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China’s Human Punchbag

Chinese man becomes a professional human punch-bag

04·14·2014

China’s Human Punchbag

Chinese man becomes a professional human punch-bag

04·14·2014

Have you ever felt so angry that you just want to hit something or someone to vent your anger? Well, we have got just the man for you. Meet professional victim Xie Shui Ping. At 48 years he is no spring chicken, yet travels to clubs, bars, and any other venue that will have him, allowing people to come onstage and hit him.  It’s certainly not the average job, but for 13 years Xie has been getting punched to pay the bills–getting punched over 100,000 times in fact.

Although his family do not hold his job in high regard, claiming it is an unworthy job for a  father and husband, Xie hopes that one day he will be famous: “I will be able to make it big one day, “ he says  in an interview with China.com. Earning from hundreds to thousands per night, his regular audience ranges from curious people wanting to vent their anger right through to drunks who have no idea they are even hitting him.

Xie enters the stage accompanied by music, then after doing a few simple martial arts moves, he stands waiting in the center of the stage. He believes he can take a good beating due to his Qigong ancestry, and he has a belly as hard as a canon ball.  You get three tries to punch him in the stomach, if you make him move both his feet  from his yellow line then you win that most brilliant of rewards: beer. However, it is very rare for him to even flinch, let alone move; one foot almost always remains.

Even though he says the bars hold no responsibility for him being wounded or losing his life, more and more venue owners are fearful of being held responsible for damages, therefore his performances are limited. Most of his performances are at bars in the Guangzhou nightlife scene, where he places himself among more traditional performers such as singers .  Places to perform are becoming harder to find for Xie, but one thing is for certain the desire to punch someone really hard will never go out of fashion.