The first city I visited abroad is the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China.
This was in 2008 after I took the bar exams. I again visited Hong Kong, this time, with all my siblings, parents, and family, in 2013. We went to various tourist attractions, such as (in order of preference) Hong Kong Disneyland, The Peak, Avenue of the Stars, Ocean Park Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Space Museum.
Unlike Ocean Park Hong Kong and Hong Kong Space Museum, which are also tourist attractions primarily for kids, Hong Kong Disneyland offers various attractions for adults as well, such as musical and acrobatic shows (I watched the Festival of the Lion King for a total of three times [two times in 2008 and again in 2013]), beautiful castles and other structures, lively parades and breathtaking fireworks displays. Indeed, Hong Kong Disneyland is one of the happiest place on earth.
The Peak is the highest mountain in Hong Kong island and offers spectacular views of he city and its waterfront. The best way to go there is via the funicular railway, the Peak Tram.
Avenue of the Stars, on the other hand, has a special affinity to me because I loved watching kung fu movies as a kid and it pays tribute to the same, especially the actors who played in them, such as martial arts icon, Bruce Lee.
Not known to many, Bruce Lee, aside from being the founder of jeet kune do, was a practitioner of wing chun kung fu, which is a martial art I am practicing now, together with boxing and judo.
In fact, I am developing a new martial art, that is, Wing-Ju-Bo, which seeks to combine the best elements of the sweet science of boxing and the oriental martial arts of wing chun kung fu and judo.
Wing chun kung fu is a concept-based Chinese martial art and a form of self-defense specializing in close range combat which originated in 17th Century in Southern China. It is believed to be have been developed by Ng Mui, a Buddhist nun and one of the Five Elders of Shaolin Temple that managed to escape prior to its destruction. Ng Mui’s first student of her yet unnamed fighting style was a beautiful young girl named Yim Wing Chun. Its core principles include attacking and defending the centerline, which is the vertical axis of the body from the head to the groin, since ideal targets for striking are on this or near this line, such as the eyes, nose, throat, solar plexus, stomach, pelvis and groin. Another core principle is economizing motion, time, and energy, by utilizing straight punches, strikes, and finger thrusts (since a straight line is the shortest distance between two points) and simultaneous attacks and defense by attacking with one hand and simultaneously using the other hand to block and/or redirecting the attacker’s force.
Better understanding of wing chun kung fu can be achieved (in the most enjoyable way) by watching the Ip Man Trilogy wherein Donnie Yen stars as the wing chun kung fu grandmaster Ip Man, who is best known as Bruce Lee’s real life martial arts teacher. Watching the kung fu classics Warriors Two and The Prodigal Son also provides valuable insights to wing chun kung fu.
While wing chun kung fu is a complete self-defense system, it is far from being perfect; thus, necessitating the incorporation of various elements of judo and boxing, which I will be discussing in my other posts.
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