Tough Training at Beijing Bodyguard Camp


Four female future bodyguards walk to attend a shooting class under the guidance of an instructor in Beijing, March 14, 2014. A total of 65 trainees, 7 of whom are women, take part in the bodyguard training session in Beijing’s suburban Shunyi district. All trainees, aged from 18 to 30, mostly special troops and retired athletes, undergo training to develop sufficient skills to become bodyguards. The courses include martial arts, FBI mind reading, anti-terrorist training and international business etiquette. The graduation rate is low – only a few of them will become private bodyguards after a series of grilling tests. (Photo: CFP)


Prospective bodyguards shatter bottles during firearms target practice at the bodyguard training school in Beijing. Photo taken on March 14, 2014. (Photo: CFP)


Prospective bodyguards practice mock fighting in Beijing, March 14, 2014. (Photo: CFP)


Two prospective bodyguards, their eyes covered by tape, practice fighting in Beijing, March 14, 2014. The fight will last until one of them admits defeat. (Photo: CFP)


Future bodyguards taste red wine during an etiquette course in Beijing, March 14, 2014. (Photo: CFP)


Future bodyguards undergo firearms training in Beijing, March 14, 2014. (Photo: CFP)


Future bodyguards take a rest after training in Beijing, March 14, 2014. (Photo: CFP)


A prospective bodyguard’s face is covered by mud and leaves during training in Beijing. Photo taken on March 14, 2014. (Photo: CFP)


An instructor explains how to do a vehicle check-up to a group of prospective bodyguards in Beijing, March 14, 2014. (Photo: CFP)


Future bodyguards practice camouflage in a muddy field during a training session in Beijing, March 14, 2014. (Photo: CFP)


Prospective bodyguards carry heavy wood logs during night training in Beijing, March 14, 2014. (Photo: CFP)


A future bodyguard undergoes firearms training under the guidance of instructors in Beijing, March 14, 2014. (Photo: CFP)


Trainees who lost a fight are disciplined by having to remove their pants and shirts and cross a piercing cold river in Beijing, March 14, 2014. (Photo: CFP)

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