Unlike the Wu-Tang Clan who rapped about entering the Shaolin, Arioose actually did enter the Shaolin. Come. Enter the Chamber:
Arioose recently returned from a trip to China where he spend several weeks at the Shaolin Temple. He trained Kung-Fu, learned about Buddhism and martial arts, and even met the Abbot and drank tea with him. The Abbot who has made public appearances recently with former Russian President Vladimir Putin spent several days with Arioose discussing a vision of using music to reach English speaking youth and sharing the message of the Shaolin through a song.
While at the Temple, Arioose performed a hip-hop song he authored for the Shoalin Monks before the Abbot and the monks of Shaolin. The song “I am Shaolin” was produced by Fabrizio Sotti for Sotti Entertainment and a short video was shot on location by ABC news.
Arioose was fortunate to share his time at the Shaolin Temple and train Kung-Fu with NBA Boston Celtic basketball player Mickael Pietrus. Pietrus stayed at the Shaolin Temple and also main-land China for sports medicine treatment of his injured knee. ABC Nightline followed and documented both Pietrus and Arioose, during his time of therapy and their interactions with Chinese fans. Tens of thousands of Chinese students met and were entertained by them during a public exhibition.
When asked about China, Arioose smiled and commented, “One word – inspirational. I can’t wait to return. I’m writing hip-hop in Chinese, songs to educate people about Chinese culture and working on a soundtrack for a Shaolin movie.”
After his trip, Arioose who also performed at the UFC Boston Fan Expo and at MMA events believes that a Shaolin monk would beat a UFC fighter in a no rules fight and would like to see it happen. Source
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