Temple run: Shaolin monks and their death-defying acrobatics

Updated On Sep 18, 2016 01:47 PM IST
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Monks from the Dengfeng Zhongyue Shaolin Boxing Culture Troupe from Henan Province in China during a performance in Valletta, Malta. (Reuters) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Monks from the Dengfeng Zhongyue Shaolin Boxing Culture Troupe from Henan Province in China during a performance in Valletta, Malta. (Reuters)

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The troupe was founded in 1998 and, during peak tourist season, performs to over 1,000 visitors daily, holding up to 10 performances in one day. (REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
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The troupe was founded in 1998 and, during peak tourist season, performs to over 1,000 visitors daily, holding up to 10 performances in one day. (REUTERS)

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Acrobats of the Puyang Acrobatics Troupe from Henan Province in China perform in Malta. (REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Acrobats of the Puyang Acrobatics Troupe from Henan Province in China perform in Malta. (REUTERS)

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The Puyang Acrobatic Troupe is over 150 years old and is the only state-owned acrobatic troupe in Puyang City, the home town of acrobats. (REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
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The Puyang Acrobatic Troupe is over 150 years old and is the only state-owned acrobatic troupe in Puyang City, the home town of acrobats. (REUTERS)

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Shaolin monks’ training combines martial arts, film, sports, arts, traditional culture and modern technology with Shaolin Kung Fu characteristics. (REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Shaolin monks’ training combines martial arts, film, sports, arts, traditional culture and modern technology with Shaolin Kung Fu characteristics. (REUTERS)

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The Puyang Acrobatics Troupe, currently consisting of over 200 members, has won several prestigious awards and has performed in over 40 countries to date. (REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
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The Puyang Acrobatics Troupe, currently consisting of over 200 members, has won several prestigious awards and has performed in over 40 countries to date. (REUTERS)

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A Shaolin monk of the Dengfeng Zhongyue Shaolin Boxing Culture Troupe breaks bricks with his bare hands. (REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
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A Shaolin monk of the Dengfeng Zhongyue Shaolin Boxing Culture Troupe breaks bricks with his bare hands. (REUTERS)

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A Shaolin monk of the Dengfeng Zhongyue Shaolin Boxing Culture Troupe from Henan Province in China perform in Valletta, Malta, September 17, 2016. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi MALTA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN MALTA (REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
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A Shaolin monk of the Dengfeng Zhongyue Shaolin Boxing Culture Troupe from Henan Province in China perform in Valletta, Malta, September 17, 2016. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi MALTA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN MALTA (REUTERS)

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Gravity-defying moves from monks from the Dengfeng Zhongyue Boxing Culture Troupe. (REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Gravity-defying moves from monks from the Dengfeng Zhongyue Boxing Culture Troupe. (REUTERS)

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One regulation of the Shaolin monks is called the 18-array challenge: It states that one disciplined in Shaolin Kung Fu would have to defeat 18 gatekeepers of the temple before being able to leave. If unsuccessful, departure would be denied. (REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
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One regulation of the Shaolin monks is called the 18-array challenge: It states that one disciplined in Shaolin Kung Fu would have to defeat 18 gatekeepers of the temple before being able to leave. If unsuccessful, departure would be denied. (REUTERS)

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