“All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience.”  
– Mao Zedong

On the 1st of October 2019 the People’s Republic of China is celebrating 70 years! A new  China has been born in 1949 under the great leader Chairman Mao Zedong (26 of December 1893-9th of September 1976) who raised the first  Communist National Flag of China.

“We think too small, like the frog at the bottom of the well. It thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If it surfaced, it would have an entirely different view.” 
– Mao Zedong

Between 1st until 7th of October, in China there is a National Holiday. This period is also called ‘THE GOLDEN WEEK’ when people have holidays and families reunite. In Beijing, the capital of The People’s Republic of China, in Tian’anmen Square, there are organized many events to celebrate the event. 

The opening ceremony starts with raising the national flag of China. This year has been organized the biggest military parade ever with 160 aircraft, 580 sets of equipment and 59 squads (15 marching squads, 32 equipment squads, 12 air force squads).  All the equipment displayed had been manufactured in China.

In Yunnan Shaolin Temple, the Venerable Abbot Grandmaster Shi Yanbei, the monks and nuns, the warrior monks and students lead by Shifu Shi Yanjun celebrated China National Day. In the morning, in the Venerable Abbot courtyard, they watched together the military parade. Everybody was fascinated by the precision and discipline displayed by the Chinese army. Many of the soldiers have an education background in Chinese Kung Fu which is truly impressive. 

“I have witnessed the tremendous energy of the masses. On this foundation, it is possible to accomplish any task whatsoever.”
– Mao Zedong

The quote of Chairman Mao above precisely describes the power of the masses. When students practice Kung Fu drills together the energy of the group is electrifying. They develop tremendous energy which makes them think of being invincible. The power of one person cannot surpass the power of the group, therefore some classes must be organized as a group. 

Kung Fu practice requires the discipline of the mind and body. Shifu Yanjun is always telling us that when we practice Kung Fu, we should not fear difficulties. On this path, we will encounter many issues such as injuries, tiredness, losing sight of what we really want, of who we really are, but the most important is not to lose sight of our OWN identity. In life is important how we respond to what happens to us. No matter, you should never lose sight of your OWN goals.

“In a time of difficulties, we must not lose sight of our achievements.”
– Mao Zedong

In the evening, all the people of the Temple gathered together to watch the show. It was an amazing display of national costumes and dances of the 56 ethnic minorities of China. The evening ended with a 3 layers celebratory cake and everybody was singing the birthday song for China. 

Here, at Yunnan Shaolin Temple Warrior Monks Training Center, we are all very grateful for being able to offer our foreign students an unforgettable day and a Chinese culture lesson. You can only become good at Chinese Kung Fu if you can understand the Chinese people and their culture. Kung Fu comes from life. 


Dr. Rhea Du

Dr. Rhea Du

International Shaolin Cultural Exchange Ambassador of Shaolin Temple Yunnan