20 Feb Chinese Kung fu Class Kung-fu is inseparable from the Chinese culture. In Chinese pinyin, it is actually spelled “gong fu” to mean a hard-earned achievement. In the olden days, it was largely used in military fashion and also as a form of defense to use to overpower an attacker. Kung fu is the commonest type of Chinese martial art, naturally we passed on some lessons to Go Abroad China participants, particularly those taking a Chinese language course in China because learning Mandarin is not just about the grammar and textbooks. This activity is also a common feature in our teen summer program that we organize in Beijing or Shanghai every year during the summer holiday period. Modern day kungfu has been popularized and taken into the mainstream through movies and martial arts ambassadors such as Bruce Lee, Jet Li and Jackie Chan have propelled this especially to the West, making it accessible to anyone with an interest. At GAC, our China internship program participants have also shown great interest and are enthusiastic about learning kungfu. In recent years, kungfu has also taken a modernistic turn, it has evolved into an exercise, helping to balance an individual’s “chi”…their center and balance system. The Chinese culture dictates that if a person’s “chi” is well balanced and in harmony, his/her bodily functions operate properly, resulting in good physical and spiritual health. A simple example is to observe any monastery, they practice kungfu religiously! Our international candidates enjoyed this kungfu learning session, participating and with some Chinese peers. We watched as they felt the burn in their legs through squatting, leg stretching, arm movements, rapid turns and so on. They saw that this is a practice that requires careful movements, flexibility (if you are still young that is) and self-awareness, but it is truly amazing to see it being performed live! What a weekend well spent, more exciting activities are in the pipeline to get our candidates moving and enjoying the best that China has to offer.