This one has been brewing for a while, and after a few preliminary recordings, I was finally able to get this one out. I apologize for how long this video is, but there was a lot I had to cover it in, and there's only so much I could summarize. I hope you guys will be able to watch the whole thing; there's a lot of info I think you guys will appreciate.
Anybody who seriously researches the history of Chinese Martial Arts figured out sooner or later that there are a lot of myths being passed off as historical fact, and the origins and supposed reputation of Shaolin is one of them. But how much is true, and how much is exaggerated? And just how did did these stories become so pervasive? This video will attempt to explain just that.
Books: The Spring and Autumn Period of Chinese Martial Arts, by Prof Kang Ge Wu.
Chinese Martial Arts Training Manuals: A Historical Survey, by Brian Kennedy and Elizabeth Guo