More than 1500 years ago, Bhodidharma traveled to the Shaolin Monastery in Henan Province to teach Bhuddism. He noted how unfit the monks were from sitting in meditation for hours. This concerned him and so he meditated on the situation, looking for a solution. While meditation he observed a snake and crane 'fighting' in front of his cave. It occurred to that by watching how th eanimals interacted in such situations he could develop a new way to physical health for the monks. The result: exercises that became the Shaolin Martial Arts of today. Through arduous training, the monks became famous for speed, skill, and an ability to defend people.