Muscle/Tendon Transformation Exercise (Yi Jin Jing)
This particular practice is said to have originated with Bodhidharma in the 5th
century A.D. Bodhidharma was the said to be the 28th Indian Patriarch and the First
Chinese Patriarch of Chan Buddhism. A popular story is that he arrived at Shaolin
Monastery and found that the monks were not very healthy. Therefore, he devised exercises
to strengthen them - this was the Yi Jin Jing.
On his death, it is said that he left two books to his successor Hui ke: the Yi Jin
Jing and the Xi Sui Jing (Marrow/Brain Washing).