Definition of Shaolin in English:

Shaolin

noun

  • mass noun, usually as modifier Any of various styles or schools of Chinese martial arts developed by the monks of the Shaolin Temple, a Buddhist monastery in China.

    • ‘He has practiced Kung Fu - Wushu since childhood and has graduated in the Northern Shaolin style.’
    • ‘Number one in China, the Shaolin master himself showed a few moves.’
    • ‘I always went with the bag and stopped at remote and uninhabited places to practise my Shaolin.’
    • ‘A close to capacity audience was enthralled by the Masters of Shaolin Kung Fu who made their second appearance in successive years at the Theatre Royal last week.’
    • ‘The temple is next to an old athletic association where the Shaolin martial arts have been taught for more than 150 years.’
    • ‘Established in the 1980s, Shaolin Martial Arts Troupe made its debut overseas performance in Japan in December 1990.’
    • ‘Hung Hei Goon is said to have been Gee sin's top disciple and best of the so-called Shaolin's Ten Best.’
    • ‘Nor do Shaolin's American adherents seem bothered by Yan Ming's celebrity cachet.’
    • ‘In order to prepare herself, she travels to China for 3,000 days of grueling Shaolin kung fu training.’
    • ‘The attribution of Shaolin (or Shaolin temple) to a style was often used to enhance prestige.’
    • ‘Hand of Death is set in 17th century China, the Ching dynasty era when Manchu occupiers persecuted the members of the Shaolin sect.’
    • ‘My next-door neighbour was a Shaolin kung fu master and I used to play with his children.’
    • ‘He told her about the difficulties he faced while trying to become a Shaolin Warrior.’
    • ‘Finding the resident clergy weak and prone to the depredations of local bandits, he taught them exercises and self-defence, from which evolved the famous Shao-lin style of martial arts.’
    • ‘Abuses of the Shaolin brand is also seen in China.’
    • ‘It tells the stories of four aspiring martial artists and their quest to live a life devoted to Shaolin.’
    • ‘He takes shelter in the Shaolin Temple, where he forced to undergo thirty-five chambers of the Shaolin monk training.’
    • ‘There is a comment that today's Shaolin performers know nothing of Dharma and demonstrate nothing about Dharma on their tour.’
    • ‘A friend of mine named Trevor, who is also a software engineer, is a student of Shaolin Kung Fu, an ancient Chinese martial arts system.’
    • ‘Also opening sometime in September is the much touted Hong Kong flick Shaolin Soccer, about monks who turn their fighting skills to sport.’

Origin

From Chinese Shàolínsì, literally ‘young forest temple’.

Pronunciation

Shaolin

/ˈʃaʊlɪn/