The Origins of Kung Fu, Bodhidharma Teaching Kung Fu, and the 5 Kilometer Staircase of the Shaolin Monks of Songshan

The origins of Kung Fu start with Bodhidharma (pronounced “bo-dee-dar-ma”) was an Indian monk who arrived in Shaolin, China in the 5th century. Bodhidharma meditated for 9 years in a cave at the top of mount Songshan, next to the Shaolin monk monestary. After being enlightened, Bodhidharma descended back down to the monetary to teach his fellow monks what he had learned and encouraged physical activity through calisthenics as a way of training their body and mind. It is a 5 kilometer trek of sta...

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