Videos of kungfu master Hu Xiong showing his unique combination of body control and what he calls "new kungfu" skills have made the Sichuanese an international Internet celebrity. Hu comes from a long lineage of martial arts masters, including his grandfather and elder brother, and often demonstrates more traditional kungfu of the Shaolin style in public.
In this video filmed in a Guangyuan public park, the 32-year old performs some of the various tricks he's known for, including stopping a an electric drill with his abdomen, his throat, and his skull and bending solid steel bars by hitting them against his head. He also stops an electric grinding wheel with his hand and bursts a hot water bag by forcefully exhaling air into it through his nose.
Such practice is, of course, not without pain; Hu has shown the marks that these demonstrations have left on his body—swelling, burned-off skin, bleeding, but so far, none have stopped Hu from practicing kungfu and qigong.
In the next video, Master Hu bends a metal rod around his neck and then bends another spear-tipped rod by pushing the spear end against his throat. As if that weren't impressive enough, a disciple then places a brick against the back of Hu's neck and breaks it in half with a sledgehammer.
In this video, Hu demonstrates more traditional skills of Shaolin kungfu: Immediately having a massive wooden stick broken over his head, Hu goes into a headstand with his legs in a horizontal split. His assistant then uses a wooden stick to hit him with full force in the groin, breaking the second stick.