JACKIE CHAN IS KUNG FU IS WU TANG

If you love kung fu flix, you love Jackie Chan.
If you love parkour, you love Jackie Chan.
If you love "Ong Bak" or "The Raid," you love Jackie Chan.
If you don't love Jackie Chang, you should.

I have been a huge Jackie fan for years. He originated a stunt style that is seen worldwide to this day. I have toured with him and him to be exactly as gracious and magnanimous as the reports in the video. I found the testimonials incredibly moving.

My observations: firstly, Jackie Chan, though raised in the Beijing Opera, is, at heart, a martial artist. He is the embodiment of the core values of kung fu: loyalty and brotherhood. I have always maintained that the Chinese imbue their action films with these themes and philosophy better than anyone else. This is what resonates so deeply with the Wu Tang Clan and why they adopted the kung fu ethic. To listen to Jackie's team members tell stories of his generosity felt like hearing Clan members talk about how another had their back during darker and harder times. Secondly, real men aren't afraid to cry and show emotion. Thirdly, a linguistic note: when they shout "Brother!" at him, they are, in fact saying "Big Brother!" which is a very kung fu way of addressing an elder and holds much more gravitas. Finally, though I suspect most of these gentlemen are from Hong Kong, and therefore native Cantonese speakers, all of them, including Jackie, are speaking Mandarin, which is considered the sophisticated language of the country.

http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/entertainment/jackie-chans-stunt-team-pays-tribute-to-him-in-moving-video-that-is-going

SHARPEN YOUR BLADE EVERY DAY

Clockwise from the top left: ma bu/horse stance; crouching tiger, hidden dragon; quad stretch; getting ready to kick; getting ready to pounce; tan lung quan/mantis style; gong bu/bow stance/ xie bu/resting stance; pu bu/flat stance; ca bu/crossed stance

Clockwise from the top left: ma bu/horse stance; crouching tiger, hidden dragon; quad stretch; getting ready to kick; getting ready to pounce; tan lung quan/mantis style; gong bu/bow stance/ xie bu/resting stance; pu bu/flat stance; ca bu/crossed stance

Among the greatest lessons my ex taught me were me Shaolin kung fu, Ch'an Buddhism, and the value of lifelong fitness. In Shaolin we say "sharpen your blade every day" and I apply that to every aspect of my existence.  We must never stop working to improve ourselves. Kung fu taught me to strive, reach, and stretch far beyond my comfort zone physically, spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually.

My friends know that going to the gym is not a choice, but a lifestyle for me; it is as fully integrated into my routine as eating, drinking, and sleeping. Six days a week I workout for 2 hours. My grind includes biking to & from the gym, kung fu, weights, stretching, abs. I didn't start working out until I was 30 and I'll train for the rest of my life. At 51 I'm stronger, faster, and more powerful than ever. Living and loving life to the fullest.

I hope this inspires someone to go harder today.