What is Shaolin monk training?


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Shaolin monk training refers to the art of learning Shaolin kung fu by training body and mind. Shaolin monks believe that only the mind produces physical strength and that the mind does not have a limit while training. Shaolin monks are separated into three categories: the abbot, Shaolin monks and Shaolin lay monks.

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In Shaolin kung fu, there are three realms of practice, namely the realm of the student's appearance and form, the realm of integrating the fist and mind and realm of letting the heart guide the student. Training in the Shaolin style helps to understand the full reaches of Buddhist teachings. One can study Shaolin at several locations, including the U.S. Shaolin Temple in New York and Siping City Martial Arts Academy in China.

To become a Shaolin Temple monk, one must develop his personality by training his skills and knowledge in martial arts, history and philosophy. As of 2014, U.S. Shaolin Temple visitors can observe a class or take part in a "Level 1 Class" by donating $40. The first-year students at the Siping City Martial Arts Academy will learn techniques that include the basic footwork way and practical boxing skill, the basic gong, palm chuang and tong bi and the small Ruo Han chuan form, and tuition includes a one-time fee for the first year of $4,900.

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