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Monday, September 20, 2021

Unlike the Western stereotype of oversized, physically-imposing bodyguards, China’s nouveau riche prefer personal protection that’s subtler and stealthier:

Chen Yongching, 27, a former military martial arts expert who started his security company, Tianjiao Special Protection, in 2008, said the trend in China is for the bodyguards to be smaller in stature. “If they’re too big, it would be too obvious,” Chen said. “We can get lost in a crowd — you don’t recognize us.”

Chen said about 40 percent of his bodyguards are women. One, Chai Chang, 25, stands just 5 feet and 4 inches tall, and weighs 121 pounds. But she is trained in martial arts and freestyle fighting, and says, “When we practice, I fight two guys, no problem.”

And bodyguards are not permitted to carry firearms in the People’s Republic, so hand-to-hand is all they’ve got. It’s like a Chinese version of the ninja, corporate-tized.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/20/2010 10:19pm
Category: Business, Society, True Crime
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