The transcript below is from the video “Kung Fu Nuns” by Great Big Story.

Great Big Story (Global Media Company Devoted To Cinematic Storytelling):

This nunnery has an empowering claim to fame—it’s the only one in Nepal where the nuns practice martial arts. The nuns of the Buddhist Drukpa Order train three hours a day, and they break bricks with their bare hands. Heroes in the Himalayas, these strong women delivered supplies to hard-to-reach villages after an earthquake struck Kathmandu in 2015. The kung fu nuns have also taught self-defense classes for women and biked 14,000 miles to protest the human trafficking of women and girls.

Jigme Yanching Kamu (Kung Fu Nun of the Buddhist Drukpa Order):

“We are the only nunnery in all the Himalayas doing deadly martial arts.”

Great Big Story (Global Media Company Devoted To Cinematic Storytelling):

“These nuns can even break bricks with their hands, and the purpose behind this practice is sacred.”

Jigme Yanching Kamu (Kung Fu Nun of the Buddhist Drukpa Order):

“This is a lifelong vow that I made to the Drukpa Order, and I’m very proud of my practice.”

Holy Kung Fu:

“My name is Jigme Yanching Kamu. Jigme means fearless. I am a Kung Fu nun of the Drukpa Order.”

Great Big Story (Global Media Company Devoted To Cinematic Storytelling):

“The Drukpa Order is a branch of Buddhism that has been around for thousands of years, but in 2008, the nunnery based in Katmandu, Nepal started to learn Kung Fu as part of their spiritual practice.”

Jigme Yanching Kamu (Kung Fu Nun of the Buddhist Drukpa Order):

“Eight hundred nuns are here in the Drukpa Order now.”

Great Big Story (Global Media Company Devoted To Cinematic Storytelling):

“Jigme wanted to be a nun since she was a little girl.”

Jigme Yanching Kamu (Kung Fu Nun of the Buddhist Drukpa Order):

“I was 10-years old when I became a nun. I consider all the nuns like my family.”

Great Big Story (Global Media Company Devoted To Cinematic Storytelling):

“No other nunnery in Nepal does Kung Fu training, and Jigme and her sisters go the extra mile to master this art form.”

Jigme Yanching Kamu (Kung Fu Nun of the Buddhist Drukpa Order)

“The Drukpa Order is not for lazy people. We wake up at 3 a.m., we meditate, we bicycle, and we train for three hours.”

Great Big Story (Global Media Company Devoted To Cinematic Storytelling):

“They run and climb up stairs to strengthen their bodies, and they use sticks and fans to enhance their coordination.”

Jigme Yanching Kamu (Kung Fu Nun of the Buddhist Drukpa Order):

“The hard work is rewarding.”

Great Big Story (Global Media Company Devoted To Cinematic Storytelling):

“And the purpose of training these nuns to fight all comes back to the philosophies of peace and equality.”

Jigme Yanching Kamu (Kung Fu Nun of the Buddhist Drukpa Order):

“Kung Fu trains us to focus our mind for meditation.”

Great Big Story (Global Media Company Devoted To Cinematic Storytelling):

“The nuns also take these philosophies and apply them to disadvantaged communities in Nepal. In 2015, when a devastating earthquake hit Katmandu, the nuns knew this was their call to action.”

Jigme Yanching Kamu (Kung Fu Nun of the Buddhist Drukpa Order):

“When the earthquake hit, our Kung Fu training helped us to be brave and strong. We went to many villages that many NGOs and governments thought were too dangerous. We brought many supplies. We survived the landslides, avalanches and earthquake.”

Great Big Story (Global Media Company Devoted To Cinematic Storytelling):

“The nuns also biked 14,000 miles throughout Nepal to protest against the human trafficking of women and girls.”

Jigme Yanching Kamu (Kung Fu Nun of the Buddhist Drukpa Order):

“We talk about equality and safety. We wanted to show everyone that nuns can ride bicycle, and girls can do anything. I learned I can do anything a man can do. Kung Fu has trained me to be confident, strong and happy. The teachings help me put my compassion into action. Helping others is my religion.”




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