A man who trained as a karate instructor in China is now using his skills to help combat the global pandemic.
Al Jazeera’s Alisa Bouzid, reporting from Beijing, said Red Dragon Martial Arts founder Wang Chao was inspired by the way Japanese martial arts are used in other countries, including to tackle the pandemic in the Philippines.
“In Japan they used karate, which was basically a way of life, so they taught it to kids and kids were very strong and they were very aggressive,” Mr Wang said.
“They’re also very violent, and you could see it in the films that they made about them, like the film The Killing Fields.”
Red Dragon has since expanded to Taiwan, Singapore and the United States.
The company says its martial arts training methods are not aimed at killing people but are designed to help people cope with stress and anxiety.
“The most important thing is not to be a victim,” Mr Chen said.
He said that in his experience, many people who practice martial arts have struggled with anxiety and depression, which he believes are the result of having too much of the wrong things going on in their lives.
“Many people who practise karate have an obsessive compulsive disorder.
I have anxiety and I have depression.
But I have this other thing, which is also very important, which are the negative things that are going on,” he said.
What is karate?
Karate is a form of combat sports that relies on a variety of elements, including the use of kicks, punches and kicks to break bones.
A typical karate tournament is usually around 30 to 50 fighters.
However, in some countries, such as Taiwan, the number of participants can be as high as 200.
The main thing you need to understand is that karate is not a sport, it’s a way to cope with the stresses of the world and to deal with emotions, Mr Chen explained.
“If you are a person who is suffering, you have to have a different approach,” Mr Wu said.
The founder of Red Dragon, who has been working in China for 20 years, said the focus of his company is to help the world cope with extreme stress and depression.
“I feel that in the next few months, maybe the next year, maybe in 20 or 30 years, this world will be better than it is today,” Mr Wong said.
Al Jazeera’s Alison Smith reported from Beijing.