You Can't Beat Shaolin Monks | Why Are Monks Super Humans?

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Have you ever wondered why Shaolin monks spend so much time training for months and years on end? Why do they spend so much time in solitude in temples and in the mountains and forests? Well, you've come to the right place to find out.

Shaolin Monk's Incredible Powers

Shaolin Monks

Shaolin monks spend their entire lives training and improving to be able to hone in and master almost superhuman abilities. We are going to go through the brutal training they go through and what crazy abilities they gain along the way.

Shaolin monks can perform incredible feats of mental and physical prowess that appear impossible. They bang their heads against each other to harden their skulls and punch trees with their fingers to develop immense strength, which enables them to do a handstand on just two fingers.

They run up and down stone stairways on all fours without getting tired and they seem to do this with absolute ease. So how do they do it?

Iron Hard Finger

Two fingers stand

To be able to do a handstand on just two fingers, monks spend years practicing and strengthening their fingers. The reason behind the Shaolin monk's incredible finger strength is their intense training.

They train for years to make their fingers as hard as iron. They start by finger-punching bowls filled with dirt and gradually move on to the level where they punch thick trees and actually make holes in them that are as deep as 5 inches. Imagine being so strong that you can make holes in trees.

Shaolin Monks finger training

Bo Ding Gong

Bo ding gong is another practice in which monks drive a nail into a tree, or a piece of wood, and attempt to pull it out using a thumb and two fingers. Over time, this gives them immense strength in their fingers.

If you thought strong fingers were cool just, imagine being able to walk on water or being able to change your body temperature on command.

Walking on Water

Shaolin Monks walking on water

Some monks have been known to walk and run on water. They achieve this incredible feat by practicing the skill of light body. This intense training regime starts off by making young monks walk along the rim of a water-filled bowl while wearing a backpack.

As they progress, the water is removed and more weight is added. This practice enables them to walk on water, hang from thin branches without breaking them, or even walk on grass without crumbling it.

Control of Body Temperature

Shaolin monk meditation

Shaolin monks have also been known to maintain and control their body temperatures. A yoga technique known as Tummo allows them to do so by entering a state of deep meditation.

Monks have been known to stay warm in chilling temperatures in the Himalayas. On the other hand, Tummo meditators are monks who have been known to dry wet bed sheets by wrapping them around their bodies at increasing temperatures. Truly fascinating.

Mind-Muscle Coordination

Shaolin Monk needle through glass

You must have seen the famous video of a monk bursting a balloon on the other side of the glass by throwing a needle through it. The key to this exercise is striking the glass directly with the needle's point at a quick speed and as close to a 90-degree angle as possible.

This is not easy and requires extreme concentration, as well as mind-muscle coordination. Yet the monks make it look so easy! They throw needles through glass so precisely that only a hole big enough for the needle to pass is created, without shattering the glass.

Qualities of Shaolin Monks

Shaolin Superpowers

Along with all these crazy capabilities Shaolin monks also have superhuman strength, amazing flexibility, and an extremely high threshold for pain.

Even at a young age students are seen to wrap their entire bodies around tree trunks and stay that way for hours on end, which is extremely difficult and unusual. You would not be able to mentally conceive the notion that a human body can bend that way and, yet they do it for hours at a stretch.

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Monks spend their entire lives undergoing mental Chan and physical Quan training. They learn how to control an energy force known as Chi through meditation. It takes discipline and awareness to embody this concept. Through this, they are able to phase out pain entirely.

A Shaolin Monk's must: Meditation

Shaolin monk in  Meditation

Monks are the masters of meditation and they achieve such levels that they can even stop feeling pain. Monks have been seen walking on coal and fire, casually sitting in boiling water, and spending weeks in extremely cold temperatures.

They are not just strong from the inside, monks also spend years hardening their exteriors.

incredible superpower

Some monks develop such strength that hard and sharp objects like spears cannot pass through their skin. A monk even had a drill machine used on his body and it did not cause any damage, much less go through.

Shaolin monks trained to make their private parts resistant to impact from kicks or knee butts.

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Billy Thompson
Mind over matter folks! Shaolin monks are quite the enigma but they′re not aliens. I wish I had such discipline and flexibility, the only thing flexible about me is my snack budget!

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Oliver Knightley
Wow, seems like these monks have been slurping down their superhuman spinach! Now I'm ready to trade my morning coffee for a bit of Shaolin training!#Monklife 😅

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Sally Hopkins
Wow, those Shaolin guys really are in a league of their own! I tried one of those kicks... ended up pulling a muscle. Perhaps it's a monk thing! 😂

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Maxwell Goodwin
This write-up cracked me up, whilst giving the Shaolin Monks all the respect they so worthily command. So can we all agree to sign a pact - never to challenge a Shaolin Monk?

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Tommy Chuckles
Love this blog about super Shaolin Monks! They've mastered the art of mind over mattr, it's unbelieveble. They deserve the cape, no need for superman!

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