According to Sina, San Bao is the youngest disciple practicing martial arts at a temple in Henan province. Short videos about the child’s daily life were posted on Douyin by his master – Shi Yandian. San Bao attracts millions of fans and tens of thousands of comments for each video. Many viewers said they were interested in the cute, hard-working, sometimes serious look of the little monk.
Thanks to his popularity on social networks, San Bao has been noticed by many film crews and TV show production companies. In October, the boy was invited to interact with Wu Jing and Zhang Ziyi at a movie promotion. At the end of last month, he also performed a performance at Jackie Chan Action Film Week. San Bao also regularly performs in programs to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival and New Year in his hometown – Henan province.
According to Thepaper, San Bao’s house is near the temple, and his parents often take him here for a walk and participate in community activities, so he gradually got to know the masters. When he was two and a half years old, his parents sent San Bao to the temple to practice martial arts.
His master, Shi Yandian, said that: San Bao was not yet weaned. He still wore diapers. So the master took care of him including feeding him and changing his diaper. Up to now, the four-year-old boy has learned to fold his pillows neatly, waking up every day at 5 am when the room is still dimly dark.
At first, because he was too young, his master mainly let San Bao watch his brothers practice, letting him fall in love with martial arts. Gradually, each day he started to practice an hour, two hours. And now it is eight hours a day. San Bao often climbs the mountains with his master, both to exercise perseverance and to strengthen his legs.
There were days when San Bao didn’t like to study and just wanted to play with superheroes. The master had to reduce the practice time or give him candy to complete the lesson because martial arts training requires perseverance. Currently, San Bao is agile. He has mastered basic movements such as acrobatics, split legs, bending around trees…
In recent years, in addition to Shi Yandian, a number of monks in Shaolin have attracted attention when using social networks, attracting millions of fans. On Sina, Venerable Shi Huihai once said that he and his brothers posted videos on Douyin because martial arts also needed to be spread. This is a great way to introduce martial arts to the audience.
Shaolin Temple is a Buddhist monastery with more than 1,500 years of history, located in a complex of works recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage. An attractive tourist destination, located between majestic mountains, Shaolin Temple is famous for being the birthplace of the sect of the same name. The Chinese have a saying that “Heaven goes to Shaolin” to honor the importance of martial arts. Shaolin Kung Fu has appeared many times in cinematic and literary works.