- Keerthi Prasad B S was inspired to practice the Shaolin art after realizing the connection between India and the traditions of the Shaolin Temple
- Having completed his pre-university education, he left for China to pursue his passion
- In an alien country, Keerthi struggled with basic issues to emerge as a Shaolin star
July 09, 2017: Keerthi Prasad B S’ passion was fueled after watching a documentary of the Shaolin Temple. When he began studying about it on the internet, his interest in the area reached its peak. Keerthi realized the Indian connection with Shaolin Temple.
“The Shaolin Temple was built by an emperor to accommodate Indian master Buddhabadhra’s preachings, who was the first abbot of Shaolin. Later, another Indian Monk, Bodhidharma, arrived at the temple and initiated the Chinese Chan tradition.”
In love with the Shaolin temple, Keerthi decided to go for it. After the completion of his pre-university education, he expressed to his father the decision to learn Shaolin. He saved money by working as a medical transcriptionist and by doing some freelance photography.
The journey began when Keerthi Prasad earned himself a student visa to Shaolin Cultural Centre in Dengfeng, which is the most common destination for international aspirants interested in the martial arts, mentioned Indian Express report.
He notes how upon reaching the alien country, issues like language, food, training, and being far away from the family was a rough start, but Keerthi knew it was mind over body. Keerthi trained under the Shaolin Monks Reserve Force and rightfully earned himself 7th Duan Wei Certification. The strenuous training was worth for mastering of Wushu (a collective of Chinese traditional martial arts).
Today, Keerthi Prasad B S is the only individual in South India who has an authentic certification from Shaolin. The 34-year-old runs a Shaolin Wushu Cultural Centre in Bengaluru. The centre has 120 students from the age of 4 till 60 who come to learn from the very best, who is the 34th generation disciple of Shaolin Temple Abbot Shi Yong Xin.
– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394