Incredible Satellite Video Shows What Synchronized Kung Fu Looks Like from Space

Shaolin Kung Fu Training Aerial Video by BBC Earth

When you think of satellite images, you probably imagine aerial views of great rivers, forests, and icy terrains. Because of our size, it’s unlikely that space satellites can capture human beings here on earth—but what if we gather en masse? As part of a new BBC Earth video series, titled Earth from Space, one episode captures the spectacular choreography of thousands of Chinese students training in Shaolin Kung Fu.

Shaolin Kung Fu is one of the oldest and most famous styles of Chinese martial arts. It’s already impressive when seen from the ground; but from above, it’s even more spectacular. The BBC Earth camera team followed the enormous group display on foot, while satellites in space captured the mesmerizing abstract shapes they make from an aerial view.

These students are clearly dedicated to their practice—the video’s birds-eye view perspective reveals their flawless grid-like formations and precise movements in perfect unison.

You can see more from the Earth from Space series on the BBC website.

This mesmerizing satellite video by BBC Earth reveals what Shaolin Kung Fu training looks like from space.

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All images via BBC Earth.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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