8/31/2007 11:01am, #1
Shaolin Monks Find the Internet to be SERIOUS BUSINESS
China kung fu monks seek apology for ninja affront
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Shaolin Temple, the cradle of Chinese kung fu, is demanding an apology from an Internet user who said its monks had once been beaten in unarmed combat by a Japanese ninja, Chinese media reported on Friday.
Shaolin Temple, in the northern province of Henan, became famous in the West as the training ground for Kwai Chang "Grasshopper" Caine in the 1970s "Kung Fu" TV series.
Ninjas -- professional assassins trained in martial arts -- date back to mediaeval Japan.
"The so-called defeat is purely fabricated, and we demand the Internet user to apologize to the whole nation for the wrongs he or she did," the Beijing News said, citing a notice announced by a lawyer for the Shaolin monks.
Relations between Chinese and Japanese are sensitive at the best of times, with emotions still running high over Japan's invasion and occupation of parts of China in the first half of the 20th Century.
The Internet user, calling themselves "Five Minutes Every Day", said on an online forum last week that a Japanese ninja came to Shaolin, asked for a fight and many monks failed to beat him, the newspaper said.
"The facts that the monks could not defeat a Japanese ninja showed that they were named as kung fu masters in vain," the Internet user was quoted as saying in the post.
The Shaolin temple "strongly condemned the horrible deeds" of the user, the newspaper said.
"It is not only extremely irresponsible behavior with respect to the Shaolin temple and its monks, but also to the whole martial art and Chinese nation," it quoted the monks as saying.
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8/31/2007 11:38am, #2
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The internet wins again.
8/31/2007 12:00pm, #3
OMG two larptastic disciplines fighting over the net. The irony is killing me.
8/31/2007 12:09pm, #4
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And it's getting global news coverage. Go figure.Originally Posted by pauli
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8/31/2007 12:17pm, #5
Someone should beat the **** out of a bunch of ninjers kung-fuers to get these idiots to shut up.
8/31/2007 12:24pm, #6
You are just mad because wrestling is homoerotic.
You don't get the beautiful movies, cartoons and LEGENDS.
If only larpers could understand that sentence.
8/31/2007 12:26pm, #7
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An argument started on the internet over who has the strongest fake martial art. I, for one, welcome the Shaolin Temple into the digital age!
8/31/2007 12:32pm, #8Originally Posted by It is Fake
8/31/2007 12:34pm, #9Originally Posted by ChickenBeakFist
Yes, oh they love the web.
8/31/2007 12:35pm, #10Originally Posted by Holy Moment
Announcer: "He gets the pin on the ceiling!!!!"