Movie star Jet Li has joined up with renowned Chinese Internet entrepreneur Jack Ma to open a Tai Chi school in a bid to promote the traditional exercise
Ma is founder of the world’s biggest online retailer, Alibaba, where he stepped down as chief executive officer last week saying he wanted to do more in education and the environment.
He is a keen devotee of tai chi, and has made references to Chinese martial arts in both business strategy and corporate culture.
Li rose to fame for his kung fu skills and has starred in such films such as the Chinese historical epic “Hero” and the Hollywood blockbuster “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”.
The school in Hangzhou will teach tai chi and martial arts under a disciple of a well-known master, said a statement from Ma’s company provided on Monday.
It is part of a larger development in a wetlands park which includes commercial services, according to the statement.
The film star and the entrepreneur already have a jointly-owned cultural company which provides tai chi training to company employees.
Movie star Jet Li opens Tai Chi school in China
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Tai chi helps students knock out trauma
Students and teachers find solace in new classroomsand a traditional martial art.
Modern buildings and an ancient martial art havebrought recovery to Hongbai Primary School after the2008 earthquake, principal Cheng Shilin says.
The quake destroyed classrooms, killing 159 studentsand eight teachers.
The classrooms have been upgraded to a level beyondmost rural schools, while the children have found solace, largely through tai chi, Cheng says.
“The students and teachers were distressed after the quake,” says the 43-year-old, who hasworked at the school for 24 years. “We needed to restore mental stability.
“We tried other sports but found only tai chi worked. It makes people calmer and quieter.”
A master from Deyang city was invited to instruct teachers and students
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