Chinese Card Sharp Uses Kung Fu Techniques

Posted on May 25, 2011

It would seem that the martial arts form known as Kung fu has gone even further than expected, as via its techniques other objects could function as knives.

Here is the cutting tale of a Chinese man who has carved a niche for himself by transforming his playing cards into hurling knives.

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In reality, in China, the word kung fu can also relate to non-martial arts contexts and can come to mean any individual accomplishment or skill cultivated through long and hard work.

Bai Dengchun, age 23, who hails from northern China’s Shandong Province, can throw cards with such force and accuracy that from as far as 16 feet away he can slice a cucumber or burst a balloon. He can also crack an egg or knock off the end of a lit cigarette from a smoker’s mouth.

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Bai’s parents respected his right to have a hobby but ultimately believed he was wasting his time. They changed their minds when a slot opened on the popular television show, China’s Got Talent. Below is a video clip from his amazing performance on that show.

Bai has been practicing kung fu since he was as a child, and ironically was always a very poor poker player. So he decided to throw the cards and win instead of playing them and lose.

“When I was young I loved playing poker but I always lost… The cards are like darts to me. I can precisely hit any target within a five meter (some 10 feet) radius,” said Bai.

He practiced the art of hurling cards as weapons every day for three years.

In the video below, Bai Bengchun amazes an audience by cutting cucumbers with cards.

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Good Knife, everyone.


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M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry ( feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.
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Larry Peterson
Larry Peterson

This is hardly "kung fu cards. In 1977,an American Magician(Ricky Jay) published a book called Cards as Weapons published by Darien House. Jay also opened a school for card throwers called the Columbia School of Card Throwing and referred to them As "Martial Projectiles" The School's address was 37 Riverside Drive,New York.N.Y. 10023 and called himself President of the School.and Pasteboard Projectilist, and No, I did not go, but for some reason have a copy of his book.