When Gok Yeun the Monk appeared in HSDS, his status at Shaolin was extremely low. He had been reduced to a lowly janitor monk (not to be confused with the all-powerful JANITOR MONK of DGSD), forced to carry buckets of water to a well and to perform other menial tasks as punishment for having lost the 9 Yeung Jen Ging.
What was Gok Yeun's rank at Shaolin prior to his disgrace, however? Was he a high-ranking monk at Shaolin with some measure of authority?
Also, although not all Shaolin monks were at the temple to learn martial arts, I believe that martial arts was a part of their overall training. How did Gok Yeun not learn any martial arts at all (other than the 9 Yeung inner power formulas, which he learned by accident)?