Grandmaster Chen Quanzhong (陈全忠) is my Chen Tai Chi (陈氏太极) teacher. Today our students had the chance to meet him in person for the first time. At nearly 90 years old, he is the senior most Chen Tai Chi Grandmaster in China and has practiced the art his entire life.
Grandmaster Chen Quanzhong with [...]
One phrase you might occasionally hear in China is “Wu Zhi Nong Min” or “Ignorant Peasants”. This phrase has two meanings. The first and older one is used to refer those people, usually farmers, who have very little formal education and lack the inclination to view things in a larger perspective. They do not understand [...]
Lest you think Guangzhou, China is all about flowers and hot middle-age moms with the fashion sense of a 14 year old, let me tell you about some of the other cool things in the city. There are crazy Chinese medicine men, esoteric Qigong dudes, and “normal” people showing extraordinary proficiency in music, dance, calligraphy [...]
Generally speaking, the first part of any culture that gets exported is its products. It is pretty easy to understand why we got silk, spices, and china from China before we got philosophy and Kung Fu. Trade goods don’t need context, just cash.
China has been trading with the west for thousands of years. But [...]
Many people want to go study in China. We often get questions about how to do this.
There are basically two options 1) pack up and move to China so you can immerse yourself or 2) keep your day job and visit periodically. Either way, the challenges of finding a teacher are similar.
If you [...]