Ancient eye-popping martial art gains popularity in modern Vietnam
12 June 2020 | 9:07 am
In a sunny temple courtyard in Vietnam, a man pushes an iron rod hard against his eye socket and tries to make it bend -- his dizzying strength honed through years of practising centuries-old martial art Thien Mon Dao.
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