China’s Bodyguard School


A female student opens her cufflinks with her teeth, after crawling through mud at Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant camp on the outskirts of Beijing December 12, 2013. Former Chinese soldier Chen Yongqing has big ambitions for his bodyguard training school Tianjiao, which he says is China’s first professional academy to train former soldiers and others as personal security guards. Chen charges 500,000 yuan ($82,400) a year for each protector as China’s rich and famous look to bolster their safety and sense of importance. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)


A student reacts as he crawls on the ground during Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant training on the outskirts of Beijing December 1, 2013. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)


Students hold each other for warmth as they sleep during a break in between high intensity training at Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant camp on the outskirts of Beijing December 1, 2013. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)


A female trainee lies on the ground after being drenched with water during Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant training on the outskirts of Beijing December 1, 2013. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)


Instructors kick a trainee because he wants to give up during high intensity training at Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant camp on the outskirts of Beijing December 1, 2013. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)


Trainees practice helping their employer escape into a car at a shooting training field managed by the military during the Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant training on the outskirts of Beijing December 14, 2013. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)


A student aims a replica 95 semi-automatic rifle during training at the Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant training camp on the outskirts of Beijing December 11, 2013. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)


Students carry a tree trunk over their heads during high intensity training at Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant camp on the outskirts of Beijing December 1, 2013. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)


Students carry a female trainee who has fallen into a stupor during high intensity training at Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant camp on the outskirts of Beijing December 1, 2013. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)


Blood drips from a student’s nose as he takes part in a long-distance run during Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant training on the outskirts of Beijing December 1, 2013. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)


Trainees hold replica 95 semi-automatic rifles as they take part in Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant training on the outskirts of Beijing December 11, 2013. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)


Trainees point replica pistols as they take part in a training session at the Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant training camp on the outskirts of Beijing, December 11, 2013. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)


Students holding replica 95 semi-automatic rifles practice protecting their employers at a shooting training field managed by the military during Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant training on the outskirts of Beijing December 14, 2013. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)


A trainee reacts as he is drenched with water during Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant training on the outskirts of Beijing December 1, 2013. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)


Students run over the bodies of fellow trainees at the Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant training camp on the outskirts of Beijing December 11, 2013. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)


Students holding replica 95 semi-automatic rifles practice protecting their employers at a shooting training field managed by the military during Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant training on the outskirts of Beijing December 14, 2013. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)


Students at Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant sing during a group dinner on the outskirts of Beijing December 14, 2013. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)


Student Ding Kun stands guard in a villa during field training for Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant on the outskirts of Beijing December 12, 2013. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)

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