The Warrior Monk Who Brought Kung Fu to America


(oriental instrumental music) – [Voiceover] The Shaolin monks of China are an ancient order
surrounded in mystery. They spend their lives learning kung fu and Buddhist philosophy. – [Voiceover] After defecting
from communist China, one Shaolin monk found
himself living in New York, training some unique clients
ranging from movie stars to hip hop artists. – [Voiceover] As Shi Yan
Ming’s popularity grew, his teachings began
attracting the attention of one of New York’s most
famous hip hop artists. – Just a train. – [Voiceover] The shifu has spent years training with RZA from Wu-Tang Clan, even going so far as to
appear in the music video for Shaolin Temple. (inaudible speaking) – [Voiceover] But Shi Yan
Ming strongly believes that the benefits of Shaolin can be adapted for any individual. (peaceful instrumental music)

66 thoughts on “The Warrior Monk Who Brought Kung Fu to America

  1. I wish… the narrator would at least try to pronounce the name in a Chinese way, instead of just reading it in English. The name is not in English…
    His name is not "she," as if you're referring to a female in third person… My Chinese is awful but at least I try, lol.

  2. love those shaolin monks movies back in 90s…they used their bare hand to fight the British army with guns before

  3. He was not the first. Grandmaster Pan Qing Fu for instance has been here longer and he is not the first either. I learned one of the oldest Shaolin Temple forms from Pan Qing Fu for instance.

  4. When I start my day practicing my "moves" how much more free my body and mind is for the rest of the day!

  5. I coudn't be the only one who knew that RZA was one of his students before the narrator said he taught hip hop artist

  6. The most wonderful goal I've heard in a long time. This man is an inspiration. The people that disliked should be ashamed of themselves and their failed lives.

  7. i'm so glad he did this shifu, abbot is such a kind person and that is shaolin who teach peace.P.S> Abbot Min thank you for all your kind words.

  8. I had a seminar with Shi Yan Ming enjoyed it he's a good teacher, but not the first to bring Shaolin Kung Fu to america, considering Shaolin or styles that trace there origin to Shaolin are some of the more popular styles in China and Chinese have been coming to this country since at least 1849 in my opinion it's unrealistic to think that none of them knew any Shaolin Kung Fu, there also have been many Americans who have studied Kung Fu including Shaolin in places like Hong Kong and Taiwan and than came back to America, myself I started studying Kung Fu in 1989 (in America) from teachers that had learned it in the 1960s and 1970s and this included some Shaolin forms and other styles that claim to have originated in Shaolin,

  9. My martial arts teacher was a Shaolin monk for quite some time. He's younger than Ming here in the video, but he's trained for about a decade in the Shaolin Temple since age 10. He's no joke, that's for sure. I've spent several years learning under him, and though it's not a "practical" art per se, man the physical capability that you develop doing jumps, kicks, stretches, some acrobatics, and handling weapons really make you feel more comfortable in your body.

    A little gripe I have though is that unlike Shifu Ming, my teacher, who's named Shifu Xing Xue, is rather lax. There are times when I feel I'm not actually pulling off my forms properly, but he glosses over it. In this video, what the people are doing aren't necessarily as complex, but they maintain decent form. I'd want my teacher to be a little like Ming: progress slower but perfect what you know.

  10. Holly crap that guy has a DBZ tank top…
    I wanna move to the USA so i can be trained by this dude he seems like a genuinely nice guy.

  11. Why do Bald guys are strong and cool. Shaolin monks, Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, The Rock,GSP, Anderson Silva,Mas Oyama,Cesaro,Kane, Master Roshi, One Punch Man, Genryusai Bleach commander and so on

  12. 1998年在看美国纪录片世界十大格斗排行榜,就认识了你,想不到二十年还能看见你

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