What could be more impressive than walking on fire and breaking bricks with your head?

Eating snakes, apparently.

At least that’s how Indonesian special forces soldiers tried to impress Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Jakarta Wednesday, according to the Washington Post. The soldiers performed at an event at the armed forces headquarters for Mattis, who was in town as a part of a two-day visit to the country to express closer military ties.

As part of their theatrical presentation, a group of soldiers used knives to cut off the heads of King Cobra and other snakes and drank their blood. One soldier ― perhaps he misplaced his knife ― used his teeth to kill a snake and then drank the blood of another snake.

The Post reports that Mattis “clapped and grinned widely at the spectacle.”

Later in the day, Mattis continued his Asia trip, visiting officials in Vietnam, where journalists report plenty of talks, but no snakes.

Indonesian troops perform for Jim Mattis

WATCH: Indonesian soldiers kill cobras, drink their blood and headbutt flaming bricks in a display for US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.

Posted by Channel NewsAsia on Wednesday, January 24, 2018