American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of the Iron Crotch

by Polly, Matthew Year Published: 2007 Call number 796.815 POL

Growing up a ninety-eight-pound weakling tormented by bullies in the schoolyards of Kansas, Matthew Polly dreamed of one day journeying to the Shaolin Temple in China to become the toughest fighter in the world, like Caine in his favorite 1970s TV series Kung Fu.

American Shaolin
is the story of the two years Matthew spent in China living, studying, and performing with the Shaolin monks.