Some Americans find the park a strange location to practice Tai Chi, or other martial arts. The Chinese, however, consider it normal behavior.
Visit any Chinese park in the early morning, and you will encounter scores of people conducting their daily exercise regimen; not only kung fu, but also gymnastics, dancing and of course ping-pong. Basically, their park is our health club—without a membership fee.
Exercise machines in Ritan Park, Beijing
Capoeira group in Ritan Park
Their outdoor practice is not confined to the parks, either. I once saw a woman practicing Tai Chi in the median of a four-lane highway!
Such things happen when fulfilling one’s often-inconvenient commitment to daily training. Personally, I have performed in a nightclub parking lot, at a homeless “tent city”, next to a downtown monorail stop, at the hotel cabana…and the list goes on. Not because I was looking for attention, but because honoring my commitment was more important than avoiding attention.
What is the strangest location you have ever used, or seen used, for kung fu training?