Gong Shou Dao (GSD) was launched on November 15th, 2017. Today, we have the opportunity to talk to our founder Jet Li to find out more about GSD.
Jet Li: Taiji, some of which concluded that it could provide relief for sufferers of heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, and depression. This level of discussion is almost non-existent in China, where we tend to take it for granted that Taiji is good for us. Yet even if it is good, that doesn’t mean it’s a magical cure-all or that it replaces the need for medicine. We must keep putting our faith in science.
Around the same time, Jack and I met to talk about his dream of shooting a film to help popularize Taiji; we founded Taiji Zen together. Our shared goal is to get Chinese martial arts — specifically GSD — enshrined as an Olympic sport. To this end, we have drawn up detailed rules for GSD, with an eye toward making it more combative and watchable.
Jet Li: At first, I was thinking about offense (攻) and defense (守)” in “Gong Shou Dao” 攻守道 correspond to the “yin and yang” in Taiji. When Jack Ma saw that, he believed that “kung (功)” is better than “offense (攻)”. The fundamental purpose of Chinese martial arts is not “offense (攻)” but to use the “Kung Fu (功夫)” or efforts to protect/defend our home and heritage that is sacred to our culture.
Jet Li: A key challenge is the fact that there is no consensus on the standards or categories of the various forms of wushu — martial arts. There are simply too many styles and variations to be considered an Olympic sport at the moment. We should modify something and standardize a style and format, make it be acceptable to the public.
“If you think a person practicing Taiji him or herself as 1.0 and two people practicing Taiji push hands as 2.0, then “Gong Shou Dao” should be considered as 3.0. In this event, GSD will take place in a 3.0-meter in diameter ring, one-on-one competition.
Jet Li: In this training camp, all trainees have proceeded with 65KG, 70KG, 75KG, 80KG training; in each training, trainees use Taiji posture, push hands, competing with strength in two parties. First group of trainees has a total of 35 people, and train in Tonglin, Anhui. GSD score will be range from 1 to 3 points depending on the techniques applied.
Jet Li: I wish we can make it to the Olympics in 2028? Even in 2032 or 2036? My role in GSD is clear. It is to make it part of The Olympics. I hope to inspire the generations to come in my effort through this sport.