China’s MMA Club for Poor and Orphaned Boys

China’s MMA Club for Poor and Orphaned Boys


Hey guys, this is Christine from
VICE’s Brooklyn office.
Our colleagues in China
spent some time with ENBO Fight Club.
An MMA group who’s founder trained
and supported orphans and children
from an impoverished region
in Tibet.
We followed the shy, but tough
MMA fighter, Banma
as he prepares for his
next competition. Stay tuned.
Fighting is more than just
punching and kicking,
it’s also mental.
Your opponent can outmatch
your skills and your power,
but you cannot allow them
to defeat you mentally.
We train ethnic minorities
and Han.
A lot of kids have been orphaned
due to family situations.
Their family situations are dire.
If you are 18 and have no skills,
no cattle, no land,
no job, and no money,
where will you go?
My team took in these kids so that,
through their own sweat and blood,
they can become martial arts experts.
Beautiful! It’s another barrage
of the fists.
Dmitri seems to be
at a disadvantage.
Beautiful!
That was the most beautiful KO
I have ever seen.
That was a straight knockout!
Beautiful! That’s great fighting.
Banma is pretty fierce!
He’s fast.
Banma Duoji has nothing
to worry about.
He can let his opponent stand
right back up,
then keep hammering on him.
-Beautiful!
-Stop! Stop!
The referee has called the match.
Banma Duoji has won an overwhelming
victory in this match.
I think he just landed
over 20 punches.
His current record is one KO
and three TKOs.
He has won four of his five matches.
He doesn’t have the best record
at our club,
but he is our most famous member.
This is a nice room.
There are lots of handsome guys.
It’s full of guys.
Zhaxi!
You startled me.
I even brought you something
to eat. Take it!
I think I prefer my
own dorm, honestly.
Just act naturally.
The director likes
your eyes the most,
but lower your head
whenever you speak.
You need to express yourself
clearly because this is a drama,
and because of time constraints,
there isn’t enough time
to train you systematically.
When I meet the director tomorrow,
I’ll knock him out.
This film tells the story
of a Chinese boxer,
who won a boxing championship
many years ago.
His name was Xiong Chaozhong.
Duoji and Xiong Chaozhong
share very similar backgrounds.
The director liked Banma Duoyi
from the start because of his image
and the expression in his eyes.
The plot in the scene is that
you like the girl.
If you like the girl,
then you have to show it.
You can’t just look at her viciously,
jump up there and knock her out.
He wants to knock everyone out!
Run for one minute. Go!
Run! Hurry up!
I came here in 2010.
We were in the second grade
and the tuition was only 15 RMB [$2.00].
I don’t think my family paid.
So the headmaster complained
about it a lot,
but my family really could not
afford it at the time.
One day, one of the
headmaster’s friends
told us about Enbo Fight Club
in Chengdu.
He explained it to me.
He said the curriculum
was focused on fighting,
and that room and board were free,
so I figured I could go try it out.
While training at Enbo Fight Club,
I still had to attend classes.
We took a bus to school.
I didn’t know the name of the place
I was going to,
the name of where I was,
or which bus I had to take.
I didn’t know any of that
because I can’t read Chinese.
When the driver asked me
to pay the bus fare,
I couldn’t understand,
so I didn’t react.
He kicked me off the bus.
Later, when my friend,
De Wang arrived.
They knew where my stop was
and they came to pick me up.
It was incredibly difficult
in the beginning.
I never thought I would learn to
speak Chinese in my life.
I really wondered how long
it would take for me
to live as easily and happily
as they did,
knowing exactly what
they were doing.
Just spar for a bit.
Shake hands.
Okay, now split up.
Ready? Fight!
Raise your elbows.
Move your feet! Move!
Pay attention to your speed.
When he first arrived,
he seemed a bit introverted
because he grew up
in a single parent home,
and his family
wasn’t very well off.
Compared to other kids his age,
he felt inferior.
But in the sport of fighting
he found his confidence.
Raise your hands!
Stop!
Stop it.
You need to move
and bob more.
Got it?
Think about it.
Don’t always aim for the head.
Hit the neck,
then go for the head.
I never had a father.
Since coming to Enbo Fight Club,
Mr. Enbo is like a father to me.
He is always teaching me.
He has been training me to box
since my very first day
at Enbo Fight Club.
And he has taught me how to
be a better person.
So I call him my godfather.
It’s not just me.
Everyone here at Enbo Fight Club
calls him Godfather.
I switched to an MMA model
because MMA is the only true
representation of fighting.
It includes punches and kicks,
elbows, knees,
grappling, and ground fighting.
It is the most complete martial art.
It’s a sport for the courageous.
The third year after Banma arrived,
he said that he might become a
champion fighter.
We all laughed at him.
But he actually fights pretty well.
He still needs another three
to five years of training
to become a real champion.
There are a lot of kids
like him here.
Ready! Go!
Quick!
I’m pretty shy about everything
I do in life.
For some reason,
being shy is perfectly fine.
But for other things,
being too shy means that you’ll
miss out on a lot.
Either way, I’m always changing.
We’re going to go through
the rules fairly quickly.
Banma weighs in at
58.24 kg [128 lbs].
The fighter has made weight.
At 128 pounds, the Red Fighter
meets the weight requirements.
This is the sixth time
that I have fought in a professional
international competition.
Tomorrow is the sixth time.
I have won five consecutive matches.
I hope that I can
continue that record.
Heralding from Enbo Fight Club,
today’s Red Fighter is 18 years old,
1.7 meters tall [5.6 ft],
and weighs in at 58 kg [128 lbs].
Let’s give a round of applause for
our Tibetan competitor,
the Prince of Fighters,
Banma Douji!
This is a super flyweight
qualifying match
between fighters, Yusuke
and Banma Duoji.
That’s right. Banma Douji
really impressed us
during his earlier fights.
Right now, Yusuke is showing
great movement with his legs.
The fighters have clinched!
Yusuke excells at grappling.
He throws a hook!
Banma Duoji needs to
stay controlled right now.
He needs to use a more controlled
fighting technique.
He’s fallen!
A knee!
Stop!
Move along!
It’s illegal to knee your
opponent after they fall.
The competitor threw a knee strike,
so the referee stopped the match.
We have already filed an appeal,
and are waiting for the results.
Can you hear me?
I’m in Pi Township.
I wore the scarf you made for me
to the match.
It looks great. It’s perfect for me.
De Wang and I didn’t lose
our fights.
The results of this match are
the same as if I hadn’t fought.
Watching movies
has impacted me a lot.
I wasn’t prepared for this match.
My coach and the other fighters
told me that I shouldn’t compete
in this match.
But I said I could handle it.
This is the result.
This taught me
to listen to their advice.
Of course he loves it.
But he hasn’t realized yet
that fighting will play an
important role
later in his life, or maybe
for the rest of his life.
He hasn’t thought about how
this can earn him a living,
or enable him
to provide for his family.
I never thought that something
like this could happen,
that the Enbo Fight Club
could suddenly close.
I never thought this would happen.
I’ve never even considered it.
If I stopped training
and went back home,
there is nothing I would be
capable of doing.
I grew up in a single parent home.
I have no memories of my father,
because he was never
present in my life.
I don’t even know
what he looks like.
I grew up with my mother.
You don’t have a job?
If you can, work hard.
If you can,
have him open a tea shop.
How should I put this?
Fighting changed my fate.
If I hadn’t come to
the Enbo Fight Club,
I would definitely been
herding yaks,
or maybe running a small business.
Otherwise, I would probably be
stealing cows or other things.
I might even be in prison.
Whatever the case, I would be
worse off than I am now.
I’m certain of that.
A lot of people think I’m arrogant
or too lax with my training.
Of course people will think that.
But I’m not like that at all.
I don’t care about these
small scores, really.
I’m striving for greater things.
New waves push out old waves.
That will always happen.
If you rest, give up, or
let your guard down mentally,
someone else will win
the prize tomorrow. Not you.
That’s the cruel reality
of fighting.
You aren’t invincible.
When it comes to fighting,
no one is invincible.

100 thoughts on “China’s MMA Club for Poor and Orphaned Boys”

  1. Enbo MMA Club has trained hundreds of children from impoverished Tibetan communities, giving kids like Banma Duoji—a rising professional competitor—a chance to thrive.

    WATCH NEXT: Thai Prison Fights – https://vice.video/2iPKLwC

  2. this is good!!!! this sort of GYM charities is good for poorer areas anywhere first world or 3rd world, so men can have a community, excercise together not get violent with women

  3. As a fighter myself this is relatable as crap bro. My life sucks and training, and fighting is the only thing that takes all the pain away. I never did drugs or drunk alcohol and plan to keep my body sacred from that toxic shit. So my only escape from harsh world is fighting.

  4. cute boy <3 this ENBO is a legend in CHina now, He's a retired police officer appearently, founded this boxing club/ophantage for kids… there are a bazillian children who are abandoned by irresponsible parents.

  5. He's so cute. Seems pretty shy too since he got all frustrated when director tells him his character likes a girl. He really does have pretty eyes though

  6. Man, I knew some of them were gonna be Tibetans when I first saw the headmaster. They too dark to be pure Chinese. I still hope he maintains with his Tibetan blood.

  7. oringianlly before watching this video it sounded like it was about an underground fight club that would be illegal, but then after watching it I see that it was for a good cause, I'm happy I watched this video.

  8. I'm actually a Tibetan myself living in America and it's just so good to see our people being recognized for feats, surprisingly I'm surprised a Chinese country would let a Tibetan person fight considering how they have unfairly prejudiced us but in the end I'm proud

  9. dawg i never knew chinese sounded so cool wth. Japanese was the only asian language that sounded cool and beautiful to me but chinese ain't bad.

  10. Hes wearin a glove of 精武门,thats the days when its promoter has not been arrested for washn money. But i dont like the name anyway, its english name is chin woo men, sounds like trollin

  11. This is one damn high quality video, with amazing people and an amazing topic. I know these guys are in the fight club because they are not well off, but I would love to do something like this.

  12. LoL at these first world country comments.
    Yall see some everyday things going outside of country and started with inspirational bullshit

  13. They could literally fight for a living. I guess it would be suitable cause probably these guys can channel their hate through fighting and make a living along the way. A fighter with no one to lose is great right? Altough i admit this is a bit fucked up.

  14. I just love Vice so much, the short documentaries are just so cinematic! And so interesting to watch! Thank you for creating these short movies for us all the time.

  15. I respect and honor people who fight poverty at all means. Thank you for the inspiration.

  16. i have verry much respect for him i dont think i do the same thing

    uso 🔥🙏

    and I know my Englisch is bad

  17. He will be a champion and hopefully he will get the chance to represent Tibet because he’s a Tibetan, his family a Tibetan, his language Tibetan and he looks like a Tibetan.

  18. Whenever I think China is worst than the USA it is this people who surprise everyone as English say, thrive despite adversity and politics is only the tip of a tip of an iceberg… and yeah, for outsiders, every country is bad, because laws protect the citizens, not the refugee or pennyless wanderer 😀

  19. @vice they used to being some interesting and get my support until they moved into my neighborhood in Brooklyn. Through tenants out of the building. Only the move two blocks away from me and despite numerous attempts don't seem to hire anybody that lives locally that's not part of their quote Circle. If a huge office tons of investor money I won't hire anybody locally living in the neighborhood or anything that I've come across

  20. I love how other nations have embraced mma in these last few decades! It can only add to the sports when they incorporate some of their own martial arts into core mma!

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