Monks from the Shaolin Temple in China where the martial art of Kung Fu originated visit Dublin.

For the monks of Shaolin Buddhist Temple, Kung Fu is part of their daily activities.

This is as much part of their activities as prayer and contemplation.

The Shaolin Temple was established over 1,500 years ago in the Henan Province of China.

The monks developed the martial art of Kung Fu and more than a hundred sets of movements have been handed down to today's Buddhist followers.

Dr Jian Wang of the Shaolin Temple explains how the monks created Kung Fu as a form of daily meditation.

The temple, the birthplace of Chan Buddhism, once had five thousand monks but numbers today are greatly reduced. However, they still follow the strict rules of celibacy and practise the art of Kung Fu.

Not all Kung Fu is bare-handed and a nine section steel whip is among the weapons used.

The Shaolin monks could have given Bruce Lee lessons and probably did.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 11 June 1996. The reporter is Colm Connolly.