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Eating Bitterness at Shaolin (吃苦) Posted by on May 20, 2012

Many people have asked about my experience studying kungfu at Shaolin first hand (体验生活-tǐ yàn shēng huó), so here’s a in-depth look at what the Shaolin hustle is all about. While prior to my stay, I had very little experience in Shaolin kung-fu styles and methods of training and was quickly thrown into a sink…

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Modern Kung Fu and Commercialization (现代功夫) Posted by on Nov 13, 2011

On the surface (在表面上), modern Shaolin Kung fu seems little altered from its ancient and austere roots. Monks still dress the same way, perform the same dazzling feats and train at the same place. The Shaolin temple has been rebuilt in keeping with traditional architecture and the “Shaolin Way” has been exported throughout the globe…

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Calligraphy (书画) Posted by on Sep 28, 2011

Chinese calligraphy or 书画 (shū huà)  stands as a testament to evolution of the Chinese written language. Learning it takes years of practice, a steady hand, and an intense focus to detail that few can master. Chinese calligraphy is both extremely fluid and extremely structured. A missed angle, a frayed brush tip or even a…

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Wǔ Shù (武术) Posted by on Sep 26, 2011

Kung fu is a modern day phenomenon that is more of a culture than the actual practice of Chinese martial arts.  Wushu or  武术 (wǔ shù) on the other hand, is a broader term that refers to the many schools (門, mén), families (家, jiā) and sects (派, pài) of Chinese fighting. Much like 功夫, 武术 translates…

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Pingyao Ancient City – Part Two Posted by on May 5, 2011

For our second day in Pingyao, we had a nice balance of learning and fun, thanks to the multitude of museums and temples scattered throughout the city and the various games and shops that surround them. Join me on this video journey to see the City God temple, a Taoist temple the Confucius temple, and…

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