A new video reportedly shot in Udon Thani, Northern Thailand, shows young boys, prompted by older monks, taking part in "Fight Club"-style-fighting.
The older monks can be heard in the background, commenting on the scuffles and egging the boys on. They also referee the fighting matches.
This may come as a surprise, given that the mere mention of Buddhism invokes images of a serene monk meditating, but Buddhist fight clubs are anything but unusual in Thailand. Young monks are taught the art of fighting to strengthen them. Asian martial arts has long been associated with Buddhism; e.g. the Shaolin Kung Fu school of martial arts has been set up in a Buddhist temple.
An older monk, talking to the Daily Mail, divulged the boys start fighting at a young age, which helps toughen them up.
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