Meet The Combat-Ready Kung Fu Nuns of Nepal

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These nuns’ cheerful demeanor contradicts their incredible vitality and strength as they practice kung fu in traditional maroon robes with Kung fu-inspired designs. At 5:00 a.m., the nuns at the Druk Gawa Khilwa convent in Kathmandu, Nepal, begin their vigorous Kung Fu session every day. Let’s delve into the lives of the Kung Fu Nuns of Nepal.

10 The nuns are always cheerful, even during their early morning training sessions

Bright and early, these nuns repeatedly lunge upward, aiming for perfection in a series of kicks with one leg folded forward and the other stretched out behind them. Spontaneous yells of vigor accompany each step, adding a piercing layer to the resonant drums. The women’s cheerful demeanor conceals their formidable combat prowess. They adorn their traditional maroon robes, which were redesigned to resemble kung fu uniforms.

The nuns are always cheerful, even during their early morning training sessions

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9 They train in Kung Fu

These women make up the only known group in Nepal to train in the deadly martial art made famous by Bruce Lee: Kung Fu. Women are looked down upon in the inherently patriarchal Buddhist monastic system. For the most part, monks hold all positions of authority. At the same time, nuns are relegated to the role of housekeeper and other menial tasks. However, His Holiness The Gyalwang Drukpa, the current head of the Drukpa lineage, which dates back a thousand years, made a dramatic change in that regard in 2008.

They train in Kung Fu

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8 His Holiness first observed nuns receiving martial training in Vietnam

It all started when His Holiness observed nuns receiving combat training in Vietnam and thought it would be a good idea to introduce it to Nepal. Upon returning to the country, he began advocating for his nuns to take up self-defense classes.

His Holiness first observed nuns receiving martial training in Vietnam

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