The following is a excerpt from @RZA's "Tao of Wu.":⠀ ⠀ 💮 That last bit of #wisdom started to take hold of me later, when I began studying with Sifu Shi Yan Ming, a thirty-fourth generation Shaolin #monk who defected from China in ’92 and came to open a Shaolin temple in New York. He was the abbot of his school, I was the abbot of mine—he felt like a peer. But I also wanted to learn from him. “Sifu” can translate as “master,” and that’s a tough word in the black community, but I realized that sometimes you have to submit to someone to learn. So I did.
The following is an excerpt from @RZA 's "Tao of Wu” : 💮 Studying with #Sifu, I learned that kung fu was less a fighting style and more about the cultivation of the #spirit. What made a Shaolin monk so tough was his mastery of #chi—the fact he could make contact with the Earth and draw the energy from it through him. His chi translates as “the grand extreme” and breaks all ideas, forces, and objects into opposites, yin and yang. But wu-chi, which translates as “no extremes,” came before tai chi. It’s infinite, the source of all power, and it’s all one.
The following is an excerpt from the “Wu-Tang Manual” by @rza :⠀ 💮The ultimate goal of #kungfu, the highest level of t'ai chi as an effective #martialart, is as an energy rejuvenator. It rejuvenates your blood, your spirit, it's even supposed to rejuvenate your youth. When we applied the spirit of kung fu to our lyrics, we came with the Wu-Tang.