Kung Fu Granny: 94-Year-Old Chinese Woman Is Local Martial Arts Legend

Zhang Hexian (张荷仙) started learning martial arts at the age of 4. Now, 90 years later, she has gained fame as the ‘Kung Fu Granny.’

Born into a martial arts family, the now 94-year-old Zhang Hexian from Dongyang town in Zhejiang province has been practicing martial arts for close to 90 years.

Nicknamed ‘Kung Fu Granny’ (功夫奶奶), she has become a local ‘martial arts legend’ and has gained popularity on Chinese social media for her martial skills.

According to Chinese state media, the woman is in very good shape and is a fast runner. She has not visited a doctor for decennia and does not take any medicine.

She also told the media that throughout her life she has never stopped regularly practicing martial arts: “Our Zhang family motto is: don’t be afraid of death, don’t be afraid of death, keep training for life’.”

– By Manya Koetse
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About the author: Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, Sino-Japanese relations and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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