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These Monks Have Overcome Human Limitations.

 
Shaolin monks are trained for years, since early childhood, to be masters of the art of Shaolin Kung Fu.
 

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Their training is not only extremely hard on the body, but also demands great mental strength.

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The Shaolin monks develop rigirous techniques of balance, endurance, strength, self defense and discipline.

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As they begin to master these skills, the limits of their bodies become nearly nonexistent.

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They can endure astonishing amounts of pain while showing nothing.

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What their bodies can do is symbolic of the inner balance they achieve through their training.

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They believe that limitations, like desire, grow within the mind.

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Once the mind is strengthened, the body can achieve nearly anything.

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While the idea may seem bizarre to those who have never experienced it...

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... and may invoke in us awe...

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...for these monks, it's a way of life.


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