Kungfu trainer

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Front Page - By QI XIN in Zhengzhou and JIA TINGT­ING in Guiyang Peng Chao con­trib­uted to this story. Con­tact the writ­ers at qixin@ chi­nadaily.com.cn and ji­at­ingt­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Forty-eight stu­dents from a mar­tial arts school in He­nan prov­ince are re­cruited as train­ers for the lo­cal po­lice in Guizhou prov­ince.

It took nearly a week for Guo Hang­hang to change his greet­ing ges­ture from bao­quan — the tra­di­tional Chi­nese ges­ture, es­pe­cially for kung fu prac­ti­tion­ers, in which the left open hand rests on the right fist — to giv­ing a salute.

But he said he’s glad about the change.

Guo, 26, is one of 48 stu­dents from the Shaolin Tagou Mar­tial Arts School in Dengfeng, He­nan prov­ince, who re­cently were re­cruited as train­ers for the lo­cal po­lice by the govern­ment of the Qian­nan Buyi and Miao au­ton­o­mous pre­fec­ture in Guizhou prov­ince.

Guo said he had planned to be­come a kung fu teacher af­ter grad­u­a­tion.

“Be­com­ing a po­lice­man is both a happy sur­prise and a fresh start,” he said.

Zhao Zhen­zhen, an of­fi­cial at the pub­lic se­cu­rity bureau of the Qian­nan Buyi and Miao au­ton­o­mous pre­fec­ture, said the lo­cal govern­ment re­cruited 10 stu­dents from the school in April to work as in­struc­tors to train lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cers, es­pe­cially SWAT team mem­bers.

A month later, they re­cruited 38 more to give rou­tine train­ing, and they might re­cruit more if nec­es­sary, Zhao said.

The in­struc­tors will also as­sist in res­cue ef­forts when nat­u­ral dis­as­ters oc­cur, Zhao added.

Liu Haiqin, pres­i­dent of the Shaolin Tagou school, said there is an in­creas­ing de­mand from the po­lice for such in­struc­tion as vi­o­lent crime and ter­ror­ist acts oc­cur more fre­quently.

Liu said his school teaches stu­dents both knowl­edge and pro­fes­sional skills, which en­ables them to qual­ify as po­lice of­fi­cers. The school has al­ready sup­plied of­fi­cer can­di­dates to pub­lic se­cu­rity bu­reaus in the cities of Tian­jin and Wuhan as well as in Guizhou prov­ince.

The stu­dents picked this time are 18 to 28 years old and in­clude 11 women. The se­lec­tion cri­te­ria are strict, with com­pre­hen­sive eval­u­a­tion that con­sid­ers height, daily per­for­mance, ed­u­ca­tion back­ground and pro­fes­sional skills, ac­cord­ing to Liu.

Liu Haike, vice-chair­man and head coach of the Shaolin Tagou Ed­u­ca­tion Group, which gov­erns the school, said the stu­dents are very in­ter­ested in join­ing the po­lice force.

“Our stu­dents usu­ally join the army, be­come a teacher, go on with study, or work in the po­lice, among which work­ing as a po­lice of­fi­cer is the most at­trac­tive to them,” he said.

“We look for­ward to send­ing more out­stand­ing stu­dents to Qian­nan to help main­tain safety and peace in the pre­fec­ture,” Liu Haike added.

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