows the Shaolin monks to perform feats of physical improbability.
The art of Kungfu is practised in many Western countries as a form of physical exercise and spritual meditation. Kungfu, the Chinese Wushu, was developed in the Shaolin temple soon after it was created in 495 A.D. by an Indian monk called Ba Tuo.
The Shaolin monks soon became recognised as fierce warriors, combining the quiet meditation of Zen with the physical prowess of Kungfu.
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