Kung Fu Warriors Fight For Martial Art’s Future

From The Times:

Among the green peaks of the Song Shan mountain range is a town named Dengfeng, which has the highest concentration of hardmen in the world.

You can hear them all morning, training in the dozens of schools that line the road up the mountain — the chopping, punching, roundhouse kicking and brick-smashing exponents of the ancient Chinese martial art of kung fu.

Sixty thousand martial artists from all over the globe study in Dengfeng because of its proximity to Shaolin Si, the Zen Buddhist temple whose fighting monks are renowned worldwide for their mastery of spiritual discipline and deadly force.

Millions of tourists visit the temple every year; it has turned a small market town into the chop-socky capital of the world. But behind a public front of impassive calm and iron discipline, all is not well in the world of kung fu.


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