Well I personally agree with Marcus that the martial application or physical violence applications came long before the health benefits. (Yeah a big shock that Marcus and I agree
I also feel a greater fallacy is the belief that all Chinese Martial Arts originated in the Temples. Here is an old post from my forum.
Bursting the Shaolin Myth as the originators of all MAs
There is a great section in Adam Hsu’s “The Sword Polisher’s Record: The Way of Kung Fu” that addressed the myth of Shaolin very well. (Pages 59 – 65. A book I highly recommend.
First of all we need to apply some simple logic to this thought that all MAs came from the Shaolin temples.
Ta Mo or Bhodidarma is said to have come from China 506 – 56 AD and or 42- - 589 AD. There are many questions now if this person actually existed but accepting that he did to think no martial art existed before he arrived is to ignore thousands of years of Chinese history. That is just not logical.
Let us also consider that he was to have founded Zen Buddhism and yet there are Chinese MAs based in Taoism. Odd thing that yes?
In addition it was not until 1644 –1912 AD that Shaolin was starting to be mentioned in connection to MAs. During the Qing dynasty some fictional books “Sword-man” were written and much of what is believed about the Shaolin temples comes from those works of fiction. This book spoke of a number of Shaolin temples yet only the one in Henan can be established as having been real.
Once the term Shaolin began to be “popular” many instructors laid claim to it to improve the sale of their arts. (McDojos have existed since the beginning.)
Many people will tell you that all martial arts began in the Shaolin temples and while some certainly did it is illogical to think they all did.
So let us burst the Shaolin and Da Mo myth and accept that with thousands of years of war behind them before he was supposed to show up the Chinese had figured out a few things.
And let us focus on that war aspect for a moment.
War = Fighting = Martial Arts. First and foremost. The many side benefits came later for all if not most martial arts.
This is just my opinion.
Mr Yee is certainly entitled to his opinion and has the right to publicly express it.
Just as I am entitled to disagree.
Don’t know the man and never heard of him until I listened to the interview so nothing personal just a disagreement.