Chinese Culture

The Passing of a Great Kung Fu Master, Yang Guiwu

I recently came across a great article on the National Geographic Magazine website about the modern state of kung fu and the Shaolin Temple. The author, Peter Gwin, follows the path of two disciples of the late folk Grandmaster Yang Guiwu, who was a disciple of the Shaolin Temple. The first disciple is Hu Zhengsheng,… Continue reading.


2010 Year of the Metal Tiger

February 14th, 2010 marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year.  2010 is the year of the White Metal Tiger. This year symbolizes toughness, generosity and wealth earned with hard work. The year is characterized by a dutiful, family oriented and dependable year. During the year of the Metal Tiger, one may show his love… Continue reading.


Preparations Are Underway

I am still working towards a tentative departure of June 2010 for my upcoming move to China.  I have a lot of things that need to be done prior to June so that I can leave without having to worry about things back home while I am away.  I need to secure some travel insurance,… Continue reading.


My New Book

I have spent the last few months working on a book about my first trip to China in 2008.  I put together a selection of pictures along with my journals, which are featured on this site, into a hard bound coffee table book.  The process was long but rewarding.  I was able to relive my… Continue reading.


In Pursuit of Kung Fu Destiny

Those that know me will find it no great surprise that I have found my passion in the study of Kung Fu.  To that end I am always studying and researching to further my understanding of kung fu, in particular the unique style of kung fu that is the family of Song Shan Shaolin Temple martial arts.  Along with kung fu there is the study of Chan, or… Continue reading.