Kung Fu Expert in China Beats Up Mob of 50 Trying to Evict Him

To understand the background of the incident – and the plight of Chinese homeowners attempting to resist eviction when the government wants to build something on their land – watch this short video:

Now that you’ve got the background, you’re ready for the story from the Telegraph on the Kung Fu hero:

Shen Jianzhong was faced with a mob of thugs trying to evict him, he asked himself what his hero, Bruce Lee, would do.

When 38-year-old Shen Jianzhong was faced with a mob of thugs trying to evict him, he asked himself what his hero, Bruce Lee, would do.

The answer, according to a video that has attracted more than two million hits on the Chinese internet, is turn to kung fu.

For 20 years, Mr Shen had been practising kung fu, teaching himself Bruce Lee’s system in his courtyard home in Bazhou, Hebei province.

Working in a local gym as a fitness coach, he is also the holder of a world record, at least according to an association in Hong Kong, for the most press-ups in a minute using a roller. “I am now training to break the record for most press-ups on a balance beam,” he said.

At the end of October, Mr Shen was able to put his kung fu into action. For six months, a property developer had been trying to get his hands on Mr Shen’s house.


At first, the property company stuck up posters warning of dire consequences for any families who held out. Then, Mr Shen said, when 70 of the 100 households had left, the threats escalated.

“This mob of thugs would block the street most days. They would pick on the women, threatening to kill their kids. Then people started tossing bricks through windows and letting off fireworks at night. Some people got beaten on the street.”

On October 29, as Mr Shen went to work and his wife popped out for a packet of instant noodles, a mob of “30 to 50 men” materialised at their front door.

“My wife tried to close the door, but they pushed it back and she tripped over. That is how the fight started,” said Mr Shen.

With a flurry of kicks and punches, he and his 18-year-old son, a fellow kung fu devotee, set about the attackers, rendering seven of them near unconscious in the hallway.

“It was self defence. I really cannot remember what kung fu skills I used.

It was quite messy. Only seven people were injured because the rest were scared and stayed outside. Some of them ran away,” he said.

When the police arrived, however, they were little help, insisting that since the thugs were unarmed, it was Mr Shen and his family who were in the wrong. They urged the family to sign the contract.

Instead, the Shens posted their homemade video online, where it has gone viral as a rare David versus Goliath moment in the bleak fight against China’s avaricious property barons.

They then fled, on the evening of November 21, to Beijing. Upon arriving in the capital, however, Mr Shen’s son was arrested by the police, who said they would charge him with assault.

“I do not regret the fight, but I am worried about my son,” said Mr Shen.

“I think they are trying to fit up him up with some crime. I am concerned that my actions will end up hurting him,” he said, acknowledging that officials may try to emotionally blackmail him into signing over his lease.

Here’s video of the aftermath … showing the injured thugs:

Postscript: While there’s no footage of the actual fight, here are some moves by Bruce Lee – Shen Jianzhong’s inspiration – against a martial arts class, and a gang of thugs (from the movie “Fists of Fury”):

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11 Responses to Kung Fu Expert in China Beats Up Mob of 50 Trying to Evict Him

  1. Bill Bergman says:


  2. vic says:

    They do the same thing to land owners all the time in the
    USA…its called “Eminent Domain.” Land owner is paid by “Government”,
    but is forced to sell. If owner refuses, eventually violent thugs show
    up…they’re called Sheriffs and SWAT teams.

    The US Supreme court ruled in “Kelo vs. New London” that its
    perfectly fine for the government to steal land, then immediately sell
    it to land developers for the purpose of increasing property tax

    USA is not that much different than China!

    • Mat Ryan says:

      This has nothing to do with America. What is it with you idiots?

      • dwheat9003 says:

        It has everything to do with it when they do the same thing here.

      • Ranger says:

        You’re the fucking idiot. It has everything to do with us.
        Read above about “Eminent Domain” we all live on this earth together, have some empathy for others….or did your mom not let you suck on her tits enough?
        You’re so lost bro….it’s sad

        • Mat Ryan says:

          Go fuck yourself prick. This is a story about an event that happened. If we want to indulge in its “goodness” and “badness” then it needs no comparison with anywhere else on the planet.
          If you are mentally capable of doing so, then judge the situation based on its own merits. If you want to discuss the situation in America then why not do so in relation to a similar event that has happened in America. Since you pricks think it happens so often in the States this should be easy

          • disqus_eSOiQGribS says:

            Great argument! It shows the dept of your mind… « Go fuck yourself » … You are a very intelligent man who understands sarcasm…

  3. Chris Green says:

    don’t mess with dragons in the year of the dragon, silly!

  4. Roger Richard says:

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  5. Alex Phan says:

    I can honestly say that I’ve personally used Kung Fu in a street fight successfully. What it really comes down to is being able to stay calm and relaxed, and having confidence in what you’re doing. It takes years of training to gain this confidence level, but once you do, your chances of winning a fight increase a lot.. Bruce Lee always talked about this…


  6. disqus_eSOiQGribS says:

    Interesting stuff

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