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    Abbot Shi Yongxin's 2023 West Coast visit & Shaolin Kung Fu Games

    I dropped a major teaser about this in my recent feature, The Kung Fu of Comic Cons – San Diego Comic-Con 2023:

    Immortal Studios and the Shaolin Temple of China
    Our panel was titled The Immortal Storyverse: Building a New Martial Arts Universe, and it was promoted as featuring Payhuan,editor at large Bob Harras, head of publishing Hank Kanalz, and key creatives Charlie Stickney, Rylend Grant, and Jen Troy. We snuck a few more speakers on including me, Tomas Jegeus and Benjamin Frandsen.
    Our panel was presented in Room 24ABC which has a theater capacity of 420. We were delighted to see a long line of fans waiting to get in. We were overjoyed to have them fill the room – SRO as we say – ‘Standing Room Only’. And we were told there were people outside who weren’t able get in.
    We began our panel with a fitting video tribute to Payhuan’s father, esteemed Wuxia author Shiao Yi, then Payhuan gave an overview followed by each of Immortal’s creators speaking about their projects. We only had an hour and tried to pack too much in, so we ran overtime. I was last to speak, with the SDCC staff feverishly waving their “Time’s up” sign. I was sorely tempted to poach Michelle Yeoh’s line at the Golden Globes “Shut up please. I can beat you up, okay? And that’s serious.” But I didn’t.
    My announcement was about an upcoming cooperative effort between Immortal Studios and the Shaolin Temple. As I mentioned before, Payhuan is well connected at Shaolin Temple. He’s a personal friend of Venerable Abbot Shi Yongxin. Immortal Studios is bringing the Abbot to Los Angeles for a very special event. I can’t disclose the details yet, but for Shaolin aficionados worldwide, plan to be in L.A. on November 3-4, 2023. You’re not going to want to miss this one.
    Now I'm setting this thread up as a placeholder and will update the title as soon as the title is determined.

    Stay tuned, Shaolin family. More to come...
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    少林功夫考功 Shaolin Kung Fu Games

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    The dates have changed

    Los Angeles is no longer Nov 3-4. It's now Nov 11/11-12.






    There's additional events happening in the SF Bay Area 11/2-4 but I don't have an online flyer to share yet.
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    RE: Yesterday's KFM article

    Shaolin Trips: The Abbot’s 2023 Trip to America by Gene Ching
    ...
    At this writing, the 2023 North American Shaolin Kung Fu Games is nearing its competitor cap. Word spread quickly through the Shaolin sangha, and competitors from all over the country are flocking to take part in this historic competition.
    Registration for this event is now closed.

    Registration for this event is now closed due to reaching the maximum competitor capacity.
    Told ya so...
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    Immortal Shaolin: The Past, Present, and Future of Kung Fu



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    Sunday, November 12
    Immortal Shaolin: The Past, Present, and Future of Kung Fu
    Immortal Shaolin: The Past, Present, and Future of Kung Fu showcases the essence and evolution of Kung Fu with the Shaolin Temple.
    By Immortal Studios

    Date and time
    Sunday, November 12 · 2 - 4pm PST
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    307 South Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90013

    Immortal Shaolin: The Past, Present, and Future of Kung Fu showcases the essence and evolution of Kung Fu with the Shaolin Temple.
    In a monumental collaboration between the revered Shaolin Temple and Immortal Studios, a unique multimedia experience is set to unveil in the heart of Los Angeles. This unparalleled event aims to bridge 1,500 years of rich Shaolin history with the future aspirations of Kung Fu, casting a spotlight on both its martial and spiritual prowess.
    Scheduled for November 12, 2023 from 2 to 4 pm at the iconic Million Dollar Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, Immortal Shaolin: The Past, Present, and Future of Kung Fu, serves as a vivid exploration of the essence of Shaolin, recognized globally as the birthplace of Kung Fu and Chan (Zen) Buddhism.
    Guiding this journey will be the esteemed Abbot of the Shaolin Temple, Shi Yongxin, accompanied by the elite group of Shaolin warrior monks. Immortal Studios, the collaborating multiplatform entertainment studio building a modern martial arts fantasy universe, is accentuating and deepening the experiential and philosophical dimensions through multi-media stage experience.
    A delightful ensemble awaits attendees: mesmerizing displays of legendary Shaolin superhuman feats, deep dives into their meditation forms, insights into the mysterious internal energy practices for rejuvenation, and firsthand narratives of its storied histories.
    The spectacle does not end here. Prominent Shaolin disciples from the North American martial arts landscape, including Philip Sahagan of Cirque du Soleil fame and Sifu Kisu - the inspiration behind the animated sensation, Avatar: The Last Airbender, including others, are slated to grace the stage.
    An added dimension to the event will be a tribute to Shaolin's cinematic and cultural legacy. From iconic classics like Bruce Lee films to modern wonders like Shaolin Soccer and The Last Airbender, this section underscores Shaolin's global cultural impact.
    Integral to the event will be the announcement of the North American Shaolin Games' victors. The event will culminate in honoring Abbot Shi Yongxin with the inaugural Immortal Martial Hero Award, a testament to his unique contributions to preserving the martial hero spirit.
    Reflecting on the event, Shi Yongxin shared, "Being in Los Angeles offers a wonderful opportunity for the Shaolin Temple to acquaint Americans with the authentic tenets of Shaolin, transcending beyondmartial displays to the profound philosophies and histories underpinning them."
    Payhuan Shiao, CEO of Immortal Studios and long-time Shaolin collaborator, resonated similar sentiments, "Growing up, I've had the privilege of witnessing Shaolin's grandeur, both in stories and in reality. As the world grapples with unprecedented challenges, we hope to infuse the timeless wisdom and strength of Shaolin into people's lives through an event like this, along with power of media and culture to share that to the masses"

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    Immortal is an original content studio dedicated to awakening the hero within each of us. We take a modern approach to the Wuxia tradition to share stories of empowerment, self-discovery and connection with
    As many of you know, I work for both KFM here and Immortal Studios.
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    does shi yan ming ever attend these functions, or is he ridden off into the sunset with the wutang monies

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    He visited the Abbot in 1999

    I wrote about that then. Read Wu-Tang Enters Wudang.

    I don't know if he's had an audience with him since. I haven't kept up with all my monk friends that well, especially since the pandemic.
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    Grandmaster Sin Kwang Thé

    North American Kung Fu competition brings martial art lovers together

    Source: XinhuaEditor: huaxia2023-11-12 20:32:17

    Video: The North American Shaolin Kung Fu Games took place in San Gabriel, a neighboring city of Los Angeles on Nov. 11, 2023, hosting 1,200 participants. (Xinhua)
    Shaolin schools in the United States often infuse cultural elements into their curriculum. Students can learn about Chinese philosophy, history and traditions, gaining a broader perspective on the world.

    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- The North American Shaolin Kung Fu Games took place Saturday in San Gabriel, a neighboring city of Los Angeles, hosting 1,200 participants, with their teachers and loved ones there to cheer them on.
    Reconvened after its initial launch in 2013, the event featured performances and competitions for all ages from 4 to 60. The atmosphere buzzed with excitement as Kung Fu lovers from across the United States met to compete for medals.
    Originating in the Shaolin Temple of China, this ancient martial art has found a new home in the United States, where it continues to impart invaluable lessons to its students.
    "Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi are something the West can learn from the East," said Grandmaster Sin Kwan Thé, who is the leader of a number of Shaolin centers across the United States.
    One of the best effects of Shaolin Kung Fu is physical fitness, he told Xinhua, adding that regular practice can increase cardiovascular fitness, improve muscle tone, enhance flexibility and even better one's posture.
    Matthew Banks, the owner of a fighting and healing center in the state of Arizona, said that Shaolin Kung Fu is "very good for holistic health."
    Some participants of the event came for sheer joy though a medal or two are always welcome.
    "It makes me happy!" said Zoya and Ceadda, both 6 years old from the Shaolin Tai Chi Cultural Heritage Center in Las Vegas.
    Patrick Clark was there to watch his nieces compete. One of them, Mila Nguyen, 11, pulled in two gold medals and a silver while the other was preparing for her turn in front of the judges. "They're amazing," said the proud uncle.
    "They've always been interested in martial arts," explained their mother Danvo, who takes them to train at a Shaolin center.
    Practitioners said the benefits of learning Kung Fu include not only physical fitness, but also reducing stress and anxiety, increasing a sense of calm and mental clarity and getting a better understanding of themselves.
    "It makes us more calm and collected and more focused during intense moments," said a young competitor.
    "Our Shifu teaches us about respect, discipline and how to really listen and treat people better," said Allison, a 14-year-old competitor from Las Vegas.
    Shaolin schools in the United States often infuse cultural elements into their curriculum. Students can learn about Chinese philosophy, history and traditions, gaining a broader perspective on the world.
    "Chinese Shaolin martial art is a legacy that continues to shape the lives of its practitioners and contributes positively to the world," said Grandmaster Sin Kwang Thé.
    For the record, I did NOT see Grandmaster Sin Kwang Thé there. I was all over this event. If he was present, I'm sure someone would've pointed him out to me had I just not seen him.

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    More Milpitas Welcoming Banquet photos

    See the photos on our facebook album here.

    I just got back from Los Angeles. More reports and pix on the way.

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    28 more pix added to our facebook album

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    For the record, I did NOT see Grandmaster Sin Kwang Thé there. I was all over this event. If he was present, I'm sure someone would've pointed him out to me had I just not seen him.
    Maybe he was wearing a disguise like me so the event would not turn into a brawl for the official Shaolin, haha

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