The kung fu spirit is boundless
Suliman Hussam from the UK practices martial arts with Zhang Hexian, a 98-year-old kung fu master, in Ninghai county, Ningbo, East China's Zhejiang province. [Photo provided by Xu Mingyi for chinadaily.com.cn]
Suliman Hussam (Sam), a kung fu enthusiast from the UK, has been learning Chinese martial arts skills from Zhang Hexian, a 98-year-old kung fu master, in Ninghai county, Ningbo, East China's Zhejiang province.
Sam has been in China for three years and is currently an English teacher at a kindergarten in Ninghai. He is passionate about traditional Chinese culture, especially Chinese martial arts.
Recently, he saw a video on Twitter in which Zhang Hexian demonstrated her martial arts skills at a local gathering. He then sought her out, eager to learn her ways.
Zhang, a practitioner of Zhang Boxing, has been practicing since the age of 5. She is now known as "kung fu grandma" online after the video went viral not only in China but also abroad.
Since last month, Sam has visited Zhang five times to learn from her and her son. Sometimes, they practice at local scenic spots.
Sam said that he would promote Chinese martial arts and the beauty of Ninghai county to more people in his hometown.