Jet Li’s ‘Wushu-ography’ from jetli.com

Posted by on Aug 4, 2008 in Austin, General, Philosophy, Tai Chi | 2 Comments

Jet Li’s a pretty amazing guy. He has survived a tsunami, rescued his daughter from said tsunami, and has made many, many movies. If you’re a Jet Li fan and have never checked out his website, you really should. The man is amazing on many levels. He’s a humble Buddhist, a kick-ass martial artist, a family man and a great actor.

Jet Li

He started out practicing kung fu, wu shu, at a very young age. From his website:

WUSHU-OGRAPHY

The following is some information about Jet’s training, styles he knows and his competitive career.

Jet’s Coaches

Jet’s primary coach was Wu Bin, who served as head coach of the Beijing Wushu Team from 1964 until the early part of the 21st century. While Wu Bin started training wushu athletes at the Beijing Sports School in 1964, the Beijing Wushu Team, as it is currently known, was not formally created until 1974. Jet, himself, started training in wushu in 1971 at the age of 8 years old.

During the early years of the team Cheng Huikun and Li Jinheng also served on the coaching staff. In addition, many other coaches and teachers, each with their own specialty and area of expertise, visited the team to help train Jet and his teammates.

The original members of the Beijing Men’s Wushu Team were Li Lianjie (Jet Li), Li Zhizhou, Li Jinfeng, Tang Laiwei, Yu Shaowen, Wang Qun, Wang Jianjun, Sun Jiaming, Dong Honglin, Cui Yahui, Yang Yongli and Yan Ping. On the women’s team were Li Xia, Hao Zhi Hua, Zhang Gui Feng, Wang Xiuping, Zhang Hong Mei, Ge Chunyan, Luu Yan, Hui Xuna, Huang Qiuyan, Zhou Jingpiong, Mi Jin, Huang Xiaofeng and Zhang Dehua.

Contrary to popular myth, Jet never trained at the Shaolin Temple. At the time Jet was training in wushu (late 60’s and early 70’s) there were no “fighting monks” living at the Shaolin Temple

Styles of Wushu

Jet specialized in the following styles:

chang quan (long fist)

dao (broadsword)

gun (staff)

fanzi quan (tumbling fist)

3-section staff

pu dao (horse chopper)

And in addition, Jet also studied the following styles (some in more depth than others).

taiji quan (the 5 main styles)

xing yiquan

bagua zhangjian (straightsword)

qiang (spear)

zui quan (drunken fist)

tang lang quan (mantis fist)

ying zhao quan (eagle claw boxing)

zui jian (drunken sword)

shuang dao (double broadswords)

axe

battle axe

double hooks swords

fork

9 section whip

mace

hammer

talon

trident-halberd

long-handled spear

short cudgel

meteor hammer

rope dart

Competition History

The following is a brief history of Jet’s wushu career:

1971: Jet begins training in wushu at an after-school program at the Beijing Sports School.

1974: Jet joins the newly created Beijing Wushu Team and begins competing on a national level.

1974: Was awarded his first Men’s National All-Around Championship title at the age of 12.

1975: Men’s National All-Around Championship

1976: Men’s National All-Around Championship

1977: Men’s National All-Around Championship

1978: Men’s National All-Around Championship

1979: Retired from professional wushu competition after a knee injury where he ripped his Anterior Crutiate Ligament (ACL) doing the jump inside kick to split.

The end of Jet Li’s movie making career was rumored some time ago. Fortunately, this rumor was not true.

David

2 Comments

  1. Unisif
    September 30, 2010

    Jet Li is awesome….the true Dragon…wushu master!
    Sam

    Reply
  2. David
    April 11, 2011

    Yeah, he is, Sam. I just saw a great biography on him, too. He considered giving it all up to be a monk, but then a monk said he could do more for Buddhism as a film star, so he’s still making movies!

    Reply

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