This is the moment a Chinese soldier shows off his kung fu skills by ‘running on water’ as he leaps over two water-filled bowls copying a technique immortalised in the film ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’.
The impressive technique obtained a cult following after it was first portrayed in Ang Lee’s 2000 classic ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, where the exaggerated skill sees action stars also running along treetops.
In the popular short clip dated 8th March, People’s Armed Police member Li Zhouxuan can be seen taking a long run-up as he sprints towards two basins of water placed on a pair of logs.
As he jumps over the obstacles, he treads on the water in both basins, skipping lightly across without knocking the vessels over or soaking his shoes as he lands.
Mr Li is a member of the paramilitary force’s Chicheng Detachment in the city of Zhangjiakou, which is in China’s northern province of Hebei.
Running on water is not part of its officers’ daily training regime, Hebei Armed Police said.
In kung fu, the ability to skip or fly over objects is achieved by practising a technique known as ‘qinggong’.
Training to boost stamina and lung capacity involves running repeatedly up a wooden plank placed at increasingly steep gradients.
In martial arts movies, qinggong is exaggerated to show practitioners running up walls, atop trees and between roofs.
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