Asian Martial Arts

Cuba practioners join global Tai Chi celebration

People attend a mass Tai Chi session in the street as a classic American car drives past in the Chinatown area of Old Havana, Cuba. Photo: AP

Hundreds of practitioners of Tai Chi have packed the tiny Chinatown area of Old Havana for a slow-motion celebration of the Chinese martial art.

Sunday, 28 April, 2013, 11:35am

Zen and the art of commercial marketing

Some things are sacred. But that often seems open to question in the face of the global onslaught of commercialism, such is its appetite for almost anything that is marketable, or lends cachet to marketing. Show business and sporting icons have long profited from a lucrative sideline in endorsing products with their images and names.

29 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

A kind of beatnik

As a boy in Kansas, Matthew Polly was the object of a particularly barbarous schoolyard torture. 'They called it 'racking',' says Polly. 'They'd chase you around the playground. Then four guys would hold down your arms and legs and another guy would kick you in the groin. I guess that might be where my interest in iron-crotch kung fu comes from.'

22 Apr 2007 - 12:00am


1 Watch a kung fu show

28 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Wannabe warriors to help kung fu camp kick off

Kung fu aficionados can live like warrior monks - go vegetarian, train like crazy, and sleep on hard beds - for just $120 a day when Hong Kong's first Shaolin martial arts school opens in Lantau this summer.

The chairman of the Hong Kong Shaolin Wushu Cultural Centre, Jonathan Choi Koon-shum, said recruitment for the first courses in June had begun.

30 Apr 2006 - 12:00am