Still trying to work that one out after seeing the Shaolin monks demonstrate mad kung fu and qigong (pr. chee-gung) skillz last Wednesday night.
Kung Fu Kitten scored a killer pair of tickets in the third row, middle section and invited ME to join her. Check her post “Smile and say Qi.”
We started the evening with sushi nibbles at Dragonfish. KFK had Ravenswood Zin and I had bitters & soda, working on day 2 of a three-day headache. Avoiding alcohol is helping make it manageable.
I saw the monks a few years back in Olympia WA. It’s a different show and it is a show. Not so much of the kung fu, lots more showmanship. A lot of demonstrations of Qi: balancing on a blunted spear-point, breaking sticks over sensitive body parts. They also incorporated a Chinese Quick-change Mask act. One performer was either from Chinese Opera or circus. He had hair. On his head.
Although the young monks (average age 19) were impressive with their quick moves and weapon handling, the highlight for us martial artists was watching the senior monk do forms. Not so flashy for the general audience, but the grace and fluidity of his movements truly embodied the Shaolin tradition more than any showmanship.
About the eating glass? That was one of the demonstrations. There was also fire eating. Sorry, but that’s not qigong, that’s a circus act.