Wednesday, 28. January 2015
19. 06. 14. - 14:00
Unruly air passengers would be wise not to mix it with flight attendants on Chinese planes any time soon.
They are among the clients of a new kung fu master teaching them the ancient martial art.
Although intended to ward off potential terrorists in the cabin, the skills they learn can easily be deployed against drunken and unruly travellers.
The training is taking place in Chengdu city in southwest China’s Sichuan province. Tu Tengyao, 32, is one of the trainers teaching a new intake of 20,000 students how to kick, punch and wrestle opponents with ease.
The college, Southwest Airline College, signed a deal with Tu Tengyao and his school to turn flight personnel into mini Bruce Lees.
He is the son of Ye Wen, a legendary kung fu master, who developed and passed down Wing Chun kung fu.
Tu said: "The threat of terrorism is increasing and so personnel must really be equipped to deal with life and death situations at thousands of feet up in the air.
"It is impossible to use firearms in such places so people must rely on their wits and their strengths. I hone them into becoming adept martial art practitioners."
According to the airline college, Wing Chun kung fu is "quite suitable to be practised in narrow and confined spaces and so it’s perfect for air crew."
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