An African Boy Fulfils His Kung Fu Dream in China
A young African boy came to China to look for the flying heroes he had seen in kung fu movies. He did not learn to fly, but other lessons had made him a hero in his own homeland, and an ambassador in China, where he has stayed for the last 30 years.
Children often have big dreams, to stand in the limelight in front of the cameras, the football field, or even in politics, but perhaps Luc Bendza had the grandest dream of them all. He wanted to fly.
While flight has proven impossible, the 43-year-old from Gabon's fascination with Chinese kung fu did lead him to great things. He has won several international martial arts awards, he speaks fluent Mandarin, and he has appeared in several movies and made numerous appearances on Chinese television.
Luc Bendza's natural aptitude for martial arts, and hard training saw him progress rapidly and won him recognition from many martial art masters.He also attracted the eye of directors and he went on to play roles in both movies and television series.
Martial arts changed his life and he has hopes to promote it across Africa.As a member of International Martial Arts Association, he organizes Chinese martial arts teams to perform and teach in Africa.
"I have become used to life in China and enjoy being here with my family very much," he says.