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Shaolin Temple’s “Foreign Disciples” Make Pilgrimage

US Shaolin Fist Union students paying their respects to Abbot Shi Yongxin on a pilgrimage to the Shaolin Temple in China.

US Shaolin Fist Union students paying their respects to Abbot Shi Yongxin on a pilgrimage to the Shaolin Temple in China.

From ifeng & NetEase:

Shaolin Temple’s “foreign disciples” make a pilgrimage

July 3rd, Shaolin Temple Abbot Master Shi Yongxin issues a wushu [martial arts] certificate to the United States Shaolin Fist Union’s students. That day, the US Shaolin Fist Union’s 138 students came to Henan’s Songshan Shaolin Temple on a pilgrimage, and put on a performance together with the Shaolin warrior monks for Chinese and foreign tourists.

A US Shaolin Fist Union student pays his respects to Abbot Shi Yongxin during a pilgrimage to the Shaolin Temple in China.

US Shaolin Fist Union student pays his respects to the Shaolin master.

Shaolin Temple Abbot Shi Yongxin presents a gift to the US Shaolin Fist Union.

Shaolin Temple Abbot Master Shi Yongxin representing the Shaolin Temple presents a Bodhidharma statue as a gift to the US Shaolin Fist Union.

US Shaolin Fist students kowtow to Abbot Shi Yongxin of the Shaolin Temple during their visit.

US Shaolin Fist Union students kowtow.

US Shaolin Fist Union students perform kung fu martial arts.

US Shaolin Fist Union students perform for tourists.

Warrior monks of the Shaolin Temple put on a performance for tourists.

Shaolin Temple disciples perform Shaolin kung fu for Chinese and foreign tourists.

Comments from NetEase:

我要移民加拿大:

[Shi] Yongxin this guy, with his fat head, is no good.

圣o仙芙a:

Are there any really intelligent foreign female disciples! Abbot [Shi Yongxin] wants to share Buddhist teachings with her!!!

[To understand many of these comments, see: Shaolin Temple Abbot Shi Yongxin Caught Visiting Prostitutes]

网易黑龙江省哈尔滨市网友:

The Shaolin Temple is no longer that Shaolin Temple, [you are thinking of], but your boss is still your boss.

不会大师:

Blessing women who have gone astray [morally, such as prostitutes]~~ is our glorious mission~~

涛涛轰:

Once again I’m reminded of the Shaolin #1 Kung Fu/Warrior Monk Yi Long 2 round KO by American police video…hehe. [See video below.]

网易浙江省温州市网友:

The vast majority of Americans should be Christians, right? How can they enter temples/monasteries and engage in Buddhist ceremonies while the Christians here draw such clear boundaries, where even Chevrolets are boycotted because they have the character Buddha in its Chinese name?

无奈007:

They don’t need to go to work??? Don’t need to make money?? [Instead, they] come to learn martial arts?? Must be foreign spies…China’s quintessence has all been stolen…

饼家老大:

Eating only vegetables shouldn’t result in becoming fat like this, right? [Referring to head Abbot Shi Yongxin and that Shaolin monks supposedly are vegetarians.]

7728478408:

1. What they are teaching is not real kung fu: Does Shaolin have real kung fu?
2. What they are teaching is real kung fu: Fuck, Shi Yongxin fucking just like that you hand over the essence of our country to foreigners, how are your ancestors supposed to endure [such a betrayal/shame]]???

zhopen:

Having cheated/deceived both the Chinese and laowai.

网易河北省手机网友:

Everyone is spouting idle words. Instead, go human flesh search that American guy, he may just be an “extra” [someone who plays a minor unimportant role]…

8347060952:

The look on the very left monk in the first photo, and in the last photo of the martial arts [wushu] performance, all of their punching forms are different, sigh… Shaolin, Shaolin, the dream of how many people…is now just a pile of shit.

3397194222:

Those who have seen the martial arts [wushu] programs on television already know that Chinese wushu in actual combat is just a flurry of pushing and shoving. Recommend that Chinese wushu be categorized as a dance.

wjg14190:

Abbot Shi, how much do your pockets bulge now? Go IPO on the American stock market, China has faith that you are invincible [will not fail].

沉睡的小飞:

Recently the CEO [Monk, Shi Yongxin] has been quite low-key eh~ haven’t been anything with society’s lost women [women who have gone astray, taken a false step in life]?

“Shaolin #1 Warrior Monk” Yi Long vs. American Adrien Grotte

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This video is from the end of last year. The fighting begins after the first 6 minutes. Some more information can be found in this People’s Daily article.

A copy on YouTube:

Can’t see the above video?

What do you think of the Shaolin Temple? Of Shaolin kung fu? Of the Shaolin Temple’s current direction?

Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

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