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    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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    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.

    Abbot Shi Yongxin's 2023 West Coast visit & Shaolin Kung Fu Games
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    This news is dated...

    ...but it got posted on Shaolin's official site too.

    Los Angeles to host 2023 North American Shaolin Games, promoting kung fu culture
    By Li Hang
    Published: Nov 09, 2023 11:27 PM

    Photo: China News Service
    Photo: China News Service

    A decade since the first North American Shaolin Cultural Festival in 2013, the Shaolin Temple is once again hosting an official cultural exchange event in the US.

    The highly anticipated "2023 North American Shaolin Games" and a series of martial arts-related activities are scheduled to take place in Los Angeles, the US, on November 11 and 12.

    The announcement was made during a press conference held on November 7.

    Organized by the renowned Songshan Shaolin Temple in China, in collaboration with the Shaolin North American Association, the games are expected to serve as a platform for kung fu enthusiasts to show off their skills and promote the popularization of the ancient sport in North America.

    Approximately 500 Shaolin disciples from over 40 states in the US, as well as from countries *including *Canada and Mexico will *participate in the events.

    Shi Yongxin, the abbot of the Shaolin Temple, said at the press conference that Shaolin kung fu is famous all over the world.

    Kung fu not only strengthens the body, but also uses martial arts to achieve Zen and enlighten people through wisdom.

    The kung fu competition is a long-standing tradition at the Shaolin Temple, which aims to enable Shaolin disciples to study more diligently and constantly surpass themselves, according to Shi.

    During the opening ceremony, dignitaries from various fields will witness the top performers in various categories.

    The 2023 North American Shaolin kung fu stars - the top three in each discipline - will receive medals, trophies, certificates, and accolades as encouragement.

    According to Shi, the tradition of Shaolin kung fu competitions has flourished overseas since 2011.

    Events like the European Shaolin Cultural Festival and the North American Shaolin Cultural Festival all regard the Shaolin kung fu competition as core content.

    In 2022, the Shaolin kung fu online competition continued this tradition, uniting 5,320 participants from 94 countries and regions across six continents.

    Before coming to the US in 2023, the Shaolin Games had already been held in Zambia in Africa, Singapore in Asia, and Argentina in Latin America.

    Shi, leading the visiting delegation, arrived in Los Angeles on November 1 to kick off a series of North American visits.

    During his visit to San Francisco on November 7, he delivered a speech titled "Zen Meets AI" at Meta's headquarters.

    In his address, he emphasized that while AI possesses remarkable data processing and analytical capabilities, and may display similar human perceptions through programs and algorithms, but it cannot replicate the awakened consciousness advocated by Zen Buddhism.

    He encouraged human beings to seek inner wisdom and *transcendence, even in the face of AI advancements.

    According to Shi, Zen *Buddhism emphasizes that Zen practitioners can gradually improve their state of enlightenment through their own efforts.

    As a tool, AI can search and find relevant classics to solve various doubts that Zen *practitioners encounter, providing assistance and convenience to Zen practitioners.
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    I should've posted these earlier...

    ... for posterity.

    2023 North American Shaolin Kung Fu Game Rules (2023 首届北美洲少林考功大赛规程)
    Compe��on Categories:
    There are Individual events (个人项目), Figh�ng form (duilian) events(对练项目 2-3 人)and group compe��on
    (集体项目/家庭组 4-16 人).
    Individual Compe��on (个人项目): The individual compe��on is divided into 210 divisions by age, level, and gender.
    Age Divisions: A: 7-under, B: 8-9, C: 10-11, D: 12-13, E: 14-17, F: 18-40, G: 41+
    Note: Age calcula�on is based on the par�cipant's actual age on November 4, 2023.
    SKILL LEVELS
    Beginners: < 2 years of prac�ce
    Intermediate: < 4 years of prac�ce
    Advanced: 4 and above years of prac�ce
    Compe��on divisions
    Songshan Shaolin Fist (嵩山少林 - 拳)
    Other Shaolin Fist (其他少林拳术(自選套路)
    Songshan Shaolin Long Weapons (嵩山少林 - 長兵器),
    Songshan Shaolin Short Weapons (嵩山少林 - 短兵器),
    Songshan Shaolin Other Weapons (嵩山少林 - 其他兵器)
    1. Songshan Shaolin Fist: include any of the major forms taught as part of the common curriculum at the original
    Shaolin Temple on Songshan (Song Mountain) today. This includes but is not limited to: Xiaohongquan (小洪拳),
    Dahongquan (大洪拳), Tongbiquan (通臂拳), Liuhequan (六合拳), Changhuxinyimen (长护心意门), Qixingquan
    (七星拳), Meihuaquan (梅花拳), Lohanquan (羅漢拳), Taizu Changquan (太祖长拳), Paochui (炮捶), Xinyiba (心
    意把), Shaolin Rou�ne (少林规定拳),Shaolin Five Elements (少林五行拳),Shaolin Thirteen Fist (少林十三
    拳), Shaolin Chaoyang Fist (朝阳拳),Shaolin Lianhuan Fist (连环拳), etc.
    2. Other Shaolin Fist: Tongzigong (童子功), Drunken Fist (醉拳),Animal Fist (象形拳),Ditang Fist (地躺拳),
    Shaolin Zixuan Fist (少林自选拳),Shaolin Zixuan Nanquan (少林自选南拳), etc.
    3. Songshan Shaolin Long Weapons (嵩山少林 - 長兵器): Weapon length is higher than shoulder height, such as
    Staff (棍), Spear (枪), Guandao (關刀), Pudao (扑刀), Tiger Fork (大虎扒), etc.
    4. Songshan Shaolin Short Weapons (短兵器/嵩山少林 - 短兵器): Sword (Jian 劍), Broadsword (Dao 刀),
    & any short single weapons of comparable length to a single-handed sword such as: short s�ck (短棍), hard
    whip (鋼鞭) , cane (拐杖), single daggers (单匕首), etc.
    5. Songshan Shaolin Other Weapons (嵩山少林 - 其他兵器): Two-handed swords (双手剑)
    Three-sec�on Staff (三截棍), Shepherd’s Whips (牧羊鞭), Rope Darts (绳镖), 7 or 9 Sec�ons Whip Chain (七节/
    九节鞭 ) etc. as well as Double Weapons such as Double Broadswords (双刀), Double Straight Swords (双劍),
    Double Hooks (虎头双钩), Double Daggers (双匕首), Sword and Shield, etc.
    (二)对练 Figh�ng Form (2-3 persons)
    (三)集体套路/家庭组 Team/Family Compe��on 4-16 persons)
    Each athlete must choose 2 events (can also apply for team or duilian events)
    Time to complete the rou�ne: 1. Shaolin Fist, all the Weapons, Figh�ng forms are not to exceed 2 minutes 2. Shaolin
    team events: 2-5 minutes; If less than or exceeding 2 seconds including 2 seconds, the chief Judge will deduct 0.1 point,
    and the accumulated points will be deducted.
    Compe��on results and awards
    1. Division Champions (普通奖项): The compe��on results are ranked according to the score. Gold, Silver, and
    Bronze medals will be awarded to the top 3 contestants in each individual event. Others were awarded the
    "Outstanding Award" cer�ficate. If there are too many par�cipants in the division, they will be divided into
    groups as appropriate.
    2. Individual Overall Grand Champions (個人全能奖): To qualify for Individual Overall Grand Champions,
    compe�tors must compete in the advanced level and in three divisions: Songshan Shaolin Fist Form and 2
    Weapon Forms (each Weapon Form must be of a separate Weapon division). Individual Overall Grand
    Champions earn points for placing in each of these three events. Individual Overall Grand Champions Points are
    awarded as so: 4 points for each 1st place, 2 points for each 2nd place, 1 point for each 3rd place. The 3 highest
    points score will get Overall Grand Champions Gold medals, Silver medals and Bronze medals respec�vely; the
    others will get the cer�ficate of "Shaolin Kungfu Excellence Award". Should a �e occur, the winner will be
    determined by comparing the total scores of the three divisions that garnered the Overall Grand Champion. If
    s�ll �ed, add back the eliminated highest scores. If s�ll �ed then, add back the eliminated lowest score. If it’s s�ll
    �ed, the rankings are �ed.
    3. North American Shaolin Kung Fu Stars (北美少林功夫之星): It is the highest award in this compe��on, and the
    winner can represent North America to par�cipate in the "World Shaolin Kung Fu Test Compe��on".
    Par�cipants must be the top three (regardless of gender) in the individual Overall Grand Champions of each age
    group before they can par�cipate in the "North American Shaolin Kung Fu Show". The judging commitee sent
    by Songshan Shaolin Temple conducts the judging, regardless of gender, age, project, or content. Finally, 7 to 9
    "North American Shaolin Kung Fu Star" will be selected to advance to the World Shaolin Kungfu Compe��on in
    China, 2024
    4. Award Cer�ficates: 1. All par�cipants can get the electronic cer�ficate issued by Shaolin Temple, which can be
    registered in the official Shaolin Temple Website direct download and print; 2. The award cer�ficate shows the
    signature of Abbot Shi Yongxin of Shaolin Temple; 3. The award cer�ficate shows the only code approved by
    Shaolin Temple; 4. The awardees who go to the Shaolin Temple to receive the award cer�ficates can take a
    photo with Abbot Shi Yongxin. In addi�on to the list of athletes' results, which will be announced by the
    compe��on organizing commitee on the compe��on website, a series of publicity reports will also be carried
    out through domes�c and foreign professional media co-organizers and mul�media networks.
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    2023 Oceania Shaolin Kung Fu Games Dec 1-2, 2023

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    A mislabeled installment - READ Shaolin Trips: The Abbot’s 2023 Trip to the City of Angels by Gene Ching

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    Slighty OT

    The Oceania Games were held after Europe.

    Shaolin Kung Fu competition enthralls martial arts enthusiasts in Oceania
    By Liang Youchang (Xinhua) 08:56, December 05, 2023


    A participant demonstrates Kung Fu during the 2023 Oceania Shaolin Games held in Sydney, Australia, Dec. 2, 2023. (Photo by Hu Jingchen/Xinhua)

    Shaolin Kung Fu, a world-renowned intangible cultural heritage, is practised by many in Australia. A Shaolin Kung Fu games competition held in Sydney featured various Kung Fu styles and weapon categories, and was believed to enhance understanding, friendship and cooperation among Shaolin disciples around the world.
    SYDNEY, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- A Shaolin Kung Fu games competition was recently held in Sydney and attracted more than 300 martial arts enthusiasts from Australia, New Zealand and other regional countries.
    The 2023 Oceania Shaolin Games include various Kung Fu styles and weapon categories such as Shaolin Fist, Animal Styles and Seven Star Fist.
    "Shaolin Kung Fu is a world-renowned intangible cultural heritage and an important cultural heritage shared by mankind," Shi Yongxin, abbot of the Shaolin Temple, told the opening ceremony of the competition at the Quaycenter in the Sydney Olympic Park.

    A participant demonstrates Kung Fu during the 2023 Oceania Shaolin Games held in Sydney, Australia, Dec. 2, 2023. (Photo by Hu Jingchen/Xinhua)
    Once a year, the abbot would assess and confirm the Shaolin disciples' eight kinds of practice such as preaching, chanting and etiquette. The Shaolin Kung Fu games competition is part of these contents.
    "The contest has enhanced understanding, friendship and cooperation among Shaolin disciples around the world, and also reflects Shaolin Kung Fu's core values of strengthening the body and clarifying the mind," Shi said.
    Blake Brown, a 22-year-old man who achieved a high score of 9.05 with a spectacular set of monkey fist, told Xinhua that Shaolin Kung Fu gave him the meaning of life and dreams.
    "I found my purpose in life, my dreams. I was a bit lost beforehand and Kung Fu training told me to find peace," said Brown from Brisbane, Australia, who was elected as one of 10 Shaolin Kung Fu stars at the games.

    Photo taken on Dec. 2, 2023 shows the scene of the 2023 Oceania Shaolin Games held in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Hu Jingchen/Xinhua)
    So far this year, the Shaolin Temple has held Kung Fu games in Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America and Europe. The Oceania competition was the final one.
    According to the organizers, more than 2,300 Shaolin disciples from more than 100 countries and regions participated in the examination contests this year.
    "This competition serves as a testament to the universal appeal and profound impact of Shaolin martial arts," Wang Shuyu, consul for cultural affairs at the Chinese Consulate General in Sydney, said at the opening ceremony.
    "In seeing participants from different cultural backgrounds, we recognize the unique opportunity this competition presents for cultural exchange and collaboration," she said.

    A participant demonstrates Kung Fu during the 2023 Oceania Shaolin Games held in Sydney, Australia, Dec. 2, 2023. (Photo by Hu Jingchen/Xinhua)
    Riley Greenland from Sydney told Xinhua that he had practised martial arts for more than 20 years since he was three years old and he went to China three times to learn Kung Fu.
    "Kung Fu for me is everything. Everything, no just training," Greenland said. "I love the way it makes me feel. The energy, the power, the mental strength, everything."
    (Web editor: Zhang Kaiwei, Liang Jun)
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    Registration is now open!



    Register HERE.

    New this year - The May the Fourth LED Saber Championship.

    Updated this year - our Songshan Shaolin Division is now an official part of the Shaolin Kung Fu Games under the Shaolin Temple of China.

    Returning this year - The WildAid Tiger Claw Championship.

    2024 Tiger Claw Elite Championships & KUNG FU TAI CHI DAY May 4-5, San-Jose, CA
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    I have created this new thread for Shaolin Kung Fu Games

    Shaolin-Kung-Fu-Games which is plucked from our Abbot-Shi-Yongxin-s-2023-West-Coast-visit-amp-Shaolin-Kung-Fu-Games thread.

    Our Songshan-Shaolin-Champion established at the Tiger Claw Elite KungFuMagazine.com Championships in 2011, will be an official Shaolin Kung Fu Games at this year's TCEC.

    Note that the Shaolin Kung Fu Games will be held on Sunday May 5th. Previously our Songshan Shaolin Championship has been held on Saturday.
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