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    Yuzhen Palace

    Is there really a 'world record' catagory for Taoist temple construction speed?

    World record breaking work on Yuzhen Palace complete
    12019-09-12 10:27:12 China DailyEditor : Li Yan ECNS


    Yuzhen Palace on Wudang Mountain in Shiyan, Hubei province, is seen last week. (Photo by MAO YONGSHENG/FOR CHINA DAILY)

    Yuzhen Palace, a group of Taoist palaces in Central China's Hubei province, has had all its foundations raised a record 15 meters and its buildings restored.

    The central government started the work in 2011 to prevent the World Cultural Heritage site from being submerged by a nearby reservoir for the South-to-North Water Diversion Project.

    The palace complex on Wudang Mountain in Shiyan, Hubei province, was built in 1412 by an emperor of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) for Zhang Sanfeng, a legendary Taoist who created tai chi. Its name Yuzhen means "encounter with the immortal".

    To raise the foundation, workers used jacks to lift three stone gates weighing about 7,000 metric tons and build up the foundation beneath them, according to the publicity department of the Wudang economic zone.

    The department said that it was the first time a building had ever been raised 15 meters for a restoration.

    At its peak, Yuzhen Palace had 400 halls and pavilions covering 5,600 square meters. Now, however, just a few of the main halls remain, showcasing the well-preserved style of the early Ming Dynasty.

    Workers had to dismantle the buildings and then restore them as close to their original state as possible on top of the new foundation. The total cost of the effort was about 200 million yuan ($28 million).


    Yuzhen Palace on Wudang Mountain in Shiyan, Hubei province, is seen last week. (Photo by MAO YONGSHENG/FOR CHINA DAILY)

    The work was designed by the country's South-to-North Water Transfer Project Office and National Cultural Heritage Administration for this diversion project's expansion.

    In 2005, the central government planned to enlarge water storage capacity of the Danjiangkou Reservoir, the water source of the middle route of the diversion project. By 2013, its dam's top was raised from 162 to 176.6 meters, leading to a 66 percent increase in its water storage, according to local authorities.

    The reservoir is one of the largest artificial freshwater lakes in Asia and provides water to areas of Henan and Hebei provinces as well as Beijing and Tianjin.

    However, the expansion posed a submergence risk to surrounding areas within 300 square kilometers. So Yuzhen Palace, located about 1 kilometer from the water, needed to be saved from ruin.

    By 2013, the dam and foundation raising projects were completed. In July this year, all the other buildings were restored, concluding the foundation project.

    Cai Jianping, deputy head of the department of South-to-North Water Diversion Project Management with the Ministry of Water Resources, said that it should be celebrated that the work of Yuzhen Palace has passed technical checks, and it should be recognized as a historic moment for the palace that will help ensure its future.
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    52 candles blown out by a nunchuck in 1 minute

    There's some weird records in the Guinness book...


    Chinese martial art master sets world record for blowing out candles with nunchaku

    02019-09-11 09:38:43 Global Times Editor : Li Yan ECNS


    A Chinese martial arts master sets a world record for extinguishing most lit candles in one minute using a two section nunchaku. (Photo/Screenshot from the Beijing News)

    A Chinese martial arts master has set a world record by blowing 52 candles with a traditional Chinese weapon within one minute, the Beijing News reported on Tuesday saying the feat has been published in the 2020 edition of the Guinness World Records.

    The man furiously swung the weapon known as a nunchaku, hitting only the flames of the candles, putting them out without making contact with the candles themselves, as seen in a video the Beijing News posted on Sina Weibo.

    The report also mentioned some other odd records, such as the longest distance an arrow shot using feet has traveled, the person who has most tattoos, and the world's longest handmade egg noodles.
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    Longest journey on a kick scooter - Guinness World Records



    It's doing it in full samurai armor that makes this martial worthy.
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    What a lousy reason to fail...

    Temuka Tai Chi master forced to give up world record attempt after footage failure
    Joanne Holden
    17:48, Jan 31 2020


    BEJON HASWELL/ STUFF
    Thai Chi master David Thew has had to give up on his world record after the videographer failed to upload the footage properly.

    Tai Chi master David Thew has been forced to abandon his efforts to register his world record with the Guinness Book of Records after his videographer failed to deliver all of the footage of the attempt.

    The 54-year-old Temuka man beat the world record for longest Tai Chi marathon at the Temuka Alpine Energy Stadium on April 27, 2019, overcoming dehydration and sleep deprivation to beat the standing record of 29 hours with 30 hours and 15 minutes and raise $2600 for the South Canterbury Cancer Society.

    Thew said he had to withdraw his world record application after the man he paid $900 to film it did not produce the footage needed to prove his success to the Guinness Book of Records.


    BEJON HASWELL/ STUFF
    Thew knows "in my heart" he, alongside every supporter and well-wisher, beat the record.

    Thew said after 10 months of the videographer not replying to calls, emails, or social media messages requesting the footage be uploaded, he managed to track him down - in Sussex, England.

    He said the man at last added the footage to the application and Thew spent days combing through the files.

    "What I found was about nine files were doubled up, about four hours were missing, and there was a one-minute discrepancy between one file and the next," Thew said.

    "We can't delete any files, only add. We can't keep adding more files that are missing because it would be a total mess.

    "I had to withdraw the application. There was nothing else I could do."


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    David Thew celebrates beating the world record for longest Tai Chi marathon at the Temuka Alpine Energy Stadium on April 27, 2018.

    Thew knew "in my heart" he, alongside every supporter and well-wisher, beat the record.

    "I always try and find a positive out of every situation. I think it's a good lesson of impermanence," he said.

    "Everyone came together, taking shifts through the night and through the day, and just had fun and raised money for cancer.

    "You can't put a price on that. Being part of that is worth more than any world record."

    But he would not be aiming to beat it again. A Canadian man, Sam Michaud, had already beaten his attempt and was going through the application process - while the current record holder, British woman Sheila Dickinson, was training towards beating Michaud.

    "I think I'll leave them to it. It's time to move on and do new things, new challenges, and help people help themselves," Thew said.

    "I'll still be teaching and representing New Zealand on the world stage."

    Thew has been practising Tai Chi for about 37 years and has won two gold and four silver medals across a number of World Kung Fu Championships.
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    China crop field

    Who is the WRCA again?

    China crop field takes world record
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    File photo of the Tai Chi patterned crop field in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. (Photo provided to Xinhua)

    HOHHOT, July 20 (Xinhua) -- The World Record Certification Agency (WRCA) has recognized a Tai Chi patterned crop field in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region as the world's "largest crop field Tai Chi pattern."

    The Tai Chi pattern is composed of wheat and rapeseed flowers, with a diameter of 1,301.13 meters and a total area of about 1.33 million square meters.

    This landscape was created by Shiwei Farm in its manor on the right bank of the Ergune River, the Sino-Russian border river. The manor is a complex project of agriculture, culture and tourism.

    In recent years, Shiwei Farm has been developing eco-tourism with the local ecological environment and folk culture.

    Tian Yimin, an official of Shiwei Farm, said the certification of "the largest crop field Tai Chi pattern" will help increase the farm's popularity and turn it into a well-known tourist attraction.
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    Xie Desheng

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    THIS GUY IS KUNG-FU LIGHTING
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    Shanghai martial arts master Xie Desheng has claimed his fifth Guinness World Record, lighting 21 matches in one minute with a pair of nunchaku. Xie, 27, who describes himself as a follower of the legendary Bruce Lee, is a nunchaku specialist originally from Guangdong province in south China.

    “Using nunchaku to set another Guinness World Record is an homage to my beginnings,” said Xie, who has been training with the martial-arts weapon for 11 years and now lives in Shanghai. Nanchaku—also known as nunchucks—consist of two hardwood sticks tied together with rope or chain.

    His latest feat took place March 7 in Shanghai, and he received a certificate from Guinness’s London headquarters last month verifying it is a world record. His other feats to make “the big book” are two records in extinguishing candles with nunchuka (52 in a minute on June 26 2019, followed by 70 in a minute in December of that year); hitting the most table-tennis balls in a minute with a nunchuka (32, in December 2019); and for the fastest time to unscrew 10 bottle caps with a nunchaku (34.80 seconds in January of this year).

    Xie said his latest feat was a long time in the making and was challenging both physically and mentally. “I was already training for it when I started practicing for the table tennis record in 2018,” he said. “I had already thought of setting a Guinness record for lighting matches back then, but I never told anyone because I knew how difficult it would be. The surface area of a match is much, much smaller than a ping pong ball. So, the toughest parts about this most recent challenge is firstly having to ensure the safety of my assistants, but then also lighting the actual match. The challenge is psychological because of the risk of injury.”

    As for what inspired him to do the stunts, he points to a TV ad he saw in which a Bruce Lee impersonator performed the same feats—with the help of special effects.


    Xie Desheng during his record-setting bottle cap challenge in January 2020. (Xie Desheng / Asia Wire)


    Xie Desheng demonstrating his nunchuk skills. (Xie Desheng / Asia Wire)


    The master with his awards, (Xie Desheng / Asia Wire)

    “What was showing in the advert was not possible to achieve because it wasn’t real, so I decided to set these records using real kung fu, with no computer-generated imagery and no post-production trickery,” he said. “Everyone sees CGI these days, so it was important for me that viewers experienced the real thing. What you see on a screen may not be true, but what you experience in person is always true.”

    His next goal is to set a Guinness World Record on the Great Wall of China, which he sees as the ultimate symbol of Chinese history and tradition. However, he’s keeping mum for now on details of the stunt.

    (Edited by Matthew Hall and Stephen Gugliociello.)
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    So many questions...

    ...but I'll limit it to one: what the heck is the High Range Book of World Records?

    Martial arts grand master sets world record in Pines
    Bayside GazetteNewsMartial arts grand master sets world record in Pines


    Photo courtesy Sunil Shakya
    Grand Master Sunil Shakya demonstrates kenjitsu, the Japanese art of the sword, during a recent world record setting performance at Chesapeake Martial Arts in Ocean Pines.

    By Greg Ellison

    (Sept. 10, 2020) Grand Master Sunil Shakya, head instructor at Chesapeake Martial Arts in Ocean Pines, set a world record for longest tai chi performance last month after notching a comparable achievement earlier this summer.

    “I am a multi-martial artist and master of 10 different styles of martial arts,” he said.

    Born in Kathmandu, Nepal, Shakya, 43, relocated to the U.S. in 2008, three decades after beginning a lifelong study of traditional Asian forms of self-defense, including kung fu, wushu, taekwondo, tai chi, kickboxing, Krav Maga, jeet kune do, close-combat weapons, pankration and kenjutsu.

    “I started teaching martial arts back in 2000 all over Nepal, India, Europe,” he said. “I came here for martial arts seminars in New Jersey.”

    Although recent record-setting endeavors had to be judged remotely due to covid-19 considerations, on Aug. 21 Shakya qualified for the longest performance of tai chi in the High Range Book of World Records after hitting the two-hour mark.

    “Actually, I wanted to go to Guinness World Records but the process was so long,” he said.

    This was the second entry in the High Range Book of World Records for Shakya, who also made the pages after performing seven different styles of martial arts back to back on June 30.

    Both feats were accomplished at Chesapeake Martial Arts with High Range officials viewing a live stream and nary a spectator, save for Shakya’s wife, Susmita Lama, and 7-year-old son, Syalwon.

    “Just me and my family,” he said.

    Although only a witness last month, Syalwon Shakya is following in his father’s discipline.

    “He’s also a martial artist learning kung fu and taekwondo with me,” he said.

    Since beginning martial arts instruction at age 4, Syalwon Shakya quickly excelled and more recently has begun echoing some of his father’s achievements, which have included stints competing, coaching and judging national, international and world championships.

    “Last year in 2019, he got a lot of trophies,” he said. “This year we had planned to go to a championship in Virginia but they’re all cancelled, so maybe next year.”

    While proud to speak about his son’s recent achievements, Shakya also took first place for taekwondo, kung fu and weapons competitions during the 2019 Mid Atlantic Martial Arts championship in Delaware.

    The father and son also placed second in taekwondo team forms and took home a martial arts champion family award.

    In lieu of in-person events, the Shakyas continued their winning traditions virtually in 2020.

    “This year we did the team forms for an online championship,” he said. “We got first place.”

    Sunil Shakya, who was certified by the World United Martial Arts Federation as an eighth-degree Black Belt in March, also took top honors for kung fu, taekwondo and tai chi during the World Martial Arts E-Championship this June.

    “Every championship, fortunately at the age of 40-plus, I’m still winning,” he said.
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