Do the Shaolin Temple fighting monks sparr?
Do the fighting monks in the Zen (Chan or Ch'an) Buddhist Shaolin Temple, in China, sparr? Do they to wear protective gear or spar bare knuckle or hands?
I read that, as of 2009 according to Bill Porter's book Zen Baggage: A Pilgrimage to China, most of those monks practice Zen meditation and some of them practice kung fu. They're not just a tourist attraction, but also have separate areas for their own practices. (Of course, it's doubtful that the government appointed monk leaders do either practices)
Does anyone know? No BS answers, please.