Kung Fu
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Being one of the top martial artists in the world sounds like a dream come true for any practitioner of kung fu, karate or taekwondo. Yet that alone isn't always enough to bring success outside of martial arts schools and tournament venues.

In the early 2000s, Marco Johnson was one of the best tournament competitors out there. The son of Black Belt Hall of Famer Willie "The Bam" Johnson, Marco had won everything in sight as a junior. He was undefeated in empty-hand forms for two years. He earned a rare "triple crown" after being ranked in weapons, forms and fighting the same year. He was named best all-around competitor by the North American Sport Karate Association.

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Kung Fu

Own Kung Fu: The Compete First Season on Digital Now. Blu-ray™ and DVD November 2.
A quarter-life crisis causes young Chinese-American woman Nicky Shen to leave college for an isolated monastery in China. But when she returns home, she finds it overrun with crime and corruption and her parents at the mercy of a powerful Triad. Nicky will protect her community while searching for the assassin who killed her Shaolin mentor.
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Sifu Damien
Today October 6th we are celebrating Sifu Damien's birthday. "I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone around the world for their continuous support and give a big shout out to all of my fellow instructors around the world, who are doing their best, to share their knowledge via online platforms during this pandemic."
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Shaolin Temple

The temple or monastery of Shaolin was built, according to some old documents and legends, in 495 (497?) AD by the Chinese emperor Hsiao Vhena when an Indian monk called Bhadri (Batuo) arrived and started preaching Buddhism there. The old documents, as well as narratives, claim that building lasted for about twenty years.

The monastery is situated in the central China in a mountainous region, surrounded by forests at the foot of the mountain Shao Shi after which it got its name (Shao-mount, Lin- forest). It is near the village Song Shan, the town Zhengzhov and the city of Louynag in the province Henan, and surrounded by the mountain chain Wu-tai.

Next to the temple there are 220 pagodas, built from 8th (791AD) to 19th century(1803). The Chinese name for the temple is Pinyin Shaolin-si. It has been the sacred place of Zen Buddhism (the Buddhist temple – Mahayana Chan of Zen Buddhism) to the Chinese and newcomers from India.

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