One only has to say the words ‘Asian holy man’ to start people blathering about the famed Shaolin Monks. A recent video from China shows that the skilled Kung Fu masters are not the only monks who are resourceful when fighting an enemy. Three monks, all mid-level managers at a temple, drew on a variety of martial arts moves as they tussled in broad daylight and before stunned onlookers.

Fighting Monks

The video of the incident at the Ningguo Temple in Yangzhou, China has gone viral, but does not show what caused the confrontation. Instead, all viewers see are three monks, two dressed in brown robes and one in yellow, wrestling and throwing punches. It appears that two of the monks are ganging up on the other. As the two monks in brown robes wrestle, the monk in yellow positions himself behind his opponent. Then, winding up his right arm, he starts slapping the man in the head with an iPhone. From the sound of the impact, the mobile’s case is quite sturdy.

Fighting Monks

Meanwhile, other monks and visitors to the temple attempt to separate the three men. The initial attempts are unsuccessful, but eventually, the three men are pulled apart. Even though they stop physically attacking one another, insults were still being hurled back and forth. Posting about the fight on WeChat, the Chinese social media site, the head monk at the temple in the eastern province of Jiangsu said that all three monks were expelled. Having brought great shame to themselves, the temple, and the Buddha, the head monk went on to explain that at the temple, ‘We insist on following the principal of quality over quantity.’

Fighting Monks

The video has brought a torrent of criticism from Chinese citizens. Many claim that all monks, not just the three in the video, are corrupt and are not at all holy. Others were simply shocked that monks with such hostility could rise to the middle-management level of the temple. Then there was the third stream of criticism. It focused on the fighting captured in the video. Apparently, the lack of Kung Fu disappointed many who tuned in for the spectacle.

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Pammy Lin

Pammy Lin

I'm a travel writer based in Washington state. I'm on the road over 200 days every year and have visited over 70 countries.