Chinese children are being taught self-defence after a spate of attacks on schools in the country. Pupils are being prepared for the worst, amid public alarm over a spate of school killings.
Deng Ziheng, 12, is one of the youngsters taking part in self-defence sessions at a martial arts centre in Beijing.
“First of all, I have to avoid direct confrontation,” he said.
“That is why I should try to run away first. If the attacker gets hold of me, then I can use the defence techniques I have learned.”
“Children are small. They are not strong and they can’t run very fast,” said instructor Zhang Xiaohang. “That is why we have come up with these defence techniques. The main thing is to preserve their lives.”
Last week, seven young children and two adults were hacked to death by a man wielding a meat cleaver at a kindergarten in northwest China. He apparently lashed out after a row over the lease.
Since March, some 27 people have been killed in a string of attacks on Chinese schools.