Known in Mandarin as yueyachan (literally moon tooth spade 月牙鏟), the Monk Spade is most commonly identified weapon of Buddhist monks. This attribution comes from two famous fictional Buddhist monks from Chinese literature, Lu Zhishen from the 13th century epic, Outlaws of the Marsh and Sha Wujing from the 16th century epic Journey to the West. The Monk Spade served as a tool for digging, cutting foliage and crops and carrying luggage. For modern martial arts practitioners, it is excellent for training endurance and long weapon coordination. Shaolin Monk Shi Yanran is a fully-ordained Buddhist monk and a direct disciple of the Abbot of Shaolin, Venerable Shi Yongxin. He has accompanied the Abbot on many Buddhist and cultural exchange missions to over 30 countries worldwide. Shi Yanran was also the cast leader for one of Shaolins most distinguished theatrical shows. Shaolin: Wheel of Life, which toured the world for three years. Wheel is considered as one of the best martial arts live shows to date, so much so it was documented by PBS Great Performances. Shi Yanran founded Shaolin Temple USA, and has established three Shaolin Temple Culture Centers in San Francisco and Fremont, California, and Herndon, Virginia. Get this DVD FREE with the purchase of the weapon!
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