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

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.

Comments (100)

  1. I have had the utmost respect and admiration for these monks ever since I first learned of them.

  2. UFC is the best place to check your KUNG-FU skill !! Will you try ??

  3. I am so fascinated by this place, it is so incredibly beautiful. It is a cornerstone of martial arts, but for some reason invokes a deep feeling of eternal peace in me. Very good energy is coming from that place.

  4. "BBC – Best Brainwash Channel or Bigest Bulshit Channel whatever you prefer."

    Ranton's Viewer

  5. Sometimes I wish I was trained by the Chinese. I'm highly admired by Asian culture

  6. The most unrealistic fighting art ever, ART.

    Kungfu is for kids.

    Karate is more useful and looks cooler!

  7. Amazing accomplishments. These monks are remarkable humans.

  8. A long ago, BBC filmed the shaolin monks in harmony
    Everything changed when Ranton attacked

  9. Trained in Shaolin and broke my BBC !!!!

  10. anyone know where i can get a staff like the ones they use?

  11. wudang wushu is better

  12. Ngomong apa itu cuk gk ngerti aku

  13. sorry but anything that takes 100 years to learn I don't know how effective it could be for self defense

  14. So what if I pop my titties out lol he gone fall off that stick

  15. This is actually just a production. There is a video on here of a monk watching this footage – he trained there. He was reacting and pausing it like every 5 seconds to point out how inaccurate it was and how much of a stage act this is. Too lazy to find the link atm. Link:

  16. imagine after a wild night with lots of drinking u and ur buddies raid this place.

  17. I want to be bald right now

  18. Do, or do not. There is no try.

  19. OG บ่หนิ

  20. Eleven years of training… then his new life starts.

  21. That shalion
    temple is a interesting place

  22. 6:29 "Bozkurt yapan eller var olsun" 👏👏👏

  23. Can I be licensed as a Master by simply passing the test? Could I just skip all that bullshit training??

  24. I came here straight from a sheep ramming nuts

  25. Fake Shaolin Temple
    China killed all the Shaolin monks during the Cultural Revolution.

  26. I clicked to see Mixed Martial Arts not The Last Airbender.
    I've seen better tricks on skateboards.

  27. The inside look:

  28. Shaolin kung fu… This reminds me of old movies I used to watch, but this isn't fiction… this is real Shaolin.

  29. bodi-dharma taught the monks martials arts, he was a devout indian buddhist monk and a legendary figure

  30. I'd double leg the clown n play type writer on his head lol

  31. why is that examiner so fat?

  32. Not true – the final test is to cum 3 times from the same erection. I failed at one and a half…..

  33. So profound. 🕊🙏🕊



  36. there were fat examinator, do you think he could do monkey climbing to a tree or any of these movements sets what that Shu Yandian made in from of him?

  37. We have this in my high school, but we call it pole vaulting!

  38. LMAO watch ranton video the one senior monked was trying to hold in anger.

  39. why is it women can't learn this ?
    Why is it those Buddhists are killing unarmed Muslims in Burma ?

  40. Ten years to memorize 200 pages isn't that bad. Hell judging by my icon i can recite sonic adventure 1 and 2 along with heroes and resident evil 4 word by word.

  41. 7:25 他有唸完心經????? 這樣就過了 WTF? 7:35 過了,真的笑死

  42. Say what you will, this is at the very least, inspirational

  43. Muay thai , kick boxing, MMA are shit

  44. The best kung fu I have ever seen is the one he was showing during his exam.

  45. Shoalin monk:*Breaths at the wrong place*
    Ranton: we don't do that here

  46. This gives me Doctor Strange vibes.

  47. To memorize the writings on 200 pages is quite a daunting task, but then again that kind of challenge is what helps to keep the brain active & prevents dementia, I live for academic challenges like that!

  48. Thats great but can he do kamehameha?

  49. I am happy for that kid.

  50. I get the feeling alot of the Ranton fans here are COMPLETELY misinterpreting his words when he was explaining this video on his channel….the internet thrives on drama though.

  51. I should have been a monk.

  52. 1. Study 🔓
    2. Bodybuilding 🔓
    3. Kung Fu 🔒

  53. Lol, his teacher is white Morpheus.

  54. Lol king fu doesn’t work lol try boxing kickboxing Or mma

  55. Now i understand how scary it was to fight these guys
    My dude was punching fast hard and making so many movements that even with a gun he would put up a great fight

  56. Myanmar had become a stronghold of Buddhist aggression and such acts are spurred by hardline nationalistic monks.The oldest militant organisation active in the region is Democratic Karen Buddhist Army(DKBA), headed by a Buddhist monk U Thuzana, since 1992 In the recent years the monks, and the terrorist acts, are associated with the nationalist 969 Movement particularly in Myanmar and neighboring nations.The violence reached prominence in June 2012 when more than 200 people were killed and around 100,000 were displaced.


  57. Well I'm glad they did this just so that I could discover Ranton's channel

  58. Don’t show emotion though after all your hard work and passing you’ll be kicked out

  59. Amazing art indeed

  60. IAM very interested and want learn the respective kungfu in Shaolin temple

  61. The voice of the BBC sounds like vomit.

  62. Good job, now how much does a monk get payed xD

  63. when i'm going to prepare a cake with my mother:

  64. anyone else get suggested "BBC is so hot right now" and thought about something else

  65. A bunch of communist controled monks.

  66. Just one thing ,whats ur monthly check?

  67. This is not real. Explain how Liu Kang and Kung Lao are not master's if they're shaolin

  68. Proud of this fella.

  69. Don't ever give up , you can do it

  70. I think I saw this Monk fought a Tai Kwon Do master in another youtube video.

  71. A reality show in Shaolin temple. So full of shit. The abbot with the strict look on his face. You’ve only gotta give him some money and that face would turn to a big smile

  72. 6:34 me before final exam
    6:44 me during final exam

  73. Prove him self about his Buddhist teaching? Getting fit for meditation? Yeah okay most warrior monks do it for the martial art aspect of it

  74. China is in another world i tell ya

  75. Bbc is wrong again. 2:05 shaolin was founded by an Indian monk. Look it up

  76. I love KUNGFU and KARATA


  78. This sounds like a David adembra vidéo on monks

  79. is it me or he looks like rich brian

  80. Ranton has entered the chat
    BBC left 😀

  81. My heart broke for that one guy who blew the reciting. Back to the drawing board for him. It'll just make him a better monk when he finally makes it.

  82. 背心经就过呀。。。我还以为背个愣严啥的。。。:)

  83. Meanwhile American children are currently screaming at their computer on Fortnite.

  84. kong boluo boluomi 空密宗

    om mari peme hung
    no superstition !! 😎

  85. Their dedication and focus is remarkable, really enjoyed this video.


  87. I will still beat this guy if we fight 😂😂😂😂😂😂

  88. Chinese got the longest memories I knew it

  89. kung fu didn't start in china it had started in India by a prince

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