A group of young kung fu masters in central China have stunned many with their amazing feats of flexibility and pain endurance.
Incredible footage shows the six and seven-year-old boys grimacing in pain as they wrap their bodies around trees and poles during a hardcore training regime at the famed Shaolin Temple in Henan province.
‘One, two, three, four,…,’ the youngsters counted, their voice breaking, as they tried their best to not give up.
The tough training is necessary for the boys if they ever want to become Shaolin masters of the future, their instructor Yan Huan said.
‘They have been learning kung fu at the Shaolin Temple for just a year,’ master Yan said.
‘When they first arrived, they were like delicate children and didn’t know anything.’
‘After enduring the training, they have grown to be young men with strong characters,’ he added.
Another clip shows the youngsters frowning in pain and on the verge of tears while doing a split on top of a narrow pole.
The children were also filmed throwing punches, kicking and blocking in perfect form at the command of their master.
‘I was also their age when I first started learning kung fu,’ instructor Yan said.
‘During training, such as when doing the splits, it’s normal for the children to feel pain. But as you practice more, you will be able to overcome the pain,’ he said.
‘This will help them grow into well-disciplined men with strong characters, which can help them overcome any difficulties in life,’ he said.
The ancient yet powerful Shaolin kung fu combines kicks, blocks and punches to stop attackers, achieved through rigorous mental and physical training.
The discipline also stresses on ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ striking techniques, making it an aesthetically pleasing fighting style.
Last December, a three-year-old Shaolin monk also staying at the same temple rose to fame after videos of his training have gone viral.
The young kung fu master, who now has 180,000 followers on popular short video site Kuaishou, wakes up every morning at 5am to train for at least five hours in hopes of becoming a legendary master one day.
Source: Daily Mail