Jianzhong Shen, a 38-year-old father, defended his family’s home from men who tried to kick them out of their house.
For the past 20 years, he has been practicing Bruce Lee’s kung fu in his courtyard. Shen also holds the world record for the most pushups using a roller.
The Shen’s house is included in a remodeling project that requires the family to leave.
“They called it a remodeling project, to turn our village into a town,” Shen said. “They wanted to tear down the whole street, and promised we would get a new house of the same size in two years, as well as rent to cover the interim, but I heard of people in a neighboring village getting a much better deal, so we refused to sign.”
According to Shen, at first the property company had posters warning locals about consequences for families who refused to go. After most families left, the consequences became worse.
“This mob of thugs would block the street on most days. They would pick on the women, threatening to kill their kids. Then people started tossing bricks through windows and letting off fireworks at night. Some people got beaten in the streets.”
This past October 29, “30 to 50” men showed up at their door to try to throw them out of their home.
This is when Mr. Shen showed his kung fu skills. Together with his 18-year-old son, also a kung fu devotee, they attacked the men and knocked seven of them out in the hallway.
“It was quite messy. Only seven people were injured because the rest were scared and stayed outside. Some of them ran away,” Shen said.
Sadly, when the police arrived, it was Shen and his son who were at fault. The police said that since the men were unarmed, Shen and his son were in the wrong and were told to just sign the contract.
They moved out on the night of November 21. Upon arriving in Beijing, his son was arrested by the police and was charged with assault.
“I do not regret the fight, but I am worried about my son. I think they are trying to [tie him up] with some crime. I am concerned that my actions will end up hurting him,” Shen said.