The Comfort of the 36th Chamber of Shaolin

The Comfort of the 36th Chamber of Shaolin

From time to time we all seek to return to places that comfort us. The old saying of “You can never go home” is true in a physical sense, but I am a creature of memories. My “home” lies within my mind. Often this can be a random jumble so I use flavors, audio or visual aids to take me to a specific point or feeling in my life. Several times a year I yearn for the comfort of the 36th chamber of Shaolin. It takes me back to a time at my Grandparents’ home and getting a San Francisco channel in the late 70’s. The a few years later it was a solid connection between my training in real life to my nerdy obsessions.

It is a constant reminder that you can achieve things larger than your own desires if you just step out side of your own comfort zone. Isn’t that ironic? I find comfort in something that I feel is telling me to not be bogged down in comfort.

Shaolin Mantis Style Design

The Praying Mantis scratches to the beat of Her own turntables.

A revamp of my Mantis Style, the Kung Fu DJ design has been updated to Shaolin Style. Inspired by the Get Down, this is closer to my vision now with graffiti and comic book style. This design is up on TeePublic.

My Favorite Part of Kung-Fu Flicks

Kung-Fu Flicks
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

While watching “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin” today, a wonderful Kung-Fu film from Run Run Shaw in 1978 and my favorite of all the Kung-Fu Flicks, it dawned on me that I am more enamored of a Martial Art Film’s training sequences more that the loss and revenge of that loss that necessitated the training in the first place.

Challenge of the Masters

Perhaps this may be because I have trained for years, and have trained others, or those were the scenes that drove me to learn in the first place. Some of the sequences are super-imaginative, while others are down-right weird. No matter which camp they fall into, I think that they are all fun!

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Executioner from Shaolin

Thursday Night Kung Fu Theater

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   “Shaolin vs. Wu Tang (1983)“!   In a plot to make himself the master of both disciplines, a jealous Qing leader [Wang Lung‑wei] forces two friends from rival martial arts schools [Gordon Liu & Adam Cheng] to fight each other. That sums it up. It’s a pretty simple flick but the opening credits are visually stunning with beautiful choreography.

   This one was introduced by a Kung Fu friend I made in High School, Donnie. He turned me onto a few non-Shaw Brothers films back in 1985. I’ll forever be in his debt.