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    Jet Li's combines Wushu and Yoga for Wuji. I was going to put this in New Hybrids, but it's Jet...
    Jet Li blends martial-arts with yoga to keep fit
    Posted July 7th, 2008 by Nina Sahu

    New Delhi, July 7 : Chinese actor Jet Li has introduced a new system of exercise called "Wuji", which is a blend of martial-arts moves with yoga positions.

    The martial-arts superstar attended a press conference in Shanghai on July 6 to promote the exercise, Sina. com. cn reports.

    For Li, the healthy balance between exercises for one's body and mind is what he considers as having made an important contribution to his success.

    With finding the perfect balance for himself, he now wants to help others find it also, and at the press conference Li and some other fitness professionals demonstrated the exercise with several hundred bodybuilders on site.

    The 45-year-old actor believes that Wuji can help long-term practitioners reach tiptop conditions both physically and mentally.

    With joint creation by Jet Li and sportswear brand Adidas, Wuji also inaugurated a three-year-long cooperation between the two to promote new fitness concepts among urban Chinese. (ANI)
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    More on wuji

    Good think we carry Adidas now.

    Jet Li Introduces New Way to Fitness
    2008-07-07 09:16:31

    Martial-arts superstar Jet Li considers the healthy balance between exercises for one's body and mind an important contribution to his success, and now he is helping others to find that balance.

    At a press conference on Sunday in Shanghai, Li introduced a new system of exercise he calls "Wuji," which blends martial-arts moves with yoga positions, Sina.com.cn reports.

    Li and some other fitness professionals demonstrated the exercise with several hundred bodybuilders on site. He believes that Wuji can help long-term practitioners reach tiptop conditions both physically and mentally.

    With joint creation by Jet Li and sportswear brand Adidas, Wuji also inaugurated a three-year-long cooperation between the two to promote new fitness concepts among urban Chinese, Sina.com.cn says.
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    Yes. Yi Jing Jing from Da Mo was considered a form of yoga.

    stretching, and strengthening your tendons, ligaments and joints.

    I meant these posturing will help your health and wushu/fighting ability.

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    Wuji gives rise/birth to Tai Ji.

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    health benefits from yoga or yi jing jing do not happen overnite.

    we have to practice them daily for 7 or 8 years.

    or just practice them all the time.

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    Kung Fu and Tai Chi Body and Mind Training Class

    I want one of those cool Jet Li belts.
    Action movie superstar Jet Li opens Kung Fu classes
    www.chinaview.cn 2009-08-10 13:35:26

    BEIJING, Aug. 10 -- Olympic gold medal fencer Zhong Man, actor Peter Ho, and dozens of exercise enthusiasts attended a Kung Fu training class launched by action movie superstar Jet Lee.

    Kung Fu star Jet Li was in Beijing on August.11th to promote his body training class inspired by the Chinese martial art. Olympic champion Zhong Man and actor Peter Ho were invited to join the first batch of students for the class.

    Jet Li said, "Some people are very healthy in mind, but not in body. Others may boast a healthy body, but a sick mind. I hope to create a platform that builds the harmony of healthy body and mind with wisdom gleaned from Kung Fu."

    Li and his team spent eight months developing the endeavor, entitled "Kung Fu and Tai Chi Body and Mind Training Class."

    Jet Li, who achieved huge success both in Kung Fu and action films, has long been an idol for youngsters, as the popularity of his class attests. Some have suggested that he open a Kung Fu training hall, but the superstar has a different vision.

    Jet Li said, "A Kung Fu training hall has limited capacity. You can only teach fifty or one-hundred people in one class. Teaching five classes can exhaust you. I want to take advantage of high technology and new media, such as the Internet, to promote the class. Let the simple, but great, Kung Fu ideas spread to the world. This benefits more people by incorporating both physical and mental health."

    Jet Li has been active in charity in recent years, rarely appearing on screen, but he will return to theaters soon. For now, though, he's staying tight-lipped about the progress of his new film.
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    Jet Li appearance

    Anyone in striking distance of these events?
    Tuesday, August 9, 2011
    Jet Li kicks it up a notch to promote kung fu
    By: Katy Adams and Nikki Schwab | Examiner Staff Writer Follow Her @KatyAdams | 08/08/11 8:05 PM

    Hollywood martial arts master Jet Li will join a group of the world's top wushu kung fu athletes to promote the ancient discipline at the World Champion Wushu Kungfu Show at George Mason University's Center for the Arts on Sunday.

    Li will perform with more than 20 kung fu masters to show his support for the sport. His visit to D.C. comes right before he travels to New York, where he will participate in a cultural celebration in honor of China's 40th anniversary as a member of the United Nations.

    The former kung fu national champion was named honorary kung fu ambassador to the U.N. and was invited by the Chinese ambassador to the U.N. to perform with other champion athletes at the organization's Manhattan headquarters.

    Tickets to Sunday's event start at $20 and are available for purchase online at cfa.gmu.edu/calendar/799. The performance begins at 3 p.m.
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    I've got a reporter tasked to this now.

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    I have the USAWKF announcement in my email but that's on our firewalled email computer. When I get over there to do email, I'll c&p it here. The USAWKF site seems to be down at the moment.
    Jet Li attending World Champion Wushu Kung Fu Show this Sunday in DC
    Violet Li, Tai Chi Examiner
    August 10, 2011

    World Champion Wushu Kung Fu Show probably is one of the biggest events this year in the world for Chinese Martial Arts (CMA). There will be 20 top martial artists from China to perform and renowned action movie star Jet Li will also attend this event, which will be hosted in Washington D.C. this Sunday Aug 14.

    This year marks the 40th anniversary of China’s membership in the United Nations. To celebrate this historical event, the United Nations invited the Chinese Wushu Championship Team to perform in front of the members of the United Nations on Aug 18. Twenty top Chinese martial artists along with Jet Li are invited to showcase to the world’s leaders a true Chinese heritage.

    Featuring high-flying action, breathtaking fighting routines, masterful wielding of deadly weapons, mesmerizing fluidity and grace of an award winning Tai Chi performance, this top caliber event will allow the audience to witness stunts that you have seen in action movies like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Jet Li’s Fearless, and Kung Fu Panda live with real people without wires or gimmicks.
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    The United States of America Wushu-Kungfu Federation has been a long time CMA promoter in the U.S. Along with O-Mei Wushu Kungfu Center, they have acquired one of the rare opportunities to host a performance in Washington D.C. prior to the show in New York. The magnitude of the performance, featuring the sport’s best athletes will without a doubt elevate the public’s awareness of Wushu and Chinese culture. They believe audience will be amazed by the power, precision and grace of Wushu just as the leaders of the world will be. Don’t miss this lifetime experience to understand what Wushu or Kung Fu is really about.

    Event Details:

    Date: Sunday August 14, 2011
    Pre-show news conference and meet & greet with Jet Li: 1:00-2:00pm (by invitation)
    Performance time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
    Location: George Mason University's Center for the Arts 4400 University Dr Fairfax, VA
    Tickets: Prices range from $20-$40, click here to purchase tickets. Or, email kungfushowusa@yahoo.com .

    For more information on the event please visit: http://www.omei-wushu.com/​wushuShow.php. If you have any question, please send mail to kungfushowusa@yahoo.com or Call 571-208-4441 or 301-983-0838 or 301-340-3258 or 301-919-3836 or 240-506-1663
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    Did his Wuji thing ever take off?
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    The official USAWKF press release

    Jet Li and World Champion Wushu Kungfu Show Coming to the DC Area - Sunday August 14th, 2011

    Dear USAWKF Members,

    To celebrate 2011 marking the 40th anniversary of China's membership into the United Nations, the Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations has chosen to showcase Wushu to honor the country's rich heritage. The Chinese Wushu Association is sending 20 world-class Wushu practitioners to travel to the United States from China to perform live at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on August 18th. Prior to the UN show, USAWKF member O-Mei Wushu (Kung Fu) Center is also organizing a once-in-a-lifetime, must-see live performance in the DC area featuring these impressive athletes. USAWKF is co-sponsoring the above two demonstrations.

    The Sunday August 14th performance, taking place at the George Mason University's Center for the Arts, will feature high-flying action, breathtaking fighting routines, masterful wielding of dynamic weapons, as well as the mesmerizing fluidity and grace of an award winning Tai Chi performance. On top of that, international movie star and former Kungfu National Champion, Jet Li, will give a pre-performance news conference which will include a meet and greet opportunity for his fans. Between the world-class performance and an opportunity to meet Jet Li, this event is sure to be unforgettable. For more event details, including how to purchase tickets, see below.

    Event Details:
    Date: Sunday August 14, 2011
    Pre-show news conference and meet & greet with Jet Li: 1:00-2:00pm (Free for ticketed patrons)
    Performance time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
    Location: George Mason University's Center for the Arts 4400 University Dr Fairfax, VA
    Tickets: Prices range from $20-$40, click here to purchase tickets. Or, email kungfushowusa@yahoo.com.

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    United States of America Wushu Kung-Fu Federation, Inc.
    JamesC: I've heard Jet's Wuji project was well received in PRC, but I've not been able to verify that, nor have I seen any of the materials so far. Beyond that hearsay, I haven't really heard much about it since the news posts above.
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    Some follow up on Jet's U.S. appearance last weekend

    More to come...

    Jet Li drums up support for wushu in Olympics
    BY JENNIE L. ILUSTRE

    FAIRFAX, Virginia. – As in the movies, so in real life: Jet Li to the rescue. Li is the star of "Hero," a foreign language film that was a box-office hit in the US, and in real-life, he’s a hero and philanthropist.

    The United States of America Wushu Kungfu Federation is drawing on Li’s star power–he also appeared in "The Forbidden Kingdom" with Jackie Chan, "Lethal Weapon 4," and starred in "Romeo Must Die"–to enable wushu champions to perform in the 2020 Summer Olympics. Wushu (martial arts) is better known as kung fu.

    It’s not too early to start the campaign, C. P. Ong, USAWKF executive vice president, said in a press conference here last Sunday.

    "Wushu is on the International Olympics Committee’s short list of eight sports to be featured in the 2020 Summer Olympics," he added. The IOC will hand down a decision in September 2013.

    He said wushu faces stiff competition from other more popular sports disciplines under consideration, such as baseball, softball and karate. "That’s why we have to ‘borrow’ Jet Li’s superstar status to make sure we make it to the Olympics," he stressed.

    The USAWKF is the official US representative to the 139 member-nation International Wushu Federation.

    Li is in the East Coast as one of the invited performers at a celebration marking the 40th anniversary of China’s membership to the United Nations. UN secretary-general Ban Ki Moon has chosen wushu champions from China to perform with American champions at its headquarters in New York on Thursday.

    Li, who started taking wushu lessons at age 8, is a popular national champion in Beijing. The actor, a Buddhist, talked with humility about wushu "as like a religion."

    He said wushu has three levels. "The third level is very close to religion. You don’t have a sword in your hand (first level). You don’t have a sword in your heart (second level). You love people, you love your family. You love the enemy."

    On the third level, "You don’t have an enemy, and that I think is a real hero," added Li. "I try to work for the global family."

    He lamented that young people spend hours on video games, the Internet and other technology. "People should focus not just on wushu’s physical element, but also as a philosophy," he said, adding it’s about being "healthy and happy."

    Talking about a life-altering experience, he said: "In 2004, I almost died in the Maldives desert. Since then, I started a foundation in China" to help in international relief efforts.

    According to the wikipedia, Li formed The One Foundation in 2007, and contributed 500,000 yuan (US$62,500) of box office revenues from his film "Fearless" to the Red Cross to support disaster aid and mental health awareness.

    USAWKF member O-Mei Wushu, based in the neighboring state of Washington, the US capital, held a show Sunday. Li did not perform but spoke at a press conference, and later watched the show.
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    Chinese martial art performs at UN
    English.news.cn 2011-08-19 14:38:43

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese martial art (wushu) show starred dozens of world champions and Olympic medalists performed at the UN headquarters in New York Thursday night.

    The performance, with the theme of "peace, friendship and health," was jointly sponsored Chinese Wushu Association and the Permanent Mission of China to the UN.

    Wang Min, deputy permanent representative of the Chinese Mission to the UN, said at the opening of the performance that martial art embodies the peace-loving Chinese culture.

    "The ultimate goal of martial art is to stop violence, end conflict, and foster peace and harmony. This concept coincides with the ideal of peace advocated by the United Nations," he said.

    Beside, martial art is meant to improve people's health, said Wang. "This dovetails nicely with the UN millennium development goal of promoting health of mankind."

    Some 1,600 people from diplomatic missions, the UN and other circles watched the performance at the General Assembly Hall, including UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro and well-known Chinese martial artist Jet Li (Li Lianjie).

    In a two-hour performance, more than 20 wushu champions from China and 70 local wushu-lovers showed various styles of wushu with different training weapons like sabre, sword, spear and others. The splendid performance won continuous applauses from the audience.

    "It was just amazing, from the start to finish, "said UN staff member Fabris Wowo.

    Wowo, who has been learning Chinese for two years, told Xinhua that the show prompted his interest in taking Wushu, in a bid to further understand the profound Chinese culture.

    Originated in China, wushu has been referred to as martial arts, "guoshu", as well as "gongfu" in some areas. It has a number of fighting styles that have developed over the centuries in China.
    Still more to come...
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    Our exclusive

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    Some random vids in the wake of Jet

    Jet Li at the U.N. 2011

    World Champion Kung Fu Show 2011

    Wushu Martial Arts Exhibition/Performance
    18 August 2011

    With a theme “Peace, Friendship and Health”, featuring 80 performers from various countries (sponsored by the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations Chinese in cooperation with the International Wushu Foundation)

    The event will open with brief remarks from a Representative of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General and Jet Li, Goodwill Ambassador for W.H.O
    Running time: 01:55:03
    Language(s) available: English
    18 August 2011 Jet Li and the China World Champion Wushu Team ring the NYSE Closing Bell
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    Now you know what to get me for xmas

    I'd love one of these watches.

    Fighting talk
    Updated: 2011-12-22 07:43
    By Gan Tian (China Daily)


    The 1982 film Shaolin Temple featuring Jet Li (right). Twenty-nine years later, Li uses every opportunity to promote tai chi and his charity. Provided to China Daily

    Jet Li says he'll focus more on combating injustice through charity and promoting tai chi, and less on kungfu flicks. Gan Tian reports.

    Kungfu superstar Jet Li says acting is just a hobby now. He has seldom appeared in public to promote his films in the past three years. But he has seized every chance to discuss tai chi and his charity. And he espouses a new philosophy about martial arts - that traditional culture should be commercialized to survive.

    In his recent partnership with Swiss watchmaker Hublot, the 48-year-old designed a luxury watch under its Big Bang series. It features a Shaolin Temple window on the front and the yin-and-yang pattern with Li's signature on the back. Only 200 were made.

    "It is all about yin and yang in tai chi, as it is a combination of the advanced Western watch-making technology and traditional Chinese culture," he says.

    Li believes few young Chinese people pay attention to their own culture and heritage - not because they are not fascinating but because they need to be more merchandized, he says.

    "We can't wait for the world to come to see our culture," Li says.

    "We have to promote it to the world. To merchandize tai chi is a new way to promote it."

    He says he has been pondering this for nearly 30 years. When he was in the United States in the early 1980s, he met a Chinese kungfu master and a South Korean taekwondo master.

    The Chinese opened three martial art clubs. He taught several hundreds of apprentices himself. But the South Korean master hired his students to start a business, and has more than 10,000 clubs all over the US.

    "It suddenly occurred to me, at that moment, it (commercialization) would not work in this way," Li says.

    "Our culture could not be duplicated and turned into business. We have to find solutions."

    It was at that time Li founded his first company promoting kungfu and tai chi, but it wasn't profitable.

    "At the beginning of the 1980s, people were not familiar with the market-oriented economy, and they thought I was 'promoting capitalism'. That's why I failed," Li says.

    But he is starting again 30 years later. To explain his approach to promoting tai chi, Li used the traditional Chinese adage "tianshi, dili, renhe", which literally translates as "good timing, geographical convenience and good support from the people".

    The domestic and foreign markets for tai chi exist, and public understanding is forming. But most importantly, China needs a cultural signature, Li says, and he believes that should be tai chi.

    He partnered with sportswear giant adidas in 2009 to launch the tai chi-inspired Wu Ji collection.

    This April, Li founded the company Taichi Zen with Alibaba Group's chairman Jack Ma. The martial artist tries to promote tai chi as a fashionable sport for young people like India's yoga, Japan's judo and South Korea's taekwondo.

    At the same time, Li believes tai chi is not only a sport but also a complicated philosophy about the balance that exists in everything, including the military, politics, culture and economics.

    Li adopts some principles from tai chi's philosophy in running his charity One Foundation, whose central concept is "One Person + One Dollar + One Month = One Family".

    He's currently in discussions with China Mobile about launching a special One Foundation program through which users can donate 1 yuan (16 US cents) a month. China Mobile has 500 million to 700 million users, so the foundation could generate that many yuan a month, he says.

    Li believes One Foundation will change people's stereotypes about charity.

    "My goal is to prepare for the future," he says.

    "No matter what natural disasters happen, we have enough money to help people. It's the same with the traditional Chinese philosophy of, moving keeps people alive and always be prepared."

    When asked whether he still practices kungfu daily, Li laughs, and says: "You mean physically or mentally? Physically, I do not. But mentally, I never cease."
    Hublot & Jet Li

    Hublot Unveils Limited Edition Jet Li Timepiece At Tai Chi-Infused Event
    Tuesday, December 20th, 2011


    Hublot Jet Li watch release event in Dalian

    The Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot, which counts actor Jet Li and the popular Chinese blogger Han Han among its brand ambassadors, held one of its largest promotional events of the year this month in the northeast Chinese city of Dalian. Held to launch the new limited edition Jet Li model, the “Art of Fusion” event was marked with a performance by 100 tai chi practitioners, bringing together two of Li’s non-acting-related activities: promoting both Hublot and the art of tai chi. Present at the launch were Li and Hublot execs like managing director, Ricardo Guadalupe.

    The limited edition Hublot Jet Li watch, jointly designed by Li and Hublot, is limited to 200 pieces globally, with pricing as yet undetermined. Featuring a black open-worked frame with accents inspired by traditional Chinese screens on the watch face, the rear cover includes a yin-yang symbol and Jet Li’s signature. Extending Li’s philanthropic activities, Hublot will donate a portion of sales from the watch to Li’s One Foundation.

    As Ricardo Guadalupe said at the event, “The collaboration between Hublot and Jet Li represents a fusion of Eastern and Western cultures, marking the very highest status of watches in China while making a significant contribution to charity. This is a truly invaluable partnership for us.”

    Remarking on the partnership, Li — who became Hublot’s first-ever Asian brand ambassador in November 2010 — said, “I truly admire that as a luxury brand, Hublot also remains incredibly active in its support of charity initiatives worldwide with its ‘Sharing and Caring’ philosophy, sharing its success with individuals who need care the most.”

    While tai chi and Swiss luxury watches may seem like an odd fit for an event, Jet Li is currently working to promote tai chi worldwide via his new Taichi Zen institutes, announced at Alifest in Hangzhou this past September. As Jing Daily wrote after attending the event:

    Jet Li said that the combination of tai chi and Zen (Chan) Buddhism to be taught in his Taichi Zen schools can become something of a “cultural product” of China, one that appeals to people around the world. Li likened this type of readily identifiable cultural product to Hollywood for the U.S., yoga for India, and espresso for Italy, adding that he thought a country can’t be truly “great” until it becomes a cultural, rather than simply an economic, force domestically and globally.

    For its part, this is not Hublot’s first charity linkup with its Asian brand ambassadors. This past April, a Hublot F1 watch customized by Han Han was put up for auction, eventually raising US$160,000 yuan (US$25,000) for Jet Li’s One Foundation, and last month the watchmaker released a “Han Han Hublot Limited Edition” watch, with all sales proceeds going to support F1 driver training for young Chinese racers and reward outstanding young talent.




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    No problem

    Since they only made two hundred, I am sure it will be very affordable.

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