A rather fit 56-year-old Shandong farmer has been known to liven up his local village by performing some pretty extreme stunts to show off his martial arts skills.
Liu Jie lives in Qiaoshan village outside of Zaozhuang city. He has farmed the land there his whole life. However, he also has a passion for the practice of martial arts, which has allowed him to perform spectacular feats to the amusement of his neighbors.
He told reporters that he has been training for more than 30 years. He fell in love with it when he watched the performance of a traveling acrobatic troupe in his village. Over the years, he apprenticed to some martial arts teachers and gradually mastered the key principles, according to Tencent.
However, after he got married, his wife didn’t approve of his hobby. To show his respect for her, he quit.
But, his wife changed her attitude after an incredible incident in 2008. One day, a fellow villager hid inside their home to escape from an angry group of 10 villagers that wanted to do him harm. The group even threatened Liu’s wife. To drive them away, Liu stepped outside and did a few moves he had mastered in the past, frightening them off.
After that, his wife didn’t have anything bad to say about her husband’s favorite pastime.
According to villagers, his performances have become so popular that they are now integral parts of local festivals each year.
Yet again, the key to staying fit seems to be in having an ample supply of stones:
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Tencent]