A 51-year-old man in Huangyan, Zhejiang province who was spotted casually napping on a single nylon rope fastened to two trees made headlines this week.
Liang Yanguo, the “Kungfu man”, usually hangs on to the rope with one hand while resting the other hand on his chest. He is able to kick up his legs and relax comfortably on the rope, which is strung between two trees spaced two meters apart.
Occasionally, Liang opens his arms or raises one of his legs. No matter which way he contorts his body, however, he manages to stay balanced on the rope.
No matter how many morning exercisers come and go and chat beside him, Liang always remains perfectly still on the rope.
Liang told reporters that he had once learned Kungfu from a master. In the beginning, he needed to use three ropes bundled together to keep his balance.
“I would lay on one rope and use both hands to grasp the other two ropes. Still, I fell off a few times,” Liang told reporters, adding that back then, he could only stay balanced for a few minutes. Now he can lounge on the rope all day.
He had begun practicing the skill after he’d been diagnosed with throat cancer in advanced stage three years ago.
“Although the surgery was very successful, the doctor said if I didn’t rest well, I might only have the last six months to live,” said Liang. “The disease almost used up all of my savings and I was unable to work.”
The rope balancing has helped Liang recuperate.
“People without any experience in Kungfu can also do it, as long as they can keep balance with their bottom, shoulders, head and the rope,” he said. “What matters is if they can concentrate without any distracting thoughts.”
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Tencent News]