Shaolin monks can do some pretty amazing things that seem to defy physics. For instance, would you believe that a person could lift up and balance themselves with just two fingers (one on each hand). Well, this proves it is possible and is definitely one of the most impressive feats a human being can accomplish.
Origin of the Shaolin Monks
To find out how these monks can achieve such amazing mind-over-matter feats, it helps to look at their history. It all started in 464 A.D., when the first Shaolin abbot, Batuo, came over from India (to China) to spread his Buddhist teachings. 31 years later, the Shaolin Monastery was built. This area became the birthplace of Chan Buddhism, which is a type of Buddhism that is big on meditation. Not only that, but the area was also the birthplace of Kung Fu. So what you have with the Shaolin monks is a combination of deep religious meditation combined with martial arts, which I think is a pretty cool combination. But in fact, it’s interesting to note that virtually all forms of Chinese martial arts were influenced by the various religions of each area.
By 581 A.D., the Shaolin monks had their own unique form of Kung Fu and created what’s known as the 18 Methods of Luohan, which consists of basic movements and postures. The monks, of course, practiced (and still practice) these methods for several hours each day. The teachings have been built upon over the years but the basics have remained the same. Throughout the years, the monastery has been a part of several wars and has been torn down and rebuilt many times as a result, but it is still there today and the teachings of Chan Buddhism and Kung Fu are alive and well.
How Do They Do It?
It may seem like magic, but the feats that Shaolin monks are able to accomplish including the one shown here take hours and hours of training and meditation. Stretching is a key part of Shaolin training, and the monks stretch all the areas of their body including their fingers. Obviously, there’s no way to pull something off like this if the tendons and muscles in your fingers, hands, and the rest of your body for that matter, aren’t extremely strong. Along with stretching, balance and stamina are two other pillars of Shaolin Kung Fu training.
Combine this training with meditation and you can see the results for yourself. Now, you might think this meditation consists of the monks just sitting with their legs crossed and relaxing, but there’s a lot more to it than that, as it includes several different postures and poses. In fact, the kind of meditation they do improves physical as well as mental power. And of course, there is a lot of combat training that goes along with everything else. All and all, a typical day for a Shaolin monk consists of 6 hours of Kung Fu practice and 6 hours of studying Zen Buddhism.
So you can see that these guys really aren’t messing around. They are extremely well-trained martial artists with incredible stamina, power, and speed, which is why this guys fingers don’t just snap like a normal person’s would trying to support about his body weight. I think the best part here is that you think it would be impossible for someone to even lift themselves up and balance themselves with 4 fingers, let alone 2.