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[PHOTOS] The Unbearable Pain Chinese Bodyguards Are Put Through During Their Training

Bodyguards, once the purview of Hong Kong action movies, are becoming a high-paying new job in modern China.

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A Reuters report on a Chinese soldier-turned-businessman depicts an emerging market of privately-owned security companies among the country's elite

Chen Yongqing, who runs China's first training academy of former soldiers and others as bodyguards, estimates that his company's annual revenues will reach 100 million yuan ($16.5 million) within the next five years.

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A trainee bodyguard took aim during an exercise at the Genghis Security Academy in Beijing.

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Training at Chen's company, Tianjiao, is no joke

The 28 days of training in reconnaissance, anti-terrorism training, martial arts, and business etiquette involve some extreme situations.

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Shi Xingfeng demonstrates how to disarm an attacker with speed and power

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Afterwards, the best trainee is offered a chance to attend further study at the International Security Academy in Israel.

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These photos below will give you an idea of the intensity they are put through...

A female trainee lies on the ground after being drenched with water during Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant training on the outskirts of Beijing

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Blood drips from a student's nose as he takes part in a long-distance run during Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant training on the outskirts of Beijing

Instructors kick a trainee because he wants to give up during high intensity training at Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant camp on the outskirts of Beijing

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Students carry a female trainee who has fallen into a stupor during high intensity training at Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant camp on the outskirts of Beijing

A female student opens her cufflinks with her teeth, after crawling through mud at Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant camp on the outskirts of Beijing

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Students hold each other for warmth as they sleep during a break in between high intensity training at Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant camp on the outskirts of Beijing

Students holding replica 95 semi-automatic rifles practice protecting their employers at a shooting training field managed by the military during Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant training on the outskirts of Beijing

According to The New York Times, training academies like Chen's also provide security to "guard overseas facilities, manage locally hired security staff and deploy personnel to protect ships from pirates."

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With over 20,000 Chinese companies operating overseas, many of them located in conflict-ridden areas like the Sudan and Egypt, the demand for greater and more advanced security is skyrocketing.

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Trainees practice helping their employer escape into a car at a shooting training field managed by the military during the Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant training on the outskirts of Beijing

Such private bodyguard training academies were illegal in China until 2010. Now that the ban has lifted, security companies are cropping up all over the place as entrepreneurs like Chen capitalize on the vast numbers of retired military personnel looking for higher wages.

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Students holding replica 95 semi-automatic rifles practice protecting their employers at a shooting training field managed by the military during Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant training on the outskirts of Beijing

The company currently employs about 250 full-time bodyguards in China.

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Student Ding Kun stands guard in a villa during field training for Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant on the outskirts of Beijing

Chinese are not often targeted by kidnappers for ransom like Venezuela's elite are Reuters notes that the guards serve to bolster the safety and sense of importance among China's rich and famous.

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Bodyguards Han and Wang, who were hired from Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant, watch their employer Zhang and his wife play with their three-year-old son as they guard the family on the outskirts of Beijing

Reuters reports that Zhang, a man whose friend was kidnapped and killed, now employs 18 bodyguards hired from Tianjiao.

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A student aims a replica 95 semi-automatic rifle during training at the Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant training camp on the outskirts of Beijing

Female bodyguards are in especially high demand - and get much higher salaries - because they are less visible than their male counterparts and can assume roles such as secretary or nanny, according The Daily Mail reports.

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