Jet Li and Jacky Heung talk about WUJI and bringing Wushu to a new generation
This moment in history is a moment wherein we’re watching the intersection and blending of cultures at a level and scale that has never been seen before.
In the collaboration between Jet Li, Jacky Hueng and Adidas in creating the WUJI platform, there is an intersection between tradition and innovation, east, and west. Jet thinks it represents a new stage in the kind of cultural exchange that he has been invested in since as a child he made his first trip to the US bringing his passion for Wushu to the world beyond China.
Then, at a pivotal moment in his decades long career, Jet noticed that Chinese philosophies and different elements of the Wushu spirit had become popular abroad but seemed to be of little interest to the younger generation, especially the younger Chinese generation.
Jet hopes that,
WUJI will become a unique platform to engage the younger generations with traditional practices and culture and with the values that have guided Jet’s life, but he wants to do so with an eye for contemporary tastes and interests.
That’s where Jacky Heung comes in. Heung is a young martial arts star. Currently, his lifestyle includes daily cross training at the gym with boxing and other activities. Heung made his name in martial arts by innovating in the field and combining parkour with traditional martial arts.
He was brought into the project in order to share his love for Wushu with a younger demographic that seems to crave novelty and constant innovation.
Here are some highlights from their interview.