The temple or monastery of Shaolin was built, according to some old documents and legends, in 495 (497?) AD by the Chinese emperor Hsiao Vhena when an Indian monk called Bhadri (Batuo) arrived and started preaching Buddhism there. The old documents, as well as narratives, claim that building lasted for about twenty years.

The monastery is situated in the central China in a mountainous region, surrounded by forests at the foot of the mountain Shao Shi after which it got its name (Shao-mount, Lin- forest). It is near the village Song Shan, the town Zhengzhov and the city of Louynag in the province Henan, and surrounded by the mountain chain Wu-tai.

Next to the temple there are 220 pagodas, built from 8th (791AD) to 19th century(1803). The Chinese name for the temple is Pinyin Shaolin-si. It has been the sacred place of Zen Buddhism (the Buddhist temple – Mahayana Chan of Zen Buddhism) to the Chinese and newcomers from India.

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According to the Japan Judo Accident Victims Association between 1983 and 2016 at least 121 children died in Japan while practicing judo, with additional deaths having occurred since then. Those numbers only count deaths in school-related judo classes, not in private dojo for which there's no data available. By contrast, Europe has not reported a single death in judo training over the past five years said Association president Keiko Kobayashi.


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The International Federation of Muaythai Associations, which had held provisional status since 2016, was also finally given full recognition. Though a step towards participation, recognition of a sport's governing body does not guarantee inclusion in upcoming Olympic competitions, however. The martial art of karate is set to debut for the first time as a demonstration sport at the Tokyo games in two weeks.