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    Better than catnip!

    This book is a cat magnet...every time I'm trying to read it, she flops her big butt right in the middle of the page and starts purring. First world problems.
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    "if its ok for shaolin wuseng to break his vow then its ok for me to sneak behind your house at 3 in the morning and bang your dog if buddha is in your heart then its ok"-Bawang

    "I get what you have said in the past, but we are not intuitive fighters. As instinctive fighters, we can chuck spears and claw and bite. We are not instinctively god at punching or kicking."-Drake

    "Princess? LMAO hammer you are such a pr^t"-Frost

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    Ancient Kung Fu Masters meet modern fitness stars

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    Our latest ezine offering

    It's more than walking rice paper and grabbing pebbles. Read Shaolin: Legend Meets Reality by Chris Friedman
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    Nigula Babayeva



    The Story of One Beijing Expat's Successful Shaolin Kung Fu Odyssey
    Kyle Mullin | Jun 20, 2017 11:30 am

    When most foreigners think about kung fu, the last thing to likely cross their minds would be a petite, glamorous redhead from Azerbaijan.
    And yet Nigula Babayeva – an undeniably badass wushu devotee who finished third at the annual Shaolin temple kung fu championship earlier this month – is boldly defying any such narrow-minded assumptions with her tireless dedication and mastery of the discipline.



    Babayeva may be best known in Beijing circles as the PR and social media manager at Glo Kitchen and Fitness (stylized as GLO), helping to promote the venue’s healthy eats and meal plans that they coordinate with their CrossFit gyms. And while she enjoys partaking in CrossFit with Glo colleagues and patrons, she has been practicing the wushu martial art as a hobby for her “own personal growth” since long before that.
    Through her wushu classes Babayeva befriended an employee at the Beijing Shaolin Martial Art school, who was finalizing promotion for their children’s martial arts program. When Babayeva offered up a bit of advice and PR know-how to help her friend with the program’s posters their bond grew stronger, and that continued as Babayeva stuck with her demanding kung fu classes. This eventually lead to Babayeva getting an invitation from the school to participate in the annual International Kung Fu Championship.


    Babayeva is deeply honored to have legendary master Shifu Fu Biao, pictured on the right, as her mentor

    “I agreed to meet with the President of the Kung Fu Federation and the Kung Fu school, Shifu Fu Biao, who warmly welcomed me and tested my skills,” Babayeva recalls of meeting the famous master who is also a UN Friendly Messenger and well acquainted with diplomats and world leaders like Kofi Annan.
    “I know that sounds like a chapter from an adventure book, but miracles do happen in real life as well!” Babayeva enthuses.
    Though she strove to be very competitive at the event organized by her friend at Beijing Shaolin Martial Art School, Babayeva wasn’t sure how well she’d fare given the range of talented participants from across China. And, besides, she got more than enough fulfillment out of the preparation alone.
    Babayeva recalls how her invitation to partake in the championship came a mere 10 days before the event kicked off. I was worried because I knew how hard it is to train for this kind of championship," she says. "My thought was not to take place too highly, but at least to perform at a high level. Thus I partook in an intensive four-hour coaching session to get up to the fitness level needed for the championship."
    Thanks to her recent CrossFit workouts, Babayeva found she had the endurance to keep up with the formidable training, though her prior experience in wushu and gymnastics also certainly didn't hurt. And in the end, it more than paid off – by training in wushu Babayeva says she is deeply honored to have learned “and practice the skills from people who mastered different fighting styles for decades. Imagine the inner fire you feel while watching movies by Marvel about superheroes. I was talking and practicing with real life superheroes and representatives of Chinese heritage.”



    At the championship in early June, Babayeva fought hard and placed third by competing in the style of wushu taolu. She recalls how the championship was “very interactive, covering different styles of martial arts. I also enjoyed the networking; it was lovely because I was able to meet and talk with the other masters. Due to fact that none of them could speak English, it was a great opportunity to practice my knowledge of Chinese too.”
    She likens her success to a steep and steady climb, adding: “I have learned to be patient and believe in something that seems impossible. Because if you believe in yourself and run at the obstacles, you may find that you end up crashing through them.”
    More stories by this author here.
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    We know Fu Biao here - we've done some coverage on him before but I can't search out the sources or remember exactly where right now.
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    Slightly OT

    Looks like Shaolin Temple matches somewhere in South America.

    If You Could Dig a Hole Through The Earth, Here’s Where You’d Pop Out
    By Nathaniel Scharping | July 20, 2017 2:46 pm


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    A map showing the Earth’s antipodes — the places where you’d appear on the other side if you dug straight down. Most are in the middle of the ocean. (Credit: imgur)

    Almost every child, shovel in hand, is struck by a tempting thought. What if I just kept digging and popped out on the other side of the world? The imagination conjures a muddy face emerging in the middle of a Shaolin temple or some such, China being the nominal “other side of the world” to Americans.

    That image is wrong, unfortunately, as a map showing the Earthly antipodes makes clear. Antipodes on a sphere are the pair of points furthest away from each other, and on Earth, most of them are in the oceans. Start digging in the continental U.S. and you’ll find yourself smack dab in the middle of the Indian Ocean. There are actually very few places on Earth where you could start digging on land and emerge dry. Greenland to Antarctica might be your best bet, but you could also make a trip from Argentina to China or Spain to New Zealand.


    This is all because Earth is a sphere, of course, meaning that if you dig straight down in the northern hemisphere you’ll end up just as far from the equator in the southern hemisphere. Going from here to China would require digging at an angle. You can check where you’d end up if you bored through the planet with this handy interactive antipodes map (it’s apparently popular, and the query limit has been getting maxed out lately).

    Tunneling through the Earth is obviously a fantasy though, given the thousand of miles of molten rock that lie between us and the other side of the world. The furthest humans have ever gotten is the tip of the Kola Superdeep Borehole in northwestern Russia, which reaches a mere 7.5 miles beneath the ground. Even so, it took almost 25 years and ended when temperatures of over 350 degrees Fahrenheit made drilling impossible. The hole didn’t even come near to penetrating the continental crust though — the thin shell of rock that sits atop the rest of the planet.

    So, we’d never actually make it through, but for the sake of argument, let’s say we did. If we had a tunnel that could somehow withstand the heat, how long would it take us to reach the other side if we jumped in? First off, this question assumes a few things. Even if we could withstand the heat, the atmospheric pressure on the way down becomes crushingly intense, reaching levels similar to the bottom of the ocean after only 30 miles. You’d also be smashed against the wall of the tunnel, a result of the fact that you’re rotating faster at the surface of the Earth than in the interior.

    These considerations aside, calculations taking into account the variable densities of material you’d encounter on the way down put your trip through the Earth at about 38 minutes if you’re falling in a vacuum. If you forgot to hang on once you got there, you’d simply fall back to the other side, yo-yoing back and forth eternally.

    Although, put the hole in the wrong place, and you’d just fall in the ocean.
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    Family trip

    Trio visit China on kung fu pilgrimage
    Wednesday, 23 August 2017 By Toby Leigh in Local People


    Matt Bindon training at a Chinese temple
    Martial arts instructor Matt Bindon has travelled hundreds of miles across China and climbed a 4,000ft mountain in the 1,600-year-old *footsteps of a Shaolin warrior.
    Matt, who runs a martial arts school in Totnes, made the three-week trip with his partner Kim-Leng Hills and
    19-year-old daughter Esme as an act of respect to the “roots” of Shaolin kung fu.
    All three climbed Mount Song in China’s Henan province to the temple cave of Bodhidharma, or Damo, the fifth-century Buddhist monk credited with founding Shaolin kung fu.
    Esme, who is a kickboxing champion, stopped off at a kung fu school to train with Chinese experts, while Matt and King-Leng travelled around a dozen Shaolin temples throughout China.
    Matt, 47, said they had travelled to China “to pay respect to the roots of Shaolin kung fu, which I teach”.
    He continued: “We went to China to train and pay homage by climbing one of the highest peaks in China to pay our respects at one of the most important temples up the mountain as a respectful connection to our school in Totnes.
    “In each temple we were accepted. We did some training and joined in with some of the meditations. We were really made welcome, I think because we were Westerners appreciating their ancient arts.
    “It’s something we’ve wanted to do for some time.”
    Mount Song is one of the most sacred Taoist mountains and is considered to be the birthplace of Zen Buddhism.
    Matt said it took them several hours in temperatures of 40 degrees to climb to the cave temple, where they were blessed.
    “It was a real honour,” he said. “Travelling and training in the *mountains in China is a special *experience, as it is where Chinese martial arts originated.”
    Matt teaches Shaolin kung fu, qigong and tai chi all within a Zen tradition and philosophy at classes that are all held at the Hu Long Temple in Totnes.
    He said he is now looking to set up a permanent training centre in Totnes to help keep the tradition alive and to help others in the community by way of offering classes to “help people develop authentic training for health, self defence and to produce a strong and healthy mind and body”.
    'travelled around a dozen Shaolin temples throughout China.' Hmm, wonder if they really got to some of the other temples or if this is a reporter misinterpretation.
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    Couldn't resist posting this...

    Schwab: Gift of a Shaolin priest provides lesson in humility
    A post-surgery gift from a kung fu master at first seemed like an extravagance of little use.

    Saturday, September 23, 2017 1:30am OPINION COLUMNIST

    By Sid Schwab

    Editor’s note: Today’s column is from Schwab’s Surgeonsblog on blogspot.com.

    Somewhere in my home is a letter I received from a Shaolin priest, at the time one of five (so I was told) highest grand masters of the martial art of kung fu on the planet. The letter is embossed with the gold seal of the temple of which he was the head (if that’s the word). With its beautiful calligraphy and that timeless seal, I should have had it framed. Sadly, at the moment it’s missing in inaction.

    The master came to me from another country, requesting that I — and only I — might operate upon him. (To put it a little more dramatically than circumstances might warrant.) According to the man who sent him to me, he taught very few select pupils, and demonstrated his skills only in private. The referring person, a student of kung fu (but not of the master), had had the opportunity to witness the man’s ability to toss a group of attackers like Pike Place fish, and other unearthly wonders. The priest was in his 60s, as I recall.

    I’m not sure what I expected. A spectral aura? Levitation? A shimmering cone of calm? Surely, though, were I to give satisfactory care, I’d be granted some sort of special status, maybe presented with a holy relic, invited to the temple for a secret ceremony rooted in ages past. I let myself imagine wondrous things. Truths revealed. Powers conferred.

    He arrived in my office dressed like a Florida retiree. Age-appropriately fit, but appearing neither athletic nor powerful, he was of unimposing stature. Less surprised than embarrassed for my silliness, I put aside my fantasies and proceeded into my usual doctor/patient partnership, treated him like everyone else, operated in due course and saw to his recovery, after which he returned to his homeland.

    The letter, which lavishly compared my commitment and work to that of great artists, was accompanied by a package. The elegance (and flattery) of the letter was more than enough; but, once again, I unloosed my imagination, now at what might be in the box, which I opened with partially contained expectation.

    It was a Montblanc fountain pen.

    I’d not heard of them. Very expensive for a pen, I discovered, and quite beautiful. A nice gesture, no doubt, but of not much use to me. A little too showy, it was also impossible to use for writing orders at the hospital, because (before computerized records) I needed to push hard enough for several copies. Nor was I interested in lugging a bottle of ink on rounds. I confess to being disappointed. It seemed so impractical, so materialistic, so … unlike a Shaolin priest. Not that I had any information other than a TV show.

    In its elegant box, the pen sat on my bedside table for a decade or more, alongside its exotic and suggestively erotic ink bottle. Then I wrote a book, found an actual publisher, gave some readings, did book signings. And it occurred to me: it was karma, or whatever kung fu masters believe in. He foresaw this moment, it was perfect, meaning and purpose of the gift revealed.

    I took it to my first reading. With its elegant, filigreed gold nib, its meaty heft, its unmistakable emblem, the silky lines of ink it imparted to the page, it’d be perfect for a signature and a few well-chosen words. Testimony to a writer of distinction.

    On stage, I read choice bits and answered questions. Humbly, I say my readings were mutual fun. I’m enough of a ham to enjoy it and get plenty of laughs. That first one was at “Wordstock,” a book fair of some renown in Portland. My presentation, in a small side room, was at the same time as Gore Vidal’s, in an appropriately huge one. “This is my first reading of my first book,” I told the audience, “So I’m looking forward to hearing what I have to say.”

    When I finished, by then an old pro, sitting at a table stacked with books ready to be signed and inscribed for purchasers, I took up that auriferous pen as if having it were normal as breathing.

    It leaked all over my hands. The first book I signed was so smudged I had to throw it away.

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    Weird story. It would help if he remembered this alleged Shaolin Priest's name...
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    Chinese press pix from the USSD’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY : JAPAN – CHINA TRIP 2018 JUNE 24T

    American Kungfu enthusiasts perform martial arts with local monks at Shaolin Temple
    Source: Xinhua| 2018-07-01 21:29:30|Editor: Yurou


    CHINA-HENAN-AMERICAN KUNGFU ENTHUSIASTS-PERFORMANCE (CN)
    American Kungfu enthusiasts perform martial arts at Shaolin Temple on the Mount Songshan, central China's Henan Province, July 1, 2018. Over 200 Kungfu enthusiasts from America made a trip to the Shaolin Temple and performed martial arts with local monks. (Xinhua/Li An)


    A monk performs martial arts at Shaolin Temple on the Mount Songshan, central China's Henan Province, July 1, 2018. Over 200 Kungfu enthusiasts from America made a trip to the Shaolin Temple and performed martial arts with local monks. (Xinhua/Li An)





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    About 230 USSDers at Shaolin

    American Students Show Off Their Kung Fu Skills at Shaolin Temple in China
    by Bryan Ke 17 hours ago



    About 230 American disciples of the United Studios of Self Defense went on a pilgrimage to the Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng, Henan Province, China, to commemorate the martial arts school’s 50th anniversary.



    Led by USSD founder Charles Mattera, also known as Yandeng, the disciples received a warm welcome from Shaolin monks as well as the current abbot and 13th successor Shi Yongxin at around 9 a.m. on July 1, according to Shaolin.org.cn.



    “Today is a sunny day and welcome you to the Shaolin Temple. The United Studio of Self Defense aims to promote Chinese culture and has made unremitting efforts for the public health from all walks of life. USSD has become the largest Shaolin martial arts hall alliance recognized by the United States,” Abbot Yongxin said in his speech after paying tribute to Patriarch Bodhidharma, the first patriarch of the Chinese zen lineage.

    “Yandeng had led overseas disciples to pilgrimage the Shaolin Temple for many times since 1997. He also invited Shaolin warriors to the US for performance and communication, carefully translated the Shaolin martial arts Cheats and has been enthusiastic about public welfare. Yandeng contributed to the development of the Shaolin culture overseas,” he continued.

    “Shaolin Kongfu is the crystallization of the study by Shaolin monks of all generations, is the crystallization of oriental philosophy and culture and is also the eternal home of Shaolin disciples around the world. Welcome back home and hope you could be comfortable and peaceful in the Shaolin Temple,” Abbot Yongxin said in his closing remarks.



    The disciples showcased the martial arts they learned in front of Abbot Yongxin and the other monks of the temple.



    Some of their routines involved Shaolin boxing, weapon usage, kung fu pair practicing, and others.



    “Shaolin Temple is our home and we haven’t been home for some time,” said Mattera, who received the dharma name Yandeng when he was adopted by the Head Abbot of the Shaolin Temple back in 2001. “Today I led the US Shaolin disciples to pilgrimage, have fulfilled our long-cherished wish and thanks very much for Shaolin monks’ warm reception.”



    The monks of the temple also demonstrated their routines to the students.




    Abbot Yonxing then presented a Guanyin statue to the USSD and praised them for the school’s determination as they continue to promote and spread Shaolin culture overseas.

    Images via youth.cn
    The author bailed out on spelling the Abbot's name at the end.


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    Adan Kohnhorst & Rebbeca Vorisek

    Henan Province Tourism Administration invites American travel experts to a fantastic Kung Fu journey through Henan
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    BEIJING, July 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- In recent years, the Tourism Administration of Henan Province has been engaged in promotional projects designed to effectively enhance the visibility and interest of Henan tourism in North America. These projects include social media promotion across Henan Tourism's social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube), project planning, and online and offline theme promotion activities and are aimed at improving the awareness and fan base of Henan tourism in North America and building up the Henan Tourism brand. At the end of June, the O2O integrated marketing promotional activity with the theme of "Origins of Kung Fu -King of Kung Fu PK Contest" was officially started. The activity invited two highly-influential social media celebrities from North America - Musician Adan Kohnhorst and Travel Expert Rebbeca Vorisek, to travel in Henan and experience the two Kung Fu styles, "Shaolin" and "Tai Chi". The trip had the Kung Fu experience, apprenticeship, and study as its core themes so as to inherit, carry forward, and promote the culture of Kung Fu. It also aimed to promote the images of Henan's profound culture and beautiful natural scenery on various social media platforms overseas through creative video and promotional activities.

    This activity followed Adan and Becca on their journey to "Trace the Origin of Kung Fu" and filmed the process of the two travel experts learning Kung Fu from the masters in the Shaolin Temple Wushu Training Center and Chenjiagou Village of Wenxian County. Adan learned the exquisite skill of Shaolin Boxing, while Becca studied Tai Chi Kung Fu, which couples hardness with softness. The pair followed the roots of Kung Fu as they sought a master to train under and practiced their martial arts in preparation for the PK Contest. In addition, Adan and Becca also visited the Longmen Grottoes, Luoyi City, Shaolin Temple, Yuntai Mountain, Kaifeng, and many other famous attractions in the various cities of Henan. The project team recorded their journey and introduced Henan landscapes, delicacies, and highlights from multiple angles.

    Every day, the fantastic travel moments of Adan and Becca were published on @Discover Henan, the overseas social platform of Henan Tourism. Overseas fans could follow Adan and Becca on their journey through these posts. At the same time, they two shared and promoted Henan tourism through photos and videos on their private accounts, telling the story of their unique Kung Fu-themed travel experience in Henan. A video of Adan street dancing during a storm on Yuntai Mountain gained nearly a thousand online interactions. As the activity ended, a creative video about the adventure of the two social media celebrities was released on the @Discover Henan Facebook page. Fans were invited to vote for their "King of Kung Fu", cementing the experience in the minds of the fans and inviting them to join Henan Tourism's extensive base of fans.
    Training for the Tourist Administration - Good gig if you can get it.
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    Domestic > foreign tourists? Unlikely.

    This article needs a photo.

    Foreign martial arts fans celebrate their Kung Fu roots at Shaolin Temple
    Source: Xinhua| 2018-07-15 15:42:19|Editor: zh

    ZHENGZHOU, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Since the beginning of summer, domestic tourists can sometimes find themselves greatly outnumbered by foreign visitors clad in Shaolin-logo T-shirts or monk uniforms in front of a cluster of elegantly painted wooden houses situated at the foot of Song Mountain which is known as the fabled home of Kung Fu.

    It is estimated that every year, tens of thousands foreign martial art aficionados make pilgrimages to Shaolin Temple, the most sought-after attraction for the growing legions of Kung Fu fans across the globe, seeking to experience the authentic Shaolin culture and hone their skills in the martial arts.

    In lieu of the serenity and solemnity many have come to expect at Buddhist temples, this ancient institution often seems to bask in the atmosphere of jubilation and give off a cosmopolitan vibe with groups of visiting foreign practitioners putting on displays of martial routines at the invitation of the temple.

    On Saturday evening, more than 120 Kung Fu fans from 20 countries and regions gathered in the sacred meditation hall and put on a diverse selection of performances to celebrate their Shaolin roots in the presence of the abbot Shi Yongxin.

    Apart from showcasing traditional martial arts prowess through punching, kicking, cudgel bashing and tumbling on the stage, performers from Africa, Europe, and America pulled out all the stops to integrate the elements of their own cultures into Shaolin Kung Fu.

    The most mesmerizing segments of the evening gala included a group of grey-robed Africans singing and dancing to the beats of the djembe, American students' stunning display of acrobatics, athleticism, and agility, and a musical about seeking the truth of Shaolin culture in the birthplace of Kung Fu put on by a group of Russians. The zealous audience went wild with most rising to their feet and in thundering applause.

    This celebratory event is a microcosm of what Shaolin Temple is hoping to achieve on the global stage in the future and a part of its attempt to broaden its appeal to foreign audiences.

    Shi said that Shaolin Temple has been striving to transform Shaolin culture into a lifestyle and make it more integral to people's everyday lives through cultural exchange programs connecting with people from all parts of the world. He said he also hopes that the Shaolin culture can open a gateway for people to better understand Chinese culture.

    With its own unique cultural appeal, Shaolin Temple has established more than 40 cultural institutions overseas with more than 300 Shaolin practitioners stationed abroad and teaching martial art to locals.
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    Brune Poirson


    Les révélations sur son stage de kung-fu à Shaolin coûtent cher à Brune Poirson © AFP 2018 ludovic MARIN
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    Brune Poirson, la secrétaire d’État auprès du ministre de la Transition écologique a révélé avoir fait un stage de kung-fu à Shaolin, en Chine, une expérience qui l’aide au quotidien en politique. En dépit de tous les mérites d'une telle philosophie, le Net lui a montré en réponse son visage satirique…

    Dans une interview accordée à Libération le 4 janvier, la secrétaire d'État auprès du ministre de la Transition écologique, Brune Poirson, a annoncé avoir fait un stage de kung-fu à Shaolin, ce qu'elle considère comme un atout dans sa carrière politique.

    «Le kung-fu, c'est apprendre à faire un geste parfait en totale harmonie avec son esprit. Et l'autodéfense en politique, ça peut servir, surtout contre la misogynie et l'arrogance technocratique», conclut-elle.

    Cette expérience lui a permis de perdre «neuf kilos» plaisante-t-elle, mais lui a surtout appris «l'endurance et la rigueur».

    Cette interview n'est pas passée inaperçue du grand public d'Internet. De nombreux internautes n'ont pas manqué l'occasion de plaisanter:

    Auparavant, Mme Poirson avait découvert une photo d'elle sur un profil de l'application de rencontres Tinder et annoncé via Twitter qu'elle allait «engager une procédure judiciaire» pour usurpation d'identité.
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    Revelations about his kung fu training at Shaolin are expensive at Brune Poirson © AFP 2018 MARINE ludovic
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    Brown Poirson, the Secretary of State for the Minister of Ecological Transition, said she did a kung fu internship in Shaolin, China, an experience that helps her on a daily basis in politics. Despite all the merits of such a philosophy, the Net has shown him in response his satirical face ...

    In an interview with Libération on Jan. 4, Secretary of State for the Minister of Environmental Transition, Brune Poirson, announced she had done a kung fu training in Shaolin, which she sees as an asset in her career. policy.

    "Kung-fu is learning to make a perfect gesture in total harmony with one's mind. And self-defense in politics can be useful, especially against misogyny and technocratic arrogance, "she concludes.

    This experience allowed her to lose "nine kilos" she jokes, but mostly taught her "endurance and rigor".

    This interview did not go unnoticed by the general public of the Internet. Many Internet users have not missed the opportunity to joke:

    Previously, Ms. Poirson had discovered a picture of her on a Tinder dating app profile and announced via Twitter that she was going to "sue" for impersonation.
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    srlsy. wth?

    When did Hidqi enter the nomenclature of Shaolin monastic names?

    Female guide wanted for Shaolin Master to travel together
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    Hidgi is a Shaolin monk, he is an activist that travels in the world to do humanitarian actions although he is blind.
    We, his friends and students in Berlin, are looking for a female companion to be his guide in his journeys. It must be a woman. In the past he tried with men but it was always a problem to be accepted by associations and also to understand each other.

    He is very kind, funny and honest. He looks for a woman to rely on and in whom he can trust.

    He masters different disciplines like Martial Arts, Yoga, Tai Chi Chuan, Kung-fu, Meditation, etc. He is also a psychologist and osteopath. He speaks 12 different languages (french, english, italian ....). He has knowledge about astrophysics and neurosciences too. He is always ready to teach high knowledge for free, to help people to evolve and rise up, being able to help themselves and the others.

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    Shaolin Transformers?

    I'm posting this in our Transformers thread, and copying it to our Shaolin Journeys thread (wasn't really sure where to place this on the Shaolin sub-forum but it had to be there somewhere...)

    Transformers in kung fu moves at Shaolin Temple(1/5)
    2019-02-12 11:20:08Ecns.cn Editor :Li Yan





    Students of kung fu at Shaolin Temple pose with Transformer-like statues in Dengfeng City, Central China's Henan Province, Feb. 7, 2019, as many tourists visit the famed Buddhist temple during the Lunar New Year holiday. (Photo: China News Service/Wang Zhongju)
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    Slightly OT

    Not quite a journey to Shaolin - wasn't sure where else to post this however.

    Fit in my 40s: will Shaolin training bring me calm?

    I’m sitting in a carpeted temple-ish space, with three Buddhas looking down peaceably

    • Fitness tips: three key Shaolin moves

    Zoe Williams
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    Sat 1 Jun 2019 02.01 EDT


    Zoe Williams doing a side plank on one finger

    ‘According to Shaolin, we are all made of the elements fire, water, earth and air.’ Photograph: Kellie French/The Guardian. Clothes: My Gym Wardrobe. Hair and makeup: Sarah Cherry using Mac cosmetics
    I wasn’t sure I’d recognise the whereabouts of the Shaolin monk in north London, but the martial arts temple was bedecked with a splashy red arch. Heng Dao is not a monk; he is a practiser of Shaolin, an ancient combination of Zen Buddhism and martial arts. What is this place, anyway? On one side, a long boxing gym: very Fight Club. In another, a room with a sprung floor and a kung fu class. Heng Dao and I sit in a windowless, carpeted temple-ish space, with loads of fruit and three Buddhas looking down on us peaceably.

    According to Shaolin, we are all made of the elements fire, water, earth and air, and they have to be in balance. I find these ideas quite calming. I don’t fully understand, because I’ll never understand, and I can’t leave because someone is talking to me. This is as close to letting go and inhabiting the moment as I will ever get.

    Except, wait: there is concrete activity attached to these elements. Fire is kung fu, physical movement, the life of the muscles. A lot of it is punching, slowly, then faster, with one arm, then with two. “You do this a lot,” says Heng Dao, “and it’s good for stamina, strength, relaxation – and also you get good at punching.” The surprise element is the relaxation: like sewing, colouring in or cutting out pastry, a punch is at exactly the pitch of repetitiveness and concentration that engrosses your mind without depleting it.

    Water is qi gong, which is sometimes called Chinese yoga. I can see similarities in the battle poses. This is the stuff people who look like your aunt do in a park, poses and movements with symbolic foundations: pulling an imaginary arrow; pouring water over yourself, beatifically, like the lady in that shampoo ad. Is the symbolism secondary to the summoning of your inner energy? Or is that how it’s summoned, and glute strength is really a side-issue? I don’t think these are the right questions; I think you have to wait for your body to deliver you an answer.

    Earth is meditation and you start with this: sitting cross-legged, connecting with each muscle one by one, just to check it’s still there. I wonder if this is a ruse to keep your mind present, but it works.

    Finally air is (tell me if I am stating the obvious) breathing: noisy and demonstrative, again like yoga breathing; huffing, holding, gasping. The sequencing and the emphasis change as you get older, although you always start at earth. The water sequence becomes the most important as our bodies get harder with age (Ha! Try telling that to my body) because water embodies softness. We are in the territory of metaphor. The complexity of it, its unfamiliarity, demands a concentration so deep it is effectively mindful. It works, in other words, though a tough crossword might too.


    • Heng Dao teaches across the UK; shihengdao.com

    What I learned
    When punching, keep your active fist fast and your non-active one pinned tight to your rib cage.
    Fitness tips: three key Shaolin moves
    Learn to strengthen and relax body and mind

    • Fit in my 40s: ‘I’m as close to inhabiting the moment as I’ll ever get’

    Shifu Shi Heng Dao
    Sat 1 Jun 2019 02.01 EDT


    Heng Dao is a 35th-generation Shaolin disciple.

    Push the sky
    Stand comfortably. Focus on relaxing each part of your body, head to toe. Bring hands together in front of belly, loosely linking fingers. Take three deep breaths through nose. Raise arms as you inhale, until fingers point above you. Tilt head to look up at the sky. Breathe for four counts. Bring arms slowly down as you exhale. Hold for five to 10 seconds; shake arms and legs.

    Mabu punches
    Stand with legs about a metre apart. Squat slightly, make hands into fists and place on hips. Slowly bring elbows back towards each other so your chest puffs out. Exhale as you slowly punch right fist forwards. Hold. Inhale as you punch left fist while bringing right fist back to hip. Alternate arms for eight sets.

    Tan Tui with punches
    Begin in the same position as Mabu, hands on hips. Bring right hand out to the side with palm pushing forward. Twist to right while moving the fist on left hip up in a punch. At the same time, return right hand to hip in a fist. Now punch right arm out and kick the left leg simultaneously. Repeat on left.

    • Heng Dao is a 35th-generation Shaolin disciple

    As told to Emma Irving
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