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Shaolin Temple is the most famous temple in China, not only because of its long history and its role in Chinese Buddhism, but also because of its martial arts. It is believed that all martial arts (gongfu) are from Shaolin. The Temple was established by an an Indian monk for spreading Buddhism in 495 during the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534).

As the Shaolin Temple was located in a strategic area the Shaolin monks had to protect the temple themselves from wars or any invading. Since then Shaolin was allowed to have solider-monks and housed over 1,000 solder-monks at its peak.

Now a days when you visit the Shaolin Temple in beautiful Songshan Mountains, southwest of Zhengzhou, you can still see these Shaolin Monks train themselves with all that knowledge received from their ancestors. I was able to capture these young Shaolin Monks during a training session and I was really amazed by the skills they possessed.

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