August 11, 2014

The Martial Arts Army of North Korea

Sascha Matuszak, Vice

The Associated Press

It’s fitting that the DPRK Special Forces spend a lot of this video demonstrating how hard their bodies are. The message these staged performances send to the North Korean people is simple and powerful: Not only are North Korean soldiers well versed in the martial arts, but they are able to take a beating and keep on coming. They can absorb all that the mighty imperialist enemy can throw at them, and still advance on to victory, utilizing traditional martial arts techniques and the indomitable juchen (self-reliant) spirit… a message which speaks to the core of North Korean political and social ideology.

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