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Female Bodyguard School

Photographer: Hwee Young How


The Tianjiao Special Guard and Security school in Sanya, Hainan Province, China, has seen an increasing demand from women who want to become bodyguards. At present, some 36 female trainees are participating in the one-month bodyguard course at the school that includes stamina training, martial arts and combat, special driving, etiquette and event simulations. The school even brought in some instructors from Israel’s International Security Academy to train their students.Female bodyguards are gradually rising in popularity among China’s rich and famous and are even seen as a symbol of status. The country now has the second highest number of billionaires in the world, second only to the United States, and almost a million millionaires, about 30 percent of which are women, according to an annual rich list, the Hurun report.