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Shaolin Monk Throws Needle Through Glass

There's the silent, contemplate-y monks, and then there's the Shaolin Monks, who attain spiritual harmony by mastering the sort of skills you tend to see in Mortal Kombat.  I mean, they can't freeze you or anything, but it's not impossible to imagine that some of them could remove the spine from your still-living body with a single stroke.

Check out this guy's action, as he throws a needle through a sheet of glass. Oh, and better yet - the clip is slowed down to 1000 frames-per-second.  Badassery personified, ladies and gentlemen.

(YouTube link)

Looks like pretty thin glass. Maybe he got the idea from the video of breaking a car side window by throwing a chip from a spark plug at it.
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1) That is one rather large needle... to me, it looks like a nail.
2) Monks practice throwing nails at glass?
3) Skip to the 1:00 mark instead of watching a slow-mo warm-up.
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Wow, you guys are hard to impress. He didn't crack the glass, he through the needle right though it. That is amazingly hard to do.

I think some of you have been watching too many super hero special effects movies.
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I agree with comments that the "needle" is indeed a nail, or a monster needle at the very least. Considering that it only took approximately 1 second for the nail to reach the glass when slowed down to 1000 frames per second, it seems the monk was standing pretty damn close too.
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@Charlie Isaacs, @Jessss: Agreed.

Most people with enough practice and a decent enough throwing arm can wail a headless framing nail through thin glass when their hand is 2.5" from the surface.

Now the guys on "Fight Science" on NatGeo, they do some Genuinely sweet stuff.
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Yeah. Go on about how totally possible it is for a random guy with a good arm can do it.

...then film him trying and failing. Repeatedly. Those guys train to the peak of physical perfection in the name of religion from the age of 5. They train, they pray, they tour and display their skills to earn funds for the upkeep of the monasteries. Don't nay say till you've gotten off your ass and seen them in person kiddies.
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@ Will L
"Most people with enough practice and a decent enough throwing arm can"...

...pitch for the Yankees.

Sure, with many years of practice and dedication and a good throwing arm (talent) one can accomplish many things.

How odd you give such respect to Fight Science, when these munks spend a life time mastering their martial arts. I have no doubt the fighters you respect on these shows have a lot more respect for the Shaolin Munks.
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A side view of the same feat shows him about 8-10 inches from the glass.

That's Not a sewing needle, so the name plays on our perceptions.

Online you can buy 12x12 sheets of glass that are .05" thick... 1/20th of an inch. You can break it with a flicked finger. That you can crack it with a piece of steel is not as impressive as it seems.
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I noticed this on youtube.

The glass looks more like 1/8 inch. That is a needle, large but it is a needle.

On the video you see an average guy try it, and it bounces off the glass and sticks in his camera man's arm.

Now, I realize the average guy has no training at all, but if the glass is so thin and the "nail" so big, the result would have still been a broken glass. If it bounced, there must be more too it than exploiting the brittle nature of glass.

You can also see that what is stuck in his arm is pretty light and sharp like a needle, leaving just a pin prick in his arm, not a hole like a nail would have made.
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LMAO at all you people sitting on the internet being all pompous about this, "HAW HAW HAW Goodness gracious, it's clear he's using a nail OF COURSE."

If you can do this, then you can be a douche on the internet about it.
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