A new kind of martial arts is now being taught at a remote village near the Indian state of Assam.
The village, called Dhakpada, is located near the town of Dhaka in the country’s western state of Rajasthan.
There are more than 1,000 students in the community, but only a few of them have access to the traditional weapons.
“The students come to the village and we teach them the weapons and techniques,” said Baju, who is one of the village elders who runs the community’s martial arts centre.
In recent months, he has also begun offering martial arts classes for his students.
The practice, known as kung fu, is part of the ancient practice of kung-fu that has been practiced in Thailand, Burma, Laos, Vietnam and other countries for centuries.
Baju and his students have been teaching their students kungfu since 2005.
They are now preparing for the first year of a new course, called Kaiten kung, which they hope will give them the skills to take on opponents from a distance.
For many kung fang practitioners, the traditional tools are their weapons.
For some, however, the tools are not enough to make a difference.
“I am not trained in kung fi, and I am afraid to fight because of the way they look and the way I look,” said Shingu, a former student of Bajus traditional weapons who now teaches at a local school.
Shingu said he is afraid that if his students are not trained, they may not be able to use the weapons against others.
This month, the villagers will celebrate the first day of the new year with a kung Fu festival.
Shingue, a 29-year-old woman who has been in the traditional kungfus for three years, said she fears for the future of her village and the livelihoods of those in the village who depend on her.
“This is the way that I feel.
I am a woman and I can not leave my village,” she said.
But for other traditional fighters, the idea of learning kung and making it part of their culture is an attractive prospect.
“It’s an opportunity to make money,” said Zara, a 45-year old woman who is in the Kaiteng traditional weapons training program.
“The training is not only about money, it’s also about a way of living in a community,” said Pangilip, a 38-year toad farmer.
The traditional weapons teach fighters to control the opponent with their body, but not all kung fighters are able to wield them.
Pangilin, a veteran of many kang fu competitions, said kung has always been a tool to be used to achieve results, not just a way to kill.
“To kill somebody, you have to do things that are hard.
The way we practice kung is to kill with our body,” he said.
But there is also a danger for traditional fighters that they may lose their weapons and face a possible arrest if they are not taught properly.
“If they learn to use their weapons properly, it may not matter who is doing the killing,” said Dhananjay, a kangfu master who teaches traditional weapons in the same village.
“They might get arrested for killing a cow or another person,” he added.