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Amateur Kung Fu Stars Splitting Bricks with Bare Hands Become Internet Sensation

By Liang Feiying and Wu Gang
Zhang Longxiang breaks eight bricks with his hand on July 30 during a competition organized by the Shaolin Temple in Henan province. Zhang won the title of “Iron Hand champion.” Photo: Liang Feiying/Caixin
Zhang Longxiang breaks eight bricks with his hand on July 30 during a competition organized by the Shaolin Temple in Henan province. Zhang won the title of “Iron Hand champion.” Photo: Liang Feiying/Caixin

(Dengfeng, Henan province) — The Shaolin Temple, the cradle of Chinese martial arts, is fabled for its warrior monks and their stunning feats, including crushing rocks with bare hands, and flying kicks that seem possible only in movies.

The monastery, built over 1,500 years ago in the lush Songshan Mountain in central China’s Henan province, was recently in the spotlight after hosting a competition for amateur kung fu fighters.

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