Sifu Shi Yan Ming, Rza’s trainer and friend, is a progressive Shaolin Monk. Link

Yan Ming, who defected to the United States in 1992 while performing with a troupe of Shaolin kung fu experts, is hardly a typical Buddhist warrior monk. He eats meat, for instance, and he enjoys Champagne, which he calls “very special French water.”

Yan Ming, who has two children with his partner, Sophia Chang, a music promoter and the temple’s manager, also disregards the monk’s traditional vow of celibacy. “I’m too handsome for that,” he explained.