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Awe-Inspiring Pictures Of Shaolin Monks Training

On August 2, 2014 by Physical Culturist

It is in my opinion that Shaolin Monks are the embodiment of physical culture.

As Randy roach puts it,

For many, life may be as simple as a strong, banal focus on purely the physical, with little or no exploration of any other horizons. However, for some in the pursuit of a richer enlightenment, it’s a constant seeking of a symphonic balance between the conditioning of the body, the cultivation of the mind, and a continuous unfolding growth of the spirit, all the while maintaining a harmony with their natural environment. In actuality, everyone practices their own Physical Culture whether or not they’re even aware of its meaning. A number of our pioneers of bodybuilding referred to themselves as “Physical Culturists” with their own constituted framework of the term.

According to legend, a Buddhist monk named Bodhidharma visited the Shaolin temple and noticed that the monks were weak and could not complete the demanding meditation routines that they should have been practicing. The monks often fell asleep while meditating due to fatigue, and for this reason, could not achieve spiritual growth.

Bodhidharma was moved by the terrible physical condition of the monks of the Shaolin Temple. Likening the monks to the young Buddha, who almost died from rigorous meditation practices, he informed the monks that he would teach their bodies and their minds the Buddha’s law through meditation and physical training.

Bodhidharma created an exercise program for the monks that strengthened their bodies and could be used in self-defense. Bodhidharma’s primary concern was to make the monks physically strong enough to withstand both their isolated lifestyle and the deceptively demanding training that meditation requires. Nonetheless, the techniques he taught also served as an efficient fighting system, which evolved into the marital arts style called kung fu. Bodhidharma taught, however, that martial arts should never be used to hurt or injure needlessly. In fact, it is one of the oldest Shaolin axioms that ‘one who engages in combat has already lost the battle.‘ (source: monkeytree)

Here is a compilation of photos showing the intense physical training of the Shaolin Monks today:

Awe-Inspiring Pictures Of Shaolin Monks Training

Awe-Inspiring Pictures Of Shaolin Monks Training

Awe-Inspiring Pictures Of Shaolin Monks Training

Awe-Inspiring Pictures Of Shaolin Monks Training

Awe-Inspiring Pictures Of Shaolin Monks Training

Awe-Inspiring Pictures Of Shaolin Monks Training

Awe-Inspiring Pictures Of Shaolin Monks Training

Awe-Inspiring Pictures Of Shaolin Monks Training

Awe-Inspiring Pictures Of Shaolin Monks Training

Awe-Inspiring Pictures Of Shaolin Monks Training

Awe-Inspiring Pictures Of Shaolin Monks Training

Awe-Inspiring Pictures Of Shaolin Monks Training

Awe-Inspiring Pictures Of Shaolin Monks Training

Awe-Inspiring Pictures Of Shaolin Monks Training

Awe-Inspiring Pictures Of Shaolin Monks Training

Awe-Inspiring Pictures Of Shaolin Monks Training

Awe-Inspiring Pictures Of Shaolin Monks Training

Awe-Inspiring Pictures Of Shaolin Monks Training

Credits: Memolition, Wikipedia

Image credits: Tomasz Gudzowaty of www.gudzowaty.com

PHOTO: Circus “Muscle Girl” Flexing Biceps

On January 27, 2014 by Physical Culturist

As hard to believe as it is these days, this woman was a muscle girl in the circus.

As hard to believe as it is these days, this woman was a muscle girl in the circus.

PHOTO: Thomas Inch Lifting a Man on a Bicycle

On January 24, 2014 by Matthew Chan

Old time strongman Thomas Inch, lifting a man on a bicycle with one hand!

Read: Old Time Strongman Training Methods

thomas inch strength stunt

PHOTO: Doug Hepburn Balancing Act

On January 23, 2014 by Physical Culturist

Here is a photo of Weightlifter Doug Hepburn balancing a 145lb man atop a 205lb bar. Looks like fun.

Weightlifter Doug Hepburn balancing a 145lb man atop a 205lb bar

PHOTO: 9 Year Old Strongman, 1951

On January 9, 2014 by Physical Culturist

StrongMan, 1951

9 year old Paul Oudinot holds his brother and sister aloft on kids t.v. show, Grand Chance Round Up, Kids compete for a prize of a week’s work at Hamid’s Steel Pier at Atlantic City.

PHOTO: Oldtime Circus Strongwoman Flexing Her Bicep!

On January 5, 2014 by Physical Culturist

Oldtime Circus Strongwoman Flexing Her Bicep!

Oldtime Circus Strongwoman Flexing Her Bicep!

PHOTO: Mohammad Ali Khan Qavam al-Molk during the Qajar period

On January 1, 2014 by Matthew Chan

Mohammad Ali Khan Qavam al-Molk during the Qajar period, performing a strength stunt, lifting 2 men.

Mohammad Ali Khan Qavam al-Molk during the Qajar period

PHOTO: Arthur Saxon Bent-Pressing 2 Men Overhead

On January 1, 2014 by Physical Culturist

ARTHUR SAXON. This remarkable lifter performed this stunt when with the circus. The total weight of his two brothers shown above was well over 300 pounds. He had no difficulty in bent-pressing them, one arm overhead, daily.

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Arthur Saxon Bent-Pressing 2 Men Overhead

PHOTO: Bodybuilder Gene Jantzen with wife Pat, and 11-month-old son Kent (1947)

On January 1, 2014 by Matthew Chan

Bodybuilder Gene Jantzen with wife Pat, and eleven-month-old son Kent. Stanley Kubrick, photographer; 1947.

Bodybuilder Gene Jantzen with wife Pat, and eleven-month-old son Kent. Stanley Kubrick, photographer; 1947

PHOTO: Strength and Flexibility – Physical Culture!

On October 2, 2013 by Physical Culturist

Check out the impressive picture below! RESPECT!
Physical Culture – Strength and Flexibility!