Some Chinese sport schools are attempting to combine soccer with the traditional Chinese kungfu.
“Students like it very much. Playing soccer is much more fun than the daily kungfu exercises,” a representative from Shandong Yuncheng Songjiang kungfu school was quoted as saying.
Another representative said they would have a standard soccer field built in the coming months and “hopefully we can reap some good results in five years”.
The move won approval from Chinese Football Association chief Wei Di. “It is a creative measure and needs attention,” he said.
Forty young monks from the world famous Shaolin Temple have also been selected to train at a training school known as the Shaolin monk football training base where the hope is that the incredible balance and leg strength of kungfu disciples will lead to them becoming top class footballers.
Future rivals of the Chinese team should think twice before committing a foul against any of this lot.