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During the recent years, Chinese Traditional Kung-fu Magazine has taken the initiative to plan, organize and hold lots of Chinese traditional Kung-fu forums and seminars, inviting accomplished and outstanding Kung-fu masters from all kinds of schools to communicate with each other. Zeng had always been a top student and was confident he could make the cut, but he was split between pursuing a career in martial arts or traditional Chinese medicine. At the time, China's leading sports and medical schools were in Beijing and Shanghai. To be admitted to a sports college, there are two exams.
First is a scholastic exam akin to America's SAT. There is also a physical exam. All of his high school teachers were stunned. They knew he was an excellent student but had no idea he was into the martial arts. Many still encouraged him to go to Tsinghua instead, but his father supported his decision, so Zeng pursued his dream of martial arts mastery. In college, Zeng began studying under two great luminaries of the martial arts, Li Tianji and Zhang Wenguang. Li authored two of the fundamental textbooks of modern taiji, Simplified Taiji and Step Taiji Sword.
He was also the uncle of another noted master, Li Deyin. Zeng had to borrow a bike and ride for two hours to train with Li. He could only do that on days when there were no classes. Zhang Wenguang was among the first people to show Chinese martial arts to the world.
He demonstrated at the Berlin Olympics in Zhang was a master of the three major internal styles, taijiquan, xingyiquan and baguazhang, as well as an accomplished sanshou fighter and shuaijiao champion.
By his sophomore year, Zeng decided to follow Zhang and studied diligently under him for the next five years. Coaching the Prince and the Goddess Upon graduation, Zeng was accepted to graduate school. Only one candidate out of ninety-seven applicants was accepted. For the Sports University, this meant a full government-supported scholarship for Zeng, which was important as his family was not affluent enough to afford the tuition. But disaster struck only three years into his graduate studies.
The Cultural Revolution banned martial arts practice.
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Like most academics, Zeng was sent to the countryside for reeducation. He spent two years in Tianjin, quoting Mao's little red book and doing menial labor. After things cooled down, he was told to coach athletics or take a desk job. He accepted a coaching position at a youth school in Anyang City in Henan. Zeng coached women's volleyball for a year.
In , Zeng took a major step that helped restore the martial arts following the Cultural Revolution. He hand-picked the best local students he could find and coordinated an unprecedented synchronized recital with a thousand participants. The opening ceremony was a huge success.
It earned Zeng the platform to tell China that the martial arts traditions must be preserved. Chinese martial arts are a cultural treasure and a source of national pride, not to be discarded for political reasons. For the next half decade, Zeng served as the coach for the Anyang professional wushu team. While he stood watch, the team always placed first in Henan. Slowly, the martial arts began to grow back, and professional coaches became in demand. After his success with the Anyang City team, Fujian Province asked him to coach their pro team.
At the time he accepted, Fujian was placing last in national competitions. After another half decade of hard work, Zeng pulled that team up to China's top five. It was during the '80s that Zeng dominated as one of the leading coaches of modern wushu. They both topped the podium at each of the "triple crown" competitions of wushu: Zeng had a special connection to Chen as he was the martial brother of his grandfather, Chen Xulu Chinese.
Zeng garnered more fame as a taiji coach because his taiji athletes took the triple crown and had longer records. It is uncommon for a coach to have champions in taiji, nanquan and changquan. Zeng claims the secret to his coaching success was cross-training. He used his traditional southern style kung fu and taiji methods to coach changquan.
He constantly applied taiji theories to each student's training regimen, no matter what style they practiced. And he pushed them constantly. Once, on a train trip from Fujian to Kunming, he made his students get out and practice at every train stop. The trip took five days and made a lot of stops. That year, he was also recognized with a lifetime achievement award which grants him a State Council-sponsored special allowance of "Outstanding Experts. In ancient Chinese culture, the number nine was reserved for the emperor.
Today, it is the highest level of martial arts excellence in the People's Republic of China. China has only recognized 40 grandmasters worthy of this honor. She was a basketball champion, but he brought her into the martial arts in the '90s. Wei is already ranked a seventh duan. Taiji, T'ai Chi or Tai Chi?
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As taiji expands westward, it faces plenty of cross-cultural challenges. After I performed a more challenging stunt, she would treat me to a meal. I was doing a wire-flying scene, and a big crane truck was holding my wire. It suddenly started raining. I was completely wet and was still connected to the metal wire. A bolt of lightning struck the crane truck, and the crew said they saw electricity traveling from the top of the wire to my back. I convulsed and my back felt like it was burning! People rushed to save me.
Miraculously, I was fine after a colleague applied ointment to my back. Part of my legacy, I guess, is that now people quickly cut the wires when it rains. You have to accept that your life depends on the people holding the wires. One time, I had to do a mid-air flip while jumping to the ground from a cabinet. The stuntmen forgot to release the wires after I completed my flip and I crashed into the ground head on. I broke my collarbone and my shoulder joint was dislocated.
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I was dragged back to work after a week in the hospital. My joint never fully healed. My shoulder joints dislocated three times yesterday during a basketball match! Kung fu in real life is very different to what you see in the movies. Kung fu appears much, much more beautiful on the silver screen. No matter how good the cinematography and digital effects are, you need a person to plan and perform the moves. It may not be authentic to traditional styles, but I like that whatever you see on screen, it is real and excellently performed kung fu.
She holds national qualifications in practicing and teaching martial arts. When I was around 40, I really wanted to get back into kung fu. I decided to quit my job as a Chief Financial Officer and leave my family behind. I went to China to learn from the kung fu masters.
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I traveled to the Wudang Mountains. It really felt like a wuxia movie. My sifu, the 14th-generation master of Wudang, was just returning from practicing his kung fu for several years in a stone cave without electricity and water. You have to be zen on the inside. It has taught me to let go. One of the first moves my sifu asked me to do is to stand with my knees bent and my arms in front of my chest. After three months of practicing the same move, I could feel the way my blood and qi flowed in my body.
My conception and governing vessels [which are said to control the flow of Yin and Yang energy] were opened up. I could do kung fu moves not just with muscle strength, but with power from my qi as well. I returned to Hong Kong after four years, because my husband really wanted me to.
I had a better temper after practicing kung fu, but his has became worse with age. A student of mine is very fit and but he had trouble sleeping for over three years. I taught him Wudang sleeping kung fu, which nurtures your internal organs and your qi when you sleep. After two months or so, he was able to sleep for three to four hours straight.
It feels great knowing your kung fu has helped another individual. I am a construction worker. I realized one day that I was aging, fast. I used to have no problem jumping down heights of 8 or 10 feet at work. But later, my joints made such a loud noise it scared me. So I decided to practice Tai Chi. I was very shy about practicing Tai Chi in public at first. I gradually gained more confidence in my skills and got past the shy phase.
In Tai Chi, your emotions dictate your body and your moves. Depending on your mindset—whether you only want to tackle your opponent or kill them—the same move will play out differently. We fought a lot because of Tai Chi at first. Around four years ago, I was very competitive and participated in a lot of competitions. I practiced Tai Chi every morning in Victoria Park.
My wife felt like Tai Chi stole her husband away.