For the past 50 years, kung fu master Li Liangui has been contorting his body into seemingly impossible positions as he practices one of the more unusual Chinese martial arts. The 70-year-old is an expert in suogugong—or body shrinking kung fu— in which practitioners dislocate their joints to help them achieve unlikely positions and feats of contortion. But this is no simple story of double-jointedness. Liangui is among the world’s last suogugong masters, and his ability to withstand pain has given him the flexibility and bones of a 30-year-old.
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