Shock ‘n’ argh – Free kung fu hustle in Chinatown

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Two good reasons to do your Christmas shopping in Chinatown, we discovered this afternoon:

Neat, offbeat, cheap gifts. And a free show with Cirque du Soleil-caliber acrobatics and holy-crap moments like this one: A Shaolin-trained martial artist leaning his throat into a spear’s tip hard enough to bend its wooden shaft.

Every couple of weeks, the Chinatown business community foots the bill for a little blast of martial arts, juggling and contortionism right on Chung King Road, and it’s well worth looking up. A few video clips and images right after the jump:

I’ve spotted this guy on the Santa Monica Promenade – very talented. Here he flips bowls – several of them – from his toe up to the stack atop his head – while aboard a unicycle:

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And this was *before* she started using the hula hoop (video below)
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Yes, she is balancing on her belly while holding those candelabrae

Membership in the “Shaolin Warriors of Chinatown” troupe apparently means maintaining your concentration while surrounded by drop-jawed kids and by large loudspeakers pumping out dramatic Chinese show music.

It also means getting whacked with what look like thick wooden closet-rod dowels straight out of Home Depot – in places where your average strong man should not be whacked:

And now, some showing off with a whip and various other weapons:

A 10-year-old contortionist from Mongolia – I guess you have to start pretty young to stay this limber.

The juggler mentioned above, now twirling rings and hoops simultaneously:

One Reply to “Shock ‘n’ argh – Free kung fu hustle in Chinatown”

  1. Thanks for this. I know my kid would just love to see this, as we probably have watched all the Asian acrobat videos on YouTube already.

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