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The yellow emperor is possibly the first person to record a system of Martial Arts in china around 4000 years ago. Shaolin martial arts originated later around 500-600 ad. A buddhist monk called bodhidharma whislt teaching Buddhism in china noticed the monks were weak and lacked stamina so he taught them exercises which became the fore runners of shaolin kung fu.

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