A Chinese recruit has to stand and take a bottle smashed over her head if she wants to qualify as one of country’s first female bodyguards.
The female bodyguards training session, which took place in Beijing, involved 20 women, most of whom are university graduates.
The four-week programme is run by trainers from Tianjiao Special Guard Consultant Ltd and is the first open group training for female bodyguards in China.
Each trainee goes through ten months of instruction to develop her skills in reconnaissance, anti-terrorism training, martial arts and business etiquette.
The best individual from the class is also invited to study further at the International Security Academy in Israel.
With the booming economy in China and increasing wealth sparked by high demand for Chinese goods and materials, demand for bodyguard services had risen dramatically on the Chinese mainland.
Graduates of bodyguard courses can look forward to a well-paid career if they are recruited by wealthy businessmen.
That is especially the case for women, who are in high demand because they are less visible than their male counterparts and because they can assume roles such as secretary or nanny.
Female bodyguards are often paid far better than male counterparts – up to $100 a day – because they can adopt these different roles. The average annual wage in China is just $1,500.
The boom in China has also seen a rise in the growth of wealthy women, who prefer female bodyguards because their presence does not raise questions of potential relationships.