Shaolin Buddhist kung fu

Bodhidharma, a famous Buddhist monk brought Chan Buddhism to China, and according to Chinese legend, he also began the physical training of the monks of Shaolin Monastery that led to the creation of Shaolin kung fu.


Shaolin Kung Fu also called Shaolin Wushu is one of the oldest, largest, and most famous styles of wushu or kung fu and combines Buddhist philosophy and martial arts.


Watch and listen to the video about one monk's final examination to become a Shaolin warrior monk.

Listen to the video again and choose the correct options below (I have underlined keywords)

(a) How many Shaolin warrior monks are there living in the monastery?

  1. 50

  2. 100

  3. 400

(b) What will Shu Yang Jian be tested on?

  1. Kung Fu

  2. Buddhist teachings

  3. Kung Fu and Buddhist teachings

(c) In the past, what did Shaolin warrior monks use their skills for?

  1. to protect their monasteries and villages

  2. to protect the king

  3. to fight against invaders

(d) What is Shu Yang Jian's specialism?

  1. The monkey tree

  2. The monkey stick

  3. The monkey tail

(e) How many pages of the book of Mantras must Shu Yang Jian learn by heart?

  1. 20

  2. 200

  3. 1200

(f) Who will join the Abbot in the judging of Shu Yang Jian?

  1. his mentor

  2. three senior monks

  3. his trainer

(g) How long will Shu Yang Jain need to wait to be tested again, if he fails?

  1. one year

  2. three years

  3. five years

When you are ready, please enter your answers in the sheet below:


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