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Kung Fu nuns: Block, bow, kick, pray
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Every day at 4 a.m. the nuns of the Drukpa lineage assemble under the open sky to practice kung fu. Their ages range from 9 to 40.
The nuns wear the style of clothing made famous by classic martial arts movies in the 1970s and ’80s.
The women also learn how to ride bicycles and study plumbing, electrical fitting, computers, and English. And, of course, they pray.
Nuns inspect the solar panels used to generate electricity for the convent.
Eighteen-yearold Jigme Paldel Lhadol gets ready for morning prayers. ‘Since my childhood, I wanted to be a nun, and I never liked long hair,’ she says.
Nuns engage in an intense two-hour training session complete with hand chops, punches, high kicks, and exaggerated kicks. They also train with swords, sticks, machetes, and nunchucks.
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