The women at Nepal’s Druk Gawa Khilwa nunnery are not your average Buddhist nuns. They are trained in Shaolin kung fu. In the thoroughly male-dominated world of kung fu that makes them something of a rarity. The sisters train for two hours every day on a variety of forms, using staffs, fans, and of course their own hands.
After Nepal’s devastating earthquake earlier this year, the nuns sprang into action. Refusing offers of evacuation, they helped by clearing away rubble and offering medical assistance and shelter to those in need. Just goes to show the type of culture that martial arts training can cultivate.