Video Duration 02 minutes 24 seconds

China Wrestling: Shaolin Monks turn entertainers

In ancient China, students trained in martial arts to protect their communities from bandits and other and other enemies. These days, it is more of a hobby but these men say professional wrestling has given them a new way to turn their passion into a career.

A professional sports company in China is trying to combine traditional martial arts with American-style pro-wrestling.

Oriental Wrestling Entertainment has trained Shaolin monks to perform in the ring. Not everyone is convinced with the East-meets-West experiment.

Al Jazeera’s Katrina Yu reports from Shanghai.