Born in the projects of Spanish Harlem to a disabled mother and an abusive father, Steve DeMasco spent most of his childhood lost and offended. Drifting from one job to another, he stalked the streets as a troubled youth, barely surviving whilst all of his peers were either dead or in jail, until he found himself on the steps of the Shaolin Temple.
Originating more than 1,500 years ago in ancient China, the Shaolin monks were simple farmers and worshippers of Buddhism who learned to give protection to themselves from the constant danger of bandits and overlords with one of those “meditation in motion,” a nonlethal form of self-defense that didn’t violate their vows of peace. As their legend grew, they became referred to as the Shaolin Fighting Monks, revered across the land for their spiritual dedication, enlightened message, and amazing fighting skills.
DeMasco entered the Shaolin Temple to battle the demons of his past. But he got more than he bargained for. But even so learning how to wield weapons and take on more than one attackers at once, he found out an ancient philosophy that helped melt away preconceived notions of the world, and gave him a powerful platform on which to live and grow. In The Shaolin Way, he adapts these teachings for the modern world, singling out ten secrets of survival that can lend a hand any individual live a more fulfilled life.