KUNG FU NUNS
15th May 2010, Ramkot: Nun, Jigme RigdenLhamo (16) practicing Kung Fu at the Druk Gawa Khilwa Buddhist Nunnery, Druk Amitabha Mountain, Ramkot, near Kathmandu, Nepal, 15th May 2010.
The nunnery founder his Holiness Jigme Pema Wangchen, the present Gyalwang Drukpa instigated Shaolin Kung Fu training for his nuns in 2008 after a visit to Vietnam in the same year where he witnessed Vietnamese nuns practicing the martial art. He was told that it helped the Vietnamese nuns concentrate better and made them more self-reliant and recalling how some of his nuns at the Khilwa nunnery were fearful of travelling down from the mountain alone he decided to incorporate defensive Kung Fu training at his own nunnery. 200 nuns are taught ranging in age from 12 to 25 and there are currently 3 sessions a day starting in the early morning. The Kung Fu training has energised the nuns and made them fitter, more self confident and alert.
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