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12.18.2009

martial arts monkeys turn against trainer


This story can't be real. If so, it is awesome. Real or not, this photo alone is pretty awesome. That's Lo Wung, a guy in China who apparently trained his monkeys taekwondo. Hold on right there -- I think you already know where this is going: Taekwondo monkeys attack trainer.

But I'll keep going. Lo Wung's taekwondo monkeys have become a regular feature outside a shopping center in Enshi, Hubei province, where they were trained to show off their martial arts skill on each other, much to the delight of onlookers.

As you can imagine, it was only a matter of time before things went very, very wrong. The martial arts monkeys got their chance to rebel against their master when Lo slipped, and one quick-thinking monkey caught him with a flying kick to the head:
Hu Luang, 32, a bystander who photographed the incident, said: "I saw one punch him in the eye - he grabbed another by the ear and it responded by grabbing his nose. They were leaping and jumping all over the place. It was better than a Bruce Lee film."

At one point the monkey trainer grabbed a staff to hit the monkeys, only to find himself facing a stick-brandishing monkey that cracked him over the head.
It was a badass martial arts monkey rebellion. Please tell me there is some video of this out there. Alas, Lo managed to get the monkeys under control by tangling them up in a rope, and they were apparently punished for their disobedience. But you know, it's only a matter of time before the monkeys rise up again... Lo Wung better watch his back.