In ancient times, the Shao Lin Monastery was a home for righteous monks to study Buddhism and master the
martial arts for both physical and mental discipline. They studied the mannerisms of reptiles and other animals,
and developed superior fighting techniques. One of the deadliest of all kung fu styles was the famed Wu-Tang
sword, an invincible weapon mastered only by accomplished monks. They were the guardians of humble rice
farmers from the slums and villages. The monastery was a place where young kids who were tired of gettin'
beaten up in the streets could go to learn self-defense and mooch a bowl of hot soup. There they developed
bodies with the strength of diesel trucks while defending man, woman, and child from the evil Manchus.
Long ago, one young warrior advanced through all 35 chambers of martial arts. When a student mastered a
chamber, he was given a gold tooth; this disciple's smile displayed a mouthful of gold. There were no more
chambers to master, so he told the Abbot he wished to start a 36th. Tradition demanded that he fight his teacher
with the brotherhood silently watching.
He was fearful of the Abbot; never before had he encountered an opponent that had advanced to platinum status.
The Abbot's fangs had diamonds to blind the eyes of student fighters, testing their vision as well as their focus.
Although he was the best of his class, the brave warrior lost to the Abbot's technique and was sent away.
For years, the Manchurians wanted to destroy Shao Lin. The Wu-Tang Clan were rebels against the ancient
temple who taught the Manchus their deadly style. Unlike whirling sword, twin sword, and drunken sword,
Wu-Tang sword was invincible, and with it the Wu and Manchu joined forces to burn Shao Lin. The reason for
treason was clear. The Abbot had forbidden the teaching of the secret style, but the Clan felt it was too
important to withhold from the outside world. Like unnumbered stars, they covered the earth as messengers,
teaching this complicated art form to all who dared challenge it. Those who merited death got it. Those who
were down for radical change became fierce students.
The ancients believed two things:
1.that the descendants of the slain monks would one day rise up against the Clan for revenge;
2.that the legendary Wu-Tang Clan would be reborn to finish their ageless plan of controlling the
universe. Such is the continuing legacy of the most feared group ever to master the art, a group that
remained inseparable till the appointed time arrived.
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