Home of Chivalrous People is a non-profit organization which aims to help disabled teenagers with Chinese culture, martial arts and chivalric spirit. The main purpose of the organization is to teach traditional martial arts to needy people—underprivileged teenagers and help them to be healthy and employed.
Bright sunshine came out after rain in spring. Tai Ji Academy became crowded. Long-expecting traditional calligraphy and martial arts salon were held. The classroom had no empty seat. Chen Jianhai—the lecturer, started to give speech. The wall was decorating with his brush handwriting which seemed vivid and lively in an age of computer. He analyzed comparison between calligraphy and martial arts briefly, but vividly.
He explained characteristics of calligraphy and martial arts in details. For instance, calligraphy aims to combine with concise dots and lines. The way you write a dot or a line will transform to personality.
Dot, horizontal or vertical stroke correspond to different movement in martial arts. He demonstrated in the class on how they are interacted with each other. Students’ eyes were opened. It’s difficult for them to understand if they did not see by themselves. Martial arts demonstrated by Chen covered several schools which he had experienced profoundly. A snap fist expressed its firm which corresponds to strokes of handwriting. Each movement has its corresponding strokes.
Calligraphy is the illustration of Chinese words. For thousands of years, it has close relationship with martial arts. With expectation, teacher Chen wrote 4 Chinese words for the salon.
After the lecture, teacher Chen displayed more his calligraphy. Happy time was flying. Wearing black hat and organizing paintings, he said goodbye and disappeared in the twilight. The academy returned to silent, leaving sounds of paper stirred by spring wind and light scent of ink.
Original article written by Zhouyin Wan, translated by Maggie Li, and edited by Yanyan Zhang
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