The Philanthropic Philosophies of Jet Li

Jet Li — One Foundation

“I took two steps and the water was at my hips. Two more, and it was at my chest. Then it was just under my nose. I put Jane on my shoulder and was trying to hold on to the nanny’s hand; she was struggling because her head was already underwater. I turned back, and everything—the beach, the swimming pool—was gone. I was just standing in the ocean, in nothing.”

This is how Jet Li describes his harrowing experience during the 2004 tsunami that he was caught in while on vacation in the Maldives.

Living through a disaster pushed Jet Li to focus on what he could do with his knowledge of how important humanitarian aid is to the survivors of this kind of calamity. In 2007, he went on to set up the One Foundation. When asked about the origins of the name, he said,

“My formula is very simple: one person + one yuan per month = one big family. That is, if everyone contributes a little, it will unite us.”

The One Foundation is primarily about helping with disaster relief, both in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, as well as other aspects of helping those affected by it.

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All The Way Live Foundation

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This determination to use your talents and gifts to inspire others and change the world is at the heart of what we look for at Jetli.com.  All The Way Live partnered with Nepal Hip-Hop Foundation to bring change and support through Hip Hop culture to some of the most effected and devastated communities in Nepal after the 2015 earthquake. This quake killed more than 8000 people  and injured almost three times that number.

All The Way Live foundation is a non-profit based in the US that “utilizes dance as a means to reach out to underprivileged and at-risk youth in marginalized communities, working to fill the gaps left by public institutions with a safe environment to develop and create self-expression through dance.

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Our after-school programs and urban arts workshops work to offer youth creative and positive alternatives to gang and crime-related activities that are prevalent in their communities. Our teachers also act as mentors and help guide our participants through their creative dance journey, as well as their journey through life by striving to foster leadership and life skills.”

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Jet Li’s conception of the meaning of Kung Fu is about more than kicks and punches. It’s about a lifestyle based on the principle of perfection through time and dedication to a practice. We focus a lot on the martial arts aspect of the lifestyle, but there is another side to the philosophy of why we do what we do.

This website was founded as a means to spread that lifestyle and to encourage others to share their dreams and give back to the world. From Wushu and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu to b-boying and boxing, there is an element of Kung Fu in anything that you practice with time and dedication.

But what is the purpose of these skills? We believe that the purpose is to give back to the world and inspire others to achieve their highest potential.

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