All those who are wondering... The inspiration for the "Monk" class comes not from some Chinese Monk, it comes from an old friend known only as "Yunero".
Seven-Sided-Strike...pfft REAL Original. hehe wonder if he has healing wards too? maybe a blade dance as well... Oh no... "Barbarian" took that already!
It's funny because yunero is a version of Blizz's blade master you kno.
2/4 of his skills comes from the blade master, one comes from the witch doctor and the ult is stolen from Cloud (FF7). Omnslash.
And I can see big inspiration coming from the D&D monk, specially the skills. And art mimics life, not the oposite. The D3 monk are inspired by real monks of our world. If other literature stuff have similar character it's surely because they had the same inspiration source.