Martial arts in modern China: Everybody is kung fu fighting – Clifford Coonan

From the Independent:

The success of popular martial arts films means everybody is kung fu fighting in China these days, but youngsters will soon be adopting a fighting stance in the classroom rather than outside in the playground. Kung fu has now been made compulsory in secondary schools in central China.

The first kung fu disciples in the autumn will be in Henan province, home to the legendary and ancient Shaolin temple, immortalised in the 1970s television show Kung Fu. Soon the schoolchildren of China could be spending their PE classes performing knife-wielding, snake boxing and self-defence moves. [Full text]


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