Ancient kung fu school teaches girls to ‘toughen up’ with martial arts (RT DOCUMENTARY)
Shaolin Epo Wushu College in the Shaolin Mountains is among the country’s top martial arts schools. Located near the famous monastery where monks have practiced kung fu for centuries, it’s now home to around 8,000 students, some as young as three.
The boarding school was once limited to male students, but now teaches girls the rigorous training regime their fathers learned for generations before them.
The girls practice in the same Spartan conditions as their male counterparts, and all children are encouraged to ‘toughen up’ with modest dinners and once-a-week parental visits.
Students are expected to pass each exam in order to keep their place in the prestigious school, and boys and girls alike are tested at the same level.
“The bar is set high and there are no allowances for any who fall behind,” said director Aleksandr Panov. “So, despite the hurdles along the way and the unrelenting schedule, every girl soldiers on, determined to make her parents, teachers and country proud”
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