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Martial arts academy punishment

With comments by C. Farrell

This 50-second clip is said to be from a Shaolin martial arts academy in China. I am not certain how "real" this is. Perhaps it ought instead to be classified under "Fun/fraternity/folklore". The caning, if you can call it that, is a formal ceremony with a very long stick, too rigid to be called a proper punishment cane in the British sense. According to one unconfirmed source, this stick is called a "goon", and it is a "fighting staff" that is part of the version of Shaolin Kung Fu being taught; supposedly the punishment is therefore called "gooning" in English. Here, three Western students are punished, two strokes each on the buttocks, allegedly for "breaking rules and bad behaviour", but the strokes are really only light taps and the punishment looks more symbolic than real. The "push-ups" stance adopted is a bit similar to that normally seen in South Korean schools.


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