The extraordinary final test to become a Shaolin Master | Sacred Wonders – BBC


Kung Fu. The Shaolin Temple became world
famous as the home of Kung Fu after being discovered
by Hollywood 50 years ago. 400 monks live and study here. 100 of those are warrior monks. For these student monks, Kung Fu is not just a martial art. It’s a spiritual practice. In two days, Shu Yandian
will face a test to qualify as a full warrior monk. Mastering Kung Fu to the level
expected at the Shaolin Temple takes years of dedication. Yandian will have to prove himself
before a panel of senior monks in both Kung Fu
and Buddhist teachings. If he fails his test, it’ll be three
years before he can try again. Senior monk Yanseng
is Yandian’s mentor. It’s thought Kung Fu was developed
by the early Chinese monks as a way to stay fit enough
for hours of seated meditation. In the past, Shaolin
warrior monks used their skills to protect their monasteries
and villages. But today, its perfection
is a mark of faith. Each monk chooses a specialism. Yandian has been practising
with the monkey stick for 11 years. But there’s one move
he struggles with. Monkey going up the tree. One of the most difficult
in all Kung Fu. Yandian must place both feet
on the stick… ..let go with his hands, and catch the stick
before it hits the ground. Strength, balance, and total
concentration are essential. At his test in two days’ time, he will need to perform
this routine perfectly. But Yandian will not just be
assessed on his Kung Fu. He must also recite a passage
of Buddhist scripture… ..from memory. The examiners could choose any
passage from this book of mantras. So Yandian needs to learn
all 200 pages off by heart. It’s judgment day. The Shaolin Temple is one
of the country’s most important examination centres
for aspiring monks. Apprentices are arriving
from all over China, hoping that this will be
the year they qualify. First, Yandian’s Kung Fu assessment. The Abbott who’s head of the temple will be judging him,
along with three senior monks. Yanseng can only watch
from the sidelines. 11 years of gruelling training
have come to this moment. His examiners have
the very highest standards. Movement must be matched
by stillness. So far, so good. But next, the technique
Yandian fears the most – monkey going up the tree. Flawless. Yandian has excelled at his Kung Fu. But his success
will count for nothing if he now fails the scripture test. The selection panel
asks each trainee to recite from the book of mantras. The monks are trained
to show no emotion… ..even in the face of failure. It’s finally Yandian’s turn. If he succeeds, he will become a full monk. HE RECITES THE SCRIPTURE Fail, and it’s another
three year wait to try again. He’s made the grade. Yandian will now become
a full Shaolin warrior monk. He will spend the rest of his life
training, studying and meditating on his road
to enlightenment.

100 Replies to “The extraordinary final test to become a Shaolin Master | Sacred Wonders – BBC

  1. I suggest you watch Rantons video coving this one as he was a shaolin monk and trained with these monks for 3 years, he also covers what is false in this video.

  2. Holy shtttt this is so fake, no one ever trains like that at a shaolin temple lol wtf with those beat up floors? uhh they do it in a matted area for safety reasons. I've been to this temple and its nothing like this, its covered with tourist, obviously BBC had it locked off for this video. The monks do NOT have a meeting for this stuff either lol the head monk is insanely busy with other stuff and would never come down to see if someone should be a warrior monk or not because its typically judged by one person. 3:05 he messed up here and he is given some small words of advice? uh…no? You get your @ss beat for mistakes even small ones like that. This dude isn't speaking whats on his mind also, hes obviously speaking for the cameras sake its obvious. If you're going to show what shaolin monks lives are like, at least do it correctly because I've been here to this specific temple when i lived in china and this is NOT what you see.

    but these dudes have some real skills, i've met one of the guys you see in the line, they do some hardcore stuff.

  3. Watch Ranton's video, this thing is documentary is not in fact a documentary, it is almost all made up for the camera and has poor fact checking

  4. The guy in orange sounds a little lìke Link in zelda ocarina of time when he does the moves in the beginning of the video ^^

  5. It cost a fortune to build a temple.
    And another to maintain it,
    And another to maintain the students, and another to maintain the priest livelyhood, and yet another to support the government dues.

    So, inorder to protect it, one must prove himself capable of great wealth and loyal enough to contribute it all to the temple long enough to retire comfortably as a priest.

  6. BBC spreading propaganda and nonsense as usual. The reality is not nearly as poetic as they would have everyone believe. See the RANTON video for the truth.

  7. Dude just devoted 10 hard years studying and training to get to the point where he can now spend the rest of his life studying and training. Yikes.

  8. Alot of lies – great job for doing bad video – like all british – u lie about history, then lie about world. XD

  9. The intense level of production in this video makes it all look fake… It's very clear cameras are placed in spots then removed… I know there's a some truth and some storyline fake stuff… But the production really kills it all and makes it look totally unreal

  10. Just watched a real shaolin temple student critique this video…dont get me wrong, shaolin is badass…but bbc lied about a lot of stuff…not surprised, right?

  11. Hollywood found this 50years ago? Are you kidding me? Wkwkwk
    Hollywood were even afraid of bruce lee successful.
    Hong kong movie made shaolin kung fu raise to the top. Jackie chan made kung fu famous and jet li became the shaolin's face. How did you talk about Hollywood? LOL
    Hollywood didnt have any contribution to kung fu or shaolin success.

  12. "It like a finger pointing away to the moon. Don't concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory"

  13. I went to Thailand went to a monk temple I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw a senior monk using a iPhone… I like the fighting style or technique monkey stole the wine bottle… if you know Kung Fu you know what I'm talkin about

  14. Doesn't Buddhism teach to let go of your desires. Then one must no keep the desire to pass and become a monk. I am just curious.

  15. "Scripted" or not scripted he has really amazing skills, but again fake news uhm BBC?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHUewEWi9SE

  16. After watching RANTON's vid: Oh BBC … you were supposed to be legit … how I am going to justify now paying TV licence???

  17. imagine wanting to make a short documentary video, but have it scripted. BBC this the type of production you want to push out? script a documentary, why not do full research and go with the intent of giving a documentary of what its truly like.

  18. Are people coming from Ranton's video forgetting that he said it's one of the best documentaries on Shaolin that he's seen? It's a great EXAMPLE of many of the aspects of kung fu and Shaolin, even if a narrative needed to be created to make the whole thing more presentable.

  19. Hundred years ago, Shaolin monks had to pass test because they got to defend the temple when bad guys broke in.But now, it's peaceful.

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