SOUTHERN SHAOLIN TEMPLE HISTORY
With the Southern temple destroyed the monks that escaped became known as the 'Five Elders' to continue the traditions of the Southern temple, the elders, highly skilled in Kung Fu fled and dispersed throughout Southern China, going on to establish the lineages that gave rise to the Hung, Lau, Choi, Lee, Mok and Wing Chun styles and all those styles that derive from them. And so it is said, began the spread of martial arts across the world.
The orange robed, shaven headed monks of the Shaolin Temple have been synonymous with fighting prowess and spirit for millennia. The arts they developed have inspired hundreds of martial art systems around the world. The monks' exploits and the battles they have fought have earned near mythological status in China. Monk warrior have been used as central figures in many films and books. And now for the first time in the history of the Southern Shaolin Temple, 30 individuals per year can join us on this certified once in a lifetime experience and gain first hand insight into the history, knowledge, Kung Fu, friendship and warmth of life inside the actual Inner temple.
Much of Southern Shaolin Temple history is surrounded in myth and folk lore.
It is said During the Tang dynasty, warrior monks from Henan Shaolin were deployed from the Shaolin temple to combat piracy. With the pirates suppressed the monks remained in support of the local garrison and established the Southern Shaolin Monastery.
The Southern Shaolin is also reputed as the birthplace of Zen Buddhism and because of this the Southern Shaolin Temple had a reputation for being unorthodox, free thinking and eventually considered a revolutionary centre.
History suggests the Abbott refused to become a part of the emperors army or take orders from him. In an effort to crush the growing rebellion, the Qing army attacked and burned the Southern Shaolin Monastery during middle of the 19th century. Only the most skilled Shaolin Monks escaped the attack.