Shaolin, the most famous symbol of Kung Fu, was founded by an Indian. Around 525 AD, a Buddhist monk named Bodhidharma (Known as Ta Mo in China) arrived at that foothills of the Mount Shaoshi and founded the Shaolin monastery. He observed that the monks were not in good physical shape and that they needed to protect themselves in a battle torn China. Exercises based on yoga were taught to build strength. A system of defence was developed based on the attack and defence movements of animals that lived near their monastery. 1,500 years later, the monks of Shaolin and Shaolin Kung Fu continue to hold audiences spell bound with their stunning movements and remarkable skills.