5 crazy martial arts myths that are actually true

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

While often exhilarating and highly entertaining, movies, television, and videogames are not exactly known for their realistic portrayal of martial arts and combat scenarios. All too often, we’ll witness gravity and logic-defying feats of absurdity being orchestrated by formidable characters in impossible scenarios, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Why be bound by the laws of reality when escaping it is one of the primary reasons we engage in these forms of entertainment in the first place?

Sometimes, however, in our suspension of disbelief, we underestimate what humankind is capable of and are quick to write off the unbelievable feats we witness in film and television as mere nonsense— but there are times when that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Martial arts masters have long been rumored to hold superhuman powers of the mind, body, and spirit. Let’s take a closer look at those that are actually real!

5) Walking on water

The Shaolin Monastery is well known for its kung fu monks who undergo strict discipline and rigorous training in order to carry out the seemingly impossible. Shi Liliang, a monk of the Buddhist Quanzhou Shaolin Temple, made headlines in 2014 when he ran 118 meters across the surface of the river in China’s Quanzhou city, only to best his own record the following year by running a staggering 125 meters.

Although his effort to walk on water may not have been done in the classic biblical style most are familiar with, his feat remains an extraordinary achievement— requiring perfect balance and great speed to successfully orchestrate. He was only assisted by 200 pieces of very thin plywood planks laid across the water and succeeded on his third attempt.

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