Celebrating Chinese New Year with Kung Fu motion capture

We’ll do a little bit of Hung Gar Kung Fu, some traditional Shaolin southern style martial arts from China. And what you should really look for is the amount of hip motion that actually occurs in Kung Fu in itself. Really all martial arts uses a lot of hip motion, which is what probably is one of the reasons why there’s a high risk for hip problems and so that’s actually very understudied at this point. We know that it happens in martial arts. What we don’t know yet is how to fix it or is there is a better way to train. I was very young when I first started Kung Fu. My dad trained in martial arts and he knew the local Sifu pretty well. When I was in high school, I started training a lot with my Sifu. Chinese New Year’s is actually one of my favorite holidays. As a child, my mom would actually take us to a local Chinese supermarket and we’ll see these performers. We’ll see Lion Dance and Kung Fu and I just always wanted to be a part of something like that. And I got to do that when I was in high school and in college, and I was part of lion team. We would do these acrobatic tricks and I just loved it and it was a dream come true.

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