Inside China’s ultimate ‘kung fu village’: The secluded mountain community where all residents practise martial arts and everyone has a secret weapon
- Everyone in the rural village in Tianzhu, central China, practises martial arts each day without fail
- Different kung fu styles are learnt and used and people fight each other to improve their skills
- No one knows why they all know kung fu but their unusual tradition has made the village famous
A Chinese village recently came to fame when it emerged that everyone who lives there is a martial arts expert.
The self-sustaining village, deep in the mountains of Tianzhu, central China, seems to have shunned the outside world.
Ganxi Dong village is home to the Dong people, one of the 56 recognised ethnic minorities in China.
Incredibly, everyone in the secluded village knows a different style of kung fu
A rural village recently came to fame when it emerged that everyone who lives there is a martial arts expert who practise as they farm
According to reports, a few different types of kung fu are practised in the village.
Everyone is well-practised in the art, which seems to be their only hobby aside from farming.
Their weapons range from just fists to sticks and pitchforks.
Incredible images of the village has recently emerged, which has been widely shared on Chinese media.
They show a few traditional-style buildings in a rural setting.
In the picturesque landscape, village folk of all ages brandish sticks and swords while mid-practise.
They train by fighting each other as well as on their own and there are no exceptions.
It’s not clear why everyone practises martial arts or how long it’s been the case.
Locals have two theories about their unusual situation.
One claims that the area suffered regular heavy attacks from wild beasts that would kill their livestock and injure the villagers.
To try and combat the problem, six families had to pick a strong youth to create, develop and learn martial arts.
They modeled their actions on the moves of dragons, snakes, tigers and leopards.
As each family trained in a different type of movement, different strains of kung fu were invented.
To continue the tradition, each family had to continue training under their strain of martial arts.
Another saying goes that when the families first moved to the area to set up a village, they were frequently pillaged by their neighbours.
In order to protect themselves, the villagers invited a two martial arts experts to teach them the art of combat.
The skills they learnt was then passed on to the rest of the villagers.
However, since it has been a tradition for a long time, no one can be certain of the real reason.