Wusong Tuokao (Wusong Breaks Manacles) is a boxing set from Yanqing Quan/Mizong Quan style from Hebei/Shandong in North China. Based on the Legendary hero of the Water margin it includes the practice of combat with handlocks/ties/cuffs and relies on the use of the body and legs including kicks, sweeps, trips, knees, elbows, shoulder, hip and head strikes amongst others and even locking techniques. Many versions were created in recent times on the basis of the traditional method which is relatively rare nowadays.

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day 181 of 365:

i had to take this with a friend’s camera, because i was afraid the cold would mess mine up. we went to wusong today and saw one of the five natural wonders in china! the branches of the trees in wunsong have frost clinging to them ;w; it was fun! this is my friend julia ;w;


Exploring Wusong Creek with Boosh Kabaash music festival and M50 art district.

Interesting wandering on a (still sweltering at 30DegC and blue skies!) Saturday afternoon. Back to M50 Art District which had far more going on and a larger range of galleries open since the last time we visited. Chanced upon a film of some interactive artists being made, in baby blue Mao suits on a swing in a green screen studio with funking EDM being played. The video will then be embedded into a print via an iPad and looped.

Walked along the Suzhou Creek/ Wusong River, interesting to see graffiti being used to gentrify and enhance an older industrial area rather than a label of decline. On the designated graffiti wall. Then on to an afternoon of tunes stretching into the night…

Boosh Kabaash music festival was a confusing mix of music:

The Good
Cairos (Australian) made a pretty decent fist of appearing like a rock band but the stars were Blue Hawaii’s (Canadian) downbeat vocal house, a mixture of bleeps, bloops and soaring vox, like a cheery XX. Great choice of DJs too though comedown-drone-ambient-subbass may not have been the most appropriate genre to blast onto an unsuspecting public!

The Bad
The band who’s singer was bankrolling the bash. No more James Brown thanks. I do not want to be taken to the bridge.

The Ugly
C pop. Enough said.

Then on to 390 to savage the dance floor til late…

The Englishman.